The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This page contains a list of the greatest Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,880 Soccer Players, 98 of which were born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This makes Bosnia and Herzegovina the birth place of the 33rd most number of Soccer Players behind Hungary and Ukraine.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Soccer Players.

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1. Vahid Halilhodžić (1952 - )

With an HPI of 65.07, Vahid Halilhodžić is the most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages on wikipedia.

Vahid Halilhodžić (Bosnian pronunciation: [ʋȃ:xid xǎlilxodʒitɕ]; born 15 October 1952) is a Bosnian professional football manager and former player. He is regarded as one of the most controversially successful Bosnian football managers, due to his successful tenure in coaching various national teams yet having problematic relations with his teams and players due to different approaches.Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. During that time, he earned 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia and was part of national squads who won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship and played at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He was best scorer of the French league in 1983 and 1985. In the early 1990s, Halilhodžić turned to coaching and, after a short stint as a sporting director at Velež, permanently moved to France in 1993. Since then, he managed a number of teams in French-speaking countries and his achievements include winning the 1997 CAF Champions League with Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, leading French side Lille from second level to third place in Ligue 1 in less than three years, winning the 2003–04 Coupe de France with Paris Saint-Germain, and winning the Croatian league in 2011 with Dinamo Zagreb. Halilhodžić also qualified for the 2010 World Cup with Ivory Coast (although he was sacked only months before the final tournament) and the 2014 World Cup with Algeria, with whom he reached the round of 16, Algeria's best result in history. Later, he qualified for the 2018 World Cup with Japan, but again was fired just prior to the tournament. After a short stint with Nantes in 2018, where he helped avoid relegation to Ligue 2, Halilhodžić became head coach of the Morocco national team, whom he successfully qualified for the 2022 World Cup. Like with Ivory Coast and Japan, he was also sacked by Royal Moroccan Football Federation on August 11, 2022 after Morocco's poor performance at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and his fallout with star player Hakim Ziyech.

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2. Ivica Osim (1941 - )

With an HPI of 61.00, Ivica Osim is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 48 different languages.

Ivan Osim (6 May 1941 – 1 May 2022), best known as Ivica Osim, was a Bosnian professional footballer and football manager. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Bosnian football managers of all time and as one of the most influential football managers in the former Yugoslavia.As a player, Osim was a member of the Yugoslavia national team and played at the 1964 Summer Olympics. He also represented Yugoslavia at UEFA Euro 1968, where he won a silver medal and was voted into the Team of the Tournament. As a manager, Osim won a bronze medal with Yugoslavia at the 1984 Summer Olympics as an assistant, and reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup as head coach of the Yugoslav national team. He also reached the 1984–85 UEFA Cup semi-finals as manager of his hometown club Željezničar. Osim was head coach of the Japan national team, before suffering a stroke in November 2007 and subsequently leaving the post. In April 2011, FIFA announced that he had become president of the interim committee to run the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the country was suspended from all international competitions. He served until December 2012. Osim died in May 2022, after years of health issues following his stroke.

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3. Milan Galić (1938 - 2014)

With an HPI of 55.77, Milan Galić is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Milan Galić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Галић, pronounced [mǐlaŋ ɡǎːlitɕ]; 8 March 1938 – 13 September 2014) was a Yugoslav and Serbian professional footballer who played as a striker. He was part of the Yugoslav squad that won gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics.During his active career, Galić played for four clubs, namely Proleter Zrenjanin, Partizan, Standard Liège and Reims. He also represented Yugoslavia internationally, earning 51 caps and scoring 37 goals, being the second-highest scorer in the history of the national team, only behind Stjepan Bobek with 38.After finishing his playing career, Galić was employed at the Football Association of Yugoslavia.

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4. Edin Džeko (1986 - )

With an HPI of 54.64, Edin Džeko is the 4th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 61 different languages.

Edin Džeko (Bosnian pronunciation: [ědin dʒêːko]; born 17 March 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Inter Milan and captains the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Džeko was named Bosnian Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. He has been nicknamed "Bosnian Diamond" (Bosnian: Bosanski dijamant) or simply "Diamond" (Dijamant) by football fans and journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to joining Inter Milan, he played for Manchester City and Roma, but he made a name for himself while playing for German club VfL Wolfsburg, with whom he won the Bundesliga in the 2008–09 season. He was second-highest goalscorer with 26 goals. In the 2009–10 season, Džeko was the top scorer with 22 goals. He also registered ten assists in both seasons. During the 2011–12 Premier League season, Džeko scored four goals in one game for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. On the final day of that season, he scored an equaliser against Queens Park Rangers in the 92nd minute, before Sergio Agüero won it for City with seconds to go, ensuring the team won a league title for the first time in 44 years. He later stated that the goal was one of the most important of his career. On 3 March 2018, Džeko scored his 50th league goal for Roma, thus becoming the first player ever to score 50 goals in three of Europe's top five major leagues.A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Džeko made his senior international debut in 2007, earning over 120 caps and scoring 63 goals since. Džeko became the highest Bosnia and Herzegovina goalscorer of all time on 7 September 2012 in a game against Liechtenstein where he scored a hat-trick to surpass Zvjezdan Misimović and Elvir Bolić. On 11 September 2018, in a game against Austria, he played his 95th game for Bosnia and Herzegovina and surpassed Emir Spahić to become the country's most-capped player. His ten goals in the qualifying campaign helped his national team qualify for its first international tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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5. Miralem Pjanić (1990 - )

