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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Edin Džeko celebrates scoring the goal that almost took Bosnia and Herzegovina to UEFA EURO 2012 ©Getty Images

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best result: never qualified
Safet Sušić
Leading scorer:
all-time – Edin Džeko (33); current – Edin Džeko (33)
Most appearances:
all-time – Zvjezdan Misimović (79); current – Zvjezdan Misimović (79)
Association formed:
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. Before gaining independence in 1992 the country supplied several top players, among them current coach Safet Sušić, to Yugoslavia. UEFA EURO 2016 will be their fifth tilt at reaching the continental finals.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P42 W17 D7 L18 F56 A61
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P42 W17 D7 L18 F56 A61

Bosnia and Herzegovina made their UEFA European Championship debut with a 1-0 win against the Faroe Islands in August 1998, and have twice been in sight of a finals place. 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, 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 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.17CET

Club 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)