Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team (Bosnian: Nogometna/Fudbalska reprezentacija Bosne i Hercegovine (Cyrillic: Ногометна/Фудбалска репрезентација Боснe и Херцеговинe), 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 coachIvaylo Petev
CaptainEdin Džeko
Most capsEdin Džeko (118)
Top scorerEdin Džeko (60)
Home stadiumBilino Polje / Grbavica
FIFA codeBIH
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 61 Steady (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest13 (August 2013)
Lowest173 (September 1996)
First international
 Albania 2–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Tirana, Albania; 30 November 1995)[2]
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.[4] They were eliminated after narrow group stage losses to Argentina and Nigeria and a win over Iran.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

The team's highest FIFA World Ranking was 13th, achieved in August 2013.[9]

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 and Herzegovina, a war torn and divided nation, has managed multiple play-off 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 and Herzegovina 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.[10][11]

This early period was followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina coming very close to qualifying directly for their first ever major competition, UEFA Euro 2004, narrowly missing out by a single goal against Denmark.[12]

Bosnia and Herzegovina 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.[13][14][15]

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.[16]

They managed to finish third in a group which included Argentina, and tasted their first victory thanks to a 3–1 win over Iran.[17] Nigeria pipped Bosnia and Herzegovina 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.[18]

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 and Herzegovina 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.[19][20][21]

After the slow start, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian performance improved dramatically, with five wins in their remaining six matches, including victories over Wales and Israel along with three clean sheets. However, they ultimately failed to qualify after a two legged playoff encounter with the Republic of Ireland.[22][23][24] Bosnia and Herzegovina failed to make back-to-back FIFA World Cups after failing to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 on penalties.

Following several years of disappointment, Bulgarian Ivaylo Petev was named as Bosnia and Herzegovina's new manager, marking the first time a Bosnia and Herzegovina manager was not from the former Yugoslavia. In their first campaign under Petev, Bosnia and Herzegovina finished fourth in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, failing to qualify for another World Cup.

Team imageEdit

NicknameEdit

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

General agreement among Bosnia and Herzegovina sports fans is that this nickname has historical context, as 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".[25]

In both local and foreign media, they are sometimes referred to as the Golden Lilies, which was the original nickname given to all of the country's national teams by fans after independence, in reference to the official state insignia at the time (the flag and the coat of arms), which itself referred to the golden lily, the historical state insignia that was featured on the coat of arms of the ruling Bosnian medieval Kotromanić dynasty.[26]

Home stadiumsEdit

Currently, the national team uses Grbavica Stadium, located in Sarajevo, as its home stadium following its renovation in 2018.[27][28][29]

Bosnia and Herzegovina also uses Bilino Polje Stadium, 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.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36]

Another stadium Bosnia and Herzegovina has used is Koševo.[37]

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.[38]

SupportersEdit

 
Bosnian supporters in Brussels, 2005-03-26.[39]

A large number of national team's supporters come from Northern and Western Europe, North America, and some from as far away as Australia.[40] Most of these fans are members of BHFanaticos, Belaj Boys, BHLegion, Armija Zmajeva (Dragons Army) and Ljuti Krajišnici groups.[41][42][43]

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.[44] 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.[45] 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.[46] The game in Sarajevo was organised by the Federalna TV who broadcast the humanitarian game live. A significant number of Bosnian International players were involved in the game,[47] which ended 11–9 in favour of Team Kodro.[48]

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 any official lyrics.[49][50]

KitsEdit

Bosnia and Herzegovina's traditional kit colours are blue and white, taken from the country's flag. While the current home kits are primarily blue, and the away kits are primarily white, 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.

