Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Zmajevi (The Dragons)
Zlatni ljiljani (The Golden Lilies)
Association Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (N/FSBiH)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mehmed Baždarević
Captain Edin Džeko
Most caps Emir Spahić (89)
Top scorer Edin Džeko (46)
Home stadium Bilino Polje
FIFA code BIH
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 29 Steady (11 August 2016)
Highest 13 (August 2013)
Lowest 173 (September 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 25 Increase 10 (10 July 2016)
Highest 21 (June 2013)
Lowest 87 (October 1999)
First international

Non-FIFA international
 Iran 1–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Tehran, Iran; 12 September 1993)[1][2][3]

FIFA international
 Albania 2–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Tirana, Albania; 30 November 1995)[4]
Biggest win
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7–0 Estonia 
(Zenica, BiH; 10 September 2008)
 Liechtenstein 1–8 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 7 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 5–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Córdoba, Argentina; 14 May 1998)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2014)
Best result Group Stage, 2014

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team (Bosnian: Nogometna/Fudbalska reprezentacija Bosne i Hercegovine; Cyrillic: Ногометна/Фудбалска репрезентација Боснe и Херцеговинe) represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in association football and is governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until 1992, Bosnian and Herzegovinian players were part of the Yugoslavia national football team.

Bosnia and Herzegovina achieved their best result when they reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup as winners of their qualifying group.[5][6] They were eliminated after group stage narrow losses to Argentina and Nigeria and a win over Iran; finishing twentieth overall. The team has appeared in numerous other qualification play-offs, in 2010 FIFA World Cup play-offs loss to Portugal, as well as qualifying play-offs for UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016, losing to Portugal and Republic of Ireland respectively, preventing the team to reach their first UEFA European Championship.[7][8][9][10]

Bosnia and Herzegovina's home ground is Bilino Polje Stadium in the city of Zenica. The team's highest FIFA World Ranking was 13th in August 2013.[11][12]

History[edit]

Bosnia-Herzegovina squad in March 2002 under manager Blaž Slišković.

Bosnia and Herzegovina have seen a steady rise in their fortunes on the international football stage in recent times. Historically, Bosnia, a war torn and divided nation, has managed multiple playoff appearances and has qualified to one FIFA World Cup. More often than not, the team produces solid results in qualifiers and challenges for a top spot.

From 1920 to 1992, the players lined out for Yugoslavia, but following the outbreak of the Bosnian war and subsequent independence, a new football nation arose from the ashes.

The early period saw Bosnia-Herzegovina have to wait until the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to compete for a place in a major competition. Bosnia finished fourth in a group that included Greece, Denmark, Croatia and Slovenia. This was then subsequently followed by further disappointment with lackluster campaigns in the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers, as well as the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[13][14]

This early period was followed by Bosnia coming very close to qualifying directly for their first ever major competition, UEFA Euro 2004, narrowly missing out by a single goal against Denmark.[15]

Bosnia failed to make the grade in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, despite being unbeaten at home, and the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, which saw their poor home form cost them. Bosnia-Herzegovina then experienced double heartbreak, bowing out twice in the playoffs to Portugal, first 2–0 on aggregate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup decider and then 6–2 on aggregate in the UEFA Euro 2012 decider, before finally breaking their curse by qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[16][17][18]

Bosnia-Herzegovina squad in March 2015 under manager Mehmed Baždarević.

Bosnia managed to finish a creditable third in a group which included Argentina at their first ever major competition, and tasted their first victory thanks to a 3–1 win over Iran.[19] Nigeria pipped Bosnia for second place in the group with a 1–0 win marred with controversy following an incorrectly disallowed goal scored by Edin Džeko in the first half.[20][21][22]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9
 Nigeria 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
 Iran 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

Bosnia finished third in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers behind Belgium and Wales. After making an unfortunate start to the qualifiers with a surprise 2–1 home defeat against Cyprus and managing just two points through four games, manager Safet Sušić was dismissed and replaced by Mehmed Baždarević.[23][24][25]

