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)
AssociationFootball Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (N/FSBiH)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIvaylo Petev
CaptainEdin Džeko
Most capsEdin Džeko (114)
Top scorerEdin Džeko (59)
Home stadiumGrbavica
FIFA codeBIH
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 55 Increase 1 (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest13 (August 2013)
Lowest173 (September 1996)
First international
Non-FIFA international
 Iran 1–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Tehran, Iran; 12 September 1993)[2][3][4]
FIFA international
 Albania 2–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Tirana, Albania; 30 November 1995)[5]
Biggest win
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7–0 Estonia 
(Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
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
Appearances1 (first in 2014)
Best resultGroup stage, 2014

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team (Bosnian: Nogometna/Fudbalska reprezentacija Bosne i Hercegovine, Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Боснe и Херцеговинe, romanizedFudbalska reprezentacija Bosne i Hercegovine, Croatian: Bosanskohercegovačka nogometna reprezentacija) represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in international football competitions, and is governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until 1992, Bosnian footballers played for Yugoslavia.

Bosnia and Herzegovina achieved their best result when they reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup as winners of their qualifying group.[7] They were eliminated after narrow group stage losses to Argentina and Nigeria and a win over Iran.[8]

The national team has appeared in numerous other qualification play-offs, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup play-offs loss to Portugal, as well as the qualifying play-offs for UEFA Euro 2012, 2016 and 2020, losing to Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively, preventing the team from reaching their first UEFA European Championship.[9][10][11]

The team's highest FIFA World Ranking was 13th, achieved in August 2013.[12]

History[edit]

Bosnian squad during UEFA Euro 2004 qualification.

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 for one FIFA World Cup. More often than not, the team produces solid results in qualifiers and challenges for a top spot, although the team is frequently unlucky in their crucial games.

From 1920 to 1992, the players lined up 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 and 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 and 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.[16][17][18]

Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil, in October 2013 by beating Lithuania, finally breaking their curse and participating in a major tournament.[19]

They managed to finish third in a group which included Argentina, and tasted their first victory thanks to a 3–1 win over Iran.[20] 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.[21]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Argentina 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Nigeria 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4  Iran 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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.[22][23][24]

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 Ireland.[25][26][27] Bosnia failed to make back-to-back FIFA World Cups after failing to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Bosnia finished fourth in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group with manager Robert Prosinečki, missing out on direct qualification. However, they qualified for the playoffs through their performance in the UEFA Nations League, and with new manager Dušan Bajević, they ultimately missed out on yet another Euro after losing to Northern Ireland in penalties.

Team image[edit]

Nickname[edit]

A popular nickname of all Bosnian sport teams and/or sportsman is "Zmajevi" (Bosnian: zmajevi, lit.'dragons'), popularized by football TV commentator Mustafa Mijajlović during Belgium vs. Bosnia (2-4) 2010 WC qualification game on 28 March 2009.

General agreement among Bosnia and Herzegovina sports fans is that nick has historical context, it is considered as an allusion to the famous Bosnian general Husein Gradaščević, who fought for Bosnian independence, and who was known as the "Dragon of Bosnia".[28]

In both local and foreign media, they are sometimes referred to as the Golden Lilies, which was original nickname given to all country's teams and sportsman by fans after independence in reference to official state insignia at the time (flag and coat of arms), which itself referred to the golden lily, the historical state insignia, featured on the coat of arms of the ruling Bosnian medieval Kotromanić dynasty.[29]

Home stadiums[edit]

Currently, the national team uses Grbavica, located in Sarajevo, as its home stadium following its renovation in 2018.[30][31][32]

Bosnia and Herzegovina also used Bilino Polje, located in the city of Zenica, for many of its home games. The stadium, built and opened in 1972, underwent many reconstruction works since 2012 in order to comply with standards needed to host international games.[33][34][35][36][37][38][39]

Another stadium Bosnia and Herzegovina has used is Koševo.[40]

Its training ground for domestic matches is the Bosnia and Herzegovina FA Training Centre in Zenica, which was opened in 2013 in conjunction with UEFA.[41]

Supporters[edit]

Bosnian supporters in Brussels, 2005-03-26.[42]

A large number of national team's supporters come from Northern and Western Europe, North America, and some from as far away as Australia.[43] Most of these fans are members of BHFanaticos, Belaj Boys, BHLegion, Armija Zmajeva (Dragons Army) and Ljuti Krajišnici groups.[44][45][46]