Yellow was first incorporated on kits in 2015, a move criticised by some supporters.[51] 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.[52] The general sponsor of the team is BH Telecom.[53] Also sponsoring the team are Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine and Ziraat Bank.[54]

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[55]
1999–2000   Adidas[55]
2000–2005   Reusch[55]
2005–2014   Legea[55]
2014–present   Adidas[56]

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2021Edit

24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Finland   2–2   Bosnia and Herzegovina Helsinki, Finland
20:45 UTC+02:00
  • Pukki   58', 77'
Report (FIFA)[dead link]
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
27 March Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina   0–0   Costa Rica Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 UTC+01:00 Report Stadium: Bilino Polje
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovič (Slovenia)
2 June Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina   0–0   Montenegro Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 UTC+02:00 Report Stadium: Grbavica
Referee: Novak Simović (Serbia)
6 June Friendly Denmark   2–0   Bosnia and Herzegovina Brøndby, Denmark
18:00 UTC+02:00
Report Stadium: Brøndby Stadium
Attendance: 7,459
Referee: Petri Viljanen (Finland)
4 September Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–0   Kuwait Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+02:00
Report Stadium: Bilino Polje
Referee: Miloš Milanović (Serbia)
7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bosnia and Herzegovina   2–2   Kazakhstan Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+02:00
Report (FIFA)[dead link]
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 3,980
Referee: Yigal Frid (Israel)
13 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–3   Finland Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
15:00 UTC+01:00
Report (FIFA)[dead link]
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bosnia and Herzegovina   0–2   Ukraine Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+01:00 Report (FIFA)[dead link]
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Bilino Polje
Attendance: 3,370
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

2022Edit

Coaching staffEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Ivaylo Petev
Assistant coaches   Slaven Musa
  Elvir Rahimić
Goalkeeping coach   Adi Adilović
Fitness coach   Almir Seferović
Video analyst   Admir Kozlić
Team doctors   Adnan Hadžimuratović
  Reuf Karabeg
Physiotherapists   Radomir Ćosović
  Ismar Hadžibajrić
Technical director   Zvjezdan Misimović
Team secretary   Darko Ljubojević

Coaching historyEdit

Name First game Last game P W D L GF GA GD Win % Achievements[a]
  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[b] 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[c] 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 18 November 2020 8 0 3 5 4 14 −10 000.00
  Ivaylo Petev[d] 24 March 2021 13 2 6 5 10 15 −5 015.38
Total 230 86 55 89 329 308 +21 037.39 Three achievements
  1. ^ Table does not include results of minor tournaments (reserve players) managed by Husnija Arapović.
  2. ^ Due to an illness to Fuad Muzurović, assistant manager Borče Sredojević took charge of the team on 6 June 2007.[57]
  3. ^ Due to a suspension of Mehmed Baždarević for unsportsmanlike behaviour, assistant manager Stéphane Gilli took charge of the team on 25 March 2017.[58][59]
  4. ^ 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.[60]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the match against the United States on 18 December 2021.[61]
Caps and goals correct as of 18 December 2021 after the game against the United States.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nikola Ćetković (2002-02-06) 6 February 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Borac Banja Luka
12 1GK Belmin Dizdarević (2001-08-09) 9 August 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Sarajevo

2 2DF Josip Ćorluka (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 26) 3 0   Zrinjski Mostar
4 2DF Ajdin Nukić (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Tuzla City
17 2DF Selmir Pidro (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Sarajevo
5 2DF Hrvoje Barišić (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 30) 1 0   Zrinjski Mostar
3 2DF Numan Kurdić (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 22) 1 0   RWDM
16 2DF Vedran Vrhovac (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Željezničar

14 3MF Marijan Ćavar (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 23) 3 0   Široki Brijeg
15 3MF Andrej Đokanović (2001-03-01) 1 March 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Sarajevo
6 2DF Aleksandar Vojnović (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Borac Banja Luka
7 3MF Haris Ovčina (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Velež Mostar
8 3MF Mehmed Ćosić (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Velež Mostar
10 3MF Saša Maksimović (1999-12-18) 18 December 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Sloboda Tuzla
13 3MF Amar Begić (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Borac Banja Luka
18 3MF Igor Savić (2000-10-08) 8 October 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Zrinjski Mostar

11 4FW Sulejman Krpić (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 31) 1 0   Tuzla City
9 4FW Jovo Lukić (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Borac Banja Luka

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ibrahim Šehić (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 33) 40 0   Konyaspor v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
GK Kenan Pirić (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 27) 6 0   Atromitos v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
GK Nikola Vasilj (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 26) 4 0   St. Pauli v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021

