Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Association crest
Founded 1920/1992
FIFA affiliation 1996
UEFA affiliation 1998
President Elvedin Begić

The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine or N/FSBiH, Cyrillic: Ногометни/Фудбалски Савез Босне и Херцеговине), based in Sarajevo, is the chief officiating body of football in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian football association was founded as the Sarajevo football sub-association of former Yugoslavia in 1920. In 1992 the association was re-founded as the football association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In May, 2002, Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unified to include both Bosnian ethnic football associations.

History - 20th Century

Pre-independence (1903–1992)

The game reached Bosnia and Herzegovina at the start of the 20th century, with Sarajevo (in 1903)[1] and Mostar (in 1905)[2] being the first cities to embrace it. Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zenica and Bihać were next along with numerous smaller towns as the sport spread. The country was under Austro-Hungarian rule when official competition began in 1908, though these activities were on a small scale within each territory.[3] At the outbreak of World War I, there were four clubs in Sarajevo; SAŠK, Slavija, Đerzelez (also known as Sarajevski),[4] and Makabi Sarajevo (also known as Barkohba)[5] and approximately 20 outside the capital. The creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia post 1918 brought an increase in the number of leagues, and soon a domestic national championship was organised featuring two teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1920, the direct predecessor of the football association of Bosnia-Herzegovina was founded as the Sarajevo football subassociation. The unified championship ran until 1939/40.

The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded after the Second World War, being affiliated to the Yugoslav Football Association.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's best sides at the time were Sarajevo, Željezničar (Sarajevo) and Velež (Mostar) which played in the Yugoslavian first league, second league and cup competitions with moderate success, while its best players with the likes of Vahid Halilhodžić, Safet Sušić, Josip Katalinski, Faruk Hadžibegić, Ivica Osim, Asim Ferhatović, Blaž Slišković, Mehmed Baždarević, Dušan Bajević and many others were chosen to represent SFR Yugoslavia national football team.[6]

Post-independence (1992–present)

During the season 1997–98 Bosnia-Herzegovina football league competition included both Bosniak and Bosnian Croat clubs playing against each other for a very first time. Before this, the leagues ran strictly divided along ethnic lines. Bosnian Serb clubs joined the league system in 2002.

History - 21st Century

Premier League unification (May 2002)

In May, 2002, Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unified to include both Bosnian entity football associations, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association,[7] based in Sarajevo, and Republika Srpska Football Association,[8] based in Banja Luka. The unified Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina that includes clubs from both entities started from the 2002-03 season and is active today. Each semi-autonomous half also has a federation of its own. source

FIFA suspends Bosnian FA (April 2011 - June 2011)

On April 1, 2011 UEFA and FIFA announced the suspension of the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina with immediate effect.[9][10] UEFA and FIFA decided to do so because the Association didn't follow the new UEFA statute, namely the rule under which the organization must be led by a single president.[11] They had three, one for each one of the constituent national ethnicities:Bosniaks, Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats, as was the case with the Dayton Agreement. The suspension was lifted on 30 May 2011 after the new statute was unanimously approved by all three ethnic groups.[12][13] Suspension lasted for 2 months.

In the past years, some Bosnian players were very vocal about their opposition to then-leaders in the Bosnian FA, who were elected or appointed because of ethnic affiliation rather than professional qualifications. Fans often either boycotted the games or displayed anti-FA banners at the games they did attend. 13 Bosnian national team players (Misimović, Berberović, Grujić, Bartolović, Hrgović, Bajramović, Papac, Spahić, Milenković, Grlić, Bešlija, Hasagić, and Tolja) released a statement published in Dnevni Avaz daily, announcing they would boycott all national team matches until four FA officials – Milan Jelić, Iljo Dominković, Sulejman Čolaković, and Ahmet Pašalić – resigned.[14] “We will no longer accept call-ups to the national team while these people are performing these functions, hoping that our gesture will mark the first step in the healing of this cancer in our soccer and a new beginning for the national team for which our hearts beat.” in the letter it was quoted. A new team had to be assembled to continue qualifications for Euro 2008. Former forwards Sergej Barbarez and Elvir Bolić were the most vocal against the corruption in the Bosnian FA appearing on numerous TV shows expressing their deep frustration about the situation in the Bosnian football over the years.

FIFA imposes normalisation committee (April 2011 - December 2012)

Ivica Osim become the interim leader of the Bosnia-Herz. association, after FIFA and UEFA suspended the country from international competitions for two months on 1 April 2011.[15]

From April 1, 2011, to December 2012, NSBiH was run by an FIFA-imposed normalisation committee with football great Ivica Osim at the head, which helped lift the FIFA imposed suspension of Bosnian football.[16]

Other members of the Normalisation Committee include former football players and managers: Faruk Hadžibegić, Dušan Bajević, Sergej Barbarez and Jasmin Baković. According to many football enthusiasts, this was a welcome change for the football in the country. One of those dissmised from their positions was a former NSBiH secretary general Munib Ušanović, who was successfully prosecuted over tax evasion and illegal misappropriation of the NFSBiH funds. Together with Miodrag Kureš, Munib Ušanović has been sentenced to five years in jail over tax fraud.[17]

Elvedin Begić elected first single president (December 2012)

On December 13, 2012, members of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina voted in Elvedin Begić as the new first single president of the BiH football organization for the next four years.[18][19] Mr Begić was serving as vice president to Normalisation Committee prior to this position.