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 Federation of Bosnia.[47] 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.[48] 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.[49] 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,[50] which ended 11–9 in favour of Team Kodro.[51]

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).[52][53]

Kits[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina's traditional kit colours are blue and white, taken from the country's flag. While the current home kits are blue with a white trim, and the away kits are white with a blue trim, this colour scheme was initially used in reverse order. This is due to the fact that the flag of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RBiH), used before the Dayton Agreement, was predominately white. The change to a mainly blue home kit was seen as a move away from the symbols of the RBiH, which are still used by the more Bosniak nationalist supporters of the team (see singing of anthem below).

Yellow was first incorporated on kits in 2015, a move criticised by some supporters.[54] The use of a non-traditional navy blue instead of the lighter royal blue shade on kits in 2018 also attracted disapproval.

The team kit is currently produced by German sports company Adidas.[55] General sponsor of the team is BH Telecom.[56] Also sponsoring the team are Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine and Ziraat Bank.[57]

(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 FIFA World Cup)
Home Away
Adidas
(2015–2017)
Home Away
Adidas
(2018–19 UEFA Nations League)
Home Away
Adidas
(2020–21 UEFA Nations League)
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[58]
1999–2000 Germany Adidas[58]
2000–2005 Germany Reusch[58]
2005–2014 Italy Legea[58]
2014–present Germany Adidas[59]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2020[edit]

7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–2  Poland Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–0  Netherlands Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 1,600
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
12 November 2020 Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–2  Iran Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 Report
Stadium: Koševo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Milovan Milačić (Montenegro)
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–2  Italy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Grbavica
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)

2021[edit]

27 March 2021 Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–0  Costa Rica Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 Report Stadium: Bilino Polje
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovič (Slovenia)
2 June 2021 Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  v  Montenegro Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stadium: Grbavica

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Finland on 24 March and France on 31 March and a friendly game against Costa Rica on 27 March 2021.[60][61]
Caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2021 after the game against France.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Ibrahim Šehić (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 32) 34 0 Turkey Konyaspor
22 1GK Kenan Pirić (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 26) 5 0 Slovenia Maribor
1 1GK Nikola Vasilj (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk

5 2DF Sead Kolašinac (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 27) 38 0 Germany Schalke 04
4 2DF Darko Todorović (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 24) 15 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
2 2DF Eldar Ćivić (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 24) 12 1 Hungary Ferencváros
6 2DF Siniša Saničanin (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 26) 10 0 Serbia Vojvodina
3 2DF Dennis Hadžikadunić (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 22) 7 0 Russia Rostov
16 2DF Anel Ahmedhodžić (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Sweden Malmö
15 2DF Branimir Cipetić (1995-05-24) 24 May 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
23 2DF Marko Mihojević (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Turkey Göztepe

10 3MF Miralem Pjanić (vice-captain) (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 31) 100 16 Spain Barcelona
13 3MF Gojko Cimirot (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 28) 31 0 Belgium Standard Liège
9 3MF Haris Duljević (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 27) 25 1 France Nîmes
14 3MF Amer Gojak (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 24) 21 4 Italy Torino
19 3MF Rade Krunić (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 27) 20 2 Italy Milan
20 3MF Miroslav Stevanović (1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 30) 15 2 Switzerland Servette
21 3MF Stjepan Lončar (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 24) 9 0 Croatia Rijeka
18 3MF Amir Hadžiahmetović (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 24) 7 0 Turkey Konyaspor
17 3MF Amar Rahmanović (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Turkey Konyaspor
8 3MF Luka Menalo (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Croatia Rijeka

11 4FW Edin Džeko (captain) (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 35) 114 59 Italy Roma
7 4FW Smail Prevljak (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 25) 7 1 Belgium Eupen

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 Belmin Dizdarević (2001-08-09) 9 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladost Doboj Kakanj v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
GK Luka Kačavenda (2001-11-01) 1 November 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Olimpik v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
GK Jasmin Burić (1987-02-18) 18 February 1987 (age 34) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa v.  Netherlands, 15 November 2020 INJ
GK Asmir Begović (1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 33) 63 0 England Bournemouth v.  Poland, 14 October 2020 WD