DF Sead Kolašinac (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 28) 43 0   Marseille v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021 INJ
DF Eldar Ćivić (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 25) 20 1   Ferencváros v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Dennis Hadžikadunić (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 23) 14 0   Rostov v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Siniša Saničanin (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 26) 14 0   Partizan v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Anel Ahmedhodžić (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 22) 12 1   Malmö v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Adnan Kovačević (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 28) 8 0   Ferencváros v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Mateo Sušić (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 31) 8 0   Cluj v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Branimir Cipetić (1995-05-24) 24 May 1995 (age 26) 7 0   Lokomotiva v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Aleksandar Jovičić (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 27) 2 0   Gorica v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
DF Jusuf Gazibegović (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Sturm Graz v.   Finland, 13 November 2021 COV
DF Dario Đumić (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 29) 5 1   Twente v.   Ukraine, 12 October 2021
DF Darko Todorović (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 24) 16 0   Akhmat Grozny v.   Denmark, 6 June 2021
DF Marko Mihojević (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 25) 4 0   Göztepe v.   France, 31 March 2021

MF Almedin Ziljkić (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Olimpija Ljubljana v.   United States, 18 December 2021 INJ
MF Miralem Pjanić (vice-captain) (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 31) 103 17   Beşiktaş v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021 WD
MF Gojko Cimirot (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 29) 36 0   Standard Liège v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Amer Gojak (1997-02-13) 13 February 1997 (age 24) 27 4   Dinamo Zagreb v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Rade Krunić (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 28) 23 2   Milan v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Miroslav Stevanović (1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 31) 21 2   Servette v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Amir Hadžiahmetović (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 24) 15 0   Konyaspor v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Sanjin Prcić (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 28) 11 0   Strasbourg v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Luka Menalo (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 25) 8 2   Dinamo Zagreb v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Adi Nalić (1997-12-01) 1 December 1997 (age 24) 7 0   Malmö v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
MF Elvis Sarić (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 31) 19 1   Gorica v.   Finland, 13 November 2021 INJ
MF Stjepan Lončar (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 25) 11 0   Ferencváros v.   Kazakhstan, 9 October 2021 INJ
MF Mario Vrančić (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 32) 6 0   Stoke City v.   Kazakhstan, 9 October 2021 INJ
MF Haris Hajradinović (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 27) 5 1   Kasımpaşa v.   Kazakhstan, 7 September 2021
MF Dino Beširović (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 27) 4 0   Mezőkövesd v.   Denmark, 6 June 2021
MF Vladan Danilović (1999-07-27) 27 July 1999 (age 22) 4 0   Nacional v.   Denmark, 6 June 2021
MF Damir Sadiković (1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Cracovia v.   Denmark, 6 June 2021
MF Dario Šarić (1997-05-30) 30 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Ascoli v.   Montenegro, 2 June 2021 INJ
MF Haris Duljević (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 28) 25 1   Hansa Rostock v.   France, 31 March 2021
MF Amar Rahmanović (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 27) 4 0   Konyaspor v.   France, 31 March 2021

FW Smail Prevljak (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 26) 16 4   Eupen v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
FW Kenan Kodro (1993-08-19) 19 August 1993 (age 28) 10 2   Fehérvár v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
FW Ermedin Demirović (1998-03-25) 25 March 1998 (age 23) 10 0   Freiburg v.   Ukraine, 16 November 2021
FW Edin Džeko (captain) (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 35) 118 60   Internazionale v.   Finland, 13 November 2021 INJ
FW Obren Cvijanović (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 27) 1 0   Velež Mostar v.   Costa Rica, 27 March 2021

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

StatisticsEdit

As of 16 November 2021[62]
Players in bold are still active with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Edin Džeko is Bosnia's most capped player and all-time top goal scorer.
Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Edin Džeko 118 60 2007–present
2 Miralem Pjanić 103 17 2008–present
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–present
7 Haris Medunjanin 60 9 2009–2018
8 Senad Lulić 57 4 2008–2017
9 Edin Višća 55 10 2010–2020
10 Elvir Bolić 51 22 1996–2006

Most goalsEdit

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Years
1 Edin Džeko (list) 60 118 0.51 2007–present
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
Miralem Pjanić 17 103 0.17 2008–present
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 2010–2020
10 Haris Medunjanin 9 60 0.15 2009–2018

