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Famous people from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Here is a list of famous people from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Curious if anybody from Bosnia and Herzegovina made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Edin Džeko


Edin Džeko is a Bosnian footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He was named Bosnian Footballer of the Year for 2009 and 2010. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, he is known as Bosanski dijamant. He has also played for Željezničar, FK Teplice, FK Ústí nad Labem and VfL Wolfsburg. Džeko has played 57 times for his country and scored 33 goals since 2007, becoming highest Bosnian goalscorer of all time on 7 September 2012 in a game against Liechtenstein where he scored a hat-trick, surpassing Zvjezdan Misimović and Elvir Bolić for the honors. He scored nine goals during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, finishing as top scorer of Group 5. He made a name for himself while playing for German club Wolfsburg, with whom he won the Bundesliga in the 2008–09 season. He was second highest goal scorer with 26 goals. In the 2009–10 season, Džeko was the top scorer with 22 goals. He also registered ten assists in both seasons. He scored an important equalizer for Manchester City in the 80th minute of the match during the fourth round match of the 2010–11 FA Cup against Notts County which ended in a 1–1 draw. His goal forced a replay match which Manchester City won and ultimately an FA Cup itself. Džeko scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League on 25 April 2011 to ensure the club would directly qualify for their first ever Champions League tournament. As result of that win, Manchester City finished the season in third place, three points ahead of Arsenal.

Goran Bregović

Musical Artist

Goran Bregović is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He left Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War and moved back to Bosnia after the end of the war. Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora. He rose to fame playing guitar with his rock band Bijelo Dugme. Among his better known scores are three of Emir Kusturica's films.

Marin Čilić

Tennis Player

Marin Čilić,born 28 September 1988, is a Croatian professional tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking is World No. 9, achieved on 22 February 2010. Čilić first came to international prominence by defeating then World No. 2 Andy Murray in the fourth round of the 2009 US Open. He followed this by reaching the semifinals of the 2010 Australian Open, where he was defeated by Murray. Čilić developed his career at a young age; his potential was realized by local hometown coaches who saw him play and encouraged his move to Zagreb for further training. He was soon befriended by his fellow countryman Goran Ivanišević who introduced him to coach Bob Brett. He went on to turn professional in 2005.

Andrea Petkovic

Tennis Player

Andrea Petkovic is a German professional tennis player of Serbian origin. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbian parents, she moved to Germany at six months old. Petkovic turned professional in 2006 and reached her career-high singles ranking of world number 9 in October 2011 after reaching the quarterfinals of that year's Australian Open, French Open and US Open. She suffered three separate injuries in 2012: a back injury in January, an ankle injury in August and a knee injury in December that kept her out for a combined nine months and almost saw her fall out of the top 200. She has won two WTA titles, nine ITF singles titles and three ITF doubles titles. Petkovic became the German national champion in 2007 and 2009. She is coached by Petar Popović and her father Zoran.

Ivan Ljubičić

Tennis Player

Ivan Ljubičić is a retired Croatian tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 3. Tall and powerfully built, he was noted for his strong serve and fluid groundstrokes. He achieved his best results in indoor tournaments played on carpet or hardcourt. Mostly a baseliner, he approached the net selectively. On his backhand, he used a slice or a drop-shot to great effect to draw a player or put him out of position. Relying heavily on his serve, he held well but was a comparatively weak returner, producing many sets ending in tie-breaks. Ljubičić used the Head Youtek Extreme Pro Racquet, after using the Babolat Pure Drive for most of his professional career. Ljubičić served as the ATP Players' Council president and in 2008 became one of the few active players to serve on the ATP Board of Directors. Ljubičić and Mario Ančić are only the third doubles team ever to defeat Bob and Mike Bryan in Davis Cup history, the other teams being France's Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, Brazil's Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjić and Ilija Bozoljac. Ljubičić helped Croatia win the 2005 Davis Cup, where they triumphed over the Slovakian Davis Cup team in the final.

Ivan Dodig

Tennis Player

Ivan Dodig is a Croatian tennis player. His career-high ATP rankings are World No. 29 in singles and World No. 6 in doubles.

