Friday 20 April 2018

World Cup team preview: Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Bosnian national team. Photo: Getty Images
The Bosnian national team. Photo: Getty Images

There are 27 games to go until the World Cup, so we have 27 team left to preview. Today it's Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran

Tournament odds: 150/1

Safet Sucic's team will fancy their chances of getting through Group F as runner-up to Argentina and why not? This team from the Balkans has really been on the upgrade in recent years.

Playoff agony against Portugal ahead of the World Cup in South Africa four years ago was compounded when a late Samie Nasri penalty saw them miss out on automatic qualification for Euro 2012.

Another defeat to Portugal in the playoffs followed for the hapless Bosnians.

If a team ever deserved to dine at the top table of football it's Bosnia and if they can get some momentum they could cause problems.

How they got here

A virtually flawless record in qualifying that eight wins, one draw and a solitary defeat in their 10 games.

Bosnia averaged three goals a game and conceded just six and that goal difference would prove crucial as they edged out Greece to attain automatic qualification.

A 1-0 defeat at home to Slovakia in September 2013 set up a nail-biting finale for Bosnia-Herzegovina, before they pipped Greece to the post on the final matchday on the back of that impressive goal difference.

Key Player

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring a goal against Aston Villa tonight

Given his impressive end-of-season form, Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, will be vital to the hopes of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He may be the focal point in their attack but the Bosnians are not without other threats.

Miralem Pjanic has continually been linked with a move to Manchester United and the AS Roma midfielder has the ability, vision and passing range to cause any team problems.

Emir Spahic is their defensive leader while in Stoke City's Asmir Begovic, they have one of the best net-minders in the tournament.

Something you might not know about Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina have large swathes of Karst (Limestone) regions like the Burren in co Clare.

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