Salihovic writes history with Bosnia and Herzegovina

Late Tuesday night in Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city, Bosnia and Herzegovina made footballing history. For the first time ever, they have qualified for the World Cup and will be flying to Brazil in the summer of 2014.

Right in the thick of it was Sejad Salihovic. The Hoffenheim midfielder played the whole 90 minutes of their 1-0 win, a result that saw Bosnia qualify on goal difference as group G winners ahead of Greece – who are now in the playoffs.

Belgium booked their ticket last Friday, but celebrations with their own fans were on Tuesday night, despite their exhibition-like 1-1 draw with Wales. Hoffenheim's Koen Casteels, even if he is Belgium's number three, can still hope of a place on the trip to the Samba country.

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Norway had less to celebrate. Tarik Elyounoussi will only be able to watch the World Cup from a distance after Norway's 1-1 draw with Iceland in the final group game. It was a point without much value as Norway finished in fourth. Hoffenheim teammate Eugen Polanski will also not be at the World Cup after Poland's 2-0 defeat to England, who are heading to Brazil. Even ahead of this game, Poland were without hope of qualifying.

Three Hoffenheim players will be in South America in the summer of 2014. Fabian Johnson with the USA, goalkeeper Koen Casteels with Belgium and Sejad Salihovic with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Who knows whether there will be a head-to-head between Hoffenheim's players on the biggest stage of all…

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