When Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for their first World Cup since the formation of the football federation in the early 1990s, many assumed the boys from the Balkans were simply happy to have finally made it through to a major competition. After several failed campaigns, including two in a row that were lost in the playoffs against Portugal, qualification already seemed like a monumental achievement for the small nation. However, the Dragons had grander plans in mind.
"We are not going to Brazil simply as tourists or to take notes. We want to succeed and advance," said Safet Susic, per B92.
With the whole nation supporting its heroes and treating them more like diplomats than athletes, Bosnia and Herzegovina will want to set a positive precedent for the country as the sole debutant at the World Cup. With an improved defensive line, plenty of quality at its core and attacking power to spare, the Dragons will have their chances.