Miralem Pjanić


Miralem Pjanić is a Bosnian footballer who plays for Serie A club Roma and the Bosnian national team. He plays as an attacking midfielder and has been described as an "old-fashioned playmaker with huge technical qualities". Pjanić developed an interest in football through his father, a former third division football player in SFR Yugoslavia, and began his football career in Luxembourg following his family's arrival to the country shortly before the outbreak of the war in Bosnia. In 2004, after attracting interest from a host of external clubs, Pjanić joined French club FC Metz and made his debut in the 2007–08 season at the age of 17. After a successful season, in June 2008, he joined Olympique Lyonnais on a five-year contract. With Lyon, Pjanić made his UEFA Champions League debut in 2008 and, in the following season, helped the club reach the semi-finals. Pjanić was formerly a youth international for Luxembourg and represented the national team at under-17 and under-19 level. He played at the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship scoring the team's lone goal at the competition. In 2008, Pjanić opted to pursue a senior international career with his birth country Bosnia and Herzegovina and made his debut in August 2008. He scored his first international goal two years later in March 2010 against Ghana.

Marko Marin


Marko Marin is a German footballer of Bosnian Serb descent currently playing for Sevilla on loan from Chelsea. He primarily plays as a winger and an attacking midfielder. Marin previously played for Bundesliga clubs Borussia Mönchengladbach and Werder Bremen. Marin is known for his acceleration, dribbling, agility, creativity, versatility, technical ability and as an assist-maker.

Neven Subotić


Neven Subotić is a Serbian-American footballer who plays as a defender for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Serbia national football team. He made his first-team debut in the 2006–07 season for 1. FSV Mainz 05. In 2008, he signed with Borussia Dortmund.

Marinko Matosevic

Tennis Player

Marinko Matošević is an Australian professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 39, which he achieved in February 2013.

Lepa Brena

Pop folk Artist

Fahreta Živojinović, known by her stage name Lepa Brena, is a Bosnian pop-folk and pop singer, actress, and talent manager. She is arguably the most popular singer of the former Yugoslavia and the top-selling female recording artist from Yugoslavia with more than 40 million records sold. Although ethnically a Bosniak, she considers herself Yugoslav.

Ivo Andrić


Ivan "Ivo" Andrić was a Yugoslav novelist, short story writer, and the 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His writings dealt mainly with life in his native Bosnia under the Ottoman Empire. His native house in Travnik has been transformed into a Museum, and his Belgrade flat on Andrićev Venac hosts the Museum of Ivo Andrić, and Ivo Andrić Foundation.

Vedad Ibišević


Vedad Ibišević is a Bosnian footballer who plays as striker for VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga and the Bosnian national team. He has also played in Switzerland, the United States, and France. In 2008, he was awarded the Idol Nacije award for the Bosnian Footballer of the Year in 2008.

Asmir Begović


Asmir Begović is a Bosnian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Stoke City and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. While growing up Begović lived in Bosnia, Germany and Canada. In 2003 he moved again this time to England where he joined Portsmouth's academy. He went out on loan to La Louvière, Macclesfield Town, Bournemouth, Yeovil Town and Ipswich Town before making his Portsmouth debut in May 2009. In January 2010 Begović joined Stoke City for a fee of £3.25m. At Stoke, Begović has established himself as first choice keeper taking over from Thomas Sørensen and becoming a regular with Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played in the UEFA Europa League in 2011–12 and won the player of the year award in 2012–13.

Nikica Jelavić


Nikica Jelavić is a Croatian footballer, who plays as a striker for Premier League club Everton and the Croatia national team. He started his career with Prva HNL side Hajduk Split in 2002, before moving to Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem in 2007. A year later, he moved to Austrian Bundesliga club Rapid Wien. In 2010 he was signed by Scottish club Rangers, with whom he won the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup before joining Everton in 2012.

Vojislav Šešelj


Vojislav Šešelj is a Serbian politician, writer and lawyer. He is the founder and president of the Serbian Radical Party. He was a member of the Serbian Parliament. He is on trial for alleged war crimes and is suspected of being involved in crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He surrendered voluntarily in February 2003 but his trial did not begin until November 2007. In February 2009, the prosecution presented 71 witnesses against Šešelj. With seven hours left in the prosecution, his trial was suspended due to claims of alleged witness intimidation. The trial resumed on 12 January 2009, and Šešelj stated that there was no need to call any witnesses in his defense since the prosecution had not presented a single worthy witness. On 24 July 2009, he was sentenced to a further 15 months in custody for disrespecting the court. As of January 2013, the trial is still under way and Šešelj is still in custody. This is partly due to a hunger strike, his decision to not appear for his opening statement, and the aforementioned witness intimidation. A verdict will be delivered in October 2013.

