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. Who’d have thought it – Bobby Madden’s first VAR decision goes against ex-Celtic player!


    … and … Goal! – Romania1 – Croacia 0

  2. RUGGYGMAN on 18TH JUNE 2019 5:21 PM






    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




    A bit unfair on Lawell. Throughout last season we were regaled with post after post about the squad being top heavy, too much deadwood, need to reduce the deadwood etc. This would be followed up by a long list of names (often including Lustig) of the players who had to leave. Peter Lawell has done this. We now need 4 or 5 quality players in. Lawell has started to conduct business and has been trying to get the Turnbull deal over the line. I’m confident others will follow. I may end up moaning in 6 weeks time but give him a chance.

  3. OOf! Nearly 2-2 … Good game if you can catch it – Tell Lenny & Lawwell to get watching, there’s a player or two here for us!

  4. Just to show no hard feelings Bobby Madden just booked a Romanian player for a nasty crunch tackle on Benkovic … and now another yellow for Romania! – He does have cards after all!



    Is Bobby Madden actually not a bad referee? … in comparison to others in the SFA?

  5. It’s been a pretty good game so far. 2-1 to Romania at HT, and Yes, you’re right “Madhun’s renowned incompetence” is now starting to shine through! lol

  6. Hrvatski Jim on

    The shotgun wedding:



    ” Right son, sign this marriage contact now or I’ll shoot off your @#$%&. It’s for my daughter’s honour’



    Angry father



    The shotgun transfer;



    ‘Right David, sign this Celtic contract now or I’ll shoot off your @#$%&. It’s for my honour”




  7. whitedoghunch on



    no hiding places on that rock


    local navy boys and police put up with no crap

  8. McPhail Bhoy on




    Oh ok I should have a known better when it’s the ol BBC! Not precious at all if we were with the Scottish media we’d all be basket cases!


    Hail, hail!

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on 18th June 2019 6:41 pm




    Take it you’ve heard the Beatles have split up :-)

  10. Transfer windows are painful.



    Hopefully this means Harper is back in play…

  11. Celtic goalie Craig Gordon gives up holiday to serve porridge to hungry kids



    The Scotland international spent time with kids at the primary school in Malawi as part of the Mary’s Meals initiative.




    14:57, 18 JUN 2019UPDATED15:00, 18 JUN 2019




    Craig served up some porridge to the kids (Image: Mary’s Meals)



    Celtic goalie Craig Gordon took time out of his holiday to join volunteers serving porridge to hungry kids.



    The Hoops hero joined the group in Malawi as part of the Mary’s Meals initiative.




    And after tucking into a mug of the nutritious phala himself, he was challenged to a game of football by the youngsters.



    The Scotland international was holidaying in Africa at the end of a successful season, when he jumped at the chance to meet youngsters at Mbinda Primary in Blantyre.




    He said: “It was great to see the work of Mary’s Meals in action and to meet some of the people who make it possible.



    “It’s a very well-run school and a huge amount of phala was made. It tasted good. After that there was time for some ball games which of course I had to join in with.”



    Mary’s Meals currently provides 1,425,013 hungry children with daily life-changing school meals in 18 countries around the world, including Malawi, Zambia, South Sudan, Haiti and India.



    The meal attracts children in some of the world’s poorest communities to the classroom, giving them the energy and opportunity to gain an education that can one day be their ladder out of poverty.




    The programme is supported by an army of kind-hearted volunteers – including more than 80,000 in Malawi alone – who carry out lots of little acts of love on behalf of Mary’s Meals.



    Daniel Adams, UK executive director for Mary’s Meals, said: “We are delighted that Craig has been able to see Mary’s Meals in action in Malawi, the country where we began by feeding just 200 children in 2002.






    “As Craig has seen, a simple mug of porridge can make a big difference – giving children the energy to concentrate in class and, on this occasion, enjoy a game of football with a Scotland international player.



    Mary’s Meals gives children the chance to gain an all-important education and to realise their dreams…perhaps even that they too might play football for their country one day.”




    Malawi is home to Mary’s Meals’ largest school feeding programme, reaching 32 per cent of primary school aged children across the country. The country remains one of the poorest in the world and faces huge challenges in education, access to health care and widespread child malnutrition.



    Research shows that in schools where children receive Mary’s Meals, enrolment increases, attendance improves, drop-out rates fall, and children are happier, healthier and do better in class.



    To find out how you can support Mary’s Meals or to donate, please visit http://www.marysmeals.org.uk

  12. I just realised Nikola Katić playing along side Benkovic is a “the rangers” player (had never heard of him but then I don’t pay any attention to them)

  13. ” … Parkhead insiders have told SunSport that … ” hmmm … I think we should wait til it’s confirmed

  14. If true and the club have closed of our pursuit of Turnbull, then I am 100% behind the club.



    He and his agent were trying to take the piss.



    D. :)

  15. CORKCELT – thank you. So 10 out and that is before we are tempted to sell anyone like KT, CM or OE. Ntcham likely to make it at least 11.


    BR always said he wanted to streamline the squad, wonder how we would like it at the moment.


    4-5 first team players better than what we have will be a tall order. Three must be the minimum.


    RB, centre half and CF.

  16. Romania 4 – 1 Croacia FT … lots of VAR action for Bobby Madden. Good game even though it ran out of steam a bit in the second half.

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