Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team

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
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 coachDušan Bajević
CaptainEdin Džeko
Most capsEdin Džeko (112)
Top scorerEdin Džeko (59)
Home stadiumStadion Grbavica
FIFA codeBIH
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 50 Decrease 1 (17 September 2020)[1]
Highest13 (August 2013)
Lowest173 (September 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 45 Decrease 6 (14 October 2020)[2]
Highest20 (June 2013, February 2019)
Lowest87 (October 1999)
First international
Non-FIFA international
 Iran 1–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Tehran, Iran; 12 September 1993)[3][4][5]
FIFA international
 Albania 2–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Tirana, Albania; 30 November 1995)[6]
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

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 and UEFA Euro 2016, losing to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland respectively, preventing the team from reaching their first UEFA European Championship.[9][10][11]

Their home stadium is Grbavica in Sarajevo. The team's highest FIFA World Ranking was 13th, achieved in August 2013.[12]

HistoryEdit

 
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 to 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.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs game against   Northern Ireland on 8 October and for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League games against   Netherlands on 11 October and   Poland on 14 October 2020.[28]
Caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2020 after the game against Poland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Ibrahim Šehić (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 32) 31 0   Konyaspor
22 1GK Kenan Pirić (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Maribor

5 2DF Sead Kolašinac (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 27) 34 0   Arsenal
4 2DF Darko Todorović (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 23) 11 0   Hajduk Split
17 2DF Siniša Saničanin (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 25) 5 0   Vojvodina
2 2DF Bojan Nastić (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 26) 4 0   BATE Borisov
15 2DF Branimir Cipetić (1995-05-24) 24 May 1995 (age 25) 3 0   Široki Brijeg
16 2DF Dennis Hadžikadunić (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Rostov
3 2DF Anel Ahmedhodžić (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Malmö

10 3MF Miralem Pjanić (vice-captain) (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 30) 95 15   Barcelona
8 3MF Edin Višća (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 30) 54 10   İstanbul Başakşehir
13 3MF Gojko Cimirot (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 27) 26 0   Standard Liège
19 3MF Rade Krunić (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 27) 16 2   Milan
14 3MF Amer Gojak (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 23) 15 4   Torino
23 3MF Deni Milošević (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 25) 10 1   Konyaspor
21 3MF Stjepan Lončar (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Rijeka
6 3MF Amir Hadžiahmetović (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 23) 5 0   Konyaspor
20 3MF Haris Hajradinović (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 26) 4 1   Kasımpaşa
3MF Dino Hotić (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Cercle Brugge
7 3MF Benjamin Tatar (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 26) 1 0   Sarajevo

11 4FW Edin Džeko (captain) (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 34) 112 59   Roma
18 4FW Milan Đurić (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 30) 15 7   Salernitana
9 4FW Smail Prevljak (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Eupen

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Asmir Begović (1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 33) 63 0   Bournemouth v.   Poland, 14 October 2020 WD
GK Jasmin Burić (1987-02-18) 18 February 1987 (age 33) 2 0   Hapoel Haifa v.   Netherlands, 11 October 2020 COV
GK Vedran Kjosevski (1995-05-22) 22 May 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Velež Mostar v.   Northern Ireland, 8 March 2020

DF Advan Kadušić (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Celje v.   Poland, 14 October 2020 INJ
DF Ervin Zukanović RET (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 33) 38 0   Fatih Karagümrük v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 INJ
DF Ermin Bičakčić (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 30) 35 3   1899 Hoffenheim v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 INJ
DF Eldar Ćivić (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 24) 11 1   Ferencváros v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 INJ
DF Toni Šunjić (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 31) 41 1   Henan Jianye v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
DF Zoran Kvržić (1988-08-07) 7 August 1988 (age 32) 8 0   Kayserispor v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
DF Adnan Kovačević (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 27) 3 0   Ferencváros v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
DF Besim Šerbečić (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Sarajevo v.   Italy, 4 September 2020 INJ
DF Marko Mihojević (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 24) 3 0   Göztepe v.   Northern Ireland, 8 March 2020
DF Samir Memišević (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 27) 3 0   Hebei China Fortune v.   Liechtenstein, 18 November 2019

MF Haris Duljević (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 26) 23 1   Nîmes v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 COV
MF Miroslav Stevanović (1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 30) 13 1   Servette v.   Northern Ireland, 8 October 2020 INJ
MF Muhamed Bešić (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 28) 45 0   Everton v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
MF Luka Menalo (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Rijeka v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
MF Vladan Danilović (1999-07-27) 27 July 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Nacional v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
MF Anel Šabanadžović (1999-05-24) 24 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0   AEK Athens v.   Poland, 7 September 2020
MF Izet Hajrović (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 29) 27 6   Dinamo Zagreb v.   Northern Ireland, 8 March 2020
MF Amar Rahmanović (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Sarajevo v.   Northern Ireland, 8 March 2020
MF Elvis Sarić (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 30) 18 1   Al-Ahli v.   Liechtenstein, 18 November 2019
MF Mato Jajalo (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 32) 11 0   Udinese v.   Liechtenstein, 18 November 2019

