The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This page contains a list of the greatest Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 96 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 Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian 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 Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Players.

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1. Ivica Osim (1941 - )

With an HPI of 71.42, Ivica Osim is the most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages on wikipedia.

Ivan "Ivica" Osim (born 6 May 1941) is a Bosnian retired professional football manager and former player. He was most recently head coach of the Japanese national team, before he suffered a stroke in November 2007 and left the post. On 18 April 2011, FIFA announced that Osim became president of the interim committee to run the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the country was suspended from all international competitions. He stayed on that position until 13 December 2012. As a player, he was a member of the Yugoslavia national team and played in the 1964 Summer Olympics. As assistant manager, he won a bronze medal with Yugoslavia at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and reached the quarterfinals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup as the head coach of the Yugoslavia. He also reached the 1984–85 UEFA Cup semi-finals as manager of his hometown club Željezničar.

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2. Vahid Halilhodžić (1952 - )

With an HPI of 69.60, Vahid Halilhodžić is the 2nd most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Vahid Halilhodžić (pronounced [ʋȃ:xid xǎlilxodʒitɕ]; born 15 October 1952) is a Bosnian professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of the Morocco national team. 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, he turned to coaching and, after a short stint as a sporting director at his hometown club 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 the French side Lille from second level to third place in Ligue 1 in less than three years, and winning the 2004 Coupe de France with Paris Saint-Germain. He also qualified for the 2010 World Cup with the Ivory Coast (although he was sacked only months before the final tournament) and the 2014 World Cup with Algeria, with whom he reached 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 FC Nantes in 2018, where he helped avoid relegation in Ligue 2, Vahid became head coach of the National team of Morocco.

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3. Milan Galić (1938 - 2014)

With an HPI of 66.71, Milan Galić is the 3rd most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 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. 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. Asim Ferhatović (1933 - 1987)

With an HPI of 64.02, Asim Ferhatović is the 4th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian 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. 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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5. Miralem Pjanić (1990 - )

With an HPI of 63.75, Miralem Pjanić is the 5th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 52 different languages.

Miralem Pjanić (Bosnian pronunciation: [mirâːlem pjâːnitɕ]; born 2 April 1990) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona 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 Luxembourgish youth international, Pjanić made his senior international debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2008, earning one hundred caps and scoring sixteen 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. Branko Stanković (1921 - 2002)

With an HPI of 63.29, Branko Stanković is the 6th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

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

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7. Edin Džeko (1986 - )

With an HPI of 62.98, Edin Džeko is the 7th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 59 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 Roma 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 Roma, he played for Manchester City, 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 114 caps and scoring 59 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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8. Josip Katalinski (1948 - 2011)

With an HPI of 62.41, Josip Katalinski is the 8th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian 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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9. Hasan Salihamidžić (1977 - )

With an HPI of 62.29, Hasan Salihamidžić is the 9th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 40 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. His only match in the UEFA Super Cup ended in defeat. 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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10. Vlatko Marković (1937 - 2013)

With an HPI of 62.08, Vlatko Marković is the 10th most famous Bosnian, Herzegovinian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Vladimir "Vlatko" Marković (Croatian pronunciation: [ʋlǎdimiːr ʋlâtko mǎːrkoʋitɕ]; 1 January 1937 – 23 September 2013) was a Croatian professional football manager and player who served as the president of the Croatian Football Federation from 1998 to 2012.

Pantheon has 96 people classified as soccer players born between 1921 and 1994. Of these 96, 87 (90.63%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Ivica Osim, Vahid Halilhodžić, and Miralem Pjanić. The most famous deceased soccer players include Milan Galić, Asim Ferhatović, and Branko Stanković. As of October 2020, 18 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Asim Ferhatović, Andrija Anković, and Muhamed Mujić.

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