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Sliškovic presents striking alternatives

Published: Wednesday 28 May 2003, 16.04CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Blaz Sliškovic has named a 19-man squad to face Romania.
Published: Wednesday 28 May 2003, 16.04CET

Sliškovic presents striking alternatives

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Blaz Sliškovic has named a 19-man squad to face Romania.

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Blaz Sliškovic has called up two new strikers for the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying game with Romania on 7 June.

Croatian influence
HNK Cibalia's Mladen Bartolovic and Emir Spahic of NK Zagreb, both of whom play their club football in Croatia, have been included in the 19-man squad, while Sasa Papac, who has been in impressive form recently for Austrian Bundesliga side FC Kärnten, is recalled after a three-match international absence.

Notable absentees
FK Partizan defender Nenad Miškovic was left out, while NK Zeljeznicar's Bulend Bišcevic is missing through suspension and Galatasaray SK striker Elvir Baljic is out injured.

'Romania are favourites'
"We will try to play our best to stay in the run for the second place in our group," said Sliškovic. "Romania are favourites in this match, but I will ask my players to repeat their performance in Denmark when we won 2-0. Still, a draw against Romania would be worth a victory for us."

Recent recovery
Bosnia currently lie in fourth place in Group 2 with six points from four matches so far, but are a single point behind second-placed Denmark. Sliškovic's side began slowly, suffering 3-0 and 2-0 defeats to Romania and Norway respectively, but recovered well to win both their next two games, against Luxembourg and Denmark, 2-0 and revive their qualification hopes.

Bosnia-Herzegovina squad
Hasagic, Tolja, Berberovic, Hibic, Bajramovic, Konjic, Papac, Music, Alihodzic, Grujic, Barbarez, Blatnjak, Mulina, Bartolovic, Hrgovic, Bešlija, Bolic, Halilovic, Spahic.

Last updated: 28/05/03 15.04CET

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