Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team
Zlatni Ljiljani (Golden Lilies)
|Association||Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Head coach||Safet Sušić|
|Asst coach||Borče Sredojević
|Most caps||Zvjezdan Misimović (73)|
|Top scorer||Edin Džeko (29)|
|Home stadium||Bilino Polje|
|Highest FIFA ranking||15 (June 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||173 (September 1996)|
|Highest Elo ranking||21 (7 June 2013)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||87 (5 October 1999)|
Iran 1–3 BiH
(Tehran, Iran; 6 June 1993)
Albania 2–0 BiH
(Tirana, Albania; 30 November 1995)
| BiH 7–0 Estonia
(Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 10 September 2008)
Liechtenstein 1–8 BiH
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 7 September 2012)
| Argentina 5–0 BiH
(Córdoba, Argentina; 14 May 1998)
The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team (Bosnian: Nogometna/Fudbalska reprezentacija Bosne i Hercegovine) is the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until 1992, Bosnian-Herzegovinian players were part of the Yugoslavia national football team.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team has never qualified for a major tournament but has come close on multiple occasions. Most notably, the national team played against 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 FIFA World Cup 1994 runners-up Italy on 6 November 1996. The national team's highest FIFA World Ranking was 15th in June 2013. In the past years, the national side finished twice among the top three best movers in FIFA World Ranking of the year.
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 and Herzegovina's best sides played in the Yugoslavian first, second and third divisions with moderate success, while its best players with the likes of Vahid Halilhodžić, Safet Sušić, Josip Katalinski, Faruk Hadžibegić, Ivica Osim, Asim Ferhatović, Blaž Slišković, Mehmed Baždarević, Dušan Bajević and many others were chosen to represent SFR Yugoslavia national football team.
Shortly after Bosnia and Herzegovina's independence from Yugoslavia, at the outbreak of Bosnian War, a selection of Bosnia and Herzegovina players under the name "Bosnia-Herzegovina Humanitarian Stars" took part in humanitarian friendly matches away from home versus K.R.C. Genk and 1. FC Kaiserslautern during March 1993. Blaž Slišković was the captain of this Bosnia and Herzegovina national side. A few months later, Bosnia and Herzegovina football team played their first match against another national team, and it took place in Tehran against Iran. Bosnia and Herzegovina won 3–1. However the result was never registered as Bosnia and Herzegovina was not yet a member of FIFA.
During the same period, on 22 July 1995, Bosnia and Herzegovina national team played another humanitarian match against Fortuna Düsseldorf, largely thanks to Aleksandar Ristić (Düsseldorf coach at the time) and Enver Marić (Düsseldorf goalkeeper coach) who were the most responsible for bringing the team to Germany at the time. Haris Škoro scored a brace for Bosnia at the game which finished 2–2.
The team's first FIFA recognized friendly match, coming just nine days after the Dayton Peace Agreement brought an end to the Bosnian War, was played in Tirana against Albania on 30 November 1995. Bosnia and Herzegovina was granted provisional FIFA membership to play this game. All the gear needed to play was borrowed. Bosnia and Herzegovina lost 2–0. The starting eleven playing under head coach Fuad Muzurović at that friendly contest were: Ismir Pintol, Vedin Musić, Ibrahim Duro, Muhamed Konjić, Senad Begić, Nedžad Fazlagić, Esmir Džafić, Enes Demirović, Husref Musemić, Asim Hrnjić, and Almir Turković.
Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team was not eligible to take part in FIFA World Cup 1994 qualifiers as the country only became a member of FIFA in July 1996. UEFA affiliation came in 1998 in Dublin and again the country missed out on taking part in UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers. In doing so Bosnia and Herzegovina became the only nation in the world in the modern times to first become a member of the World football organisation FIFA followed by becoming member of its continental organisation, UEFA.
