World Cup Profiles – Group F: Bosnia and Herzegovina

6 Jun

Bosnia and Herzegovina flagCongratulations to Bosnia and Herzegovina who are making their World Cup debut! 

Logo_of_the_Football_Association_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina_(2013-present)

This is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first World Cup since becoming a FIFA member in 1996. They have the heavy task of facing Argentina in their first ever World Cup match. With a nickname like “The Dragons” they could be a very worthy opponent.

They missed out on South Africa after being eliminated by Portugal in qualifying. They reached this tournament by proving themselves as a hardworking and defensively strong squad. With that said, they scored 30 goals in 10 games thanks to Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic who had 18 goals combined.

As I mentioned before, they are defensively strong, but they are inexperienced. They don’t have as large of a pool of talent playing the top leagues the way that teams like Brazil, Argentina, Spain, or Portugal have. That doesn’t mean they can’t win. It just means that it will surprise everyone if they do beat Argentina in the group stage.

Watch for: Edin Dzeko is their top striker, scoring 10 goals in the qualifying for the tournament. If you don’t know him, get your butt up on Saturdays and Sundays and watch Premier League! Watishista Mandi is disappointed in you! Asmir Begovic will also come up big for Bosnia between the posts. He (and Bosnia’s great defense) only allowed 6 goals during qualifying.

Bosnia and Herzegovina squad

Head Coach: Safet Sušić (Bosnia)

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VFR Aalen).

Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk), 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), Tino Susic (Hajduk), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhour Renhe), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Avdija Vrsaljevic (Hajduk).

Strikers: Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB).

For additional information on Bosnia and Herzegovina, including World Cup 2014 match schedule & history check out these links.

– mygyspsyspirit

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