With an HPI of 53.16, Miralem Pjanić is the 5th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Miralem Pjanić (born 2 April 1990) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for UAE Pro League club Sharjah and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Pjanić started his professional career at Metz being there for one season. He signed for side Lyon in 2008 before signing for Roma in 2011 after three seasons at Lyon. During his time in Rome, Pjanić came to be recognized as one of the best midfielders in Serie A. In 2016, Pjanić joined Juventus, and has since been considered an integral player for the team, winning four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias, and being named in the Serie A Team of the Year for 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons. He was also named in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, for his role in Juventus's run to the final. Pjanić joined Barcelona in September 2020. A former Luxembourg youth international, Pjanić made his senior international debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2008, earning over one hundred caps and scoring eighteen goals since. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2015, Pjanić was ranked 55th in The Guardian's list of "The 100 best footballers in the world". In 2019, he was ranked 50th in the same list.

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6. Asim Ferhatović (1933 - 1987)

With an HPI of 52.78, Asim Ferhatović is the 6th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Asim Ferhatović "Hase" (pronounced [ǎsim ferxǎːtoʋitɕ xâ:se]; 24 January 1933 – 25 January 1987) was a Bosnian professional footballer who played as a striker. He started his football career in 1948 with hometown club FK Sarajevo, for whom he made his first-team debut in 1952. Ferhatović remained with the club until his retirement in 1967, although he represented Fenerbahçe in the 1962–63 Turkish league season. He won a solitary cap for the Yugoslavia national team in 1961.

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7. Branko Stanković (1921 - 2002)

With an HPI of 52.56, Branko Stanković is the 7th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Branko "Stane" Stanković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко "Стане" Станковић, pronounced [brâːŋko stǎːŋkoʋitɕ]; 31 October 1921 – 20 February 2002) was a Bosnian Serb footballer and manager, from Sarajevo.

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8. Hasan Salihamidžić (1977 - )

With an HPI of 51.94, Hasan Salihamidžić is the 8th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Hasan Salihamidžić (Bosnian pronunciation: [xǎsan salixǎmidʒitɕ]; born 1 January 1977), nicknamed Brazzo (Bosnian: Braco, pronounced [brǎːtso], lit. 'Little Bro'), is a Bosnian former professional footballer and current sporting director of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. After starting his club career with German side Hamburger SV, he made a name for himself while playing for Bayern Munich for nine seasons with whom he won the Bundesliga title six times, DFB-Pokal title four times, the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, and the 2001 Intercontinental Cup. He also played for Italian club Juventus for four seasons. During his career, Salihamidžić usually played as a right midfielder or full back. He was a quick and energetic player with an extremely high work rate. He was also gifted with good crossing and passing abilities, which allowed him to create chances for his teammates. He earned 42 caps and scored six goals for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He is regarded by many as one of the most successful Bosnian football players in recent times. Following the end of his one-year contract with VfL Wolfsburg in 2012, Salihamidžić retired from professional football. He then worked for Sky Deutschland, RTL, and ZDF, before re-joining Bayern Munich as sporting director in 2017.

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9. Josip Katalinski (1948 - 2011)

With an HPI of 51.21, Josip Katalinski is the 9th most famous Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Josip Katalinski (12 May 1948 – 9 June 2011) was a Bosnian professional football manager and player.

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10. Goran Jurić (1963 - )

With an HPI of 49.85, Goran Jurić is the 10th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Goran "Goca" Jurić (born 5 February 1963) is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a defender. During his career, he played for Velež Mostar, Red Star Belgrade, Celta Vigo, Croatia Zagreb, Yokohama F. Marinos, and NK Zagreb. He earned 4 caps for the Yugoslavia national football team in 1988, and 16 caps for the Croatia national football team.

Pantheon has 109 people classified as soccer players born between 1917 and 1997. Of these 109, 98 (89.91%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Vahid Halilhodžić, Ivica Osim, and Edin Džeko. The most famous deceased soccer players include Milan Galić, Asim Ferhatović, and Branko Stanković. As of April 2022, 11 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Ilija Pantelić, Miroslav Brozović, and Davor Jozić.

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