The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine or N/FSBiH, Cyrillic: Ногометни/Фудбалски Савез Босне и Херцеговине), based in Sarajevo, is the chief officiating body of football in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian football association was founded as the Sarajevo football sub-association of former Yugoslavia in 1920. In 1992 the association was re-founded as the football federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In May, 2002, Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unified to include both Bosnian ethnic football associations.
The game reached Bosnia and Herzegovina at the start of the 20th century, with Sarajevo (in 1903) and Mostar (in 1905) being the first cities to embrace it. 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; SAŠK, Slavija, Đerzelez (also known as Sarajevski), and Makabi Sarajevo (also known as Barkohba) 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.
During the season 1997–98 Bosnia-Herzegovina football league competition included both Bosniak and Bosnian Croat clubs playing against each other for a very first time. Before this, the leagues ran strictly divided along ethnic lines. Bosnian Serb clubs joined the league system in 2002.
In May, 2002, Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unified to include both Bosnian ethnic football associations, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association, based in Sarajevo, and Republika Srpska Football Association, based in Banja Luka. The unified Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina that includes clubs from both entities started from the 2002-03 season and is active today.
FIFA suspends Bosnian FA (April 2011 - June 2011)
On April 1, 2011 UEFA and FIFA announced the suspension of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina with immediate effect. UEFA and FIFA decided to do so because the Federation didn't follow the new UEFA statute, namely the rule under which the federation must be led by a single president. They had three, one for each one of the constituent national ethnicities:Bosniaks, Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats, as was the case with the Dayton Agreement. The suspension was lifted on 30 May 2011 after the new statute was unanimously approved by all three ethnic groups. Suspension lasted for 2 months.
In the past years, some Bosnian players were very vocal about their opposition to then-leaders in the Bosnian FA, who were elected or appointed because of ethnic affiliation rather than professional qualifications. Fans often either boycotted the games or displayed anti-FA banners at the games they did attend. 13 Bosnian national team players (Misimović, Berberović, Grujić, Bartolović, Hrgović, Bajramović, Papac, Spahić, Milenković, Grlić, Bešlija, Hasagić, and Tolja) released a statement published in Dnevni Avaz daily, announcing they would boycott all national team matches until four FA officials – Milan Jelić, Iljo Dominković, Sulejman Čolaković, and Ahmet Pašalić – resigned. “We will no longer accept call-ups to the national team while these people are performing these functions, hoping that our gesture will mark the first step in the healing of this cancer in our soccer and a new beginning for the national team for which our hearts beat.” in the letter it was quoted. A new team had to be assembled to continue qualifications for Euro 2008. Former forwards Sergej Barbarez and Elvir Bolić were the most vocal against the corruption in the Bosnian FA appearing on numerous TV shows expressing their deep frustration about the situation in the Bosnian football over the years.
FIFA imposes normalisation committee (April 2011 - December 2012)
Ivica Osim become the interim leader of the Bosnia-Herz. association, after FIFA and UEFA suspended the country from international competitions for two months on 1 April 2011.
From April 1, 2011, to December 2012, NSBiH was run by an FIFA-imposed normalisation committee with football great Ivica Osim at the head, which helped lift the FIFA imposed suspension of Bosnian football.
Other members of the Normalisation Committee include former football players and managers: Faruk Hadžibegić, Dušan Bajević, Sergej Barbarez and Jasmin Baković. According to many football enthusiasts, this was a welcome change for the football in the country. One of those dissmised from their positions was a former NSBiH secretary general Munib Ušanović, who was successfully prosecuted over tax evasion and illegal misappropriation of the NFSBiH funds. Together with Miodrag Kureš, Munib Ušanović has been sentenced to five years in jail over tax fraud.
Elvedin Begić elected first single president (December 2012)
On December 13, 2012, members of Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina voted in Elvedin Begić as the new first single president of the BiH football federation for the next four years. Mr Begić was serving as vice president to Normalisation Committee prior to this position.
UEFA President opens sport centre in Zenica (September 2013)
Since Bosnia became a member of FIFA in 1996 and until April 2011, the Football Federation was headed by a three-member presidency, made up of a Bosniak, a Croat and a Serb. Due to Bosnia's unique situation and its political problems this setup was tolerated for years by both FIFA and UEFA - until transition period was over on April 1, 2011, when they suspended the association for failing to comply with FIFA statutes.
Note: Since 1996 to 2011 past FA presidents were regularly rotated.
Notable national team managers from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Table correct as at 14 December 2014.
List ONLY includes managers of senior national teams originating from Bosnia who have worked overseas and/or who have had national team success.
Does not include managers of junior sides. Also the list does not include assistant to national coach managers. See full list of Bosnia-Herzegovina national team managers.
Miroslav Blažević was born in Travnik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (present day Bosnia), but lived most of his life in Zagreb, Croatia. He is considered to be both Bosnian and/or Croatian manager having managed teams from both nations, including their national teams.