Bosnia Have Potentials For Next Round

.The Peter Ijeh Column Continues With Countdown To Brazil 2014 –

Hello sports fans round the globe , Here is a special on Bosnia-Herzegovina’s trip to the World Cup and players used in the qualification and the minutes the players contributed to see their country go through, to the World Cup in Brazil.

Vedad Ibisevic’s goal in Lithuania sealed Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first ever appearance as an independent nation at a World Cup finals. If Safet Susic’s players were honest, they were probably just grateful to avoid a second-place finish in the group, and a possible meeting with Portugal who eliminated them at the play-off stage for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Susic can call on a strong spine in the form of outstanding Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, captain and central defensive rock Emir Spahic, midfielder schemer Miralem Pjanic and striker Edin Dzeko.

Pjanic provides a terrific supply line to strikers Dzeko and Ibisevic who were on fire in qualifying. Susic adopted an aggressive approach throughout qualifying and was rewarded as his side netted 30 times in 10 matches.

While Bosnia are heading to Brazil to enjoy their first ever qualification, there is also a belief in the ranks that they can do some damage in a group also containing Argentina, Nigeria and Greece. Bosnia played a total of 10 matches and used 24 players to qualify.

Player                                                               Club                                              Minutes contributed in qualifying rounds

Asmir Begović                                          Stoke (ENG)                                                           900 mins

Edin Džeko                                               Man. City (ENG)                                                    900 mins

Emir Spahić                       Sevilla (ESP), Anzhi (RUS), Leverkusen (GER)               900 mins

Vedad Ibišević                  Stuttgart (GER)                                                                              891 mins

Sejad Salihović                Hoffenheim (GER)                                                                        778 mins

Zvjezdan Misimović       Dinamo Moskva (RUS), Guizhou Renhe (CHN)               774 mins

Senad Lulić                       Lazio (ITA)                                                                                        691 mins

Miralem Pjanić               Roma (ITA)                                                                                        657 mins

Haris Medunjanin         Gaziantepspor (TUR)                                                                     550 mins

Adnan Zahirović        Spartak N/(RUS), Dinamo Minsk (BLR), Bochum (GER)    501 mins

Mensur Mujdža          Freiburg (GER)                                                                                     459 mins

Ognjen Vranješ         Krasnodar (RUS), Alaniaz (RUS)                                                     450 mins

Avdija Vršajević        Hajduk Split (CRO)                                                                               413 mins

Ermin Bičakčić        Braunschweig (GER)                                                                              360 mins

Ervin Zukanović          Kortrijk (BEL)                                                                                      196 mins

Toni Šunjić                       Zorya Luhansk (UKR)                                                                          90 mins

Elvir Rahimić                  CSKA Moskva (RUS)                                                                             81 mins

Miroslav Stevanović         Vojvodina (SRB), Sevilla (ESP), Elche (ESP)                            77 mins

Senijad Ibričić                 Gaziantepspor (TUR), Kayseri Erciyesspor (TUR)                     67 mins

Eden Višća                       Istanbul BB (TUR)                                                                                  66 mins

Izet Hajrović                            Grasshopper (SUI)                                                                         49 mins

Zoran Kvržić                       Rijeka (CRO)                                                                                          28 mins

Muamer Svraka                      Sarajevo (BIH)                                                                                  11 mins

Damir Vrančić                    Braunschweig (GER)                                                                           11 mins

Provisional 24-man Bosnia 2014 World Cup Squad;

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Jasmin Fejzic (Aalen), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka)

Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg), Ervin Zukanovic (Gent)

Midfielders: Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB), Tino Susic (Hajduk Split), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz)

Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart)

The Coach: Safet Susic; guiding Bosnia to their first ever World Cup is undoubtedly the greatest triumph of Susic’s career. Once voted the country’ best ever player, Susic lacks real coaching experience and Brazil 2014 will provide a stern test of his managerial abilities.

Player to Watch: Edin Dzeko; often a peripheral figure at Manchester City, the former Wolfsburg striker’s goal ratio is nonetheless impressive. Dzeko is a confident finisher in the air and on the ground and his partnership with Ibisevic should not be underestimated by Bosnia’s group stage opponents. The pair netted 18 goals between them in qualifying.

Group Matches:

Sunday, 15 June, 2014 Vs Argentina (Rio)
Saturday, 21 June, 2014 Vs Nigeria (Cuiaba)
Thursday, 26 June, 2014 Vs Iran (Salvador)

Prediction: Second Round

Bosnia have more than enough to finish second in this group. Their qualifying group may not have been the toughest, but dropping points in just two of their 10 fixtures stands them in good stead for these finals. Argentina surely have first place sown up, but Bosnia undoubtedly have what it takes to see off Iran and African Nations Cup holders Nigeria. It will likely be between the Europeans and Africans for second place, with Susic’s men just to edge it and set up a possible second round clash with France or Switzerland.

Let me stop here for now, join me again for another edition, till then, have a nice day and poke in some goals for now and the future.
Only goals and consistency that make a different in life.
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Peter Ijeh,
ULc, BSs.

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