Bosnia and Herzegovina national sitting volleyball team

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Savez sjedeće odbojke Bosne i Hercegovine
Bosnia and Herzegovina men's national sitting volleyball team logo.png
Nickname(s)Zlatni Ljiljani (Golden Lilies), Zmajevi (Dragons)
AssociationAssociation of sitting volleyball of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Head coachMirza Hrustemović
Uniforms
Home
Away
Summer Paralympics
Appearances5 (First in 2000)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (2) 2004, 2012
World Championship
Appearances5 (First in 1998)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (3) 2002, 2006, 2014
Sitting Volleyball European Championships
Appearances11 (First in 1995)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (9) 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015.
Websitessobih.org (in Bosnian)

The Bosnia and Herzegovina men's national sitting volleyball team (Bosnian: Reprezentacija BiH u sjedećoj odbojci) represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in international sitting volleyball competitions and friendly matches. Bosnia is one of the dominant forces in sitting volleyball worldwide, alongside Iran.[1] The team won Bosnia's first ever medal in any sport[citation needed], a bronze, during ECVD European Championships in 1997 in Tallinn. It took nearly two decades later for the nation to win a medal outside the sport of sitting volleyball when Amel Tuka won bronze during 2015 World Championships in Athletics.[2]

The team is the most decorated in Bosnia and Herzegovina sport having won 2 paralympic volleyball gold medals, 3 paralympic silver medals, 3 World Cup titles, and 9 won European Championships straight.[3] The team won World titles and European titles either side of winning Paralympics Gold in 2004 Athens. The team is a member of the world (WOVD) and European (ECVD) sitting volleyball governing bodies.[4]

It is governed by the Association of sitting volleyball of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Savez sjedeće odbojke BiH). Until 1992, Bosnian-Herzegovinian players like Ševko Nuhanović were part of the SFR Yugoslavia national sitting volleyball team.[5][6]

History[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina national sitting volleyball team at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

Prior to 1992, during the Yugoslavia days, the beginnings of the team started to take its form. Players were part of Sarajevo based Uporni Sitting Volleyball Club which were champions of Yugoslavia three times in a row.[7] Bosnia and Herzegovina men's sitting volleyball team includes athletes who were deeply affected by the Bosnian War (6 April 1992 – 14 December 1995). Due to the large number of people injured in the conflict, the country started to invest more in Paralympic sports. Captain Sabahudin Delalić fought for the Bosnian army and lost part of his right leg after a wall fell on him. Safet Alibašić lost one of his legs when he stepped on a landmine. The team coach Mirza Hrustemovic, himself was given a vaccination in 1961 against an illness with the medicine having a side effect. He lost the function in his left leg. Today, more than 500.000 disabled people lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The first major tournament participation came in during 1995 European championship. During its qualification phase[8] in early December 1994, the team (all players from Sarajevo club SDI Spid), traveled to Zagreb on a bus riddled with bullet holes in temperatures of 17 degrees below zero.[9] Bosnia along with Austria were the only nations to travel to play Croatia in the qualification tournament (out of 11 invited). Croatia finished undefeated with victories over Austria 3:0 (15:5, 15:8, 16:14) and Bosnia (15:6, 15:8, 15:11). Bosnia beat Austria, however all 3 nations qualified for the finals.

Team made their Paralympic Games debut at Sydney 2000 and won silver. There were five total Paralympic podium finishes in sitting volleyball for Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are the only medals in Olympic and Paralympic Games as an independent nation (from Yugoslavia). The 800 metres distance runner Amel Tuka holds the only other prestigious medal for Bosnia and Herzegovina, a bronze at 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing.