Zdravko Čolić

Pop rock Artist

Zdravko Čolić is a Bosnian pop singer, very popular across the entire area of former Yugoslavia. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina he became popular in the 1970s, and he has lived in Belgrade, Serbia since 1990.

Dejan Lovren


Dejan Lovren is a professional Croatian footballer who plays as a centre-back for Southampton in the Premier League and for the Croatia national team. Lovren has previously played for GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Olympique Lyonnais, where he won the Coupe de France. He signed for Southampton in 2013. Lovren has represented Croatia at many levels and has been a full international since 2009. He has gone on to make 19 appearances and score 2 goals for his country although he is yet to represent them in the finals of a major tournament.

Hasan Salihamidžić

Soccer Midfielder

Hasan Salihamidžić is a retired Bosnian footballer who last played for VfL Wolfsburg. He has made a name for himself while playing for Bayern Munich for nine seasons with whom he won the Bundesliga title six times, DFB-Pokal title four times, the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, where he also scored in the final, and the 2001 Intercontinental Cup. He has also played for Italian giant Juventus for four seasons. For Bosnia-Herzegovina national team he played 43 times and scored six goals. He is regarded by many as one of the most successful Bosnian football players in recent times. Following the end of his one-year contract with Wolfsburg, Salihamidžić started work as a regular pundit for Sky Deutschland.

Josip Iličić

Soccer Midfielder

Josip Iličić is a Slovenian footballer, who plays for Serie A side Fiorentina and the Slovenia national team.

Alija Izetbegović

Military Commander

Alija Izetbegović was a Bosniak politician, activist, lawyer, author, and philosopher who in 1990 became the first President of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served in this role until 1996, when he became a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving until 2000. He was also the author of several books, most notably Islam Between East and West and the Islamic Declaration.

Boris Tadić


Boris Tadić is a Serbian politician who served as President of Serbia from 2004 to 2012. He was elected to his first term on 27 June 2004, and was sworn into office on 11 July. He was re-elected for a de facto second term on 3 February 2008 and was sworn in on 15 February. He resigned on 5 April 2012 in order to trigger an early election. Tadić stepped down as leader of the Democratic Party following his defeat in the 2012 presidential election and poor rating of his party, as well as his loss of power, he scheduled general elections and on 25 November 2012 was elected Honorary President, after dropping out from the race for presidency due to a compromise with Belgrade Mayor Dragan Đilas. Prior to his presidency, Tadić served as the last Minister of Telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and as the first Minister of Defence of Serbia and Montenegro. He is a psychologist by profession. Tadić strongly advocates close ties with the European Union and Serbia's European integration. He is widely regarded as a pro-Western leader but who also favors balanced relations with Russia, the United States and the EU.

Dino Merlin

Pop rock Artist

Edin Dervišhalidović, known by his stage name Dino Merlin, is a prominent Bosnian singer-songwriter, musician, and producer who wrote the lyrics to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina's first national anthem, "Jedna si, jedina". Dino Merlin is considered to be one of the most remarkable artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is also popular in the other countries of the former Yugoslavia. He is also famous amongst the Bosnian and ex-Yugoslav diaspora communities in the United States, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Bulgaria, and Austria.

Andrej Pejić


Andrej Pejić is an Australian androgynous model of Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serb ethnicity.

Zoran Đinđić


Zoran Đinđić was a Serbian politician who was the Prime Minister of Serbia from 2001 until his assassination in 2003. He was the Mayor of Belgrade in 1997, and long-time opposition politician and a doctor in philosophy. Đinđić was one of the original thirteen restorer's of the modern Democratic Party and became its president in 1994. During the 1990s, he was one of the leaders of the opposition to the administration of Slobodan Milošević, and became the Prime Minister of Serbia in 2001 after the overthrow of Milošević. As Prime Minister, he advocated pro-democratic reforms and the European integrations of Serbia. He was assassinated in 2003 by Zvezdan Jovanović, a former-Special Forces operative who had ties to the Serbian Mafia.