World Cup 1998 qualifying
Bosnia and Herzegovina's first qualifying attempt for any major tournament saw them grouped with Greece, Denmark, and two former Yugoslav republics Croatia and Slovenia during qualifiers for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. On 1 September 1996, captained by Mehmed Baždarević, Bosnia and Herzegovina made their UEFA debut going down 3–0 versus Greece in their first ever official major tournament qualifying match. Bosnia and Herzegovina finished the group in fourth position, having beaten Slovenia both home and away as well as beating Denmark 3–0 at home. The Bosnia and Herzegovina home game against Croatia was played at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna due to high tensions between the two countries at the time. Fuad Muzurović led the team at its first qualifying campaign.
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
Mišo Smajlović’s Bosnia and Herzegovina side only managed to win 3 games from 10 played in the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying campaign. The results were two losses against the Czech Republic, two losses against the Scotland, a win and a draw against the Faroe Islands and Estonia respectively and a win and a loss against Lithuania. The team finished in third place level on points with Lithuania and Estonia but with better head-to-head record.
On 25 April 2000, Bosnia and Herzegovina played a humanitarian game for the Bosnian orphans against FIFA's World Stars XI in front of 25,000 people at the Koševo Stadium in Sarajevo. The game finished 0–1 in favour of the Stars through a Roberto Baggio penalty. Dunga and Ali Daei also made appearances for the World XI.
World Cup 2002 qualifying
In the World Cup 2002 qualifying round, the Bosnians continued the bad form and finished in fourth place, behind Spain, Austria and Israel having only beaten Liechtenstein both home and away. After this campaign Blaž Slišković was named to replace coach Mišo Smajlović.
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
In the qualifying campaign for Euro 2004, only one goal in the last home game against Denmark separated the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team from qualifying directly to the finals in Portugal. The team ended the qualifiers in fourth position, one point behind the second place playoff round spot, and two points away from first position, and with the equal amount of won games as the top three teams. Denmark won the group, although Bosnia and Herzegovina took 4 points from them in two head to head matches.
The qualifying campaign for Euro 2004 did not start brightly as Blaž Slišković’s men lost a home game against Romania who scored all three goals of the game in the first thirty minutes, which followed with a loss to Norway in Oslo to mark the end of qualifiers in 2002 for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In March the following year team beat Luxembourg and came out with a 2–0 win versus Denmark in Copenhagen. Romania however proved too strong once again for the Bosnians scoring once in each half to prevail in Craiova.
In September 2003 Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanks to Zlatan Bajramović's 87th minute strike, beat Norwegians in Zenica. This followed with a reverse victory in Luxembourg with Sergej Barbarez scoring the only goal of the game in first half. Bosnia climbed to third on the table with 12 points, two points short of both Romania and Denmark. At this point Romania completed their qualifying campaign and awaited results from the final round of matches. Norwegians were placed fourth, but had a home game against Luxembourg in the last round.
This meant that Bosnia with a victory over Denmark in the last round in Sarajevo could top the group and qualify directly for Euro 2004 in Portugal. Any other result meant finishing fourth as Norway were favourites against Luxembourg. Denmark on the other side needed a draw to come through as group winners.
In the final match, the Bosnian team fell behind to a Martin Jørgensen's 12th minute goal. In reply, Emir Spahić’s long pass was met by Hasan Salihamidžić who crossed the ball into the penalty area from the right side, with Elvir Bolić promptly heading in the equaliser in the 39th minute ensuring it was all to play for in the second half. However, both teams could not score again as it finished a heartbreaking 1–1 home draw for the Bosnians, who although played the game to win the group, had to settle for a fourth place finish instead. Denmark themselves finished with 10 men after Thomas Gravesen was sent off for his second bookable offence seconds before the end of match.
World Cup 2006 qualifying
In the World Cup 2006 qualifying round, the Bosnians played Spain, drawing twice, Belgium (one win, one loss), and Serbia and Montenegro (one draw, one loss), but spilled crucial points at home against Lithuania playing only 1-1. Against Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina drew at home but lost the second leg in Belgrade with a score 1–0. Bosnia and Herzegovina was hoping to finish in at least second position with an away win over their neighbours and hoping Spain to lose. Against Spain Bosnia led 1–0 for most of the match thanks to Zvjezdan Misimović's goal in the 39th minute but the game ended in draw when Carlos Marchena of Spain scored to level the game in the 96th minute at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia, and after Bosnia had had two men sent off. The match finished 1–1.