On 21 June 2014, Edin Džeko congratulated the BiH men's national sitting volleyball team after they won 2014 Sitting Volleyball World Championships title, stating "You are our pride and inspiration".[10]

On 10 September 2012, Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina congratulated the BiH sitting volleyball team upon their paralympic gold medal win at 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, saying "You are a pride of our nation", [11] as did NFSBiH (normalization committee) with Ivica Osim at the head.[12]

Success formula

Height, experience and strong club league are key to success in the sitting volleyball.[13] 80% of the Bosnian national team players come from Sarajevo based and Europe's top two sitting volleyball club sides; SDI Spid and OKI Fantomi.[14] Height is a critical aspect of successful team as was case with Iranian national team winning gold over Bosnia at Rio 2016 Paralympics final due to height advantage of tallest Paralympian Morteza Mehrzadselakjani at 2.46m (8ft 1in),[15] giving his team an advantage in his ability to both block at the net and fire over returns from a much higher trajectory.[16] In the Rio final; Mehrzadselakjani was top scorer for Iran with 28 points. Safet Alibasic top scored for BIH with 16 points. Fastest serve came from Adnan Manko at 68 km/h.[17] Sport investment, financial backing and sprint velocities[18] are other key factors.[19]

Style of play

Bosnia play an attacking style of volleyball.[citation needed]

Nickname

A popular nickname of all Bosnian sport players and/or teams is the Zmajevi or Dragons in English alluding to the famous Bosnian general Hussein Gradaščević who fought for Bosnian independence and who was known as the "Dragon of Bosnia". 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.

Sponsorship

Team is sponsored by Sarajevo based telecommunication company BH Telecom d.d. since 1996.[20]

Honours[edit]

Seniors Competitive record[edit]

Paralympic Games[edit]

[21][22]

Year Rank Pld Wins Loss Set F Set A
Part of Yugoslavia
Netherlands 1980 Arnhem 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze 5 3 2 10 9
United States 1984 New York 5th place 5 3 2 11 7
South Korea 1988 Seoul 4th place 6 3 3 13 12
Total 16 9 7 34 28
as Bosnia and Herzegovina
Spain 1992 Barcelona Did not enter
United States 1996 Atlanta Did not qualify
Australia 2000 Sydney  Silver 8 5 3 15 11
Greece 2004 Athens  Gold 6 6 0 18 2
China 2008 Beijing  Silver 5 4 1 12 4
United Kingdom 2012 London  Gold 7 6 1 19 4
Brazil 2016 Rio  Silver 5 3 2 10 6
Japan 2020 Tokyo TBD
Total 2 Titles 31 24 7 74 27

World Championships[edit]

[23]

Year Rank Pld Wins Loss Set F Set A
Part of Yugoslavia
Netherlands 1983 Delden 5th place
Norway 1985 Kristiansand Runners-up
Hungary 1986 Pécs 4th place
United States 1989 Las Vegas Did not enter
Netherlands 1990 Assen 3rd place
Total
as Bosnia and Herzegovina
Germany 1994 Bottrop Did not enter
Iran 1998 Tehran 3rd place 8 7 1 23 4
Egypt 2002 Cairo Champions 7 6 1 19 3
Netherlands 2006 Roermond Champions 8 8 0 24 2
United States 2010 Edmond Runners-up 7 6 1 20 4
Poland 2014 Elblag Champions 6 6 0 18 2
Netherlands 2018 TBA[24] To be determined
Total 3 Titles 36 33 3 104 15

European Championships[edit]

[23]

Year Rank Pld Wins Loss Set F Set A
Part of Yugoslavia
Germany 1981 Bonn 5th place
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1987 Sarajevo Runners-up
United Kingdom 1991 Nottingham
Total
as Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finland 1993 Järvenpää Did not enter
Slovenia 1995 Ljubljana 11th place
Estonia 1997 Tallinn 3rd place
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1999 Sarajevo Champions 5 5 0 15 0
Hungary 2001 Sárospatak Champions 5 5 0 15 1
Finland 2003 Lappeenranta Champions 5 5 0 15 1
Germany 2005 Leverkusen Champions 7 7 0 21 1
Hungary 2007 Nyíregyháza Champions 7 7 0 21 4
Poland 2009 Elblag Champions 6 6 0 18 1
Netherlands 2011 Rotterdam Champions 7 7 0 21 2
Poland 2013 Elblag Champions 5 5 0 15 0
Germany 2015 Warendorf Champions 6 6 0 18 0
Croatia 2017 Poreč 3rd place 6* 5 1
Total 9 Titles 53 53 0 161 10
  • Bosnia played 1 extra opponent in group stage of 2017 championship while Russia/Ukraine/Croatia (other semi-final sides) played 1 less.

