12 Things You Need To Know About The Bosnia-Herzegovina World Cup Team
It may be their first trip to the world's biggest stage, but don't expect them to back down.
1. This is what their jersey looks like:
Leading up to the World Cup Bosnia-Herzegovina was sponsored by the Italian brand Legea, but small nation (pop. 3.8 million) will be debuting a new Adidas kit in Brazil.
2. They're the only team making their World Cup debut in Brazil.
This is the first time since 1950 — when England was the sole team to debut in the World Cup — that we have another solo debutante.
3. Bosnia-Herzegovina has only existed as an independent country since 1992.
4. So the Dragons are not your typical underdog.
5. Portugal denied their chance to make the 2010 World Cup by beating them in a playoff for one of the final spots in the field.
6. This is what their fans look like...
7. And this is how they celebrate...
8. Miralem Pjanic is one of the most creative — yet unheralded — young playmakers going to Brazil.
Nicknamed "Little Prince," Pjanic is an immensely talented 24-year-old midfielder who plays his club football for AS Roma. He is orchestrator of the Dragons offense, who feed off his creativity and vision.
9. Edin Dzeko is one of the premier strikers in the world.
At 28 years old, the Manchester City star is already the leading goal scorer in Bosnian history. This past season, he finished 6th in the Premier League in goals and helped lead Manchester City to a league title. Combined with Pjanic's creativity in the midfield, they combine to be one of the most underrated offensive duos in the World Cup field.