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Bosnia and Herzegovina team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.08CET
After losing out to Portugal in play-offs for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina finally made it all the way to a major tournament in 2014.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.08CET

Bosnia and Herzegovina team profile

After losing out to Portugal in play-offs for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina finally made it all the way to a major tournament in 2014.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Mehmed Baždarević
Leading scorer:
all-time – Edin Džeko (44); current – Edin Džeko (44)
Most appearances:
all-time – Emir Spahić (85); current – Emir Spahić (85)
Association formed:
1992
Nickname:
Zmajevi (Dragons), Ljiljani (Lilies)
Where they play:
Bilino Polje, Zenica; Asim Ferhatović, Sarajevo

After losing out to Portugal in play-offs for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina finally made it all the way to a major tournament when, spearheaded by free-scoring pair Edin Džeko and Vedad Ibišević, they topped their 2014 World Cup qualifying section to secure a direct ticket to Brazil, although they were unable to progress beyond the group stage. UEFA EURO 2016 represents their fifth attempt to reach the continental finals. Before gaining independence in 1992 the country supplied several top players to Yugoslavia.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P52 W22 D9 L21 F73 A73
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P52 W22 D9 L21 F73 A73

Bosnia and Herzegovina made their UEFA European Championship debut with a 1-0 win against the Faroe Islands in August 1998 and have been close to the finals twice before. Victory against Denmark in Sarajevo in their final qualifying game would have sent Blaž Slišković's team to UEFA EURO 2004, but a 1-1 draw meant they finished fourth in a competitive section.

They again came close in their final UEFA EURO 2012 Group D fixture, Safet Sušić's side drawing 1-1 against France in Paris when victory would have taken them through. As it was, they finished as runners-up – the 20-point haul their best yet in the competition – but in the play-offs they were no match for Portugal.

Memorable EURO matches
02/06/07: Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-2 Turkey, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Adnan Ćustović's late goal earned a first competitive home win in eight years at the Koševo Stadium.

02/04/03: Denmark 0-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying
Slišković's side won despite having to draft in three U21 starlets who had played 24 hours earlier.

09/10/99: Estonia 1-4 Bosnia and Herzegovina, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Elvir Baljić scored all four as Bosnia and Herzegovina claimed a first away win in EURO qualifying.

Did you know?
Sušić's men were 12 minutes from victory in Paris in that final UEFA EURO 2012 group game before Samir Nasri's penalty consigned Bosnia and Herzegovina to the play-offs. A 0-0 draw in Zenica preceded a 6-2 loss in Portugal – equalling their heaviest ever EURO qualifying defeat.

*Last updated on 14/10/15

Last updated: 14/10/15 11.48CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 19:51 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Bosnia and Herzegovina3-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
12/17/2015 15:37:46
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-2Cyprus
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:01
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales0-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-1Belgium
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:53:59
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel3-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
05/26/2016 08:47:18
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra0-3Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
04/04/2016 19:11:14
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria1-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
12/17/2015 16:38:57
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina3-1Israel
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:07
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium3-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:32
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina3-0Andorra
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:04
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina2-0Wales
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:02
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus2-3Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/16/2016 07:27:46
13 November 2015 13 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:08
16 November 2015 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Republic of Ireland2-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aggregate: 3-1 (agg: 3-1)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
05/31/2016 15:17:04
25 March 2016 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Luxembourg0-3Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2016 13:43:12
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Switzerland0-2Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich (SUI)
06/01/2016 15:14:57
29 May 2016 29 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Spain3-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: not available Stadium: AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI)
06/04/2016 08:17:48
3 June 2016 03 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Denmark2-2Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: not available Stadium: National, Tokyo (JPN)
06/06/2016 11:07:01
7 June 2016 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Bosnia and Herzegovina2-1Japan
Referee: not available
06/07/2016 18:17:30
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEstonia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:53:52
7 October 2016 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
06/14/2016 10:11:47
10 October 2016 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaCyprus
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:53:56
GreeceBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:52:37
25 March 2017 25 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGibraltar
Referee: TBD
06/20/2016 15:47:57
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:21:33
CyprusBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:01:17
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
GibraltarBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
06/20/2016 15:50:36
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBelgium
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:18:18
EstoniaBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:10:33

General info

  • Founded : 1992
  • Stadium : Stadion Bilino polje
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/10/2011, Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Luxembourg, Zenica
  • Biggest defeat:
    15/11/2011, Portugal 6-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lisbon
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 5
  • Player with most appearances: 27
    Emir Spahić (BIH)
    Edin Džeko (BIH)
  • Top scorers: 13
    Edin Džeko (BIH)