Minor tournaments[edit]

Note: WOVD Intercontinental Cup tournaments serve as Paralympic qualifiers.
In 2005 Sarajevo competition; club Sdi Spid faced Iran in the final.
[23]

Year Tournament Position
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005 Sarajevo WOVD World Cup Clubs entered
Egypt 2008 Ismailia WOVD Intercontinental Cup 3rd place
Egypt 2010 Port Said WOVD World Cup Did not enter
England 2011 Kettering Continental Cup Champions
Egypt 2012 Cairo WOVD Intercontinental Cup Did not enter
China 2016 Anji WOVD Intercontinental Cup Did not enter
Iran 2018 Tabriz Men's World Super 6 3rd place

Juniors Competitive record[edit]

[25][26]

Coaches[edit]

[30][31]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Active
Head Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Hrustemović 1994–present
Assistant Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Ejub Mehmedović 1996–present
Co-Trainer Bosnia and Herzegovina Zikret Mahmutović 1996–present
Team Manager Bosnia and Herzegovina Miralem Zubović 1996–?
Team Economist Bosnia and Herzegovina Dževad Šabeta 1996–present

Players[edit]

Players rosters

Players called up for 2016 Summer Paralympics:[32]

Head coach: Mirza Hrustemović

Name Date of birth Position 2016 club
1 Ismet Godinjak 17 March 1973 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
2 Adnan Manko 16 January 1977 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
4 Adnan Kešmer 11 October 1986 L Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
5 Asim Medić 3 August 1969 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
6 Mirzet Duran 13 October 1986 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
7 Nizam Čančar 17 September 1975 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
8 Dževad Hamzić 4 September 1968 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
9 Benis Kadrić 28 January 1987 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
10 Safet Alibašić 21 December 1982 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
11 Sabahudin Delalić 17 August 1972 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
12 Ermin Jusufović 31 May 1981 M Bosnia and Herzegovina SKISO "Sinovi Bosne"
13 Armin Šehić 11 May 1994 M Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid

Players called up for 2015 European Championships:[33]

Sabahudin Delalić (captain), Dževad Hamzić, Asim Medić, Safet Alibašić, Beniz Kadrić, Ermin Jusufović, Muhamed Kapetanović, Nizam Čančar, Ismet Godinjak, Adnan Manko, Mirzet Duran, Adnan Kešmer, Edin Džino, Armin Šehić, Jasmin Brkić, Adin Likić, Damir Grbić.

Players called up for 2012 Summer Paralympics:

The following is the Bosnian roster in the men's volleyball tournament of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[34]

Head coach: Mirza Hrustemović

Name Date of birth Position 2012 club
1 Ismet Godinjak 17 March 1973 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
2 Adnan Manko 16 January 1977 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
4 Adnan Kešmer 11 October 1986 L Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
5 Asim Medić 3 August 1969 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
6 Mirzet Duran 13 October 1986 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
7 Nizam Čančar 17 September 1975 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
8 Dževad Hamzić 4 September 1968 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
9 Benis Kadrić 28 January 1987 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI Fantomi
10 Safet Alibašić 21 December 1982 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
11 Sabahudin Delalić 17 August 1972 UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Sdi Spid
12 Ermin Jusufović 31 May 1981 M Bosnia and Herzegovina SKISO "Sinovi Bosne"

Players called up for 2008 Summer Paralympics:

Safet Alibašić, Sabahudin Delalić (captain), Mirzet Duran, Esad Durmišević, Ismet Godinjak, Dževad Hamzić, Ermin Jusufović, Hidaet Jusufović (libero), Zikret Mahmić, Adnan Manko, Asim Medić, Ejub Mehmedović.

