The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in international football competitions, and is governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until 1992, Bosnian footballers played for Yugoslavia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina achieved their best result when they reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup as winners of their qualifying group. They were eliminated after narrow group stage losses to Argentina and Nigeria and a win over Iran.
The national team has appeared in numerous other qualification play-offs, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup play-offs loss to Portugal, as well as the qualifying play-offs for UEFA Euro 2012, 2016 and 2020, losing to Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively, preventing the team from reaching their first UEFA European Championship.
The team’s highest FIFA World Ranking was 13th, achieved in August 2013.
Bosnia and Herzegovina FIFA WC 2022 Squad
FC St. Pauli
SK Sturm Graz
Bosnia and Herzegovina FIFA WC 2022 Coach Ivaylo Petev
Ivaylo Bogdanov Petev is a Bulgarian professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
He spent his whole career playing in Bulgaria, a part from a season at Greek club Trikala. Petev was most successful early in his career with hometown club Litex Lovech. After finishing his playing career, he became a manager, managing and having the most success at Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. Petev also worked as a manager in Cyprus, Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Poland. He worked as head coach of the Bulgaria national team as well. Since January 2021, Petev has been working as head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. On 21 January 2021, it was announced that the Bosnia and Herzegovina FA had named Petev as the new Bosnia and Herzegovina national team head coach, ahead of the country’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.He debuted as head coach on 24 March 2021, in a World Cup qualifier game against Finland, which ended as a 2–2 draw. By the end of the qualifying campaign, Bosnia and Herzegovina won only seven points, making it the worst qualifying campaign in their history.