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BOSNIA FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in international association football.

The Team is governed by the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (N/FSBiH). Until 1992, Bosnian-Herzegovinian players were part of the SFR Yugoslavia national football team.

Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, their first major tournament as an independent nation, after winning their qualifying group ahead of Greece.Bosnia-Herz. national team is yet to qualify for a European Championship. Before this success, the national team came close to qualifying for major tournaments on a few occasions. The team lost to Portugal in play-offs for both 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. The national side has also been in a situation during qualifiers for both UEFA Euro 2004 and UEFA Euro 2012 needing a victory in the final game to progress directly to the final tournament. During World Cup 2006 qualifying, the team needed a victory in the final match to book a playoff berth, at its opponents expense.

Bosnia's home ground is Bilino Polje Stadium in the city of Zenica. The national team's first international victory as a FIFA member came against 1994 FIFA World Cup runners-up Italy on 6 November 1996. The national team's highest FIFA World Ranking was 13th in August 2013. October 2013 FIFA World Rankings, used to seed qualified teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, placed Bosnia and Herzegovina as the highest ranked team of all former Yugoslav republics for the first time in history.

The game reached Bosnia and Herzegovina at the start of the 20th century, with Mostar the first city to embrace it in 1905. Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zenica and Bihać were next along with numerous smaller towns as the sport spread. The country was under Austro-Hungarian rule when official competition began in 1908, though these activities were on a small scale within each territory. At the outbreak of World War I, there were four clubs in Sarajevo and approximately 20 outside the capital. The creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia post 1918 brought an increase in the number of leagues, and soon a domestic national championship was organised featuring two teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1920, the direct predecessor of the football federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina was founded as the Sarajevo football subassociation. The unified championship ran until 1939/40.

The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded after the Second World War, being affiliated to the Yugoslav Football Association.

 

 

 

BOSNIA FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club 
Courtois, Thibaut 1992-05-11 Goalkeeper   Atlético Madrid 1 0 0 0 0 0
Alderweireld, Toby 1989-03-02 Centre Back   Atlético Madrid 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kompany, Vincent 1986-04-10 Centre Back   Manchester City 1 0 0 0 0 0
Van Buyten, Daniel 1978-02-07 Centre Back   Bayern München 1 0 0 0 0 0
Vertonghen, Jan 1987-04-24 Centre Back   Tottenham Hotspur 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lombaerts, Nicolas 1985-03-20 Centre Back   Zenit St. Peterburg 0 1 0 0 0 0
Pocognoli, Sébastien 1987-08-01 Left Back   Hannover 96 0 1 0 0 0 0
Vanden Borre, Anthony 1987-10-24 Right Back   RSC Anderlecht 0 1 0 0 0 0
Fellaini, Marouane 1987-11-22 Attacking Midfielder   Manchester United 1 0 1 0 0 0
De Bruyne, Kevin 1991-06-28 Attacking Midfielder   VfL Wolfsburg 1 0 0 0 0 0
Witsel, Axel 1989-01-12 Centre Midfielder   Zenit St. Peterburg 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nainggolan, Radja 1988-05-04 Defensive Midfielder   AS Roma 0 1 1 0 0 0
Benteke, Christian 1990-12-03 Centre Forward   Aston Villa FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mertens, Dries 1987-05-06 Left Winger   SSC Napoli 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mirallas, Kévin 1987-10-05 Right Winger   Everton FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hazard, Eden 1991-01-07 Left Winger   Chelsea FC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lukaku, Romelu 1993-05-13 Centre Forward   Everton FC 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

 

1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Group 1 standings
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Denmark 17 8 5 2 1 14 6 8
 Croatia 15 8 4 3 1 17 12 5
 Greece 14 8 4 2 2 11 4 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 9 8 3 0 5 9 14 -5
 Slovenia 1 8 0 1 7 5 20 -15

 

 
 

 

BOSNIA FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

MOST CAPS

# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Zvjezdan Misimović
2004– 80 25
2
Emir Spahić
2003– 72 3
3
Edin Džeko
2007– 60 33
4
Vedad Ibišević
2007– 53 20
5
Elvir Bolić
1996–2008 51 22
6
Sergej Barbarez
1998–2006 48 17
7
Miralem Pjanić
2008– 46 8
8
Vedin Musić
1995–2007 45 0
9
Hasan Salihamidžić
1996–2006 44 6
10
Kenan Hasagić
2002–2012 43 0

 

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

# Name Career Goals Caps
1
Edin Džeko
2007– 33 60
2
Zvjezdan Misimović
2004– 25 80
3
Elvir Bolić
1996–2006 22 51
4
Vedad Ibišević
2007– 20 53
5
Sergej Barbarez
1998–2006 17 48
6
Elvir Baljić
1996–2005 14 38
7
Zlatan Muslimović
2006–2011 12 30
8
Miralem Pjanic
2008– 8 46
9
Hasan Salihamidžić
1996–2006 6 44
10
Dželaludin Muharemović
1997–2001 6 18