For most of Bosnia-Herzegovina's players, vacation started earlier than expected this summer. The Dragons had hoped to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup, but the loss to Nigeria ended their tournament and gave them some time to rest before next season.
After the line was drawn, the most of the experts and the players agreed on one thing—that this World Cup was a great experience for Bosnia-Herzegovina and that they learned how to cope with a big tournament.
As Asmir Begovic says on his official website in English, most of the top sides have players with big-game experience—be it the major tournaments, or the Champions League—so they have the know-how to win in these high-pressure situations.
The World Cup in Brazil was the first major tournament for Bosnia-Herzegovina, and when they enter the Euro 2016 qualifiers in September, their goals will be changed. After introducing themselves on the big stage, the Dragons want to stay there.
Here are five things they will have to look at to make this happen.