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The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team is the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker, governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They played their first match against Iran in 1993 after the split of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslaviamarker. Prior to that, Bosnian-Herzegovinian players played for the Yugoslavia national football team. The independent Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team has never qualified for any major tournament, but has come close on multiple occasions.

Brief History

The team has come very close but has never qualified for a major tournament since its FIFA and UEFA recognition in 1996 and 1998 respectively.

In the qualifying campaign for Euro 2004, only one goal in the last home game against Denmark separated the Bosnian national football team from the finals in Portugalmarker. The team ended the qualifiers in fourth position, with the same amount of won games as the other three teams. Denmark won the group, although Bosnia took 4 points from them in two head to head matches.

In the World Cup 2006 qualifying round, the Bosnians continued to play well when matched against teams like Spain (drawing both times), Belgium (one win, one loss), and Serbia and Montenegro (one draw, one loss). Playing against the Serbian team inspires much national pride, as is common with any match that features two former Yugoslavmarker republics. Against Serbia and Montenegro, the Bosnian team drew at home but lost the second leg in Belgrademarker with a score 1-0. Both matches had extra precautions employed by officials to prevent nationalistic rioting. Disturbances occurred anyway and UEFA fined both football federations. The Bosnians finished third in the group four points behind second place Spain.

In 2009, the Bosnian national team made their greatest achievement in their history by qualifying for the UEFA Second Round in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. They played Portugal in the contest, but did not win. Along the standard qualification process the team beat Belgium, Estonia and Armenia at both home and away. This is the furthest the Bosnian and Herzegovinian national team has progressed in any one qualification phase for a major tournament.

Team Nickname(s)

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the team is typically referred to as the "Fudbalska Reprezentacija" (football(soccer) representatives), "Ljiljani" (Lilies, a reference to the Fleur-de-lis of Bosnian Kingdom) or "Zmajevi" (Dragons). Whereas in foreign media, sometimes they are referred to as the "Golden lilies".

Home Stadiums

Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium (Koševo Stadium)

Koševo Stadiummarker as it is also known was opened in the year 1947. In 1984, it was reconstructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics, and is therefore often called Olympic Stadium. In the present day it is officially called "Asim Ferhatović - Hase" since July 2004, after Asim Ferhatović, the legendary FK Sarajevo player who retired in 1967. Today Koševo can seat 37,500 and is also the alternate home stadium of the national team.

For the first time in its history, Koševo Stadium, as it is otherwise known as, was not used in any of the qualifying home games by the Bosnian national side for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina has acknowledged that both players and fans prefer Bilino Poljemarker as the home stadium for the national team. In addition, the FFA has been renovating the facilities there indicating its plans for the future. Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadiummarker has however been used for friendly matches while another Sarajevo club has given permission to also use their Grbavica Stadiummarker for team training sessions.

Bilino Polje Stadium

Bilino Poljemarker is the home football stadium of NK Čelik from the city of Zenicamarker in Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker and one of two stadiums used by the national team. The capacity of the stadium is 25,000, but some reports state attendance has exceeded 35,000 in the past.

The stadium was built and opened by Dino Dženanović in 1972. The stadium is considered a "curse" for foreign national teams due to the fact that the Bosnian national team maintains an impressive win record at the stadium. Since 1995, the Bosnian national team has played 20 international games in Zenica with a record of 11 wins, 5 draws and only 4 losses. Bosnia never lost a single game in 2010 World Cup qualification at Bilino Polje stadium until the last match of the group qualifiers when they lost 5-2 to Spain.

In a period stretching from 1995 to October 2006, Bosnia and Herzegovina went undefeated at home in about 10 games played in Zenica. The city of Zenica had to wait another 5 years (1995-2000) before the next match of the national team was played at the stadium. This match was also a friendlythis against Macedonia, with the final result being a victory for the home side 1-0. The national team never lost on this field until the Euro 2008 qualifier against Hungary on September 6 2006 during this time period.

