Bosnia suffered most from the breakup of Yugoslavia. Tito held the country together for half a century, despite all ethnic and religious covetousness, and is still cherished by many as a great statesman and a symbol of good times gone. This picture adorns the wall in the lodge of the local mountaineering association. Many downtown shopkeepers and private households have also kept his picture.
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Go nuts at the stadium
Bilino Polje Stadium is one of the two stadiums in Bosnia that hosts World Cup Qualifier Games. Generally it is considered a curse for foreign teams, because they usually lose. The Bosnian national team never lost on this field until the Euro 2008 qualifier against Hungary. Belgium learnt their lesson this April, when they lost a World Cup qualifying match.
Bosnians are great with foreigners, but things can get quite nasty when the neighboring Sarajevo team is in town. The local fan club calls themselves "Robjasi". This means something like "the convicts", which is a dig at the local state prison, and these guys definitely know how to rock the place (see homepage).
The stadium has a genuine 70s charm to it, but it is also historic ground. In the 12th century Ban Kulin, then ruler of Bosnia, was forced to meet the Pope's delegates here to abjur from the Bosnian church and join the rest of the catholics. Maybe what we see now in football is the revenge.
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