FW Armin Hodžić (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 25) 12 3   Kasımpaşa v.   Poland, 14 October 2020 SUS
FW Elvir Koljić (1995-07-08) 8 July 1995 (age 25) 4 0   Universitatea 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

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2019Edit

15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingBosnia and Herzegovina  0–3  ItalyZenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 8,355
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
18 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingLiechtenstein  0–3  Bosnia and HerzegovinaVaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Attendance: 2,993
Referee: Halis Özkahya (Turkey)

2020Edit

4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueItaly  1–1  Bosnia and HerzegovinaFlorence, Italy
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Artemio Franchi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueBosnia and Herzegovina  1–2  PolandZenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
8 October 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offsBosnia and Herzegovina  1–1
(3–4 p)
  Northern IrelandSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Grbavica
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Penalties
14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeaguePoland  3–0  Bosnia and HerzegovinaWrocław, Poland
20:45 UTC+2 Lewandowski   40'52'
Linetty   45+1'
Report Stadium: Stadion Miejski
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueBosnia and Herzegovina  v  ItalyZenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Bilino Polje

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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
as  Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  1994 Could not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 8 3 0 5 9 14 4/5
as   Bosnia and Herzegovina
    2002 Did not qualify 8 2 2 4 12 12 4/5
  2006 10 4 4 2 12 9 3/6
  2010 12 6 1 5 25 15 2/6 Lost Playoff
  2014 Group stage 20th 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad 10 8 1 1 30 6 1/6
  2018 Did not qualify 10 5 2 3 24 13 3/6
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total 1/7 3 1 0 2 4 4 58 28 10 20 112 69
List of FIFA World Cup matches
Year Round Score Result Bosnia and Herzegovina goalscorers
2014 Group Stage   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–2   Argentina Loss Ibišević
Group Stage   Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–1   Nigeria Loss
Group Stage   Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–1   Iran Win Džeko, Pjanić, Vršajević

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

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
as  Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  1996 Did not enter
as   Bosnia and Herzegovina
    2000 Did not qualify 10 3 2 5 14 17 3/6
  2004 8 4 1 3 7 8 4/5
    2008 12 4 1 7 16 22 4/7
    2012 12 6 3 3 19 14 2/6 Lost Playoff
  2016 12 5 3 4 18 15 3/6 Lost Playoff
  2020 11 4 2 5 21 18 4/6 Lost Playoff
  2024 To be determined
Total 65 26 12 27 95 94

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

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
  2018–19 B 3 4 3 1 0 5 1   13th
  2020–21 A 1 4 0 2 2 2 6 In progress
Total 8 3 3 2 7 7 13th

Minor tournamentsEdit

Minor tournaments record
Tournament Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1997 Dunhill Cup Malaysia Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 9 5
  2001 Millennium Soccer Cup Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 7 5
  2001 Merdeka Tournament Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 7 4
  2001 LG Cup Runners-up 2 2 1 0 1 4 6
  2016 Kirin Cup Winners 1 2 1 1 0 4 3
Total 1 Title 19 11 4 4 31 23

Coaching staffEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Dušan Bajević
Assistant coaches   Adnan Čustović
  Rusmir Cviko
  Slaven Musa
Goalkeeping coach   Goran Brašnić
Fitness coach   Eldin Jelešković
Team doctor   Reuf Karabeg
Physiotherapists   Ismar Hadžibajrić
  Radomir Ćosović
Managing directors   Fuad Kečo
  Adem Đipa
Technical director   Zvjezdan Misimović
Team secretary   Darko Ljubojević

ManagersEdit

Name First game Last game P W D L GF GA GD Win % Achievements
  Fuad Muzurović 30 November 1995 5 November 1997 18 7 2 9 21 25 −4 038.89
  Džemaludin Mušović 14 May 1998 27 January 1999 7 1 2 4 7 16 −9 014.29
  Faruk Hadžibegić 10 March 1999 9 October 1999 7 2 2 3 10 10 +0 028.57
  Avdo Kalajdžić (caretaker) 18 August 1999 18 August 1999 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
  Mišo Smajlović 24 January 2000 7 October 2001 14 5 4 5 20 17 +3 035.71
  Blaž Slišković 27 March 2002 11 October 2006 37 11 11 15 44 56 −12 029.73
  Fuad Muzurović 24 March 2007 21 November 2007 9 3 0 6 11 16 −5 033.33
  Meho Kodro 30 January 2008 26 March 2008 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 000.00
  Denijal Pirić (caretaker) 1 June 2008 1 June 2008 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
   Miroslav Blažević 20 August 2008 18 November 2009 17 8 2 7 34 24 +10 047.06
  Safet Sušić 3 March 2010 16 November 2014 49 23 9 17 83 59 +24 046.94 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage
  Mehmed Baždarević 28 March 2015 10 October 2017 25 14 5 6 53 30 +23 056.00 2016 Kirin Cup – Winners
  Robert Prosinečki 28 January 2018 18 November 2019 22 9 6 7 29 21 +8 040.91 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B – Promoted
  Dušan Bajević 4 September 2020 5 0 3 2 3 7 −4 000.00
Total 214 84 48 82 318 286 +32 039.25