UEFA President opens sport centre in Zenica (September 2013)

On September 2, 2013, UEFA President Michel Platini has opened the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association new state of the art training centre, built with UEFA, FIFA and city of Zenica funding.[20] Alongside of Michel Platini and Bosnian FA president Elvedin Begić, other special guests from the region included president of the Croatian Football Federation Davor Šuker, and Football Association of Serbia general secretary Zoran Laković. Also joining them were Ivica Osim, Jasmin Baković, Rodoljub Petković and at the time Bosnia-Herzegovina team coaches Safet Sušić and Borče Sredojević, as well as past team captain Emir Spahić, Senad Lulić, as well as Vlado Jagodić (coach of U21 Bosnia side at the time), former Bosnia players Muhamed Konjić, Elvir Bolić, Vedin Musić, and many others.[21]

Japanese embassy & Tsuneyasu Miyamoto to open football academy in Mostar (January 2015)

On January 20, 2015, Project dubbed "Projekat obnove sportskog centra u Mostaru za pomirenje u zajednici kroz promociju sporta" was announced meaning SKC Kantarevac at Mostar will be build and will serve as a city's new football academy sponsored by Japanese embassy & Tsuneyasu Miyamoto and supported locally by Ivica Osim, a former Japan national football team coach.[22]

Football Association crest history

Historical kits

The team kit is currently produced German sports apparel company Adidas. Also sponsoring the team are BH Telecom and Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine, companies from Sarajevo.[23][24]

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The table below shows the history of kit manufacturers for the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Period Kit Provider
1996–1999 Belgium Patrick[25]
1999–2000 Germany Adidas[25]
2000–2005 Germany Reusch[25]
2005–2014 Italy Legea[25]
2014–present Germany Adidas[26]

Past Presidents

Since Bosnia became a member of FIFA in 1996 and until April 2011, the Football Association was headed by a three-member presidency, made up of a Bosniak, a Croat and a Serb.[27] Due to Bosnia's unique situation and its political problems this setup was tolerated for years by both FIFA and UEFA - until transition period was over on April 1, 2011, when they suspended the association for failing to comply with FIFA statutes.

President Period
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jerko Doko / Jusuf Pušina 1994 - May 2002
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sulejman Čolaković / Bogdan Čeko / Milan Jelić / Iljo Dominković May 2002 - Apr 2011
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Osim Apr 2011 - Dec 2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina Elvedin Begić Dec 2012–Present

Note: Since 1996 to 2011 past FA presidents were regularly rotated.

Notable national team managers from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Table correct as at 16 November 2015.
List ONLY includes managers of senior national teams originating from Bosnia who have worked overseas and/or who have had national team success.
Does not include managers of junior sides. Also the list does not include assistant to national coach managers. See full list of Bosnia-Herzegovina national team managers.

Manager National Teams managed Managerial Tenure Achievements
Vladimir Petković Switzerland Switzerland Jul 2014 – present Petkovic to succeed Hitzfeld [28]
Safet Sušić Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Dec 2009 – Nov 2014 2014 FIFA World CupGroup stage; Play-offs for UEFA 2012 Euro
Mehmed Baždarević Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Dec 2014 – present Play-offs for UEFA 2016 Euro
Miroslav Blažević* Croatia Croatia 1994 – 2000 UEFA Euro 1996 – Quarter-finals; 1998 FIFA World CupThird place
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008 – 2009 Play-offs for 2010 FIFA World Cup
Iran Iran 2001 Play-offs for 2002 FIFA World Cup
Switzerland Switzerland 1976 – 1977 Only as interim manager
Vahid Halilhodžić Japan Japan March 2015 – Present
Algeria Algeria 2011 – Jul 2014 2014 FIFA World CupRound of 16
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 2008 – 2010 Qualified for 2010 FIFA World Cup - fired before start of tournament
Ivica Osim Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1986 – 1992 1990 FIFA World CupQuarter-finals
Japan Japan 2006 – 2007 2007 AFC Asian CupSemi-finals
Džemaludin Mušović Qatar Qatar 1990 – 1995; 2004 – 2007 2007 AFC Asian CupGroup stage
Džemal Hadžiabdić Qatar Qatar 1997; 2000 – 2001
Senad Kreso Bahrain Bahrain 2007 2007 Gulf Cup of NationsSemi-finals
Kemal Alispahić Tajikistan Tajikistan 2012
  • Miroslav Blažević was born in Travnik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (present day Bosnia), but lived most of his life in Zagreb, Croatia. He is considered to be both Bosnian and/or Croatian manager having managed clubs from both nations, including their national teams.

N/FSBiH operates these codes:


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