Monday 11 December 2017

Focus on bosnia

LOCATION: Former Yugoslavia

POPULATION: 4.6m

WORLD RANKING: 27

STAR ATTRACTION: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)

HE may be nearing the exit door at Eastlands but the €32m signing went some way to paying his fee with equalising goal that set up the title win against QPR. The 26-year-old has scored 20 goals for Bosnia, two off leading scorer Elvir Bolic.

RECENT HISTORY: Narrowly missed out on automatic qualification to France, and then got the toughest draw in the play-offs against Portugal, who they drew with at home before losing 6-2 away.

THE GAFFER: Voted Paris Saint Germain's greatest ever player, Bosnia boss Safet Susic played 54 times for Yugoslavia between 1977 and 1990, finishing his international career after Italia '90. Has been at the helm of his country since 2009.

REMEMBER HIM? Hasan Salihamidzic was one of the first Bosnians to come to prominence after the country's independence. The right-back won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2001. Now playing for Wolfsburg after a spell at Juventus, Salihamidzic has six Bundesliga medals.

TACTICS: Lining out in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Sušic's team will play in a similar way to Croatia.

SQUAD NEWS: Goalkeeper Kenan Hasagix and defender Sasa Papac are out injured along with highly-rated defender Emir Spahic and striker Darko Malet.

Irish Independent

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