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

Due to a one match suspension of Mehmed Baždarević for unsportsmanlike behaviour, assistant manager Dragan Perić took charge of the team on 25 March 2017.[29][30]

StatisticsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

 
Edin Džeko is Bosnia's most capped player and all-time top goal scorer.
# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Edin Džeko 2007– 112 59
2 Miralem Pjanić 2008– 95 15
3 Emir Spahić 2003–2018 94 6
4 Zvjezdan Misimović 2004–2018 85 25
5 Vedad Ibišević 2007–2018 83 28
6 Asmir Begović 2009– 63 0
7 Haris Medunjanin 2009–2018 60 9
8 Senad Lulić 2008–2017 57 4
9 Edin Višća 2010– 54 10
10 Elvir Bolić 1996–2006 51 22

Most goalsEdit

# Player Period Goals Caps Average
1 Edin Džeko 2007– 59 112 0.53
2 Vedad Ibišević 2007–2018 28 83 0.34
3 Zvjezdan Misimović 2004–2018 25 85 0.29
4 Elvir Bolić 1996–2006 22 51 0.43
5 Sergej Barbarez 1998–2006 17 47 0.35
6 Miralem Pjanić 2008– 15 95 0.16
7 Elvir Baljić 1996–2005 14 38 0.37
8 Zlatan Muslimović 2006–2011 12 30 0.40
9 Edin Višća 2010– 10 54 0.19
10 Haris Medunjanin 2009–2018 9 60 0.15

Tables correct as of match played on 14 October 2020.

CaptainsEdit

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 (3) 2019 to 2020, Ermin Bičakčić (1) 2019.

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–present 44

Table correct as of match played on 14 October 2020.

Previous squadsEdit

FIFA ranking historyEdit

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

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

Their average position since FIFA World Ranking creation is 58.[31]

Home stadiumsEdit

The national team uses Grbavica, located in Sarajevo, as its home stadium following its renovation in 2018.[32][33][34]

Bosnia and Herzegovina also used Bilino Polje, located in the city of Zenica, for many of its home games in the past. The stadium, built and opened in 1972, underwent many reconstruction works since 2012 in order to comply with standards needed to host international games.[35][36][37][38][39][40][41]

Another stadium Bosnia and Herzegovina has used is Koševo.[42]

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.[43]

Team imageEdit

NicknameEdit

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".[44]

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.[45]

SupportersEdit

 
Bosnian supporters in Brussels, 2005-03-26.[46]

A large number of national team's supporters come from Northern and Western Europe, North America, and some from as far away as Australia.[47] Most of these fans are members of BHFanaticos, Belaj Boys, BHLegion, Armija Zmajeva (Dragons Army) and Ljuti Krajišnici groups.[48][49][50]

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.[51] 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.[52] 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.[53] 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,[54] which ended 11–9 in favour of Team Kodro.[55]

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).[56][57]

KitsEdit

The team kit is currently produced by German sports company Adidas.[58] General sponsor of the team is BH Telecom.[59] Also sponsoring the team are Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine and Ziraat Bank.[60]

(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   Patrick[61]
1999–2000   Adidas[61]
2000–2005   Reusch[61]
2005–2014   Legea[61]
2014–present   Adidas[62]

Head-to-head records against other countriesEdit

Tables correct as of match played on 14 October 2020.

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
  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 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 28.04.2004 12.10.2019 4:1 0:2
  France 4 0 2 2 3 6 −3 18.08.2004 11.10.2011 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 6 1 1 4 10 17 −7 22.07.2001 25.06.2014 3:1 0:4
  Israel 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 11.10.2000 12.06.2015 3:1 0:3
  Italy 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 06.11.1996 04.09.2020 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 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 11.10.2020
  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
75 Countries 230 92 51 87 338 304 +34 30.11.1995 14.10.2020 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 182 74 42 66 278 232 +46 30.11.1995 14.10.2020
AFC 26 11 6 9 37 38 −1 22.02.1997 01.06.2018
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 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 09.02.2011 01.02.2018
OFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
75 Countries 230 92 51 87 338 304 +34 30.11.1995 14.10.2020

Memorable victoriesEdit

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)[63]
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)[64]
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)[65]
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)[66]
29 March 2016 Friendly Zürich, Switzerland    Switzerland 2 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (12th)[67]
7 June 2016 Kirin Cup Soccer 2016 Osaka, Japan   Japan 2 – 1 Victory in the Final of 2016 Kirin Cup

HonoursEdit

Minor tournamentsEdit

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