Bosnia-Herzegovina’s World Cup preparation friendlies schedule is starting to round out: it was confirmed today that Bosnia will play Egypt in Innsbruck, Austria, this March.
It was rumored that the Dragons would play against Ecuador in New York, however, coach Safet Susic was adamant in his pursuit of playing against an African Team, no doubt as preparation for the World Cup match against Nigeria this coming June. The location of the game will be in a city which has hosted the Olympic games twice in its history, in 1964 and 1976; Innsbruck is known as a bridge city (Brück literally meaning bridge in German) and has become a renown winter sports city, but it’ll be all about soccer when the Dragons get there in March.
Bosnia has worked in a very economic schedule: the friendly against Mexico should help the Dragons adjust to the fast paced style of play used by Argentina; and the game against Egypt will help Bosnia gain experience in playing against the African style of play. Egypt are a team that just missed out on the World Cup, losing to Ghana in the African Zone playoffs (the last round of qualifiers); they’re led by Mohamed Salah, one of the more coveted transfer targets in Europe at the moment, and are coached by Bob Brady, who led the United States to a spot in the knockout stages in the 2010 World Cup.
A friendly game against the Ivory Coast, another African Team, in June is still a possibility.
-AI (Adnan Ikic) and Adem Talic