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.

Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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