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign began with a 5–2 victory over Malta away. However, losses to Hungary and Greece at home, and a draw with Moldova in Chisinau led to Fuad Muzurović appointed as interim coach following the departure of Blaž Slišković. In addition to this change, 13 first team players refused to play for the national team calling fo four BiH FA officials at the time – Milan Jelić, Iljo Dominković, Sulejman Čolaković, and Ahmet Pašalić – to resign. Players like Senijad Ibričić, Boris Pandža, Edin Džeko, Vedad Ibišević and Sejad Salihović, who played in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 play-offs vs Czech Republic, commenced their senior careers at this point as a result.
Following this, Bosnia beat Norway 2–1 victory. In August 2007, the national team played a friendly match in Sarajevo against Croatia. losing 3–5, with Zlatan Muslimović scoring a hat trick for Bosnia.
After the game against Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina continued with two further wins at home, a 3–2 victory against Turkey and a marginal victory against Malta. Edin Džeko and Elvir Rahimić made debut appearances for the Bosnia and Herzegovina against Turkey in Sarajevo. After these two games, two defeats at home to Hungary and Moldova followed. Bosnia and Herzegovina then suffered further defeats against Greece, Norway and Turkey, finishing their qualifiers in the fourth position. Following yet another failed campaign Meho Kodro was named as a replacement coach for Fuad Muzurović, however Meho Kodro was quickly dismissed after only a few months in charge. Bosnia and Herzegovina football federation announced Miroslav Blažević was the new manager for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
World Cup 2010 qualifying
In October 2009, qualified for the UEFA Second round in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification finishing second with a game to spare in a group won by then European champions Spain. Edin Džeko was the top scorer of the group, and achieved equal second place overall in the Europe section with 9 goals, having just been overtaken by Theofanis Gekas for the first place, who scored 4 goals against Latvia in their second last game of the qualifiers. Bosnia and Herzegovina played Portugal losing both games by single goal. Along the standard qualification process the team beat Belgium, Estonia and Armenia at both home and away, and drew one game with Turkey.
|2010 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 5|
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round play-offs:
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Portugal||2–0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–0||1–0|
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
In October 2011, the national team coached by Safet Sušić reached their second consecutive play-off berth during qualification for the UEFA Euro 2012 as they were unable to beat France national football team in Paris. The Bosnians had to win the game to top Group D and qualify for the tournament. Edin Džeko scored and they led 0–1 until the 77th minute when Scottish referee Craig Thomson awarded a penalty to France. The French leveled the game which meant that Bosnia and Herzegovina finished second, one point behind France.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was drawn to play Portugal, who were the 8th ranked team in the world at the time, for the second play-off in a row. After a scoreless first leg, qualification would be decided in Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo (two goals) and Nani both scored as Portugal went on to record a 6–2 win. Bosnia and Herzegovina went 2–0 down after 25 minutes. Zvjezdan Misimović scored in the 41st minute to reduce the score to 2–1 from a penalty kick before Cristiano Ronaldo again restored a two goal advantage after the interval. At this point, Bosnia and Herzegovina were reduced to ten men as Senad Lulić received two yellow cards in less than a minute; In the 65th minute, Bosnian captain Emir Spahić, reduced the deficit to one goal once again knowing that a score draw was all that was required for Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for UEFA Euro 2012. However, Bosnia lost 6–2 on the day, and on aggregate.
|UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group D|
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs:
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–6||Portugal||0–0||2–6|
In the eventual tournament, Portugal went out in Semi-Final stage of Euro 2012 on penalties to Spain, the only side to progress this far in the tournament out of all Euro 2012 qualification play-off sides which again underlined how difficult the opponent was for the Bosnian side.
World Cup 2014 qualifying
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers got under way in Liechtenstein on 7 September 2012. Bosnia and Herzegovina are drawn with Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Liechtenstein. The Bosnia and Herzegovina national side has recorded an 1–8 away victory over Liechtenstein in the opening game, the equal highest victory for the side to date. This was followed with a 4–1 win against Latvia at home in Zenica.