Players called up for 2004 Summer Paralympics:

Dževad Hamzić, Nedzad Salkić, Safet Alibašić, Sabahudin Delalić, Ermin Jusufović, Zikret Mahmić, Fikret Causević, Asim Medić, Esad Durmisević, Ejub Mehmedović, Adnan Manko, Ismet Godinjak.

Players called up for 2000 Summer Paralympics:

Dževad Hamzić, Nedžad Salkić, Abid Čišija, Sabahudin Delalić, Nevzet Alić, Zikret Mahmić, Fikret Čausević, Asim Medić, Edin Ibraković, Ševko Nuhanović, Adnan Manko, Ismet Godinjak.

The players in the B&H national side predominantly are selected from two biggest clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina: OKI Fantomi Sarajevo (Volleyball Club Invalids Phantoms) and SDI Spid Sarajevo. The sitting volleyball clubs started by gathering mostly war veterans handicapped during Bosnian War. Both clubs are multiple league champions at home.

SDI Spid[edit]

SDI Spid was founded on 5 April 1994.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Sitting Volleyball Championship:
    • Winners (16): 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
    • Runners-Up (4): 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Sitting Volleyball National Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1999, 2000.
  • Sitting Volleyball Champions League:
    • Winners (7): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010
    • Runners-Up (4): 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007.
    • 3rd Place (1): 2008.
  • Sitting Volleyball World Club Championship:
    • Runners-Up (2): 2003, 2005.
  • Sitting Volleyball Sarajevo Open:
    • Winners (1): 2004.

OKI Fantomi[edit]

OKI "Phantom" were established in 1995 in Sarajevo.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Sitting Volleyball Championship:
    • Winners (5): 1996, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009
    • Runners-Up (8): 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Sitting Volleyball National Cup:
    • Winners (1): 2009
  • Sitting Volleyball Champions League:
    • Winners (3): 2004, 2007, 2008.
    • Runners-Up (4): 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011.
    • 3rd Place (1): 2001.
  • Sitting Volleyball Sarajevo Open:
    • Winners (12): 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016.
    • Runners-Up (3): 2004, 2005, 2013.

Sarajevo Open[edit]

Organised annually by OKI Fantomi volleyball club, Sarajevo Open has grown into a tournament of prestige[35] for national teams and elite club sides and is a highly rated calendar event by participants.

Sarajevo Open Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (1) Croatia SDI HRABRI Zagreb Slovenia Paras Ljubljana Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka
2003 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (2) 3:0 Hungary PIREMON SE
2004 Bosnia and Herzegovina SDI Spid Sarajevo (1 title) 3:0 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo
2005 Iran Iran (National team) (1) 3:0 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo
2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (3) 3:0 Egypt Egypt (National team)
2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (4) 3:2 Russia AVS Rodnik Germany Germany (National team) 3:1 Croatia Croatia (National team)
2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (5) 3:0 Russia Russia (National team) Iran Mazanderan 3:1 Hungary PIREMON SE
2009 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (6) 3:0 Germany Germany (National team) Russia Russia (National team) 3:0 Brazil Brazil (National team)
2010[36] Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (7) 3:1 Iran Iran (National team) Russia Russia (National team) 3:0 Germany Germany (National team)
2011[37] Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (8) 3:0 Russia Russia (National team) Croatia SDI "HRABRI" 3:0 Germany TSV "BAYER 04" LEVERKUSEN
2012[38] Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (9) 3:1 Russia Russia (National team) Bosnia and Herzegovina "ČELIK '07" Zenica 3:2 Germany Germany (National team)
2013[39][40] Russia Russia (National team) (1) 3:1 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo Brazil Brazil (National team) 3:0 Netherlands Netherlands (National team)
2014[41] Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (10) 3:0 Russia Russia (National team) Brazil Brazil (National team) 3:1 Germany Germany (National team)
2015[42] Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (11) 3:1 Brazil Brazil (National team) Russia Russia (National team) 3:0 Germany BAYER
2016[43] Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo (12) 3:1 Russia Russia (National team) Germany Germany (National team) 3:0 Egypt Egypt (National team)
2017[44] Russia Russia (National team) (2) 3:1 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo Azerbaijan Azerbaijan (National team) 3:0 Bosnia and Herzegovina OKI "ILIDŽA" Sarajevo

