Aston Villa is the latest English club to target Hajduk Split’s Tino-Sven Susic. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has caught the eye of numerous clubs over the course of the season, including Bilic’s West Ham United side, and newly crowned champions Leicester City.
The Bosnian lobby at Roma, made up of defenseman Ervin Zukanovic, midfielder Miralem Pjanic and striker Edin Dzeko has worked their magic, it would seem. The Serie A side is set to bring in Bosnian youngster Ajdin Mujagic to train with the squad and have his chance to impress the club.
After the disappointment of losing to the Republic of Ireland in the EURO2016 qualifiers, many of my fellow fans were ready to throw the baby out with the bath water. Dzeko was no longer a diamond, and the back of Miralem’s jersey might as well have read Panic. Interestingly, there were already calls for Bazdarevic’s head, this early on into his tenure. However, if Bosnia is to mature as a national team side – we have to begin by showing some maturity.
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.
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).
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?
According to numerous Bosnian sources, including Avaz and SportSport, Dzanan Musa, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s premier basketball talent is being actively recruited by none other than MJ himself.