DF Josip Ćorluka (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 26) 2 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2021 INJ
DF Selmir Pidro (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2021
DF Bojan Nastić (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 26) 5 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
DF Adnan Kovačević (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 27) 4 0 Hungary Ferencváros v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
DF Advan Kadušić (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Slovenia Celje v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
DF Ermin Bičakčić (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 31) 35 3 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim v.  Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 INJ
DF Toni Šunjić (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 32) 41 1 China Henan Songshan Longmen v.  Poland, 7 September 2020
DF Zoran Kvržić (1988-08-07) 7 August 1988 (age 32) 8 0 Turkey Kayserispor v.  Poland, 7 September 2020
DF Besim Šerbečić (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Italy, 4 September 2020 INJ

MF Edin Višća (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 31) 55 10 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Finland, 24 March 2021 INJ
MF Deni Milošević (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 26) 11 1 Turkey Konyaspor v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
MF Benjamin Tatar (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Abha v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
MF Vladan Danilović (1999-07-27) 27 July 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Nacional v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
MF Almedin Ziljkić (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
MF Haris Hajradinović (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 27) 4 1 Turkey Kasımpaşa v.  Iran, 12 November 2020 COV
MF Ajdin Hasić (2001-10-07) 7 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  Iran, 12 November 2020 COV
MF Samir Zeljković (1997-09-04) 4 September 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Velež Mostar v.  Iran, 12 November 2020 COV
MF Dino Hotić (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge v.  Poland, 14 October 2020
MF Muhamed Bešić (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 28) 45 0 England Everton v.  Poland, 7 September 2020
MF Anel Šabanadžović (1999-05-24) 24 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar v.  Poland, 7 September 2020

FW Ermedin Demirović (1998-03-25) 25 March 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Germany SC Freiburg v.  France, 31 March 2021 WD
FW Obren Cvijanović (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Velež Mostar v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2021
FW Irfan Hadžić (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Croatia Lokomotiva v.  Italy, 18 November 2020
FW Armin Hodžić (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 26) 14 3 Turkey Kasımpaşa v.  Iran, 12 November 2020 COV
FW Aldin Turkeš (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Switzerland Lausanne-Sport v.  Iran, 12 November 2020 COV
FW Milan Đurić (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 30) 15 7 Italy Salernitana v.  Poland, 14 October 2020
FW Elvir Koljić (1995-07-08) 8 July 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Romania U Craiova v.  Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 INJ

COV Player withdrew due to COVID-19
INJ Withdrawn due to injury
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended
WD Withdrawn

Coaching staff[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev
Assistant coaches Bosnia and Herzegovina Slaven Musa
Bosnia and Herzegovina Elvir Rahimić
Goalkeeping coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Adi Adilović
Fitness coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Almir Seferović
Team doctor Bosnia and Herzegovina Reuf Karabeg
Physiotherapists Bosnia and Herzegovina Ismar Hadžibajrić
Bosnia and Herzegovina Radomir Ćosović
Managing directors Bosnia and Herzegovina Fuad Kečo
Bosnia and Herzegovina Adem Đipa
Technical director Bosnia and Herzegovina Zvjezdan Misimović
Team secretary Bosnia and Herzegovina Darko Ljubojević

Coaching history[edit]

Name First game Last game P W D L GF GA GD Win % Achievements
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fuad Muzurović 30 November 1995 5 November 1997 18 7 2 9 21 25 −4 038.89
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemaludin Mušović 14 May 1998 27 January 1999 7 1 2 4 7 16 −9 014.29
Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić 10 March 1999 9 October 1999 7 2 2 3 10 10 +0 028.57
Bosnia and Herzegovina Avdo Kalajdžić (caretaker) 18 August 1999 18 August 1999 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mišo Smajlović 24 January 2000 7 October 2001 14 5 4 5 20 17 +3 035.71
Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaž Slišković 27 March 2002 11 October 2006 37 11 11 15 44 56 −12 029.73
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fuad Muzurović 24 March 2007 21 November 2007 9 3 0 6 11 16 −5 033.33
Bosnia and Herzegovina Meho Kodro 30 January 2008 26 March 2008 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 000.00
Bosnia and Herzegovina Denijal Pirić (caretaker) 1 June 2008 1 June 2008 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
Croatia Miroslav Blažević 20 August 2008 18 November 2009 17 8 2 7 34 24 +10 047.06
Bosnia and Herzegovina Safet Sušić 3 March 2010 16 November 2014 49 23 9 17 83 59 +24 046.94 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mehmed Baždarević 28 March 2015 10 October 2017 25 14 5 6 53 30 +23 056.00 2016 Kirin Cup – Winners
Croatia Robert Prosinečki 28 January 2018 18 November 2019 22 9 6 7 29 21 +8 040.91 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B – Promoted
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan Bajević 4 September 2020 18 November 2020 8 0 2 6 4 14 −10 000.00
Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev 24 March 2021 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 000.00
Total 220 84 50 86 321 296 +25 038.18

