Bosnia – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Safet Susic
Captain: Emir Spahic
FIFA World Ranking: 19
World Cup Appearances: 0
Best World Cup: n/a
Bosnia Team Profile
The young Bosnian side were pretty impressive during their qualification process for the 2014 World Cup. This will be their debut in the FIFA World Cup and they may justify the label of a dark horse in match betting. The draw they received wasn’t too bad really, despite being in a group with Argentina. Bosnia have winnable matches against Iran and Nigeria which could help them in their quest to get to the knockout stage. They lost just one of their ten matches during qualification, winning eight of them. They look a very resilient and talented side and may make a good team to follow throughout the competition.
Things went smoothly through qualification and even after their sole slip up against Slovakia, they responded well with composure to hold off Greece and win their group. Their assets are the goals they can produce from Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, but they put in a tremendous amount of hard work through the defensive midfield area and the defence itself to stay organised. They only conceded six goals during qualification and their clinical attack, which boosted their goal difference was key in getting them through.
Bosnia and Herzegovina netted thirty goals during qualification, the fourth highest tally of all European qualifiers. There is a lot of talent throughout the squad and could be a handful for anyone who they may come up against. They are going to be a tricky side to try and compete against, as long as they don’t let the occasion overcome them.
Safet Susic will always have the honour of being the first coach to guide Bosnia-Herzegovina to a FIFA World World Cup. He is a former player and was voted the best foreign player ever to play in the French top flight by a French magazine. That’s some credentials there. He won over fifty caps for Yugoslavia before the break up for the country, and he went on to make two appearances for Bosnia-Herzegovina. Susic has been managing since 1994 and this is the biggest job he has taken on. He was installed as head coach back in 2009 and in that time, up until the close of the 2013 calendar year, he had posted nineteen wins for a 49% success rate with the young side. It’s pretty impressive and he almost got them to Euro 2012, losing out 6-2 on aggregate to Portugal in the play offs.
Bosnia Key Players
So where are the big assets for the young Bosnian side? First up, they have immense firepower. Most people will be familiar with Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, who netted ten goals through qualification. He is one of the most experience players in the Bosnian set up and he has a strike rate of over 0.5 goals per game for them. The 27 year old could well be amongst the goal in Brazil 2014 but he is not alone in weighing in with goals for his country. He has formed a pretty strong relationship with Stuttgart’s Vedad Ibisevic. Between them, they could make Bosnia a big, strong side during the group stage.
They have solid quality through the middle of the park, but it is at the back their other real key player is. That is Emir Spahic who is an absolute rock for them. He is the captain of the side and even though well into his thirties, he still plays an important role for his country, as he does for his current club Bayer Leverkusen. He’s had a long career and this is going to be the pinnacle of it. They need him to stand very tall and instill a big confidence and calmness in his side, so that they don’t get over excited and get carried away on their World Cup debut.
Their big strengths are definitely in their strike force partnership of Dzeko and Ibisevic. They are crucial to any potential success that they could have in the competition, and look to be a pretty clinical pair. Behind them though there is a great talent in the young Miralem Pjanic in midfield, alongside the big presence of vice captain Zvjezdan Misimovic. They are going to be important parts of the balance in keeping Bosnia doing what they do best. Strong at the back and big goalscorers up top. There are big strengths there.
This being their first major tournament, they are going to be inexperienced on such a big stage. That may be a factor at the end of the day if they don’t manage to get out of the group stage. They look to be a pretty strong and talented side, it is just the unknown of not having dealt with the pressure of competition football before that could work against them.
Bosnia Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 30
Goals Conceded: 6
Bosnia World Cup Betting Odds
Argentina to win the World Cup: 9/2 Paddy Power
Before the World Cup the odds on Argentina were 7/1
World Cup Potential: 2/5
In going up against Argentina in the group they will be massively tested and it’s probably best that they get it out of the way in the first place. A good performance, even in defeat would still give them confidence. A place in the first knockout stage of the tournament would be a massive success for them. As far as them winning it, it is obviously not going to happen, but they could really make the knockout stage and they could have a nice draw when they get there. So you have to think of them in terms of just getting out of the group stage would be a relative success for them. Getting to the quarter finals would probably feel like they have won the whole tournament.
Argentina World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group F
|Su 15th June||23.00||Argentina v Bosnia||2:1|
|Su 15th June||20.00||Iran v Nigeria||0:0|
|Mo 16th June||17.00||Argentina v Iran||1:0|
|Sa 21st June||23.00||Nigeria v Bosnia||1:0|
|We 25th June||17.00||Nigeria v Argentina||2:3|
|We 25th June||17.00||Bosnia v Iran||3:1|
World Cup 2014 Group F Table