FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Part of the former Yugoslavia, whose side regularly qualified for the FIFA World Cup, Bosnia-Herzegovina may have taken some time to adjust to the cut and thrust of international football, but are now regarded as a team capable of competing with the world’s best. They initially flirted with qualification prior to Germany 2006, finishing third in their group, and followed that up by securing a spot in the play-offs four years later. The Zmajevi did eventually make it to the promised land, bagging a berth at Brazil 2014 by topping their qualifying section. Once at the tournament, however, a lack of experience let them down as they failed to advance from the group stage.
The Bosnians can count on numerous talented players who are capable of transforming a match in the blink of an eye, such as forwards Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, midfielders Miralem Pjanic and Senad Lulic, defender Emir Spahic and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
An ex-international midfielder who represented Yugoslavia (54 caps) as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina (11 caps), Mehmed Bazdarevic previously spent the majority of his playing and coaching career in France (at Sochaux, Nimes, Istres and Grenoble), but also enjoyed brief adventures in Tunisia (Etoile du Sahel) and Qatar (Al-Wakrah). His impressive coaching CV features two successful promotion campaigns (with Istres and Grenoble) and a CAF Champions League final (with Etoile du Sahel). Bazdarevic succeeded Safet Susic, also a former playmaker, at the helm of the Bosnian national team in December 2014, in what was his first international appointment.
2:07 – During his country’s opening game against Argentina at Brazil 2014, unfortunate Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac scored the fastest own goal in World Cup history after two minutes and seven seconds.
The former stars
Vahid Halilhodzic, Hasan Salihamidzic, Safet Susic, Zvjezdan Misimovic