The ÖFB team is tackling the Nations-League kick-off in Bosnia with a broad chest today. The first competition game under Franco Foda opens a possible back door to the European Championship 2020.
Zenica – Six wins in seven games in Franco Foda’s era were carried by only five goals (four times to zero). After the landing in Sarajevo, the German ÖFB team leader followed the motto that an orderly attack begins with the appropriate protection. “The key is to stand well defensively and play fast into the offensive.” So partly slowly as in half one with the 2-0 test game victory against the Swedes he does not want to see his team any more. It would be about key moments and the determination to seize the opportunity. “We’ll get space.” Modern football – “there are always innovations” – is like a high for the fast switching game.
After Foda’s success, nobody’s knees are shaking, even if Bosnia’s star striker Edin Dzeko resembles a living torgarantie. “We’re hard to play with and it’s hard to win against us,” dictates Goalie Heinz Lindner, who has been able to rely on his opponents so far. From a personal point of view, the question arises whether Aleksandar Dragovic has to defend Prödl instead of Sebastian or Stefan Ilsanker has to give way. The left flank with David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic worked well against the Swedes. A possible loss of the beleaguered Stefan Lainer could turn Hertha’s Valentino Lazaro into the starting eleven. One look into the lap is enough – Foda is spoilt for choice. “They know what we’re playing, but not who,” he explains cryptically.
Edin Dzeko Honours
- Bundesliga: 2008–09
- Premier League: 2011–12, 2013–14
- FA Cup: 2010–11
- Football League Cup: 2013–14
- FA Community Shield: 2012
- Bosnian Footballer of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011–12.
- Castrol Performance Index EDGE Performance of the Month: August 2011
- Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Year: 2008–09
- UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
- Premier League Player of the Month: August 2011
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Man of the Match: vs. Iran
- Roma Player of the Season 2017–18 by supporters
There is variability in defence and defence. If necessary, a chain of three can immediately become a chain of four. The fact that Bosnia played in Northern Ireland in a 4-3-3 coat suggests that Foda are safely leading second in the tactical match plan. Too often you don’t want to send your own central defender into the fire without protection in the one-on-one duel against Dzeko. The SportNation Casino offers an outstanding online gambling product where players can enjoy an excellent sports betting platform as well as a top-quality online casino that house more than 580 games.
In the first competition game after almost eleven months, they want to set another example. The group winner secures himself a play-off spot for a EURO ticket, if he misses the EM-Quali. Music of the future. Today it’s all about passing fanatical Bosnian fans with coolness in Zenica.