Idol Nacije

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The Bosnian footballer of the year, since 2008 renamed to Idol Nacije (English translation: The Idol of the nation), is an annual award given to the best Bosnian football player of the year, as well as recognising and awarding other sports men and women, coaches and game officials in the country. The event was held in 2001 under the BiH banner for the first time, with Sergej Barbarez winning the most prestigious award for best player of the year, and again in 2003.[1][2][3]

Since 2008, the show is organized by sports news/media website and is broadcast on NTV Hayat and is expanded to include many other award categories. Edin Džeko won three Idol Nacije awards in a row.[4][5] Vedad Ibišević and Asmir Begović were the only other Idol of the nation winners. For the 2010 awards, it was decided that former player Muhamed Konjić would nominate 10 players for the main award of player of the year. In 2008 Sergej Barbarez had this honor, while Mehmed Baždarević received the task in 2009.[6]

The show was not held for 2011, without any official reason being given. Finally, on June 15 it was announced that the ceremony for 2011 would be held before the end of June, and that all future events will take place during the summer, rather than the winter.[7] The awards will therefore be given for performances during the last season, rather than for the last calendar year.[8]

List of winners[edit]

Edin Džeko is a three-time winner of Idol Nacije - Player of the Year award.

During the days of Yugoslavia, the award was run collectively on the entire former Yugoslavia territory by newspaper Večernji list from 1972 until the breakup of SFRY. Some of the past winners from Socialist Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina in those times include:

Dušan Bajević (1972, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež),
Enver Marić (1973, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež),
Josip Katalinski (1974, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željezničar),
Safet Sušić (1979, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo),
Blaž Slišković (1985, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split)
Semir Tuce (1986, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež).

Past winners from modern-day state of Bosnia and Herzegovina include: [2]

Player of the Year[edit]

Year/season Player (Wins) Club
2001 Sergej Barbarez (1) Germany Hamburger SV
2003 Sergej Barbarez (2) Germany Hamburger SV
2004 Hasan Salihamidžić (1) Germany Bayern Munich

Idol of the Nation[edit]

Year/season Player (Wins) Club
2008 Vedad Ibišević (1) Germany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
2009 Edin Džeko (1) Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2010 Edin Džeko (2) Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2011/12 Edin Džeko (3) England Manchester City
2012/13 Asmir Begović (1) England Stoke City
2013/14 Not Held
2014/15 Not Held
2015/16 Not Held

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Multiple winners[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Wins Player Winning years/seasons Clubs
3 Edin Džeko 2009, 2010, 2011/12 Wolfsburg, Manchester City
2 Sergej Barbarez 2001, 2003 Hamburger SV

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning years/seasons
Hamburger SV
2001, 2003
VfL Wolfsburg
2009, 2010
Bayern Munich
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Manchester City
Stoke City

Winners by country[edit]

Place Country Number of wins Winning years
1 Germany Germany 6 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
2 England England 2 2011/12, 2012/13

Winner by Category[edit]

Other categories 2015/16[edit]

Foreign player of the year (Bosnian League)
Year Winner Country Club
2008 Darko Spalević Serbia Serbia Slavija
2009 Juan Manuel Varea Argentina Argentina Široki Brijeg
2010 Wagner Brazil Brazil Široki Brijeg
2011-12 Vedran Ješe Croatia Croatia Široki Brijeg
2012-13 Miloš Vidović Serbia Serbia Olimpic
2013-14 Not held
2014-15 Wagner (Prem Best Player) Brazil Brazil Široki Brijeg
2015-16 Local player (Prem Best Player)

NFSBiH held its own ceremony (second annual) to award best football players/or game officials of the season in Bosnian leagues.[9]

Other categories 2014/15[edit]

NFSBiH held its own ceremony (first annual) to award best football players of the season in Bosnian leagues.[10] [11]

Other categories 2013/14[edit]

Not Held

Other categories 2012/13[edit]

Nermin Zolotić Young player of the year season 2012/13 in the Bosnian League at Željezničar.

Other categories 2011/12[edit]

NK Široki Brijeg hold the award record for Best organized Bosnian club for an impressive four Premier League seasons.

Other categories 2010[edit]

Other categories 2009[edit]

Other categories 2008[edit]


  1. ^ (12 December 2003). "Bosnia bows to Barbarez". Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b (25 December 2010). "Player of the year – Bosnia-Herzegovina". Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ (4 September 2012). "Barbarez: The players can become immortals". Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  4. ^ (23 June 2012). "Džekin hat-trick: Novi naslov "Idola nacije"". (in Bosnian). Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  5. ^ (13 June 2013). "Best-ever Bosnia scale new heights". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Konjić predlaže Idola Nacije – | BH FUDBAL
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  9. ^ "Zajko Zeba najbolji igrač BH Telecom Premijer lige BiH". 22 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Wagner proglašen najboljim igračem Premijer lige BiH". 3 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Wagner najbolji igrač BH Telecom Premijer lige BiH". 3 June 2015.