Monday, January 22, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

Bosnia awaits warm soccer welcome in St. Louis as 1st-time World Cup qualifier faces Argentina

Lionel Messi’s last-minute scratch from an Argentina-Bosnia World Cup exhibition on Monday isn’t dampening excitement in St. Louis, home to one of the largest Bosnian communities outside Sarajevo.

The four-time world player of the year injured his leg a week ago while playing for FC Barcelona and isn’t expected to return until 2014.

But Messi would only have been a secondary attraction for the 70,000 Bosnians who have flocked to St. Louis over the past two decades after war in the former Yugoslovia. The Bosnia-Herzegovina national team will join traditional power Argentina in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for its first appearance.

The Bosnian roster includes Vedad Ibisevic, who starred for a St. Louis high school and at Saint Louis University. He plays in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top division.

SOURCE: The Washington Post

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The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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