Originally posted by ED123
I sort of disagree, I think you will see about 3 very strong teams, once the league gets really going.
Here is my reasoning, I dont know if the nationalistic barrier has been broken.
I think Bosnian Serbs still want to play for the Leotar's, Borac etc. The really good Bosnian Serbs will play for the best team that is mainly serbian, so now Leotar.
The Hercegovinians will want to stick with teams that have mainly croat players.
Bosniaks (Bosnians) are really the only ones IMO that have shown that they would be interested in playing in almost any team. but again we see a team like Sarajevo, Celik etc still dominated by Bosniaks.
So I think Zeljo will always be great because even though it is considered a Bosniak team, it is very mult-cultural.
Sarajevo will always be the team that top Bosniak players go to.
Leotar may be the new team that really good new Bosnian Serbs go to.
and Siroki Brijeg is one that Hercegovinians may turn to as well.
That is what we have seen this season standings wise.
We see, the multi team up there, Zeljo.
We see the Bosnian Serb team up there. Leotar
We see the Bosniak team up there, Sarajevo.
Then right after we see the Hercegovinian, Siroki Brijeg.
I expect those 4 teams to be always the ones that are going to get the title.
Till we see more mixing thats the way it will stay.
hmmm, I disagree.
The reason that teams from the different regions are dominated by one ethnicity is directly correlated to the war and the innevitable division. The divisions will remain there for a long time.
Most teams have other ethnicities playing for them, NK Zeljo is a perfect example.
Zrinjski has Nenad Dzidic, Fedja Kulagic, Armin Dzinovic, Kenan Lizde, Armando Marenzzi etc. That's pretty multi-ethnical, we are expecting some of Velez's players to come to Zrinjski.
Siroki has been a phenomenon, but the city is too small to support a Premier League team for too long, I expect that when the money goes Siroki will not be no.1 in Herceg-Bosna. I think in 1 or 2 seasons Zrinjski will become the best team in Hercegovina. The fan base is the biggest, the city is the biggest and the reason why Zrinjski isn't doing so well is because teams like Brotnjo, Posusje, Siroki etc. are all from the same region and have a lot of quality players. When any of them are relegated, and presuming Zrinjski survives, we will see Mostar emerge as the football centre of West Hercegovina.
I disagree with the title race, at any given time, any of these teams can lose to anyone. Leotar were beaten twice by us this season, Borac lost both games to Zrinjski, plus we knocked them out of the cup.
I think we will see 6 teams competing
plus others maybe...the Scottish league regularly ends with euther Celts or Rangers, or both winning it by 30 or 40 points over no.3. You really think that's the case?
The reason Bosniaks are more spread out over the different teams is because they're the most numerous ethnic group, and they're the most spread out over BiH. It's difficult to have Croatians playing for Tuzla because there aren't many there, same goes for Zenica etc.
It's purely demographic, has little to do with multi-ethnical sentiments.