Bosnia-Herzegovina concluded their qualifiers in 2012 undefeated and placed at the top of Group G on goal difference ahead of Greece, doing so for the first time in their history, having come away with a 0–0 draw in Piraeus, Greece, and winning 3–0 at home over Lithuania in Zenica during the October qualifiers. In November 2012 Bosnia won an away friendly match against Algeria.
2013 began with a friendly victory over Slovenia away from home. Having lost A.S. Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanić due to injury prior to the qualifier against Greece, Edin Džeko scored twice in the match that finished 3–1. Džeko took the man-of-the-match award. This was their first ever victory over Greece in 7 meetings. This followed with a 5–0 demolition of Latvia in Riga. Bosnia are currently undefeated in 9 matches with 29 goals scored and 3 goals conceded. Currently Edin Džeko is the leading top scorer of the national side, as well as UEFA confederation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with 8 goals scored.
Coming through the ranks to the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team at this stage are Miroslav Stevanović and Muhamed Bešić who helped Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-21 football team claim second position during qualifications for 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, but unfortunately just missing out on the play-offs spots.
On 6 December 2012, a report published by a Brazilian sports consulting firm placed the team as the 18th most valuable national team in the world.
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
|7 September 2012
|Liechtenstein||1 – 8||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
Referee: Marco Borg (Malta)
|Christen 61'||Report||Misimović 26', 31'
Ibišević 33', 40', 83'
Džeko 46', 64', 81'
|11 September 2012
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4 – 1||Latvia||Bilino Polje, Zenica
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
|Misimović 12' (pen.), 54'
|12 October 2012
|Greece||0 – 0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Referee: Antonio Damato (Italy)
|16 October 2012
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3 – 0||Lithuania||Bilino Polje, Zenica
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic)
|22 March 2013
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3 – 1||Greece||Bilino Polje, Zenica
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
|Džeko 29', 52'
|7 June 2013
|Latvia||0 – 5||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Skonto Stadium, Riga
Referee: Mike Dean (England)
|6 September 2013
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||v||Slovakia||Bilino Polje, Zenica
|10 September 2013
|Slovakia||v||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina
|11 October 2013
||Bosnia and Herzegovina||v||Liechtenstein||Bilino Polje, Zenica
|15 October 2013
||Lithuania||v||Bosnia and Herzegovina||LFF Stadium, Vilnius
Recent and forthcoming fixtures
|Edin Džeko||Manchester City|
The box below, shows the results of all matches played in the rescent past, and the scheduled matches in the near future.
Last updated: 7 June 2013.
Source: nfsbih.net (Bosnian)
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Match Date: 7 June 2013
Caps and goals correct as of: 7 June 2013
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months:
Records and Statistics
Zvjezdan Misimović has scored 23 goals as of now. On the Bosnian and Herzegovinian football association page it says 25 goals but that information is incorrect. For the game Bosnia vs Turkey during qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2008, the website shows (see ref link at date 02.06.2007) that Misimović scored a goal, but in fact it was his team mate Muslimović who scored, as Misimović was not a scorer in that game. He has also played one extra game due to a duplication error on the website of the same match. In addition, Zvjezdan Misimović did not score a goal versus Lithuania on 30 March 2005, rather it was his team mate Elvir Bolić with Shirt Number 7. This note should remain active until Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine (Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) correct their mistake.
This is a list of Bosnia-Herzegovina captains for all official tournament qualifying matches as well as all friendly matches.
Note: the column "Games" signifies overall games as captain, not overall caps. The table shows team captains with 5 or more captain caps to their name. In the past some of the other players to have worn the captains band include: Bruno Akrapović (4) 1999–2003, Mehmed Baždarević (2) 1996, Vlatko Glavaš (1) 1997, Suvad Katana (2) 1998, Hasan Salihamidžić (1) 2004, Zlatan Bajramović (1) 2006, Džemal Berberović (1) 2007, Edin Džeko (2) 2010.
The below table as yet does not include ANY minor tournaments data.
Table correct as of 7 June 2013.
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1998||Did Not Qualify||8||3||0||5||9||14|
|2018||To Be Determined|
|2022||To Be Determined|
- World Cup 1930 to 1990 – was part of Yugoslavia national football team
- World Cup 1994 – Could Not Enter as the national team was not yet a member of FIFA.
