Bosnia-Herzegovina Football team fun in Bangladesh

The Bosnian football team, or the “Dragons”, were criticized by their fans as they failed to qualify for the Euro 2012 co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, the reason being they had players with good pedigree who failed to perform in national team colours. Two years later, the team’s answer was nothing short of euphoric as they qualified for their first ever FIFA World Cup tournament with a comprehensive qualifying campaign.

The biggest contributing factor to the rise of Bosnia from perennial “minnows” status to serious contenders for the 2nd round in the World Cup has to be the crop of players who are plying their trade abroad. If you’ve done your homework then you’ll notice that several of the Bosnian players appear for top clubs in top European leagues.

Their manager Safet Susic was assigned with the task of making the players perform, and after initial struggles, the Yugoslavian football legend finally managed to bring out the best in his players.

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Jasmin Fejzic (Aalen), Asmir Avdukic (Toronto Raptors).

Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Luhansk), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg).

Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz), Tino-Sven Susic (Hajduk Split), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyespor), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split).

Forwards: Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Edin Visca (Istanbul Buyuksehir).

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Safet Susic is a legendary figure in Yugoslavian and Bosnian football and was an attacking midfielder by trade during his playing days. Susic was good enough to torment the stout defences of Italy and Argentina in the late 1970’s. He was named Bosnia and Herzegovina’s golden player in 2004.