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

Due to an illness to Fuad Muzurović, assistant manager Borče Sredojević took charge of the team on 6 June 2007.[62]

Due to a suspension of Mehmed Baždarević for unsportsmanlike behaviour, assistant manager Stéphane Gilli took charge of the team on 25 March 2017.[63][64]

Due to Ivaylo Petev testing positive to COVID-19, assistant managers Elvir Rahimić and Slaven Musa took charge of the team on 27 and 31 March 2021, respectively.[65][66]

Statistics[edit]

Tables correct as of match played on 31 March 2021.

Players in bold are still active with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Most appearances[edit]

Edin Džeko is Bosnia's most capped player and all-time top goal scorer.
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Edin Džeko 114 59 2007–
2 Miralem Pjanić 100 16 2008–
3 Emir Spahić 94 6 2003–2018
4 Zvjezdan Misimović 85 25 2004–2018
5 Vedad Ibišević 83 28 2007–2018
6 Asmir Begović 63 0 2009–
7 Haris Medunjanin 60 9 2009–2018
8 Senad Lulić 57 4 2008–2017
9 Edin Višća 55 10 2010–
10 Elvir Bolić 51 22 1996–2006

Most goals[edit]

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Years
1 Edin Džeko (list) 59 114 0.52 2007–
2 Vedad Ibišević 28 83 0.34 2007–2018
3 Zvjezdan Misimović 25 85 0.29 2004–2018
4 Elvir Bolić 22 51 0.43 1996–2006
5 Sergej Barbarez 17 47 0.36 1998–2006
6 Miralem Pjanić 16 100 0.16 2008–
7 Elvir Baljić 14 38 0.37 1996–2005
8 Zlatan Muslimović 12 30 0.4 2006–2011
9 Edin Višća 10 55 0.18 2010–
10 Haris Medunjanin 9 60 0.15 2009–2018

Most clean sheets[edit]

Asmir Begović is Bosnia's record holder in clean sheets.
Rank Player Clean
Sheets
Caps Ratio Years
1 Asmir Begović 22 63 0.35 2009–
2 Kenan Hasagić 12 44 0.27 2002–2011
3 Ibrahim Šehić 10 33 0.3 2010–
4 Mirsad Dedić 8 27 0.3 1996–2000
5 Adnan Gušo 5 22 0.23 1999–2007
6 Jasmin Burić 3 3 1 2008–
Romeo Mitrović 3 6 0.5 2001–2007
Tomislav Piplica 3 8 0.38 2001–2002
Almir Tolja 3 15 0.2 2000–2006
10 Kenan Pirić 2 5 0.4 2018–

Captains[edit]

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

Note: Some of the other players to have captained the team include: Mehmed Baždarević (2 caps) 1996, Meho Kodro (5) 1997 to 1998, Vlatko Glavaš (1) 1997, Suvad Katana (2) 1998, Elvir Bolić (6) 1999 to 2000, Bruno Akrapović (4) 1999 to 2003, Hasan Salihamidžić (1) 2004, Zlatan Bajramović (1) 2006, Džemal Berberović (1) 2007, Asmir Begović (6) 2014 to 2020, Haris Medunjanin (4) 2016 to 2018, Vedad Ibišević (1) 2017, Miralem Pjanić (6) 2019 to 2020, Ermin Bičakčić (1) 2019, Sead Kolašinac (1) 2021.