International trust fund for demining and mine victims assistance (ITF) is a sponsor of OKI "FANTOMI" Sarajevo and Sarajevo Open.[45][46]

Results[edit]

All-time team results

1994–1999

2000–2009

2010–present

Legend

Win Loss

Statistics[edit]

Most appearances – All time list[edit]

Sorted by date of birth as it is difficult to know exact number of appearances.[77] Most appearances during career playing for Bosnia and Herz. Former Yugoslavia statistics where applicable not included.[78][79]

# Name Age Career
1
Ševko Nuhanović
(1958-09-17) 17 September 1958 (age 60) 1994–2000
2
Mirza Hrustemović
(1959-10-01) 1 October 1959 (age 59) 1994–1999
3
Nevzet Alić
(1961-01-05) 5 January 1961 (age 58) 1999–2002
4
Dževad Hamzić
(1968-09-04) 4 September 1968 (age 50) 1994 – present
5
Ejub Mehmedović
(1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 50) 1999 – ?
6
Asim Medić
(1969-08-03) 3 August 1969 (age 49) 1997 – present
7
Nedžad Salkić
(1969-10-26) 26 October 1969 (age 49) 1997 – ?
8
Zikret Mahmić
(1971-01-04) 4 January 1971 (age 48) 1995 – ?
9
Sabahudin Delalić
(1972-08-17) 17 August 1972 (age 46) 1994 – present
10
Esad Durmišević
(1972-01-22) 22 January 1972 (age 47) 2001 – ?
11
Fikret Čaušević
(1973-05-13) 13 May 1973 (age 45) 1995 – ?
12
Ismet Godinjak
(1973-03-17) 17 March 1973 (age 46) 1994 – present
13
Hidajet Jusufović
(1973-12-09) 9 December 1973 (age 45) ? – ?
14
Asad Omerović
(1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 44) ? – ?
15
Nizam Čančar
(1975-09-17) 17 September 1975 (age 43) 1994 – present
16
Adnan Manko
(1977-01-16) 16 January 1977 (age 42) 1994 – present
17
Ermin Jusufović
(1981-05-31) 31 May 1981 (age 37) 2001 – present
18
Safet Alibašić
(1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 36) 2002 – present
19
Mirzet Duran
(1986-10-13) 13 October 1986 (age 32) 2007 – present
20
Adnan Kešmer
(1986-10-11) 11 October 1986 (age 32) 2011 – present
21
Benis Kadrić
(1987-01-28) 28 January 1987 (age 32) 2011 – present
22
Armin Šehić
(1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 24) 2013 – present

Multiple gold medalists at Paralympics[edit]

This is a list of multiple Paralympics gold medalists for Bosnia in sitting volleyball, listing people who have won two or more gold medals (sorted by gold medal first).

Athlete Sport Paralympics Gold Gold Para Silver Silver Para Bronze Bronze Total
Adnan Manko Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2000, 2008, 2016 3 0 5
Asim Medić Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2000, 2008, 2016 3 0 5
Dževad Hamzić Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2000, 2008, 2016 3 0 5
Ismet Godinjak Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2000, 2008, 2016 3 0 5
Sabahudin Delalić Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2000, 2008, 2016 3 0 5
Ermin Jusufović Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2008, 2016 2 0 4
Safet Alibašić Sitting Volleyball 2004, 2012 2 2008, 2016 2 0 4

Biggest wins by Bosnia[edit]

Table sorted by points conceded (scored against BiH) in straight sets win (least to most).