After the slow start, the Bosnian performance improved dramatically, with five wins in their remaining six matches, including victories over Wales and Israel along with three clean sheets. However, they ultimately failed to qualify after a two legged playoff encounter with the Republic of Ireland.[26][27]

2018 FIFA World Cup – qualification[edit]

On 9 November 2015, the Bosnian FA extended the contract with Baždarević through the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.[28] Bosnia-Herzegovina was drawn to face Belgium, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus and Gibraltar during the qualifying stage.[29]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 7 Oct '16 25 Mar '17 13 Nov '16 10 Oct '17 31 Aug '17
1  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible second round[a] 7 Oct '17 9 Jun '17 6 Sep '16 10 Oct '16 25 Mar '17
1  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Sep '17 13 Nov '16 31 Aug '17 7 Oct '16 10 Oct '17
1  Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Jun '17 10 Oct '17 10 Oct '16 3 Sep '17 7 Oct '16
1  Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Sep '16 31 Aug '17 7 Oct '17 25 Mar '17 13 Nov '16
1  Gibraltar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Oct '16 3 Sep '17 6 Sep '16 7 Oct '17 9 Jun '17
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Matches[edit]

6 September 2016 (2016-09-06)
Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Estonia

7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)
Belgium  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina

10 October 2016 (2016-10-10)
Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Cyprus

13 November 2016 (2016-11-13)
Greece  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina
TBA

25 March 2017 (2017-03-25)
Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Gibraltar
TBA

9 June 2017 (2017-06-09)
Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Greece

31 August 2017 (2017-08-31)
Cyprus  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina

3 September 2017 (2017-09-03)
Gibraltar  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina
TBA

7 October 2017 (2017-10-07)
Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Belgium

10 October 2017 (2017-10-10)
Estonia  v  Bosnia and Herzegovina

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifing match against Estonia on 6 September 2016.
Caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2016 after the game against Japan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Asmir Begović (vice-captain) (1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 29) 50 0 England Chelsea
1GK Ibrahim Šehić (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 27) 6 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
1GK Jasmin Burić (1987-02-18) 18 February 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Poland Lech Poznań

2DF Emir Spahić (1980-08-18) 18 August 1980 (age 36) 89 4 Germany Hamburg
2DF Ognjen Vranješ (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 26) 25 0 Russia Tom Tomsk
2DF Toni Šunjić (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 27) 23 0 Germany Stuttgart
2DF Ervin Zukanović (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 29) 15 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Ermin Bičakčić (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 26) 14 2 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
2DF Sead Kolašinac (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 23) 13 0 Germany Schalke 04
2DF Edin Cocalić (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 28) 7 0 Belgium Mechelen
2DF Mateo Sušić (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 25) 4 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Marin Aničić (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Kazakhstan Astana

3MF Miralem Pjanić (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 26) 68 11 Italy Juventus
3MF Haris Medunjanin (1985-03-08) 8 March 1985 (age 31) 51 7 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
3MF Senad Lulić (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 30) 48 2 Italy Lazio
3MF Edin Višća (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 26) 25 2 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
3MF Haris Duljević (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
3MF Mario Vrančić (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 27) 4 0 Germany Darmstadt 98
3MF Srđan Grahovac (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 23) 3 0 Austria Rapid Wien
3MF Gojko Cimirot (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Greece PAOK
3MF Danijel Milićević (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Belgium Gent
3MF Tomislav Tomić (1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski

4FW Edin Džeko (captain) (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 30) 79 46 Italy Roma
4FW Vedad Ibišević (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 32) 73 25 Germany Hertha Berlin
4FW Milan Đurić (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 26) 10 7 Italy Cesena
4FW Armin Hodžić (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last twelve months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kenan Pirić (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sloboda Tuzla v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
GK Goran Karačić (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Turkey Adanaspor v.  Denmark, 3 June 2016 INJ

DF Aleksandar Kosorić (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 29) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
DF Almir Bekić (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
DF Samir Memišević (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Netherlands Groningen v.  Denmark, 3 June 2016 WD
DF Daniel Graovac (1993-08-08) 8 August 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski v.   Switzerland, 29 March 2016
DF Mensur Mujdža (1984-03-28) 28 March 1984 (age 32) 37 0 Germany Freiburg v.  Republic of Ireland, 16 November 2015 INJ