Qualifiers

UEFA Euro 2008

After the World Cup 2006 qualifying round, much was expected of the Bosnian squad for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened their race for the tournament with a 5-2 victory over Malta playing away. However, major disappointing results followed with losses to Hungary and Greece at home soil, and a bitter draw with Moldova in Chisinaumarker. With little hopes left for the squad, major changes took place. Coach Fuad Muzurović replaced Blaž Slišković and following the protest of 13 different players against the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina by not attending national games, Muzurovic was forced to rebuild the national team from scratch. Bosnia was then forced to play the rest of their qualifying games with a poor B or C team.

After this period of turmoil, a team was successfully put together, although little was expected of the squad since they did not have enough time to go under proper training against the next qualifying match against the solid Norwegians at home. However, with a stunning upset the Bosnians took advantage of all chances and played brilliantly, defeating Norway with 2-1 win, restoring the team's morale and reviving hopes of qualifying.

After the game against Norway, the Bosnian team continued its amazing success with astounding victories against Turkey and Malta. After these two games, the Bosnian squad unfortunately entered a second depression for the qualifiers which cost them the loss of qualification. A defeat by Hungary and a historically horrible bitter defeat by Moldova at home soil dramatically reduced the morale of both the team and the fans. The Bosnians then suffered two more defeats against Greece and Norway officially dropping them out of qualifications.

2010 FIFA World Cup

On 6 September 2008, Bosnia and Herzegovina, under new veteran coach Miroslav Blažević, began qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup against the current European champions Spain, losing 1-0 away but playing surprisingly well. Four days later, the national team recorded a historical 7-0 annihilation of Estonia, the biggest ever win in Bosnia's football history. On 11 October, Bosnia and Herzegovina lost 2-1 away to Turkey in Istanbulmarker. Despite the defeat, the Bosnians still grew in confidence. The next qualifier against Armenia, which occurred on 15 October at home, was won by the team with a score of 4-1 which allowed them to receive another three points.

In March/April 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina played the double header games against Belgium. Announced as heavy underdogs to win, Bosnia and Herzegovina stunned the football world with an impressive 4-2 away win to boost them up to second place, marking a new historical phase of high morale and overall player skill in the team's history. Only four days later, Belgium were unable to grab needed points away from home, receiving another blow with a loss of 2-1. This opened up a crucial four point cushion ahead of Turkey who lost twice to Spain.

In the final September/October qualifiers, Bosnia and Herzegovina gained a further seven points from four matches; two wins versus the two bottom teams of the group, Armenia and Estonia at away. The team drew against Euro 2008 semi-finalists Turkey, securing their historical achievement at being qualified for the UEFA Secound Round. The national team however suffered a high loss to Spain in the final standard qualification match, although both fans and the media portrayed the match as almost a friendly match as both teams played casually since the qualification objectives by both teams have been met.

Bosnia was scheduled against Portugal in the contest, but lost in both legs 1-0 and 0-1 respectively. The team did show skill in the first leg however, threatening Portugal multiple times but unfortunately often striking the woodwork.

UEFA Euro 2012

According to the final UEFA rankings for EURO 2012 qualifiers, released on November 19, 2009, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been seeded in Pot 3 for Euro 2012 qualifications. Final draw will be held in Poland on February 7th, 2010.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 5















Current squad

Squad called up for Play-Off matches against Portugal on 14 November and 18 November 2009.









Current starting 11

Last updated on 14 November 2009.



Recent call ups

The following players have been called up for World Cup 2010 Qualifiers.







World Cup record



European Championship record





Managers



For players of Yugoslavian national team seeYugoslavia national football team.

