St James' Park, Newcastle

Next Game

Newcastle v Stoke

Sunday, 08 February 2015, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Britannia Stadium

Last Game

Stoke 3 - 1 QPR

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Begovic: Time to shine

Asmir Begovic is aware that the Bosnia-Herzegovina squad must shoulder 'huge responsibility' as they prepare to grace the World Cup stage.

Last Updated: 17/06/14 at 15:07 Post Comment

Asmir Begovic: Optimistic ahead of Bosnia's World Cup bow

Asmir Begovic: Optimistic ahead of Bosnia's World Cup bow

Bosnia will be making their first appearance at a major international tournament this summer since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1992.

Expectations are high that a side boasting the considerable talents of Stoke goalkeeper Begovic, Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, Stuttgart forward Vedad Ibisevic and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko can shine under the global spotlight.

Begovic insists the players are ready to embrace that pressure, with there a determination on their part to 'put smiles' on the faces of those that have had to cope with so much.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "With our appreciation of the past, we recognise we have a duty as footballers to represent our country in the best possible way, to give the people something to cheer about and put smiles on their faces.

"We carry a huge responsibility. But that's just the way we like it."

Begovic is also convinced that Bosnia can continue to build towards a brighter future as they prepare to face Argentina, Nigeria and Iran in Group F.

He added: "While we have finally broken that barrier of qualifying for a major tournament, we have known for some time that we have a strong crop of players.

"It is the best Bosnia ever and we are making the most of it, so for that reason it doesn't altogether surprise that we're in Brazil.

"If we can keep producing brilliant youngsters, then we can continue to grow."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company