Most clean sheetsEdit

 
Asmir Begović is Bosnia's record holder in clean sheets.
Rank Player Clean
Sheets
Caps Ratio Years
1 Asmir Begović 27 63 0.43 2009–present
2 Ibrahim Šehić 15 40 0.38 2010–present
3 Kenan Hasagić 13 44 0.3 2002–2011
4 Mirsad Dedić 8 27 0.3 1996–2000
5 Goran Brašnić 5 8 0.63 2004–2008
Adnan Gušo 5 23 0.22 1999–2007
7 Tomislav Piplica 4 8 0.5 2001–2002
Almir Tolja 4 15 0.27 2000–2006
9 Jasmin Burić 3 3 1 2008–present
Kenan Pirić 3 6 0.5 2018–present

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) 2011 to 2020, Haris Medunjanin (4) 2016 to 2018, Vedad Ibišević (1) 2017, Miralem Pjanić (6) 2019 to 2021, Ermin Bičakčić (1) 2019, Sead Kolašinac (1) 2021, Ibrahim Šehić (1) 2021, Siniša Saničanin (1) 2021, Eldar Ćivić (1) 2021, Adnan Kovačević (1) 2021, Ajdin Nukić (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– 50

Table correct as of match played on 18 December 2021.

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
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 play-offs
  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 8 1 4 3 9 12 4/5
      2026 To be determined
Total 3 1 0 2 4 4 66 29 14 23 121 81

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
1960 to 1992 Part of   Yugoslavia
as  Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  1996 Could 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 play-offs
  2016 12 5 3 4 18 15 3/6 Lost play-offs
  2020 11 4 2 5 21 18 4/6 Lost play-offs
  2024 To be determined
Total 65 26 12 27 95 94

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 6 0 2 4 3 11   15th
  2022–23 B To be determined
Total 10 3 3 4 8 12

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

FIFA ranking historyEdit

FIFA-ranking yearly averages for Bosnia and Herzegovina.[63] Their average position since FIFA World Ranking creation is 58.[63]

Head-to-head recordEdit

Tables correct as of match played on 18 December 2021.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's all-time international record, 1995–present
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals against Goal differential First game Last game 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 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 08.06.1997 06.06.2021 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 5 2 1 2 8 8 0 28.04.2004 13.11.2021 4:1 1:3
  France 6 0 3 3 4 8 −4 18.08.2004 01.09.2021 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
  Kazakhstan 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 07.09.2021 09.10.2021 2:0
  Kuwait 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 04.09.2021 1:0
  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 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 28.05.2018 02.06.2021 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
  Paraguay 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 21.04.1996 N/A 0:3
  Poland 5 0 1 4 3 9 −6 15.12.2007 14.10.2020 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 1:2
  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
  Ukraine 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 12.10.2021 16.11.2021 N/A 0:2
  United States 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 14.08.2013 18.12.2021 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
80 Countries 247 94 57 96 349 329 +20 30.11.1995 18.12.2021 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 194 75 47 72 288 251 +37 30.11.1995 16.11.2021
AFC 28 12 6 10 38 40 −2 22.02.1997 04.09.2021
CAF 9 4 2 3 12 11 +1 05.11.1997 27.03.2018
CONMEBOL 8 2 0 6 6 17 −11 14.05.1998 15.06.2014
CONCACAF 8 1 2 5 5 10 −5 09.02.2011 18.12.2021
OFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
80 Countries 247 94 57 96 349 329 +20 30.11.1995 18.12.2021

Notable 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)[64]
10 November 1996 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Ljubljana, Slovenia   Slovenia 2–1 Historic first ever victory in World Cup 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)[65]
19 August 1998 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Faroe Islands 1–0 Historic first ever victory in European Championship qualifiers
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
3 September 2005 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Belgium 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
1 April 2009 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Belgium 2–1
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)[66]
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)[67]
29 March 2016 Friendly Zürich, Switzerland    Switzerland 2–0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (12th)[68]
7 June 2016 2016 Kirin Cup Osaka, Japan   Japan 2–1 Victory in the Final of 2016 Kirin Cup

HonoursEdit

Minor tournamentsEdit

See alsoEdit

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