Bosnia closing in on debut World Cup
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says it will be the highlight of his career to date if he helps Bosnia-Herzegovina reach their first major tournament finals.
The country, which regained independence in 1992, will be sure of heading to next summer’s World Cup if they beat Liechtenstein at home on Friday night and their arch-rivals Greece lose at home to Slovakia.
Bosnia-Herzegovina currently head Group G on goal difference and such is their advantage that they are as good as uncatchable if they win their remaining two games.
They then go to Lithuania on Tuesday, when Greece are at home to Liechtenstein, and Begovic is quoted as saying in The Sentinel: “Qualification would mean everything to the players and the whole country.
“The country has been waiting for something positive to happen for a long time, so this would be huge for everyone. As a player, it has always been my dream to play at a World Cup, so it would be my biggest achievement so far. But we have two more games to go, which we have to take very seriously, and hopefully things will work out after.”
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s goal difference is 15 better than the Greeks but they would be nervous of having to rely on the play-offs route to Rio. They have lost out to Portugal at that stage of both the World Cup and European Championship qualifiers in recent years.
Begovic is hoping to become the third Stoke goalkeeper after England’s Gordon Banks and Denmark’s Thomas Sorensen to play in a World Cup finals.