Most appearances



Notable BiH Players



Head-to-Head Records against other countries



See also



References

  1. Stadion Koševo: Stadion "Asim Ferhatović - HASE"


External links





Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D
L
GS
GA
1998
Did Not Qualify
2002
Did Not Qualify
2006
Did Not Qualify
2010
Did Not Qualify
Total
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D
L
GS
GA
2000
Did Not Qualify
2004
Did Not Qualify
2008
Did Not Qualify
2012
Total
Manager
Time Period
Position in Qualifiers
Mirsad Fazlagić 1992 - 1993
Fuad Muzurović 1993 - 1998 4/5 for WC1998
Faruk Hadžibegić 1999 - 1999
Mišo Smajlović 1999 - 2002 4/6 for EURO2000 ; 4/5 for WC2002
Blaž Slišković 2002 - 2006 4/5 for EURO2004 ; 3/6 for WC2006
Fuad Muzurović 2006 - 2007 4/7 for EURO2008
Meho Kodro 2008 - 2008
Miroslav Blažević 2008 - 2009 2/6 Playoff for WC2010
#
Name
Clubs
BiH career
Caps
Goals
1
Elvir Bolić
Rijeka/Rayo Vallecano/Fenerbahçemarker/Čelik Zenica
1996–2006
55
24
2
Sergej Barbarez
Bayer Leverkusen/Hamburg/Borussia Dortmund/Hansa Rostock, Union Berlin/Velež Mostar
1998–2006
47
17
3
Zvjezdan Misimović
Wolfsburg/Nuremberg/Bayern Munich
2004–present
47
16
4
Vedin Musić
Padova/Torino/Antalyaspor/Sloboda Tuzla
1995–2007
45
0
5
Hasan Salihamidžić
Juventus/Bayern Munich/Hamburg/Velež Mostar
1996–2006
43
6
Retired Still active
Sergej Barbarez Edin Džeko
Elvir Bolić Zvjezdan Misimović
Hasan Salihamidžić Vedad Ibišević
Elvir Baljić Emir Spahić
Meho Kodro Sejad Salihović
Mirsad Hibić Zlatan Bajramović
Vedin Musić Miralem Pjanić
Saša Papac Kenan Hasagić
Muhamed Konjić Elvir Rahimić
Mirsad Bešlija Zlatan Muslimović
Opponent
Games
Wins
Draws
Losses
Goals For
Goals Against
Goal Differential
2
0
0
2
0
2
-2
5
1
3
1
8
8
=0
6
0
2
4
6
14
-8
3
0
1
2
0
3
-3
4
2
1
1
6
3
+3
4
0
2
2
3
6
-3
5
3
1
1
14
3
+11
4
3
0
1
9
4
+5
4
3
0
1
8
7
+1
4
0
0
4
6
14
-8
6
1
1
4
10
17
-7
4
0
0
4
2
11
-9
3
3
0
0
7
4
+3
3
2
1
0
8
0
+8
3
2
1
0
5
2
+3
3
3
0
0
5
1
+4
4
2
0
2
3
5
-2
4
2
1
1
6
5
-1
5
2
1
2
7
5
+2
2
2
0
0
6
1
+5
1
0
1
0
1
1
=0
2
0
1
1
1
2
-1
2
0
0
2
1
3
-2
2
0
1
1
1
3
-2
2
1
1
0
3
2
+1
2
0
0
2
1
6
-5
2
0
1
1
0
2
-2
2
1
1
0
2
1
+1
2
0
1
1
1
3
-2
2
0
1
1
2
5
-3
2
0
0
2
0
5
-5
2
0
1
1
2
3
-1
2
0
1
1
2
3
-1
1
1
0
0
2
1
+1
1
0
1
0
2
2
=0
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
1
0
0
1
1
2
-1
2
2
0
0
6
1
+5
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
1
1
0
0
3
2
+1
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
1
0
0
1
0
5
-5
1
1
0
0
4
0
+4
1
1
0
0
2
0
+2
1
0
0
1
0
3
-3
1
0
0
1
0
2
-2
1
1
0
0
2
0
+2
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
1
0
0
1
0
1
-1
1
0
0
1
0
2
-2
1
1
0
0
2
1
+1
1
0
0
1
1
2
-1
1
0
1
0
2
2
=0
1
1
0
0
4
2
+2
1
0
0
1
0
1
-1
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