Stadium Switch In Crucial Bosnia-Belgium Qualifier

Stadium Switch In Crucial Bosnia-Belgium Qualifier

Due to their stadium ban for the problems that occurred during and after their qualifier against Greece in June, Bosnia have switched stadiums for their World Cup qualifier against Belgium next month.

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The stadium ban on the Bosnians means they will not be able to play their qualifier against Belgium at their usual ground, the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica. The Bosnian FA have decided then to play the match in the city of Zeljeznicar at the Grbavica Stadium. 

The October 7th match-up is of particular interest to Greece, who after recent results, are now banking on Bosnia to drop points so as to keep up their hopes of claiming second in Group H. 

The Grbavica Stadium has a capacity of 13,785 and its field dimensions are 105x66m. This makes the stadium smaller in both capacity and pitch size than the Bilino Polje Stadium. Surely, the small dimensions of the pitch and intimate atmosphere of a smaller stadium played a massive role in selecting this stadium for the match against a quality side like Belgium.

The Bosnian FA have acknowledged that they will be in a race against the clock to make some renovations to the stadium to ensure it is ready for the match. This will be the fifth time the Grbavica Stadium has been used for a Bosnian national team match and the first since an August 2010 friendly against Qatar. 

By George Tsitsonis
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