A months-long look at football in BiH shows that games are sparsely attended and the results suspect, while the sport’s leaders and mangers have problems with the law.
A system that values everything but managerial skills and allows complex relationships and multiple positions is the basis for the organization of football’s administration in BiH.
In the ‘wild west’ environment of the BiH Football Association, men with histories of legal trouble and little experience in sports are given top posts, resulting in mediocre play and disappointment among fans.
In BiH, the home field advantage gives teams more than a slight edge. Even the worst teams rarely lose at home, unlike teams in other leagues in Europe.
The members of BH Fanaticos speak out.
Fans don’t want to waste their time on lackluster games and predictable outcomes. Most coaches acknowledge that the BiH Premier League has problems.
The mildest criticism against the BiH Football Association by players, fans, referees or reporters can bring phone calls, harassment or pressure to quit.
Poor facilities, lack of a training program, poor play and low salaries make young players susceptible to the lure of playing abroad for more money.
Bet shops take special care not to lose money on BiH Premier League matches whose outcomes everyone knows in advance. The real losers are fans.
Knowing the right people, or being related to them, can insure success in football.
The spring season for the Premier Leagues in BiH football is over and opinion is mixed – some think the fairness and quality of the league are improving, while others say nothing has changed. Statistics show there is little change from previous seasons.