Sarajevo recent European history


Celtic will face FK Sarajevo in the first Champions League qualification round.  Ties are subject to confirmation, but Celtic are scheduled to be home in the first leg, which is due to take place on 9 or 10 July, with the second leg a week later.

FK Sarajevo drew in Italy with Atalanta in last season’s Europa League before being humbled 0-8 in the second leg. They lost to Moldovans, Zaria Balti on penalties in 2017 but did not qualify for Europe in 2016.

Lech Poznan eliminated Sarajevo from the first round of the Champions League qualifiers in 2015,

In 2014 they reach the Europa League qualifiers where they eliminated Norwegians Haugesund and Greeks, Atromitos, losing both first legs at home before rescuing the tie on the road in the second leg.  Borussia Monchengladbach got the better of them in the play-off round.

The Bosnian season ended the same day as the Scottish Cup Final, so neither team should have a match fitness advantage.  We will have enough for Sarajevo, but they will be competitive games.

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  1. We should take care of them if we go about our business properly.



    They do strike me as an unpredictable outfit. Capable of drawing against Atalanta 2 each. Yet also culpable of being scudded 8 nil in the return tie

  2. Similarly they ran Borussia Munchingladbach close, losing only 3-2…. but again, lost the return leg 7 nil



    Make of that what you will.

  3. TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ on 18TH JUNE 2019 2:07 PM



    Sarajevo? Ah hope we’re no Balkan at the challenge.



    You go lavish ion them if you want to….



    hail \o/ hail

  4. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Sarajevo – the city where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie to set the chain of events in motion that led to World War 1…

  5. Going by their history, and ours, our aim must be to get a 3 or 4 goal cushion in first leg to give us some breathing space in case our usual away form materialises.


    Please, please let us have more than one fit striker available in 3 weeks time.

  6. Go tell the Spartim on

    Jozo was only Bosnian for about 2 minutes, so i hope he’s got a good memory.



    Poor ole BBC just cant help themselves



    Here’s hoping we’re ready to go when they appear at Celtic Park, dont like first legs being at home

  7. A while back, someone posted a list of our players who would be out of contract this summer and therefore off the wage bill. Anyone know if this has come to fruition? Are we about to be a few players down without having to actually sell them?

  8. McPhail Bhoy on

    Go Tell The Spartim



    Poor ole BBC just cant help themselves



    What have they said?

  9. Go tell the Spartim on




    just the usual Celtic failed in the champions league last year guff, you know their usual run of the mill lets mention Celtic in a negative way or maybe im just being precious

  10. Chairbhoy



    I did not conclude there was truth in the Perreira story


    I used the small but important word, if, in my construction


    I was also aware, from the start, that , if true, it could be interpreted as you did. That was no surprise to me.


    However, I was not just addressing your position but also those of posters who argued that players were selected by Lawwell and that Rodgers was by passed



    As you say, it could be an insight into BRs ambitious targets and PLs failure to land them



    It could also be an insight into how BR was fully aware that some top level targets might not be successfully landed and that his anger at the McGinn instance was opportune when compared with his Stoic reactions to Pacino, Castagne and Herrera



    Who knows? None of this is proof.



    Maybe McGinn was the straw that broke BRs back or perhaps the excuse he was looking for.



    Depends on how you filter your sparse facts

  11. Fool Time Whistle on

    Belated thanks to Big Packy I & An Tearmann for your suggestions for our trip to Manchester.


    Appreciate your help





    Late rising this morning as we had the “mother of all storms” during the night.


    (Copyright to Ian Crocker(?) or whoever was the Sky commentator at a famous hunskelping)


    Monsoon rain, lightning flashes above the house for an hour & thunder rolling arounf for 2 hours.


    Quick check & it looks like garden furniture has not washed away.




  12. The Sarajevo squad are mostly Bosnian but only the keeper is an international. Should slalom through them and not even luge a goal……

  13. Go tell the Spartim on




    im sure given his acting prowess he could act like a right back and that might help in the short term

  14. EMBRAMIKE on 18TH JUNE 2019 2:03 PM


    Looks like our tie was drawn out of the 1st rd ties so that the loser skips a round in the Europa League i.e. they go into rd 3 rather than rd 2 qualifying.



    Of course we should be going into Rd 2 of the Champions League qualifiers





    Thanks. Hopefully, our good fortune today is something we won’t need to benefit from.

  15. Deniabhoy, The loan bhoys, Weah, Burke, Toljan & Benkovic are gone.


    Izzy, Gamboa, De Vries, Allan & Boyata all gone & unfortunately it looks odds on that the Legend, P.C. Lustig will be joining the exodus,


    So far Shved the only totally new face but we will have Bayo, Arzani & The Griff back in contention .i

  16. “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.”



    Piccini (Valencia)

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    BHOYLO83 on 18TH JUNE 2019 4:38 PM


    “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.”







    Piccini (Valencia)



    Silvio Dante i thought…..?

  18. Greeting from Broughty Ferry, visiting Dundee for my Bhoy’s graduation tomorrow. First time I’ve been to Broughty Ferry and is a wee gem of a place as far as I am concerned.


    I won’t make Sarajevo as working in Edinburgh for 3 weeks from next Friday.

  19. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Just heard that there was a horse called ‘YaBass’ running in the Ascot Stakes – I fully expected the starting price to be 7-1…

  20. Corkcelt



    Just the 10 departures then…. and zero acquisitions.



    Like big Pedro always reminds us… we strive to come out of every transfer window stronger not weaker.



    Pedro you see is immensely talented. The only person I know who can make a football club stronger by cutting loose 10 players, and replacing them with none.



    Whata guy

  21. But don’t be dispondant lads… Leigh Griffiths will be like a new £6 million signing.

  22. Romania v Croacia in the Sub-21 Europa Cup just kicked off with “oor” Benkovic playing and Bobby Madden refereeing!! – live on Cuatro in Spain ;)

  23. Ruggy, In fairness, we will only miss, Boyata, Benkovic & Lustig if he goes. We have Shved in and there are the 3, I mentioned plus Christie to come back. You also need to factor in making a bit of space for an Academy kid or two, we have Ewan Henderson, Karamoko & Oko-Flex knocking around plus there are a couple of other youngsters on the fringe.


    I don’t share the general doom & gloom but having said that there are definitely a few key slots that need filling. Right Back, Centre Half & Striker are screaming at me.


    I would prefer 3 or4 quality acquisitions then a shed load of journrymen or projects.

  24. … and for some reason the commentator just mentioned the”rangers” ffs – Must have been a reference to Bobby Madden lol … who just let Benko away with a hand-ball in the area!!

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