Željezničar's Gušo targets clean-sheet record

"I hoped everything would be like this," said FK Željezničar keeper Adnan Gušo, who came out of retirement in the autumn and has not conceded in 14 matches and 1,246 minutes.

Željezničar goalkeeper Adnan Gušo has not conceded a goal in 14 matches
Željezničar goalkeeper Adnan Gušo has not conceded a goal in 14 matches ©Fedja Krvavac

FK Željezničar are closing in on the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Premier League title thanks in no small part to the remarkable efforts of their goalkeeper Adnan Gušo.

The former Bosnian international has not conceded a goal in 1,246 minutes, a run that stretches 14 games in all competitions, and is closing in on the national league record of 1,156 minutes held by Ibrahim Mujkić of FK Budućnost Banovići. Gušo's own current league mark stands at 877 minutes; even Brazil's Gerlado Filho's seemingly insurmountable world record of 1,816 minutes without being beaten no longer remains a inconceivable dream.

After initially retiring in 2008 Gušo turned to coaching, before returning to action last autumn following injuries to both Željezničar's goalkeepers. "I sincerely hoped everything would be like this," he said. "From the moment I stood in goal, everything fell into place. Of course I am delighted with this record, but I am even more happy for the fans."

The 36-year-old has been in irrepressible form this season, with his side clear in first place in the standings largely thanks to a 19-match unbeaten league run – 26 in all competitions – and was last beaten in a 5-1 win at FK Slavija Sarajevo on 30 October. Željezničar could complete a memorable season when they face second-placed NK Široki Brijeg in the two-legged Bosnian-Herzegovinian Cup final on 25 April and 26 May.

Gušo, whose 22nd and last international cap came in 2007, started his career with Željezničar back in 1993, and has since played for eight different teams, including a five-year spell in Romania and stints in Turkey, Russia and Cyprus. He is also the current national Under-21 coach, although it is his own second youth which is occupying all his energies at the moment.