Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Bosnia & Herzegovina kick off their EURO 2024 qualifying campaign with a home game against Iceland. The Balkan Dragons missed out on a place at the 2022 World Cup, and, no doubt, they are desperate to make amends for the unsuccessful qualifying campaign. As always, a man to watch in the home etam will be Inter striker Edin Dzeko, while both Miralem Pjanic and Muhamed Besic have been ruled out with injuries.
The Icelanders, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Sweden in a friendly, but seeing that Bosnia have turned Bilino Polje into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. Bosnia defenders should have Alfred Finnbogason at bay as the experienced attacker has been scoring goals for fun with Lyngby at the start of the new Danish Superliga season.
Highlighted Player (Rade Krunic):
Rade Krunic is a product of Sutjeska Foca youth football school. The Bosnia international was born in Foca on October 7, 1993 and 19 years later he made his senior debut with his hometown club Sutjeska.
After scoring three goals in 15 appearances for the Bosnian club, the Bosnian midfielder moved to Serbian side Donji Srem in 2013. In 2014 he signed a contract with Italian side Hellas Verona, but he was immediately loaned back to Donji Srem. In 2015 Rade Krunic made 13 appearances for Serbian side Borac Cacak before joining yet another Italian team Empoli.
He has been playing for the Azzurri ever since and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Serie A side in a 2-0 win over Genoa in October, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Krunic made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut in a friendly against Denmark on June 3, 2016. He has 8 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.