Name Period Games as captain Notes
Muhamed Konjić 1995–2002 20 First official captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team
Mirsad Hibić 2000–2003 14
Sergej Barbarez 2004–2006 20
Zvjezdan Misimović 2007–2012 16
Emir Spahić 2006–2014 55 First official captain of the team in a major tournament (2014 FIFA World Cup)
Edin Džeko 2014– 46

Table correct as of match played on 31 March 2021.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

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
1930 to 1990 Part of  Yugoslavia Part of  Yugoslavia
asBosnia 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 Korea Japan 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 Did not qualify 10 5 2 3 24 13 3/6
Qatar 2022 In progress
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be played
Total 1/7 3 1 0 2 4 4 58 28 10 20 112 69

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
Part of  Yugoslavia Part of  Yugoslavia
1960 to 1992
asBosnia and Herzegovina Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
England 1996 Could not enter
as Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 11 4 2 5 21 18 4/6 Lost Playoff
Germany 2024 To be played
Total 65 26 12 27 95 94

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
Portugal 2018–19 B 3 4 3 1 0 5 1 Rise 13th
Italy 2020–21 A 1 6 0 2 4 3 11 Fall 15th
2022–23 B To be played
Total 10 3 3 4 8 12 13th

Minor tournaments[edit]

Minor tournaments record
Tournament 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 Winners 1 2 1 1 0 4 3
Total 1 Title 19 11 4 4 31 23

FIFA ranking history[edit]

FIFA-ranking yearly averages for Bosnia and Herzegovina.[67]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
x x x 152 99 96 75 78 69 87 59 79 65 59 51 61 51 44 20 27 19 29 22 27 37 34 49 55

Their average position since FIFA World Ranking creation is 58.[67]

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

Tables correct as of match played on 31 March 2021.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's all-time international record, 1995–present
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals against Goal differential First games Last games Biggest win Biggest loss
 Albania 5 2 2 1 5 4 +1 30.11.1995 28.03.2017 2:0 0:2
 Algeria 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 14.11.2012 1:0 N/A
 Andorra 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 28.03.2015 06.09.2015 3:0
 Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 14.05.1998 15.06.2014 N/A 0:5
 Armenia 4 3 0 1 10 6 +4 15.10.2008 08.09.2019 4:1 2:4
 Austria 5 1 3 1 3 4 −1 24.03.2001 15.11.2018 1:0 0:2
 Azerbaijan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 01.06.2008 1:0 N/A
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 23.06.2001 1:0
 Bangladesh 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 12.01.2001 2:0
 Belarus 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 02.09.2011 06.09.2011 2:0
 Belgium 8 3 1 4 13 19 −6 26.03.2005 07.10.2017 4:2 0:4
 Brazil 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 18.12.1996 28.02.2012 N/A 1:2
 Bulgaria 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 20.08.2008 23.03.2018 1:0 1:2
 Chile 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 22.01.2001 1:0 N/A
 China PR 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 02.03.1997 N/A 0:3
 Costa Rica 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 27.03.2021 N/A
 Croatia 4 0 0 4 6 14 −8 08.10.1996 22.08.2007 1:4
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 10.10.1998 08.09.1999 0:3
 Cyprus 4 2 0 2 8 7 +1 09.09.2014 31.08.2017 2:0 2:3
 Denmark 5 2 2 1 8 5 +3 08.06.1997 03.06.2016 3:0 0:2
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 05.03.2014 N/A 0:2
 Estonia 7 5 1 1 21 4 +17 05.09.1998 10.10.2017 7:0 0:1
 Faroe Islands 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 19.08.1998 09.06.1999 1:0 N/A
 Finland 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 28.04.2004 24.03.2021 4:1 0:2
 France 5 0 2 3 3 7 −4 18.08.2004 31.03.2021 N/A 0:2
 Germany 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 11.10.2002 03.06.2010 1:3
 Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 03.03.2010 2:1 N/A
 Gibraltar 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 25.03.2017 03.09.2017 5:0
 Greece 11 1 5 5 9 17 −8 01.09.1996 15.10.2019 3:1 0:4
 Hungary 4 0 2 2 3 6 −3 10.03.1999 08.09.2007 N/A 1:3
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 26.02.1997 2:0 N/A
 Iran 7 1 1 5 10 19 −9 22.07.2001 12.11.2020 3:1 0:4
 Israel 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 11.10.2000 12.06.2015 3:1 0:3
 Italy 5 1 1 3 4 9 −5 06.11.1996 18.11.2020 2:1 0:3
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 30.05.2014 2:1 N/A
 Japan 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 28.02.2006 07.06.2016 2:1 0:3
 Jordan 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 11.03.2000 15.03.2000 2:1 N/A
 Latvia 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 11.09.2012 07.06.2013 5:0
 Liechtenstein 8 7 1 0 31 2 +29 18.08.1999 18.11.2019 8:1
 Lithuania 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 14.10.1998. 16.10.2013. 3:0 2:4
 Luxembourg 6 6 0 0 16 1 +15 29.03.2003 25.03.2016 5:0 N/A
 Malaysia 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 28.02.1997 27.06.2001 2:0
 Malta 4 3 0 1 9 4 +5 27.01.1999 06.06.2007 5:2 1:2
 Mexico 4 1 0 3 2 5 −3 09.02.2011 01.02.2018 1:0 0:2
 Moldova 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 07.10.2006 12.09.2007 N/A 0:1
 Montenegro 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 28.05.2018 N/A
 Netherlands 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 11.10.2020 15.11.2020 1:3
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 21.06.2014 0:1
 North Macedonia 5 1 3 1 8 8 0 03.06.1998 26.03.2008 1:0 0:1
 Northern Ireland 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 08.09.2018 08.10.2020 2:0 N/A
 Norway 4 2 0 2 3 5 −2 16.10.2002 17.10.2007 2:1 0:2
 Oman 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 09.06.2009 2:1 N/A
 Poland 5 0 1 4 3 9 −6 15.12.2007 14.10.2020 N/A 0:3
 Portugal 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6 14.11.2009 15.11.2011 2:6
 Qatar 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 24.01.2000 10.08.2010 0:2
 Republic of Ireland 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 26.05.2012 16.11.2015 0:2
 Romania 4 1 0 3 2 9 −7 07.09.2002 03.06.2011 2:1 0:3
 San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 04.06.2005 09.10.2005 3:0 N/A
 Scotland 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 04.09.1999 05.10.1999 N/A 0:1
 Senegal 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 27.03.2018 N/A
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 0 2 3 1 6 −5 14.01.2001 12.10.2005 0:2
 Slovakia 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 20.06.2001 10.09.2013 3:2 0:1
 Slovenia 4 4 0 0 10 4 +6 10.11.1996 06.02.2013 3:0 N/A
 South Africa 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 08.08.2001 4:2
 South Korea 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 26.05.2006 01.06.2018 3:1 0:2
 Spain 8 0 2 6 7 18 −11 02.09.2000 18.11.2018 N/A 2:5
 Sweden 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 29.05.2010 2:4
  Switzerland 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 29.03.2016 2:0 N/A
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 05.11.1997 N/A 1:2
 Turkey 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 16.08.2000 11.10.2018 2:0 0:1
 United States 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 14.08.2013 29.01.2018 N/A 3:4
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 18.01.2001 3:2 N/A
 Uzbekistan 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 30.06.2001 01.06.2009 N/A 1:2
 Vietnam 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 22.02.1997 4:0 N/A
 Wales 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4 12.02.2003 10.10.2015 2:0
 Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 24.02.1997 N/A
76 Countries 236 92 53 91 341 314 +27 30.11.1995 31.03.2021 8:1 0:5