Vedran Ćorluka


Vedran Ćorluka is a Croatian footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Croatia national team. He plays as a centre-back, though he has played in various other positions across the defensive line, most notably as the right full-back. Ćorluka graduated from the Dinamo Zagreb Youth Academy, before making his professional debut for Dinamo Zagreb in 2003. In 2007, he made a £8 million move to English Premier League club Manchester City. In August 2008, on transfer deadline day, he signed with another Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Internationally, Ćorluka represented Croatia at various youth levels before making his first team debut in August 2006, in the friendly match against world champions Italy. Since then, he has represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012.

Savo Milošević


Savo Milošević is a retired Serbian footballer who played as a striker. After making a name for himself at Partizan, he signed for Aston Villa, and went on to spend the vast majority of the following decade playing in Spain, where he represented four clubs, amassing La Liga totals of 241 games and 91 goals, and netting nearly 300 official goals over a 16-year professional career. At the international level, Milošević played for the national team of FR Yugoslavia, and later for Serbia, surpassing the century of caps for both teams combined, and appearing in two World Cups and one European Championship, at which he earned the Golden Boot of the EURO 2000.

Predrag Danilović

Basketball Shooting guard

Predrag "Saša" Danilović, usually referred to in English as Sasha Danilovic, is a retired Serbian professional basketball player, considered one of the best European shooting guards during the 1990s. Since 2007, he's been the president of KK Partizan, the club with which he spent six years as a player during 1980s and early 1990s.

Senad Lulić

Soccer Midfielder

Senad Lulić is a Bosnian footballer who plays for Lazio in the Italian Serie A. Lulić was born in Mostar, but he spent most of his childhood in Jablanica.

Prince Marko


Marko Mrnjavčević was the de jure Serbian king from 1371 to 1395, while he was the de facto ruler of a territory in western Macedonia centered on the town of Prilep. He is known as Prince Marko and King Marko in South Slavic oral tradition, in which he has become a major character during the Ottoman occupation of the Balkans. Marko's father, King Vukašin, was the co-ruler alongside Serbian Tsar Stefan Uroš V, whose reign was marked by the weakening of the central authority and the gradual disintegration of the Serbian Empire. Vukašin's personal holdings included lands in western Macedonia, Kosovo and Metohija. In 1370 or 1371, he crowned Marko "young king"; this title included the possibility that Marko succeed the childless Uroš on the Serbian throne. On 26 September 1371, Vukašin's forces were defeated in the Battle of Maritsa and he lost his life. About two months later, Tsar Uroš died. This formally made Marko the king of the Serbian land; however, great Serbian noblemen, who had become effectively independent from the central authority, did not even consider to recognise him as their supreme ruler. At an uncertain date after 1371, he became an Ottoman vassal. By 1377, significant parts of the territory he inherited from Vukašin were seized by other noblemen. King Marko in reality came to be a regional lord who ruled over a relatively small territory in western Macedonia. He funded the construction of the Monastery of Saint Demetrius near Skopje, better known as Marko's Monastery, finished in 1376. Marko died on 17 May 1395, fighting on the Ottoman side against the Wallachians in the Battle of Rovine.

Stefan Leko


Stefan "Blitz" Leko is a Croatian-German heavyweight kickboxer. He is the current WKA Super-Heavyweight world champion in kickboxing, and former Muay Thai world heavyweight champion and Kickboxing world super-heavyweight champion, WMTA, WKN, IKBO, IKBF and WKA world champion, K-1 European Grand Prix 1998 champion, 1999 K-1 Dream champion and two time K-1 World Grand Prix in Las Vegas tournament champion. He fights out of Team Golden Glory in Breda, Netherlands under Cor Hemmers. Since 2011 Stefan Leko is coached and managed by Tom Trautsch and won two Heavyweight World Champion Titles.

Ivica Osim

Soccer Midfielder

Ivan "Ivica" Osim is a Bosnian former football player and manager. He was most recently head coach of Japan, before he suffered a stroke in November 2007 and left the post. On 18 April 2011 FIFA announced that Osim will head an interim committee to run the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the country was suspended from all international competitions. As a player, he was a member of the Yugoslavia national team and played in the 1964 Olympics. As assistant manager, he won a bronze medal with Yugoslavia at the 1984 Olympics, and reached the quarterfinals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup as the manager of Yugoslavia.

