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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bosnia-Herzegovina Men's National Soccer Team News


September 6, 2015 - Bičakčić, Džeko & Lulić score in win over Andorra
"Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Andorra. Ermin Bičakčić, Edin Džeko and Senad Lulić scored first half-goals as Bosnia and Herzegovina overcame Andorra to maintain their chance of a play-off finish in UEFA EURO 2016 Group B, Belgium's 1-0 win in Cyprus having ruled out automatic qualification among the top two.... Džeko saw another chance go begging on 14 minutes, yet within 30 seconds it was 1-0; Pjanić's corner found Zec who diverted the ball for his namesake Bičakčić to head into the net. The result was never in doubt thereafter, captain Džeko plundering his seventh goal of the campaign on the half-hour after being played in by Ibišević." - UEFA

June 12, 2015 - Edin Visca scores brace in win over Israel
"Two goals by striker Edin Visca and a penalty from Edin Dzeko helped Bosnia to a 3-1 win over Israel in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B in Zenica on Friday, reviving the hosts' chances of reaching the finals in France. Visca scored in the 42nd minute after Israel took a surprising lead against the run of play a minute earlier through striker Tal Ben Haim. Manchester City's Dzeko put the hosts in the lead in added time in the first half and Visca put the match to bed with a header from close range in the 75th." - Channel News Asia

March 28, 2015 - Edin Dzeko scores hat-trick in win over Andorra
"Edin Dzeko racked up a hat-trick for Bosnia and Herzegovina as they picked up their first win of Euro 2016 qualifying in a 3-0 victory over Andorra. Dzeko, who has scored four times for Manchester City in the Premier League this season, made it a record-extending 41 for Bosnia, who comfortably emerged winners in what was the two sides' first meeting at senior international level.... Senad Lulic came up with the perfect flick-on for Dzeko from a long ball out, and Dzeko was able to finish with his left foot from the edge of the area to give Bosnia the lead on 13 minutes.... Barely four minutes after the restart -- and just two after Emir Spahic's header was blocked away -- Lulic tore down the left flank for Bosnia and laid the ball on a plate for Dzeko to slot home from six yards. Things went from bad to worse for Andorra after the hour mark, with Dzeko getting his hat-trick with a first-time finish, this time thanks to Lulic's weaving run into the box." - ESPN

September 22, 2014 - Emir Spahic unretires
"Former Bosnia-Herzegovina captain Emir Spahic has reversed his decision to retire from international football that was made last month. The 34-year-old Bayer Leverkusen defender skippered Bosnia-Herzegovina at this year's World Cup – the independent nation's first appearance on football's biggest stage. Safet Susic's side failed to progress from the group stages, though, leading to Spahic's initial retirement. But the defender – who has made 77 appearances for the national team – has changed his mind after watching Bosnia-Herzegovina lose 2-1 at home to Cyprus in their first Euro 2016 qualifier." - Sportal

September 4, 2014 - friendly 3-0 win over Liechstenstein
"Edin Dzeko led his team out as captain for the very fist time, and Bosnia’s first World Cup goal scorer, Vedad Ibisevic, scored the country’s fastest goal in history. Not even a minute into the match, his one-time Hoffenheim teammate Sejad Salihovic crossed the ball in from the left side, finding an open Vedad Ibisevic who cooly slotted it home.  Ibisevic has now overtaken Elvir Bolic on the all-time goalscorer’s list. The first half saw a starting lineup of  Begovic, Mujdza, Vranjes, Sunjic, Salihovic, Besic, Prcic, Medunjanin, Pjanic, Ibisevic, and Dzeko.  The team constantly pushed forward and probed the Liechstenstein defense which found itself very vulnerable on numerous occasions.  Ibisevic scored his second only 12 minutes later, and just like that Bosnia had doubled its lead.  Bosnia scored its third and final goal of the half thanks to a magnificent solo effort from captain Edin Dzeko who took the ball from his own half and powered it home." - BH Dragons

June 25, 2014 - Dzeko, Pjanic & Vrsaljevic score in win over Iran
"Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran's hopes of advancing to the knockout stages and registered its first World Cup win in the process with a 3-1 victory in Group F on Wednesday. The Bosnians took a commanding 2-0 lead with goals from Edin Dzeko in the 23rd and Miralem Pjanic in the 53rd before Iran hit back. Reza Ghoochannejhad gave some hope to the Iranians with a tap-in goal in the 81st, but Avdija Vrsaljevic replied immediately with his low shot from the edge of the area to restore the two-goal buffer. Iran needed a win to have any chance of advancing. The Bosnians were already out of contention at their first World Cup following consecutive losses to Argentina and Nigeria." - The Southern

June 3, 2014 - Izet Hajrovic scores in win over Mexico
"Izet Hajrovic scored from close range in the 41st minute, and Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Mexico 1-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly Tuesday night. Hajrovic maneuvered into open space 8 yards from the net and left-footed Sejad Salihovic's feed from the left side past diving goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera. Senad Lulic also assisted. It was Bosnia's best offensive chance since the first 12 minutes, when forward Edin Dezko took three shots, the first saved and the others floating over the net.... Mexican favorite Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez rifled a shot off the left post 24 minutes in, prompting a loud groan from the largely pro-Mexico crowd of 60,707 at Soldier Field. Hernandez was held shotless thereafter, and replaced by Alan Pulido in the second half." - Fox

June 2, 2014 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers: 
  • Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka)
  • Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
  • Jasmin Fezjic (Aalen).
Defenders: 
  • Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros)
  • Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig)
  • Sead Kolasinac (Schalke)
  • Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Toni Sunjic (Zorya)
  • Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor).
Midifelders: 
  • Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz)
  • Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray)
  • Senijad Ibricic (Erciyespor)
  • Senad Lulic (Lazio)
  • Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor)
  • Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe)
  • Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg)
  • Miralem Pjanic (Roma)
  • Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim)
  • Tino Susic (Hajduk Split)
  • Edin Visca (Istanbul BB)
  • Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split).
Forwards: 
  • Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
  • Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart)
May 30, 2014 - Edin Dzeko scores twice in win over Ivory Coast
"Bosnia-Herzogovina made its second appearance in St. Louis in six months. This time, it gave its large, raucous local fan base plenty to cheer about. Edin Dzeko scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast on Friday night in the run-up to the country's first World Cup appearance.... Dzeko, a striker for Manchester City and Bosnia's top offensive threat, scored 10 of the country's 30 goals in World Cup qualifying. Dzeko had an empty net in the 17th minute after an Ivory Coast defender blocked a shot by Zvjezdan Misimovic. He corralled a hard pass from Miralem Pjanic in the 53rd minute and scored just inside the left post." - Times Colonist

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