Zukanovic’s Long Climb to the Top

Albinko Hasic

 

Ervin Zukanovic is a man that prescribes to that old Bosnian notion that nothing worth going after should be rushed.  Patience in all aspects of life.  His football career certainly took a lot of patience to arrive at its current stop.  Looking at the Roma defender, nothing seems out of the ordinary.

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We Should Embrace Our Balkan Temperament

Albinko Hasic
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How many times do we have to hear it from Bosnian journalists?  Every time the national team(s) hit a snag of some sort –and especially after a bitter loss – there is usually a main culprit.  Our “Balkan mentality/temperament.”  That’s why we lost.  We’re just too damn hotheaded.  It’s our watermelon sized big Bosnian domes that got in the way.  Skill had nothing to do with it.  If we were even-keeled like those Nordic and Baltic (not Balkan) nations, we would be whooping ass and taking names.  Yes, that’s why Lithuania and Estonia are national teams to replicate (no offense Lithuania and Estonia, you know I love you).

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Bazdarevic’s Worries – and my own to boot

After the honeymoon phase that even Safet Susic enjoyed as the manager of the Bosnian national team, reality is finally setting in for Mehmed Bazdarevic.  After a hot start as manager (5-1-1) successfully lifting Bosnia to third place in its EURO2016 qualifying group (behind Belgium and Wales), the shock of Ireland, and the ensuing confusion has left him asking some questions – not just of his players, but of himself.  In the two most recent matches, friendlies against Luxembourg and Switzerland, the results were certainly positive (3-0, 2-0), but have we made real progress?

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Mix Diskerud Donates Money To War Damaged Stadium

Some of us can’t get enough of feel-good stories, especially ones that mix (get it?) football into the equation.  This one is somewhat strange and unexpected.  What sort of connection does Mix Diskerud (U.S National Team) have to far-away FK Zeljeznicar, Sarajevo’s blue club?  Not much, it turns out.  But why should it matter?

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Sead Kolasinac: Tailor-Made For Klopp’s Liverpool

Sead Kolašinac, Bosnia’s big burly bull of a player is an acquired taste for many fans.  His critics would point to his rash decisions, unbridled tackling and aggressive style.  One of his tackles landed Real Madrid’s Jese in the hospital, after all.

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