Safet Sušić

Soccer Midfielder

Safet "Pape" Sušić is a Bosnian former footballer and the current manager of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team, a team he guided to their historic first World Cup in Brazil in 2014. In his playing days, he operated as a playmaking attacking midfielder with superb passing ability and an excellent goalscoring record. In 2010, he was voted Paris Saint-Germain's best player of all time by French sport magazine France Football 's readers. In August 2012, he was voted the best foreign player of the French league of all time by French sport magazine France Football. He is strongly reputed to have been one of the finest European players of his generation. As a player, Sušić is best remembered by many for the three hat-tricks he struck for Yugoslavia in victories against Romania, Italy and Argentina in the late 1970s.

Vahid Halilhodžić


Vahid "Vaha" Halilhodžić is a former Bosnian football player and now a manager, currently managing the Algeria national football team. Regarded as one of the best Bosnian players in the 1970s and 1980s Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar, Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. He also appeared for the national team and was part of the squad which won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship before earning 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia. In the early 1990s he began managing and, after a short managing stint at his hometown club Velež, permanently moved to France in 1993. Since then he managed a number of teams in French-speaking countries and his achievements include winning the 1997 CAF Champions League with Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, leading the French side Lille OSC from second level to third place in Ligue 1 in less than three years, winning the 2004 Coupe de France with Paris Saint-Germain and qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Côte d'Ivoire.

Seka Aleksić

Turbo-folk Artist

Svetlana "Seka" Aleksić is a Bosnian and Serbian pop singer.

Mirza Teletović

Basketball Player

Mirza Teletović is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Zlatko Dedić


Zlatko Dedić is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a striker for 2. Bundesliga club Dynamo Dresden and the Slovenia national team.

Milorad Dodik


Milorad Dodik is a Bosnian Serb politician. He is the President of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats.

Bojan Bogdanović

Basketball Shooting guard

Bojan Bogdanović is a Croatian professional basketball player who plays for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League.

Zoran Planinić

Basketball Shooting guard

Zoran Planinić is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. He is also a member of the Croatian national basketball team.

Vladimir Radmanović

Basketball Small forward

Vladimir Radmanović is a Serbian professional basketball player who last played for the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association. He has also played for the Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, and Atlanta Hawks. Radmanović has represented the Yugoslavian national basketball team and the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team. He earned gold medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championships with Yugoslavia. He also participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics with Serbia and Montenegro.

Vladimir Petković


Vladimir Petković is a Swiss and Bosnian football manager and former professional player. Petković is the current manager of Italian Serie A club Lazio. Nicknamed Il Dottore, Petković is multi-lingual. In addition to his native Croatian, he speaks Italian, French, English, Spanish, German, and Russian. As a naturalized Swiss citizen Petković holds a Bosnian passport, a Croatian passport and a Swiss passport.

Sejad Salihović

Soccer Midfielder

Sejad Salihović is a Bosnian footballer who plays and captains for 1899 Hoffenheim primarily as a central midfielder but can also play as an attacking midfielder and occasionally as a left back. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He has a powerful shot with his left foot and is a free kick specialist.

Dejan Damjanović


Dejan Damjanović is a Montenegrin football forward who plays for FC Seoul in the South Korean K League Classic, where he is the top-scoring foreign player in the history of the league. Ever since his tweet which he gifted a fan his jersey, he has been liked by many not only for his footballing prowess but as well his character and generosity.

Naser Orić

Military Person

Naser Orić is a former Bosnian military officer who commanded the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina forces in the Srebrenica enclave in Eastern Bosnia surrounded by Serb forces, during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2006, he was sentenced to two years' imprisonment by the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands for failing to prevent the deaths of five and the mistreatment of eleven Bosnian Serb detainees during the period from late 1992 to early 1993 on the basis of superior criminal responsibility. He was acquitted on the other charges of wanton destruction and causing damage to civilian infrastructure beyond the realm of military necessity. On 3 July 2008, the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY reversed the Trial Chamber's conviction and acquitted Orić of all charges brought against him.

Haris Medunjanin

Soccer Midfielder

Haris Medunjanin is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Gaziantepspor in Turkey, mainly as a central midfielder. He has dual citizenship, Bosnian and Dutch.

Tvrtko I of Bosnia

Noble person

Stjepan Tvrtko I was the Ban of Bosnia during 1353–77, King of Bosnia and Serbia during 1377–91, and king of Croatia and Dalmatia after 1390. A member of the Kotromanić family which had ruled the Banate of Bosnia, he was a "politically adept and religiously tolerant ruler" and under his command Bosnia reached its peak and became the strongest power in the Balkans, conquering parts of what is today Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.