MF Izet Hajrović (1991-08-09) 9 August 1991 (age 25) 20 3 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
MF Anel Hadžić (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 27) 13 0 Unattached v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
MF Miroslav Stevanović (1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 26) 12 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
MF Rade Krunić (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Empoli v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
MF Filip Arežina (1992-11-08) 8 November 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
MF Zvonimir Kožulj (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Japan, 7 June 2016
MF Muhamed Bešić (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 23) 26 0 England Everton v.  Spain, 29 May 2016
MF Tino-Sven Sušić (1992-02-13) 13 February 1992 (age 24) 8 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Spain, 29 May 2016 INJ
MF Sanjin Prcić (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 22) 5 0 France Rennes v.  Spain, 29 May 2016 INJ
MF Sejad Salihović (1984-10-08) 8 October 1984 (age 31) 47 4 China Beijing Renhe v.  Republic of Ireland, 16 November 2015

FW Riad Bajić (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Turkey Konyaspor v.  Spain, 29 May 2016 INJ
FW Ermin Zec (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 28) 10 1 Unattached v.  Republic of Ireland, 13 November 2015 INJ
  • INJ Withdrawn due to injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • WD Withdrew.

Previous squads[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

After Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia on 1 March 1992, the national football team was soon formed but could not enter qualifying for 1994 World Cup as the national association was not yet a member of FIFA. During qualifiers for 1998 World Cup, Bosnia's first home match against Croatia was played at Bologna.[30] The match was held at the neutral venue due to the renovation of the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium.

The team finished in third place during 2006 World Cup qualifying, recording two draws with Spain along the way. During qualifiers for 2010 World Cup Bosnia reached its first ever playoffs for a major tournament, though eventually losing to Portugal 2–0 on aggregate.

The 2014 World Cup is the first time Bosnia has appeared at a major tournament as an independent nation, having qualified as winners of UEFA Group G.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Position
Part of  Yugoslavia
1930 to 1994
as Bosnia and Herzegovina Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
United States 1994 Could not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 8 3 0 5 9 14 4/5
as Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify 8 2 2 4 12 12 4/5
Germany 2006 10 4 4 2 12 9 3/6
South Africa 2010 12 6 1 5 25 15 2/6 Lost Playoff
Brazil 2014 Group stage 20th 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad 10 8 1 1 30 6 1/6
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group stage 1/5 3 1 0 2 4 4 48 23 8 17 88 56

European Championship[edit]

UEFA Euro record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
Part of  Yugoslavia
1960 to 1992
as Bosnia and Herzegovina Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
England 1996 Did not enter
as  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Did not qualify 10 3 2 5 14 17 3/6
Portugal 2004 8 4 1 3 7 8 4/5
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 4 1 7 16 22 4/7
Poland Ukraine 2012 12 6 3 3 19 14 2/6 Lost Playoff
France 2016 12 5 3 4 18 15 3/6 Lost Playoff
European Union 2020 To be determined
Total 0/5 54 22 10 22 74 76

Euro 1996 – Could Not Enter as the national team was not yet a member of UEFA.

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Malaysia 1997 Dunhill Cup Malaysia Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 9 5
India 2001 Millennium Soccer Cup Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 7 5
Malaysia 2001 Merdeka Tournament Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 7 4
Iran 2001 LG Cup Runners-up 2 2 1 0 1 4 6
Japan 2016 Kirin Cup Champions 1 2 1 1 0 4 3
Total - 1 Title 19 11 4 4 21 23

Statistics[edit]

The below table does not include any minor tournaments data.
Table correct as of match played on 7 June 2016.

Captains[edit]

Emir Spahić captained Bosnia at their first ever FIFA World Cup tournament. This is a list of Bosnia and Herzegovina captains for five or more official and friendly matches.

