How many of us are ever going to forget that day in October? Bosnia was even with Greece on points (22), but had a considerably larger positive goal differential. Greece needed a draw or a loss by Bosnia, who was playing Lithuania, away, for the last match of Group G, European qualifiers for the World Cup in Brazil. The loss never came. Vedad Ibisevic broke the curse with a simple tap in, and the rest is history.
If you are familiar with U.S. college basketball – you have undoubtedly heard of the NIT Tournament. A sort of – silver lining championship – for teams that missed out on the big dance. U.S. Soccer and SUM are now mulling creating a similar international soccer tournament, set to take place during the summer of 2018.
It’s that time again. The designers over at adidas have released the new Bosnia and Herzegovina home kit. The jersey is composed of a mainly dark navy color, with a slightly lighter blue sash running from from the upper right shoulder to the lower left corner. On the side are the traditional three stripes, in gold.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have ended their World Cup 2018 qualifying run with a 1-2 away victory in Tallinn, against Estonia. Izet Hajrovic scored twice to make sure the Dragons finish third in the group, behind Belgium and Greece. Even though they ended on a somewhat positive note, this campaign left much to be desired and you can’t help but think Bosnia shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions, specifically the Cyprus away game, where they let a 0-2 lead slip away, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
But what happens now, more specifically, what happens to the ‘golden generation’ that brought us to our first major tournament?
Whatever happens in Zenica, stays in Zenica, right? Maybe not this time around as a post-match brawl erupted after the match on June 9, reportedly ignited by tensions between Roma teammates Edin Dzeko and Kostas Manolas. It quickly evolved into a sideline scuffle resulting in a lost tooth for Giannis Gianniotas, thanks to a whopping punch delivered by assistant coach Gilli Stephane (who, of course, actually appears to be an MMA fan).
Yet another Bosnian international has made the move to England with the latest being central midfielder Mario Vrancic, who has joined Norwich City FC from Bundesliga outfit Darmstadt.
Asmir Begovic’s reported £10m move from Chelsea to Bournemouth is officially in the books, and Bosnian fans should breathe a sigh of relief, because it means a return of the top form keeper that we were used to seeing during his time at Stoke City.