Bekim Fehmiu


Bekim Fehmiu is an actor.

Sergej Barbarez

Soccer Midfielder

Sergej Barbarez is a former Bosnian footballer. He spent all of his club career playing in Germany. Despite being naturally a midfielder, he could also play as a striker or even as an emergency defender. He is a former captain of Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team and is considered as one of the all time great players of Hamburger SV where he scored 65 goals in 174 Bundesliga games. In the 2000–01 Bundesliga season while playing for Hamburger SV he was a joint top scorer with 22 goals with Ebbe Sand of FC Schalke 04 at the end of the season.

Meša Selimović


Mehmed "Meša" Selimović was a Yugoslav writer. His novel Death and the Dervish is one of the most important literary works in post-World War II Yugoslavia. Some of the main themes in his works are the relations between individuality and authority, life and death, and other existential problems.

Mustafa Nadarević


Mustafa Nadarević is a Bosnian actor and comedian best known for his role as Izet Fazlinović in the Bosnian sitcom Lud, zbunjen, normalan.

Senijad Ibričić

Soccer Midfielder

Senijad Ibričić is a Bosnian football player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Kayseri Erciyesspor and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. He holds both Bosnian and Croatian citizenship.

Tinka Milinović

Pop Artist

Tinka Milinović is a Bosnian television star and personality, opera singer, recording artist, best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, actress, and model who appeared on the covers of numerous magazines in Europe. Best known as an Entertainment expert, this international opera star and inspirational public figure from Sarajevo defied the odds, overcame adversity, and achieved her dreams. Her platform provides a commentary of Milinović's view on love, lifestyle, travel and relationships. She is currently filming a docu-reality show with First Ladies of Africa that enhances public understanding of issues related to the empowerment of women worldwide.

Silvana Armenulić

Sevdalinka Artist

Zilha Bajraktarević, known by her stage name Silvana Armenulić, was a Yugoslav singer of Bosniak ethnicity and one of the most prominent commercial folk music and traditional sevdalinka singers in Yugoslavia. She is called the "The Queen of Sevdalinka". Her life was cut short when she died in a road accident at the age of 37, but she continues to be well regarded in the region and she is recognized for her unique singing style and voice. Armenulić's song "Šta će mi život", written by her friend and contemporary Toma Zdravković, is one of the best-selling singles from the former Yugoslavia. Two of her sisters were also professional singers: Mirsada Mirjana Bajraktarević and Dina Bajraktarević.

Danis Tanović

Film Director

Danis Tanović is an Bosnian Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter. Tanović is best known for having directed and written the script for the 2001 Bosnian movie No Man's Land which won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is widely considered one of the best contemporary Bosnian filmmakers of his generation and has garnered critical acclaim for many of his movies. In 2008, Tanović established Naša Stranka, a grassroots political party based in Sarajevo. He was a member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. His most recent films include Triage, starring Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee and Cirkus Columbia, starring Miki Manojlović and Mira Furlan.

Zlatan Muslimović


Zlatan Muslimović, is a Bosnian international football player who currently plays for Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renhe. He holds both Bosnian and Swedish citizenships.

Aleksandar Hemon


Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian American fiction writer, essayist, and critic. He is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation grant. He has written five books: The Book of My Lives; Love and Obstacles: Stories; The Lazarus Project: A Novel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and was named as a New York Times Notable Book and New York magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year; Nowhere Man, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Question of Bruno: Stories. He frequently publishes in The New Yorker, and has also written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani.

Sergej Trifunović


Sergej Trifunović is a popular Serbian movie actor. Sergej was born in Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia, in the family of actor Tomislav Trifunović and lawyer Slobodanka. His younger brother is actor Branislav Trifunović. Sergej's father in his career has often moved, so Sergej lived in Mostar, Užice, Kruševac and Belgrade. In 1990 Trifunović enrolled in Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts in class of professor Vladimir Jevtović. His fellow students were Nataša Ninković, Vojin Ćetković and Nebojša Glogovac.

Vladimir Prelog


Vladimir Prelog FRS was a Croatian-Swiss organic chemist, winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize for chemistry. Prelog lived and worked in Prague, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Zürich during his lifetime.