Note: Some of the other players to have captained the team include: Mehmed Baždarević (2 caps) 1996, Vlatko Glavaš (1) 1997, Suvad Katana (2) 1998, Bruno Akrapović (4) 1999 to 2003, Hasan Salihamidžić (1) 2004, Zlatan Bajramović (1) 2006, Džemal Berberović (1) 2007, Asmir Begović (4) 2014 to 2016, Haris Medunjanin (2) 2016.

Player Period Games as captain (Total caps) Major tournaments as captain (Games)
Muhamed Konjić 1995–2002 20 (38)
Meho Kodro 1997–1998 5 (13)
Elvir Bolić 1999–2000 6 (51)
Mirsad Hibić 2001–2003 14 (35)
Sergej Barbarez 2004–2006 20 (48)
Zvjezdan Misimović 2007–2012 16 (84)
Emir Spahić 2009–2014 55 (89) 2014 FIFA World Cup (3)
Edin Džeko 2014– 15 (79)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Bosnia and Herzegovina Mehmed Baždarević
Assistant Manager France Stéphane Gilli
Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Perić
Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Janković
Goalkeeper Coach Vacant
Doctor Bosnia and Herzegovina Reuf Karabeg
Managing Director Bosnia and Herzegovina Fuad Kečo
Managing Director Bosnia and Herzegovina Adem Đipa
Secretary Bosnia and Herzegovina Elmir Pilav

Former managers[edit]

Name First game Last game Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD Win % Achievements
Bosnia and Herzegovina Muzurović, FuadFuad Muzurović 30 November 1995 5 November 1997 18 7 2 9 21 25 −4 38.88%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mušović, DžemaludinDžemaludin Mušović 14 May 1998 27 January 1999 7 1 2 4 7 16 −9 14.28%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Hadžibegić, FarukFaruk Hadžibegić 10 March 1999 9 October 1999 7 2 2 3 10 10 0 28.57%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kalajdžić, AvdoAvdo Kalajdžić (caretaker) 18 August 1999 18 August 1999 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Smajlović, MišoMišo Smajlović 24 January 2000 7 October 2001 14 5 4 5 20 17 +3 35.71%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Slišković, BlažBlaž Slišković 27 March 2002 11 October 2006 37 11 11 15 44 56 −12 29.73%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Muzurović, FuadFuad Muzurović 24 March 2007 21 November 2007 9 3 0 6 11 16 −5 33.33%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kodro, MehoMeho Kodro 30 January 2008 26 March 2008 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 0%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Pirić, DenijalDenijal Pirić (caretaker) 1 June 2008 1 June 2008 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.0%
Croatia Blažević, MiroslavMiroslav Blažević 20 August 2008 18 November 2009 17 8 2 7 34 24 +10 47.05%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sušić, SafetSafet Sušić 3 March 2010 16 November 2014 50 23 9 18 83 60 +23 46.00% 2014 FIFA World Cup Group stage
Bosnia and Herzegovina Baždarević, MehmedMehmed Baždarević 28 March 2015 14 8 3 3 27 16 +11 57.15%
Totals 177 69 37 71 260 245 +15

Table does not include results of minor tournaments (reserve players) managed by Husnija Arapović.

FIFA ranking history[edit]

FIFA-ranking yearly averages for Bosnia and Herzegovina.[31]

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
152 99 96 75 78 69 87 59 79 65 59 51 61 51 44 20 27 19 29 22

Home stadiums[edit]

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 Association 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.[32][33][34][35][36][37]

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.

Team image[edit]

Nickname[edit]

A popular nickname of all Bosnian sport players is the Zmajevi or Dragons in English alluding to the famous Bosnian general Husein Gradaščević who fought for Bosnian independence and who was known as the "Dragon of Bosnia".[38] In foreign media, they are sometimes referred to as the Golden Lilies, in reference to the Fleur-de-lis featured on the coat of arms of the influential Bosnian medieval Kotromanić dynasty.[39]

Historical kits[edit]

The team kit is currently produced by German sports apparel company Adidas. Also sponsoring the team are BH Telecom and Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine, companies from Sarajevo.[40][41]

(1996–1999)
Home Away
Patrick
(2005–2010)
Home Away
Legea
(2010–2012)
Home Away
Legea
(2012–2013)
Home Away
Legea
(2013–2014)
Home Away
Legea
(2014–2015)
Home Away
Adidas
(2015–present)
Home Away
Adidas


