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Team Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country formed only in the early 1990s, will have its debut in the World Cup this upcoming edition in Brazil. Of the 32 qualified countries, they are the only ones making their first appearance in the finals. The side are not necessarily an obvious favorite among fans or a household name for that matter, especially when compared to the more popular Brazil, Spain, Argentina, or Germany.

At the European segment of the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifications, Bosnia-Herzegovina showed how a team—no matter how novice they are in the international stage—could pull off stunts that would surprise even the most veteran squads. The side enjoyed an outstanding campaign, emerging winners in eight out of the 10 matches they had for the tournament. A fierce attack and a especially dedicated rearguard (which was breached only a few times) were pivotal to Zmajevi’s success. They vaunted 30 goals in total which rank as among the highest scores in the continental football war. They ended up leaders of their group, outpacing Greece via goal difference and booking direct berth to the finals.

Edin Dzeko, perhaps the biggest name to come out of the national team, has solidly delivered during the qualifiers with 10 goals under his belt. Zvjezdan Misimovic is similarly impressive and his all-time caps record will prove it. In the goalkeeping department, Safet Susic’s side have little to worry about. Asmir Begovic, who currently plays for Stoke City, is considered to be among the best goalkeepers in the English Premier League.

They may be new to the global arena, but Bosnia and Herzegovina’s expertly trained and sufficiently skilled players are highly motivated—more than intimidated—to battle out and display stellar maneuvers in the world’s largest football event. They will be this year’s wildest dark horses.

 

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