Milan Bandić


Milan Bandić is an influential and controversial Croatian politician currently serving his fifth term as a mayor of the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Between 2000 and 2009, he was a prominent member of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia. In 2007, he unsuccessfully ran for party president. However, he remained one of the main rivals of the current party president Zoran Milanović. On 5 November 2009 he announced his intention to run for a president, in violation of the party's bylaws which led to his expulsion from the party. On 10 January 2010 he lost Croatian presidential election to the official SDP candidate Ivo Josipović in the runoff elections. Although described in 2002 as the SDPs most popular politician for the "famous 24 hours he devotes to the service of citizens of Zagreb", he has also gained notoriety for a number of actions and statements he has made as mayor. Bandić is viewed as a hands-on mayor because of his ambition and the number of projects related to Zagreb that he has undertaken. He is widely credited for the renovation of Ljubljanska Avenue, for his work on the Arena Zagreb and the Homeland Bridge.

Eli Babalj

Soccer Forward

Eli Babalj is an Australian footballer who plays for Eredivisie club AZ.

Amer Delić

Tennis Player

Amer Delić is a retired Bosnian tennis player. Representing the United States as a tour player until 2009, he was representing the country of his birth, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was a member of its Davis Cup team. Delić was born in Tuzla, then in Yugoslavia, now in the northeastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1996, his family emigrated to Jacksonville, Florida where he attended Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a public high school with the largest Bosnian population in Florida.

Emir Preldžić

Basketball Small forward

Emir Rile Preldžić is a Turkish professional basketball player of Bosnian origin who currently plays for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He is 6 ft 9 in tall and he mainly plays the small forward position, but he also has the ability to play as a power forward, shooting guard and point guard.

Elvir Rahimić

Soccer Midfielder

Elvir Rahimić is a Bosnian football midfielder who plays for Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow.

Mirza Bašić

Tennis Player

Mirza Bašić is a Bosnian tennis player. Bašić is member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Davis Cup team.

Željko Samardžić


Željko Samardžić Жељко Самарџић, born October 3, 1955 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a Bosnian Serb pop-folk singer popular throughout the former Yugoslav republics. He lives and works in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade.

Željko Bebek

Folk rock Artist

Želimir "Željko" Bebek, also known simply as Bebek is a Bosnian singer, very popular throughout former Yugoslav republics, and entire region. He is most notable for being the lead vocalist of former Yugoslav rock band Bijelo dugme from 1974 to 1984. He also has a successful career as a solo artist.

Elvir Baljić


Elvir Baljić is a retired Bosnian footballer. Currently he is an Assistant Manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team, with whom he qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014.

Miroslav Stevanović

Soccer Midfielder

Miroslav Stevanović is a Bosnian footballer who plays for La Liga club Elche CF on loan from Sevilla FC and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team, as a right winger.

Mario Stanić

Soccer Midfielder

Mario Stanić is a former Bosnian-born Croatian football player.

Hanka Paldum

Sevdalinka Artist

Hanka Paldum is a Bosnian folk and sevdah singer of Bosniak ethnicity. She is regarded as one of the best female sevdah performers of the 20th century and is popular in her home country of Bosnia as well as in the rest of the former Yugoslavia.

Dušan Bajević


Dušan Bajević is a Bosnian Serb football manager and former Yugoslav international with Greek citizenship.

Jovan Dučić


Jovan Dučić was a Bosnian Serb poet, writer and diplomat.

Branko Đurić


Branko "Đuro" Đurić is a Bosnian actor, comedian, director and musician. Born and raised in Sarajevo, Đurić rose to prominence throughout the former Yugoslavia with the hit comedy series Top lista nadrealista during the 1980s. Đuro became something of an epitome for the Bosnian people, primarily due to his accent and slang. He was also one of the founding members of SCH and the frontman of Sarajevo rock band Bombaj Štampa. During the Yugoslav wars he moved to Slovenia.

Aleksandar Đurić

Soccer Forward

Aleksandar Đurić is a Bosnian-born Singaporean professional association football player who plays as a striker for the Tampines Rovers in the S. League and for the Singapore national football team.

Damir Džumhur

Tennis Player

Damir Džumhur is a Bosnian professional tennis player.

Semir Štilić

Soccer Midfielder

Semir Štilić is a Bosnian football player who currently plays for the Turkish club Gaziantepspor.

