Sarajevo's Nedjarici and Stup football facilities hosted the third international junior cup as 52 clubs from five countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia – took part.
More than 500 young players, competing in three different age categories – the generations of 1997, 1998 and 1998 – contributed to a festival of youth, friendship and excellent football. With the coaches and their charges enjoying the atmosphere in the Bosnian capital, the tournament produced great games, impressive scorelines, big crowds and first-rate organisation from Sarajevo's football schools.
A team representing the Bambi Kraljevo football academy in Serbia won first place in the 1997 category, overcoming Croatian side Frankopan Rijeka in the final. The pick of the 1998 crop proved to be Mladost Radost from Cacak in Serbia – they defeated Bosnian outfit Radnik Hadzici in their deciding match. The 1999 honours went to Croatian prospects Omladinac Split, who beat compatriots Trogir to gold. lIirija of Ljubljana in Slovenia took the fair play award, while Mija Kuljanin received a special prize as the only girl participant.
Meanwhile, members of the executive board of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation (NFSBiH), elected Jasmin Bakovic as general secretary. He assumed the role in January, but has worked for the NFSBiH since 2000. He was appointed head of competitions, with general and legal responsibilities, in 2002, and also served as national team secretary for six years.
Bakovic, who was born in Sarajevo in 1965, played for FK Famos Hrasnica in the Yugoslav second division before injury ended his on-field career. He subsequently worked as a sports journalist while studying law at the University of Sarajevo. Now preparing his MA thesis for the faculty of sports, he is a recognised professional in football administration.
Finally, the NFSBiH centre for staff education staged a ceremony to present UEFA Pro, A and B coaching licences. The recipients included popular former footballers and Bosnian internationals such as Elvir Baljić, Mirza Varešanović, Sulejman Halilović, Senad Repuh and Tomislav Piplica, along with former Croatian and Slovenian internationals Boris Živković and Ermin Šiljak.
Also among the attendees were father and son Blaz and Vladimir Sliskovic. Having collected his A licence, Sliskovic Jr will hope to follow in the footsteps of his father who picked up the Pro licence.
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