On May 11, BT Sport launches the second film in its Football Outposts series – entitled Football Outposts: Europe – which chronicles seldom-told football stories from the far-flung corners of continental Europe.
In the film, Manchester City centre-forward Edin Dzeko discusses his stint with FK Željezničar Sarajevo – a club that overcame the many travails of the Bosnian War to establish a great legacy.
In a short excerpt of this interview, Edin Dzeko explained the good feeling sweeping across the country in anticipation of their first ever major finals.
"The people in Bosnia have waited over 20 years for the big cup, like the World Cup. Finally we did it this year. Everyone is happy; everyone just can't wait for the World Cup to start.
"I remember the albums with Panini, the stickers – everyone is now waiting to buy our Bosnian team. It's just an amazing feeling. To be fair, even me – I just can't wait to start."
Also in the film, Tom Watt travels to Gibraltar to chat with ex-Stoke defender Danny Higginbottom about his late-blooming international career with Gibraltar's national football team – a country he is eligible to represent by virtue of his maternal grandmother.
Speaking on the love and dedication Gibraltar-based footballers display for the game, Danny Higginbottom said:
"That's the beauty of it – coming over here. A lot of youngsters in England [think they know] know everything. At the age of 18 or 19 someone gives them a contract and they know everything. 'I'm earning this money so I know everything, and I don't need to learn anything else.' Which is the biggest load of rubbish.
"I'm still learning up until the day I finish."
Football Outposts: Europe looks a captivating watch for those intrigued by the beautiful game's more obscure and thoughtful narratives. It airs at 10pm on BT Sport 1 on Sunday night.
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