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* The Serbian FA are regarded by Fifa as the "direct descendents" of the former Yugoslavia, and therefore in Fifa's eyes have inherited Yugoslavia's records, achievements and honours. Bosnia-Herzegovina's competitive history therefore is only seen from about 1994 onwards.
Ideas for a Bosnia-Herzegovina Themed Party
If you're watching a Bosnia-Herzegovina game with your friends, there are plenty of ideas to help you turn the event into a Bosnia-Herzegovina themed football party.
Because Fifa regards Serbia as the "direct descendent" of the former Yugoslavia, independent Bosnia-Herzegovina is among the world's newest international sides; their first competitive tournament was the qualification process for the 1998 Uefa Euro tournament. To date, their greatest success has been in qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
The culture of Bosnia-Herzegovina has been influenced by many other nations over the centuries, which given its geographical location should come as no surprise. Over the years Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Christianity, Islam and Communism have all had their influence on the nation.
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Food for a Bosnia-Herzegovina Themed PartyBosnia-Herzegovina's cuisine shows influences from East and West, in the sense that Islam and the Ottoman empire brought Middle Eastern and Turkish influences, but this is balanced by more "central European" influences which date from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and a Mediterranean influence as well. It's also fair to say - without any disrespect - that the cuisine of Bosnia-Herzegovina is not too dissimilar to that of its near neighbours and other former Yugoslavian states, such as Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia, so we will include "regional" recipes here where appropriate. For example, Bosnian "Cevapi" (small kebabs/burgers made from minced meat) are very similar to Cevapcici, which we have listed under both Serbia and Montenegro. Musaka is also a popular dish, cooked more in the Bulgarian style.
Popular ingredients in Bosnian cooking include tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, courgettes (zucchini), dried and fresh beans, and dairy products. Paprika is a popular spice, and meat dishes often include beef or lamb.
Just try some of these next time you are throwing a Bosnia-Herzegovina football party:
Drink for a Bosnia-Herzegovina Themed PartyBosnia-Herzegovina - like its near neighbours - produces wine, beer and brandy. The brandy is called "Rakija", and varieties produced from grapes and pears are available. However, the most popular in Bosnia-Herzegovina - and often regarded as the national drink - is plum brandy, or Slivovitz.
Of the locally produced beers, almost all are of the lager-type. The best known brands are "Preminger", "Unski biser" and "Tuzlanski pilsner", but sadly none are easy to track down outside the region. Wine is produced, mostly in the Herzegovina region where the climate is most suitable for growing grapes. Again, however, tracking these down is not always easy.