On November 30, 1995, a rag tag group of players and coaches traveled to Tirana, Albania to play a football match. It was no ordinary game. Even though the match itself was meaningless, a friendly, it meant the world to a small country that only recently saw the end of a bloody war for independence.
Albania hosted Bosnia and Herzegovina who had only recently been granted FIFA Membership. The team lost 0-2. The players, led by Fuad Muzurovic financed their own trip to Albania, even buying gear from local sports shops because the FA had not provided it.
Since then, the team has been to a World Cup (2014) and almost qualified for several more, including coming close in the playoffs on several occasions. Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently ranked 27th in the world, and its highest ranking was 13 in 2013.
Back in 1995, the team was ranked in the low 100s, a far cry from today’s golden generation of players.