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Football in Bosnia – Jerusalem of the Balkans

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 All around the fields of Saray
It’s the beautiful game they love to play
So kids, it’s time to step to the fray
And dance with this football attaché

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Bosnia bred is the great Safet Susic
It’s first World Cup captain Emir Spahić
Dzeko, Kodro, Besic, Pjanić, Osim, Begović
Coventry City legend Muhamed Konjić

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The Jerusalem of Europe’s folklore
Mass horror in Srebrenica and Sarajevo
Not since the Second World War
Such pain, but they fly high and soar

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 After the Dayton agreement and nine days
These Zmajevi would rise and amaze
Saraybosna have passed that horror phase
They play World Cup football nowadays

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 number7
© emdad rahman

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Notes

We have just returned from Bosnia to help communities become financially independent through an empowerment programme.

We met recipients and saw how the donation of a cow had helped change their lives for the better.

We also visited Srebrenica and the Genocide Memorial Centre. It was a really sad but educational experience.

As with all aid work I’m part of I always try to deliver a football camp to help with fun and healing. This was a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/football-in-bosnia-jerusalem-of-the-balkans/