European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record|
|2000||Did not qualify||10||3||2||5||14||17|
|2016||To Be Determined|
- Euro 1960 to 1992 – was part of Yugoslavia national football team
- Euro 1996 – Could Not Enter as the national team was not yet a member of UEFA.
|1997 Dunhill Cup||Runners-up||2||5||3||1||1||9||5|
|2001 Millennium Soccer Cup||Runners-up||2||5||3||1||1||7||5|
|2001 Merdeka Tournament||Runners-up||2||5||3||1||1||7||4|
|2001 LG Cup||Runners-up||2||2||1||0||1||4||6|
Current coaching staff
On 28 December 2009, Sušić was named coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. His debut was a friendly match against Ghana in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the game 2–1 after goals from Vedad Ibišević and Miralem Pjanić. After only 2 wins in Sušić's 6 first matches in charge of the national team, including 2–0 loss to France in the qualification for Euro 2012, Sušić came under a lot of criticism from several journalists and columnists who called for him to resign.
During 2011, Sušić's Bosnia national football side recorded a 7 game unbeaten run (beating Albania, Belarus twice, Luxembourg and recording three draws against Greece, France and Portugal), conceding one goal in the process, which led to FIFA rank of 19th in the world in January to February 2012. Bosnia-Herzegovina failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2012 losing to Portugal national football team in the play-offs for the tournament.
Safet Sušić remains as Bosnia's manager through the qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2014. During recent qualifiers for 2014 FIFA World Cup, Sušić's Bosnia-Herzegovina is placed undefeated at the top of their group on goal difference ahead of Greece.
|Assistant Manager||Borče Sredojević|
|Assistant Manager||Elvir Baljić|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Tomislav Piplica|
|Managing Director||Fuad Kečo|
|Name||Tenure||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %||Points per game||Position in Qualifiers|
|Mirsad Fazlagić (caretaker)||1992–1993||1||1||0||0||100||3|
|Fuad Muzurović||1993–1998||13||4||1||8||30.76||1||4/5 for WC 1998|
|Mišo Smajlović||1999–2002||13||3||3||5||23.07||0.92||3/6 for EURO 2000
4/5 for WC 2002
|Blaž Slišković||2002–2006||37||11||11||15||29.73||1.19||4/5 for EURO 2004
3/6 for WC 2006
|Fuad Muzurović||2006–2007||9||3||0||6||33.33||1||4/7 for EURO 2008|
|Denijal Pirić (caretaker)||2008||1||1||0||0||100||3|
|Miroslav Blažević||2008–2009||17||8||2||7||47.05||1.53||2/6 Playoff for WC 2010|
|Safet Sušić||2009–||32||16||7||9||2/6 Playoff for EURO 2012|
Table correct as of 7 June 13. Statistics include official FIFA recognised matches only apart from Mirsad Fazlagic's match against Iran.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina national team uses a small-capacity center called "Kulturno Sportski Centar Famos Hrasnica" located in Hrasnica in the city of Ilidža, a suburb of capital city Sarajevo for light training sessions ahead of international matches. A modern training camp for the national football team is being built in Crkvice neighborhood in Zenica which is expected to be finished sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.[dated info]
Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium is a stadium owned by the city of Sarajevo. It is also known as Koševo Stadium and formerly Olympic Stadium. The capacity is 34,630. Koševo Stadium is located in the Koševo neighborhood of Sarajevo and it is used mostly by FK Sarajevo. The stadium was opened in 1947. In 1984, it was reconstructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics, and is therefore often called Olympic Stadium. Now, it is officially called "Asim Ferhatović – Hase" since July 2004, after Asim Ferhatović, the FK Sarajevo player who retired in 1967.