Ognjen Koroman

Soccer Midfielder

Ognjen Koroman is a Serbian former international footballer. He plays for FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. He represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Sanela Diana Jenkins


Sanela Diana Jenkins is a Bosnian entrepreneur and philanthropist. She currently resides in California. Jenkins fled her home country during the Siege of Sarajevo and emigrated to London, where she studied at City University, London.

Matej Delač

Soccer Goalkeeper

Matej Delač is a Bosnian Croat goalkeeper who plays for FK Vojvodina, on loan from Premier League club Chelsea F.C..

Haris Džinović

Folk Artist

Haris Džinović is a popular Bosnian folk singer. He is also a composer, a musician and songwriter for his songs.

Meho Kodro


Mehmed "Meho" Kodro is a Bosnian retired footballer who played as a striker, and a current manager. He played most of his 16-year senior career in Spain, mostly with Real Sociedad and Tenerife, amassing La Liga totals of 263 games and 105 goals. He possessed good technical skills and was equally as adept in the air. After retiring Kodro started a managerial career, mainly in the country where he played more.

Branimir Hrgota


Branimir Hrgota (born 12 January 1993) is a Bosnian-born Swedish footballer who plays as a striker for German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Biljana Plavšić


Biljana Plavšić is a former president of Republika Srpska and convicted war criminal. She is the highest ranking Bosnian Serb politician to be sentenced. She was indicted in 2001 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes committed during the Bosnian war. She plea bargained with the ICTY and only served two-thirds of her sentence in Sweden and was released 27 October 2009. Before her political engagements, she taught biology at the University of Sarajevo.

Elvir Bolić


Elvir Bolić is a former Bosnian footballer who played as a striker. He spent most of his 18-year professional career in Turkey, appearing for seven clubs including Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. He also played three years in Spain, with Rayo Vallecano. Bolić represented Bosnia and Herzegovina during one full decade.

Safet Isović

Sevdalinka Artist

Safet Isović was a Bosnian singer and one of the most most prominent and popular performers of the Bosnian traditional music sevdalinka.

Haris Silajdžić


Haris Silajdžić is a Bosnian politician and academic. In the 2006 elections, Silajdžić was elected as the Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina for four years in the rotating presidency.

Momo Kapor

TV Program Creator

Momčilo "Momo" Kapor was a Serbian novelist and painter. Kapor is the author of over forty novels, short stories, travel and autobiographic books and essays. He was introduced to the literary circles as the author of radio, TV and theater drama at the beginning of the sixties. His novels are on national bestseller lists. Kapor's books are translated to twenty languages. The shorts stories collection Kinoteka at three and novels The green felt of Montenegro and The last flight to Sarajevo were published in French by L'Age d'homme, Lausanne and The Mastery of Slomovic by Xenie, Vevey, Switzerland. Kapor is also the author of several screenplays. His paintings were exhibited in New York, Boston, Geneva, Frankfurt, London and other cities. He has also illustrated his own and numerous books by other authors. Momo Kapor was a regular member of the Academy of Science and Arts of the Republika Srpska.

Milan Galić


Milan Galić is a former Serbian footballer. He scored 37 international goals in 51 matches for the Yugoslavia national football team. He participated in the 1960 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal, the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship, where Yugoslavia finished second, and the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where Yugoslavia finished fourth. On the club level, he played for FK Partizan and Standard Liège. In 1960 he played in one of his 57 internationals against Denmark. He got sent off, but Yugoslavia still won 3-1. Later the International Referees committee decided that the referee had erred in the dismissal. In 1962, according to the selection of Sport daily newspaper, Galić was declared the sportsperson of the year in Yugoslavia.

Vjekoslav Bevanda


Vjekoslav Bevanda is a Bosnian Croat politician and is the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a member of Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After he attended primary and high school in Mostar, Bevanda graduated from Faculty of Economy at University of Mostar in 1979. Between 1979 and 1989 he worked in airplane industry "SOKO" in Mostar. From 1990 to 1993 he worked in the "APRO" bank, also in Mostar. From 2000 until 2001 he worked in "Euro Center" in Split, and from 2001 for next 6 years as a director of the " Commerce Bank" from Sarajevo. Bevanda was Minister of Finance of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from March 2007 until March 2011. At the same time he was Vice President of the Federal Government. Before that he has done various legistrature duties for the Federation.

Boris Pandža

Soccer Defender

Boris Pandža is a Bosnian footballer who currently play for Górnik Zabrze. He is also playing for the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.