# Opponent Result Pts agst. Competition
1. Greece Greece
3:0 (25:4, 25:5, 25:6)[80]
15 pts 2007 European Championships
2. Greece Greece
3:0 (25:7, 25:6, 25:7)
20 pts 2005 European Championships
3. Serbia Serbia
3:0 (25:9, 25:7, 25:8)[81]
24 pts 2013 European Championships
=4. Croatia Croatia
3:0 (25:10, 25:6, 25:9)[82]
25 pts 2005 European Championships
=4. Libya Libya
3:0 (25:8, 25:7, 25:10)[65]
25 pts 2010 World Championships
6. Rwanda Rwanda
3:0 (25:7, 25:12, 25:8)
27 pts 2012 Summer Paralympics
7. United Kingdom Great Britain
3:0 (25:4, 25:15, 25:10)
29 pts 2007 European Championships
=8. Latvia Latvia
3:0 (25:8, 25:12, 25:12)[83]
32 pts 2003 European Championships
=8. Brazil Brazil
3:0 (25:14, 25:5, 25:13)[56]
32 pts 2006 World Championships
10. Poland Poland
3:0 (25:10, 25:9, 25:14)
33 pts 2005 European Championships
11. Iraq Iraq
3:0 (25:6, 25:14, 25:16)
36 pts 2008 Summer Paralympics
12. United States United States
3:0 (25:15, 25:15, 25:10)
40 pts 2010 World Championships
13. Netherlands Netherlands
3:0 (25:11, 25:15, 25:15)[84]
41 pts 2015 European Championships

Biggest defeats by Bosnia[edit]

# Opponent Result Pts for. Competition
1. Croatia Croatia
0:3 (6:15, 8:15, 11:15)
25 pts 1995 European Championship Qual.
2. Iran Iran
0:3 (17:25, 22:25, 17:25)
56 pts 2016 Summer Paralympics

World ranking[edit]

As at 28 September 2016.[85]
Bosnia best European rank in sitting volleyball was 1st.[86]

At 2016 Rio Paralympics, Bosnia retained Rank at No. 1 (seed No. 1) as defending Paralympic champion.

Rank Movement Country Points Region
1 Steady
Iran
5215 Asia-Oceania
2 Steady
Brazil
4708 Pan America
3 Increase 1
Egypt
4523 Africa
4 Decrease 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4300[87] Europe
5 Steady
Germany
3578 Europe

Top rivals[edit]

Rivals Bosnia predominantly meets in the finals of major competitions listed.

Bosnia–Iran rivalry[edit]

Bosnians brought an end to the Iranians' series of four Paralympic golds at Athens 2004, the two teams have met in all the finals of the Paralympic Games and world championships, except in 2014, when the Bosnians faced Brazil.[88]

Sitting volleyball is not the only men's sport these two nations faced each other at the biggest stage of a competition. Bosnia played and beat Iran at both 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2015 Handball World Championship.

Stage Tournament Opponents Result Details
Final 2000 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 0:3
SF 2002 World Championships Iran Iran 3:0
Final 2004 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 3:2
Set 1: (25:23)
Set 2: (20:25)
Set 3: (20:25)
Set 4: (27:25)
Set 5: (15:10)
Final 2006 World Championships Iran Iran 3:1
Set 1: (25:20)
Set 2: (23:25)
Set 3: (25:23)
Set 4: (25:16)
Final 2008 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 0:3
Set 1: (22:25)
Set 2: (18:25)
Set 3: (22:25)
Final 2010 World Championships Iran Iran 2:3
Set 1: (17:25)
Set 2: (21:25)
Set 3: (25:18)
Set 4: (25:19)
Set 5: (11:15)
Group 2012 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 1:3
Set 1: (25:22)
Set 2: (18:25)
Set 3: (18:25)
Set 4: (22:25)
Final 2012 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 3:1
Set 1: (19:25)
Set 2: (25:21)
Set 3: (25:22)
Set 4: (25:15)
Group 2016 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 0:3
Set 1: (17:25)
Set 2: (22:25)
Set 3: (17:25)
Final 2016 Summer Paralympics Iran Iran 1:3
Set 1: (21:25)
Set 2: (25:21)
Set 3: (18:25)
Set 4: (15:25)
TOTAL Record
8 Tournaments Played: 10 Won: 4; Lost: 6
Won Sets by Bosnia: 16
Won Sets by Iran: 22

Bosnia–Germany rivalry[edit]

Bosnia since team formation has been an adversary to Germany during European sitting volleyball championships as teams have met at almost every major tournament in later stages of the finals.

