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Bosnia appoint Susic as new head coach

December 30, 2009

Bosnia named Safet Susic as their new national coach on Tuesday following the resignation of Miroslav Blazevic.

"The NFSBiH executive board made a unanimous decision that Susic, the Bosnian best soccer player ever, will be the new coach," Jasmin Bakovic, deputy secretary of the Bosnian soccer federation (NFSBiH), told reporters.

The 54-year-old Susic started his coaching career in 1994 with French club Cannes and managed teams in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Susic enjoyed his best years as a player with French club Paris St-Germain and represented Yugoslavia more than 50 times.

"I have been offered this post many times but now that Bosnia has such a strong team it is a great honour for me and I accept it," Susic told national radio.

Blazevic resigned after Bosnia lost to Portugal in their World Cup playoff last month, missing out on a place at next year's finals in South Africa. He accepted a lucrative contract to coach Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.