A panel of 26 players have been named for the Bosnians, who are aiming to make the finals for the very first time. The coach has stated that these fixtures are the most vital of his long career...Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Miroslav Blazevic has named a 26-man squad for 2010 World Cup play-offs with Portugal in Lisbon on November 14 and in Zenica, central Bosnia, four days later.
"Never in my 40-year-long career have I ever had a more important match. However, I am absolutely sure that the whole of Europe supports Bosnia-Herzegovina," 74-year-old Blazevic told the press.
"Because of their technical skills and short passes, Portugal force their rivals to accumulate a lot of yellow cards. That is why I have invited 26 players. I don't want to leave anything to chance.
"I'd be satisfied with a 5-0 win for us. Honestly, I think that even a minimal defeat would be a good result for us in Portugal. Everyone wants us to qualify, but not many people believe that that is possible."
Goalkeepers: Nemanja Supic (Politehnica Timisoara/ROM), Kenan Hasagic (Istanbul B.B./TUR), Asmir Begovic (Ipswich Town/ENG)
Defenders: Emir Spahic (Montpellier/FRA), Adnan Mravac (Mattersburg/AUT), Sanel Jahic (Aris/GRE), Damir Mirvic (Roeselare/BEL), Boris Pandza (Hajduk/CRO), Safet Nadarevic (Eskisehirspor/TUR), Ninoslav Milenkovic (Enosis Neon Paralimni/CYP), Dzemal Berberovic (Denizlispor/TUR)
Midfielders: Elvir Rahimic (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Dario Damjanovic (Kaiserslautern/GER), Samir Muratovic (Sturm/AUT), Semir Stilic (Lech/POL), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim/GER), Miralem Pjanic (Lyon/FRA), Admir Vladavic (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Wolfsburg/GER), Zlatan Bajramovic (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Senijad Ibricic (Hajduk/CRO), Haris Medunjanin (Valladolid/ESP)
Strikers: Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg/GER), Vedad Ibisevic (Hoffenheim/GER), Zlatan Muslimovic (PAOK/GRE), Ermin Zec (Sibenik/CRO)
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com