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Bilino Polje is the home football stadium of Bosnian Premier League football club NK Čelik from the city of Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of two stadiums of the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also sometimes used for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national rugby union team as well.[3]

Stadion Bilino Polje
Bilino Polje Stadium (wide angle).jpeg
Stadion Bilino Polje - UEFA 3/4 stars
LocationBulevar Kulina Bana bb,
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates44°12′20.7″N 17°54′25.5″E / 44.205750°N 17.907083°E / 44.205750; 17.907083Coordinates: 44°12′20.7″N 17°54′25.5″E / 44.205750°N 17.907083°E / 44.205750; 17.907083
OwnerCity of Zenica
Capacity15,292[1]
Field size105 x 68  m[2]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1972
Opened4 October 1972
Renovated2012
Tenants
NK Čelik Zenica (1972–present)
NK Đerzelez Zenica (1999–2001)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995–present)

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HistoryEdit

The stadium was built and opened in 1972. It was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina's first match, a friendly played against Albania in 1996 with the final result being a 2–0 win to Albania. The stadium is considered a "curse" for foreign national teams, because the Bosnian national team usually wins or rarely loses their home games at Bilino Polje stadium. In a period stretching from 1995 to October 2006, Bosnia went undefeated at home in around 15 games played in Zenica. The city of Zenica had to wait another 4 years (1996–2000) before the next match of the national team was played at the stadium. This match was also a friendly, this time against Macedonia, with the final result being a victory for the home side 1–0. The Bosnia national team never lost on this field until the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus.

NK Čelik was formed in 1945 as a club and played its home games at Blatuša. At the time, the stadium was mainly built with wooden stands and could have an attendance of 15,600 spectators. Zenica, being an industrial city and having Željezara as the main provider for most of the population of the city, needed to provide some kind of job offer for its hard workers. Now, the decision was made to build a larger stadium since NK Čelik was taking part in the Yugoslav First League.

Bilino Polje was built within a 6 and 8 months period, and was ready for NK Čelik to host European teams in the then Mitropa Cup. At that time, NK Čelik hosted Fiorentina at the stadium in the finals of the Mitropa Cup and won it that year. Also, NK Čelik went on to win the Mitropa Cup the following year as well. A few years after the construction, the stadium was actually given the award for being the most beautiful stadium in Yugoslavia. Bilino Polje has a rectangular shape with British style dimensions, rather than an oval shape such as the Stadium Koševo in Sarajevo, making it a somewhat unusual stadium in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

LocationEdit

The stadium is located in the urban area of Zenica and can be easily accessed and navigated to from several points in the city. It is also well connected to the ongoing urban redevelopment of the city's road network.

Stadium statisticsEdit

ref1.
Football matches by the Yugoslavia national football team to 1992:

Date Home Team Result Away Team Competition
17 April 1974   Yugoslavia 0-1   Soviet Union Friendly
27 March 1985   Yugoslavia 1-0   Luxembourg 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

Football matches by the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team to date:

Table of games played at Bilino Polje
GP W D L GF GA GD
43 26 10 7 85 32 +53

Table correct as of 19 November 2015.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stadien Bosnien-Herzegowina". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 2008-2010 European Nations Cup Third Division#Matches 4