The table below shows the history of kit manufacturers for the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Period Kit Provider
1996–1999 Belgium Patrick[42]
1999–2000 Germany Adidas[42]
2000–2005 Germany Reusch[42]
2005–2014 Italy Legea[42]
2014–present Germany Adidas[43]

Supporters[edit]

See also: BHFanaticos
Bosnian fans supporting the national team.[44]

Large number of national team's supporters come from Northern and Western Europe, North America, and some as far away as Australia.[45] Most of these fans are members of BHFanaticos, Belaj Boys, BHLegion, Armija Zmajeva (Dragons Army) and Ljuti Krajišnici groups.[46][47][48]

In the game against Norway, 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 (now former) Football organization of Bosnia.[49] 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.[50] 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.[51] 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,[52] which ended 11–9 in favour of Team Kodro.[53]

Before every game, during the playing of the Bosnian national anthem, BH Fanaticos sing lyrics from the old national anthem Jedna si jedina as the current national anthem does not have lyrics in all international sports Bosnia is part of (mainly football, basketball and handball).[54][55]

Head-to-Head records against other countries[edit]

Tables correct as of match played on 7 June 2016.

The table lists opponents played, sorted by members of FIFA affiliated confederations.

Bosnia and 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
UEFA 147 60 33 54 223 191 +32 30.11.1995 03.06.2016
AFC 25 10 6 9 34 37 −3 22.02.1997 07.06.2016
CAF 8 4 1 3 12 11 +1 05.11.1997 21.06.2014
CONMEBOL 7 2 0 5 6 14 −8 14.05.1998 15.06.2014
CONCACAF 4 1 0 3 5 8 −3 09.02.2011 03.06.2014
OFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 x x
70 Countries 191 77 40 74 280 261 +19 30.11.1995 07.06.2016

World XI result not counted in this table.

Memorable victories[edit]

Source: Results

  • Unofficial games not included.
Date Tournament Place Opponents Score Additional Notes
6 November 1996 Friendly Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Italy 2 – 1 Victory over top 10 ranked team at the time (5th)[56]
10 November 1996 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 2 – 1 Historic first ever victory in qualifiers
20 August 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Denmark 3 – 0 Victory over top 10 ranked team at the time (3rd)[57]
2 April 2003 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 2 – 0
24 March 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Oslo, Norway  Norway 2 – 1
2 June 2007 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Turkey 3 – 2
10 September 2008 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Estonia 7 – 0 Largest ever victory (without conceding)
28 March 2009 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Genk, Belgium  Belgium 4 – 2
10 October 2009 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2 – 0 Qualified to 2010 FIFA World Cup play-offs
3 March 2010 Friendly Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Ghana 2 – 1 Victory over 2010 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up
and 2010 FIFA World Cup participant
7 September 2012 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Vaduz, Lichtenstein  Liechtenstein 8 – 1 Largest ever victory
22 March 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Greece 3 – 1 Victory over Pot 1 seed and 12th ranked team[58]
10 September 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia 2 – 1
15 October 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 1 – 0 Qualified to 2014 FIFA World Cup
30 May 2014 Friendly St. Louis, United States  Ivory Coast 2 – 1 Away victory over 2014 FIFA World Cup participant
3 June 2014 Friendly Chicago, United States  Mexico 1 – 0 Away victory over 2014 FIFA World Cup participant
25 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup Group Stage Salvador, Brazil  Iran 3 – 1 Historic first and only victory in FIFA World Cup
10 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Wales 2 – 0 Victory over top 10 ranked team at the time (8th)[59]
13 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 3 – 2 Qualified to UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs
29 March 2016 Friendly Zürich, Switzerland   Switzerland 2 – 0 Away victory over UEFA Euro 2016 participant and 12th ranked team[60]
7 June 2016 Kirin Cup Soccer 2016 Osaka, Japan  Japan 2 – 1 Victory in the Final of 2016 Kirin Cup

Honours[edit]

Other Cups[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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