Stage Tournament Opponents Result Details
GS 1995 European Championships Germany Germany 0:3
Final 1999 European Championships Germany Germany 3:0
QF 2000 Summer Paralympics Germany Germany 3:1
Final 2001 European Championships Germany Germany 3:1
GS 2002 World Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Final 2002 World Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Final 2003 European Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:21)
Set 2: (25:18)
Set 3: (25:12)
SF 2004 Summer Paralympics Germany Germany 3:2
Final 2005 European Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:21)
Set 2: (25:14)
Set 3: (25:21)
GS 2006 World Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:20)
Set 2: (25:18)
Set 3: (25:10)
Int. 2007 Friendly (in Berlin, GER) Germany Germany 3:1
SF 2007 European Championships Germany Germany 3:2
Set 1: (17:25)
Set 2: (25:18)
Set 3: (22:25)
Set 4: (25:17)
Set 5: (15:12)
SF 2009 European Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:22)
Set 2: (25:14)
Set 3: (25:14)
SF 2012 Summer Paralympics Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:19)
Set 2: (25:20)
Set 3: (25:14)
QF 2014 World Championships Germany Germany 3:1
Set 1: (25:21)
Set 2: (25:21)
Set 3: (18:25)
Set 4: (25:23)
Final 2015 European Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:22)
Set 2: (25:19)
Set 3: (25:23)
QF 2017 European Championships Germany Germany 3:0
Set 1: (25:14)
Set 2: (25:19)
Set 3: (26:24)
TOTAL Record
15 Tournaments Played: 17 Won: 16; Lost: 1
Won Sets by Bosnia: 45
Won Sets by Germany: 11

Bosnia–Russia rivalry[edit]

Bosnia since team formation has been an adversary to Russia during European sitting volleyball championships as teams have met several times at major tournament finals.

Stage Tournament Opponents Result Details
GS 1999 European Championships Russia Russia 3:0
SF 2003 European Championships Russia Russia 3:0
GS 2005 European Championships Russia Russia 3:1
Set 1: (25:16)
Set 2: (25:18)
Set 3: (29:31)
Set 4: (25:17)
GS 2006 World Championships Russia Russia 3:1
Final 2007 European Championships Russia Russia 3:2
Set 1: (25:20)
Set 2: (25:17)
Set 3: (18:25)
Set 4: (21:25)
Set 5: (15:7)
GS 2008 Summer Paralympics Russia Russia 3:1
Set 1: (25:21)
Set 2: (25:22)
Set 3: (18:25)
Set 4: (25:16)
GS 2009 European Championships Russia Russia 3:0
Set 1: (25:15)
Set 2: (25:23)
Set 3: (25:14)
Final 2009 European Championships Russia Russia 3:1
Set 1: (20:25)
Set 2: (25:12)
Set 3: (25:21)
Set 4: (25:18)
SF 2010 World Championships Russia Russia 3:1
Set 1: (25:16)
Set 2: (25:20)
Set 3: (22:25)
Set 4: (25:18)
GS 2011 European Championships Russia Russia 3:1
Set 1: (27:25)
Set 2: (25:22)
Set 3: (25:23)
Final 2011 European Championships Russia Russia 3:1
Set 1: (22:25)
Set 2: (25:23)
Set 3: (25:10)
Set 4: (25:23)
Final 2013 European Championships Russia Russia 3:0
SF 2017 European Championships Russia Russia 2:3
Set 1: (18:25)
Set 2: (25:18)
Set 3: (19:25)
Set 4: (25:20)
Set 5: (12:15)
TOTAL Record
11 Tournaments Played: 13 Won: 12; Lost: 1
Won Sets by Bosnia: 36
Won Sets by Russia: 9

Sport in popular culture[edit]

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