Bosnia’s Forgotten Genius

“Even though Bosnia lost to Argentina in its opener, the World Cup debutants left an extremely positive impression, taking charge of the midfield for long spells and often playing significantly more imaginative soccer than its illustrious opponent. One of the reasons behind this was the precise play of Zvjezdan Misimovic. For close observers of the Bundesliga a few seasons back, this surely came as no surprise. Misimovic had been a slow, lazy playmaker who never liked to do the dirty work in defense—at least until Felix Magath came into the picture. Playing under the disciplinarian coach at Wolfsburg, Misimovic transformed into a rare genius, providing an all-time German record of 20 assists for the club during 2008–09, when its won the Bundesliga.” Fusion

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