Bosnia Makes History With First-Ever World Cup Qualification
Bosnia has qualified for next summer’s World Cup after beating Lithuania 1-0 thanks to a goal by Vedad Ibisevic. This will be the first time that the small nation (less than four million people) from the Balkans will participate to a major international tournament since its independence in 1992.
Bosnian coach Safet Susic wasted no time in congratulating his team on its accomplishment. The former Paris Saint-Germain player was chosen in 2009 to qualify his country to a major international tournament, but had narrowly failed at his first two attempts. Bosnia has twice come very close to qualifying for major tournaments, losing both times to Portugal in the playoffs of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 qualifiers.
This time, the Bosnians have finished first in their group ahead of Greece, who had the same number of points. Bosnia clinched the automatic spot thanks to a superior goal differential. Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko said after the game, ” I wish to send my regards to Brazil and say that we will show how mighty Bosnia is”.
Many might say that the Manchester striker was a little bit euphoric after the qualification, but Bosnia really have enough quality to do more than just participate. In addition to Dzeko, Bosnia can count on midfielder Miralem Pjanic of Roma, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic of Stoke City and striker Vedad Ibisevic of Stuttgart. All this talent combined with Susic’s experience could make Bosnia a very difficult team to beat next year in Brazil.
After making history, Bosnians will be looking to show ”how mighty” they are. It is very difficult to say whether Susic’s men will do well at the World Cup due to their lack of experience, but they sure do have enough quality to surprise the world next year in Brazil and show the world what Dzeko is talking about.