Attendance for concerts at the stadium can be 80,000 places, such as for U2's PopMart Tour in 1997 and Dino Merlin's Burek tour in 2004. It is the secondary home stadium of the national football side of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bilino Polje is the home football stadium of NK Čelik from the city of Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of two main stadiums of the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The stadium was built and opened in 1972. It was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina's first match, a friendly played against Albania in 1995 with the final result being a 0–0 draw. The stadium is considered a "curse" for foreign national teams, because the Bosnian national team usually wins or rarely loses their home games at Bilino Polje stadium. In a period stretching from 1995 to October 2006, Bosnia went undefeated at home in around 15 games played in Zenica. The city of Zenica had to wait another five years (1995–2000) before the next match of the national team was played at the stadium. This match was also a friendly, this time against Macedonia, with the final result being a victory for the home side 1–0. The Bosnian national team never lost on this field until the Euro 2008 qualifier against Hungary. During 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bosnia and Herzegovina national team played all their First round home matches at this stadium, losing only once, to current European and soon to be World Champion; Spain.
On 10 August 2012, the Bosnian Federation and the local government of City of Zenica financed the replacement of the old grass surface at the Bilino Polje Stadium after numerous complaints from visiting teams about its quality.
|Table of games played at Home Stadiums|
|Stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase||Sarajevo||29||9||8||12||31:37|
|Stadium Bilino Polje||Zenica||29||18||6||5||57:25|
|Stadion pod Borićima||Bihać||1||0||1||0||2:2|
Table correct as of 23 March 2013.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the team is typically referred to as Lilies (Bosnian: Ljiljani), a reference to the Fleur-de-lis of the 14th century Bosnian king, Tvrtko I of Bosnia, or Dragons (Bosnian: Zmajevi), which is not a reference to Husein Gradaščević, a Bosniak general who fought for autonomy of a Bosniak state in 19th century, even though he is known as Dragon of Bosnia (Dragon is a common Bosnian nickname for successful or aspiring men). The name Dragons was actually coined by Marjan Mijajlović a Bosnian sports commentator; first while he worked for Sport Klub when he was commentating Bundesliga matches in which Bosnian players played, he would call them Zmajevi (Dragons), later when he commentated the game against Belgium (during qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup), he used this name to refer to the whole team.
In foreign media, sometimes they are referred to as the Golden Lilies.
The table below shows the history of kit manufacturers for the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Large number of national team's supporters come from Northern and Western Europe, North America, and some as far away as Australia. Most of these fans are members of BHFanaticos and BHLegion groups.
In the game Norway v Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the Ullevål Stadium in Oslo on 24 March 2007, Bosnian fans caused an hour long delay due to an unprecedented amount of flares that had been thrown onto the pitch in protest against corruption in the former Football Federation of Bosnia.
Before every game, during playing of Bosnian national anthem, BH Fanaticos sing lyrics from the old national anthem Jedna si jedina as current national anthem does not have lyrics in all international sports Bosnia is part of (mainly football, basketball and handball).
On 1 June 2008, former Bosnia and Herzegovina players Meho Kodro and Elvir Bolić organised a friendly humanitarian game in Sarajevo called "Kodro, Bola and Friends" between former Bosnian football legends, in order to gain support, to say its time for changes in the Bosnian Football Association. The game was organised to commence at the same time as Bosnia and Herzegovina national side faced Azerbaijan in a friendly in Zenica. The attendance in Sarajevo was 15,000 while in Zenica only about 50. The game in Sarajevo was organised by the Federal TV who broadcast the humanitarian game live. A significant number of Bosnian International players were involved in the game, which ended 11–9 in favour of Team Kodro.
Head-to-Head records against other countries
Tables correct as of 7 June 13. The list also includes first and last games played against an opponent.
|Bosnia-Herzegovina's all-time international record, 1995–present|
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential||First games||Last games||Best Win||Worst Loss|
|Republic of Ireland||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||26.05.2012||26.05.2012||x||0:1|
|Serbia and Montenegro||5||0||2||3||1||6||−5||14.01.2001||12.10.2005||x||0:2|
The table lists opponents played, sorted by members of FIFA affiliated confederations.
Bosnia-Herzegovina's all-time record sorted by FIFA Confederations, 1995–present
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential||First games||Last games|
- FIFA World Cup
- UEFA European Football Championship
- Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team results
- Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-21 football team
- Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-19 football team
- Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-17 football team
- Bosnia and Herzegovina women's national football team
- The Bosnian footballer of the year award – Idol of the nation
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