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 186 74 43 69 281 240 +41 30.11.1995 31.03.2021
AFC 27 11 6 10 37 40 −3 22.02.1997 12.11.2020
CAF 9 4 2 3 12 11 +1 05.11.1997 27.03.2018
CONMEBOL 7 2 0 5 6 14 −8 14.05.1998 15.06.2014
CONCACAF 7 1 2 4 5 9 −4 09.02.2011 27.03.2021
OFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
76 Countries 236 92 53 91 341 314 +27 30.11.1995 31.03.2021

Notable 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 5 ranked team at the time (5th)[68]
10 November 1996 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 2 – 1 Historic first ever victory in qualifiers
22 February 1997 1997 Dunhill Cup Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Vietnam 4 – 0 Largest ever victory against a non-UEFA opponent
20 August 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Denmark 3 – 0 Victory over top 5 ranked team at the time (3rd)[69]
2 April 2003 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 2 – 0
6 September 2003 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Norway 1 – 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 Edin Džeko's debut senior cap and first international goal.
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 first ever play-offs (2010 FIFA World Cup)
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 top 15 ranked team at the time (12th)[70]
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
25 June 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup Group Stage Salvador, Brazil  Iran 3 – 1 Historic first 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)[71]
29 March 2016 Friendly Zürich, Switzerland   Switzerland 2 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (12th)[72]
7 June 2016 Kirin Cup Soccer 2016 Osaka, Japan  Japan 2 – 1 Victory in the Final of 2016 Kirin Cup

Honours[edit]

Minor tournaments[edit]

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