The promotion was attended by former and current national team players of Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of the FF BH Executive Board, members of the technical staffs of our national teams, and a large number of football workers, media representatives and many others.
“The idea of publishing this monograph has been long existing in the FF BH. However, when the Olympic Committee and Branko Tomic donated a similar monograph to the BH sport, we realized that it was time for the Federation to disclose its project and to see the light of day, too”, said the FF BH President Elvedin Begić and continued:
“It is never easy to write about something, and it is especially difficult to write about the 100-year development of football in B&H, especially when all the socio-political and historical turmoil is taken into account. There was a danger of forgetting and losing the evidence of that path and the challenges that laid ahead. Today’s generations, in almost every sphere of life, think that everything has originated from them, and they rarely do look into the distant past, believing that it belongs to their predecessors. We really have something to be proud of for over a hundred years of football playing in this region. Time divides generations and each has its own characteristics and achievements. There are also values in this process that connect them all and make them eternal. We see this link in this place this evening, where a large number of sports workers and athletes gathered, whose biographies and pictures filled the pages of this monograph. We have before us a monograph that testifies and confirms our existence, proving the continuity of football in this region. Thanks to the author Branko Tomić for giving us this significant piece of work.”
One of the reviewers, Mirsad Fazlagić, spoke about the monograph and history of football in this area, and Branko Tomić greeted those present and said, among other things:
“The cover of the “Football Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina Football” reads that I am the author, and in fact its true creators are many of our aces who, by their excellences and brilliant results, wrote the history of this sport in B&H and beyond its borders in the past hundred years. Thanks to the FF BH for giving me, as well as the Olympic Committee five years ago, a chance and wholehearted support in the realization of this project. Without their help, these books would certainly not exist. After the promotion of the “Olympic Memorial” in 2018, I thought to conclude my sports writing, because the three-year search for a large number of Olympians was both challenging and exhausting. At that moment, football was not interesting for me, but it was to my friend Said Fazlagić, the General Secretary of the BH Olympic Committee, who did not leave me alone until I drew out the basic contours of the Football Treasury. Then there was no more retaliation, especially after the first discussions in the Football Federation, where I received full support for the proposed plan. Of course, I knew what was waiting for me, but I believed that the experience I gained from active sports journalism for over 50 years would be of great benefit to me. And it was, but not enough to produce this monograph. The treasure should be disposed in several archives and biographies of 425 national team players should be collected, from time of Slavko Zagorac during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to the generation of Edin Džeko. Many more people and friends helped me, nobody let me down. No one conditioned me and everything in the monograph is according to my criterion, which I relied only on facts and selected sources. If some inaccuracy is revealed somewhere, it is only my sin, but there is no evil intent in these books. I have given priority to the values in which new generations need to find their role models, because we have something to be proud of. We still have aces today, and I believe that we will have them tomorrow too. We must not allow oblivion to draw into darkness the golden names that have marked the past century. The primary purpose of the Treasury was to keep the memory and remember it. Of course, also to open new horizons. Whether I have succeeded in this, you will judge by browsing through these books.”
Branko Tomić handed over the first copies of the monograph to the BH national team head coach Robert Prosinečki and the captain Edin Džeko.