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Husref Musemic
Husref Musemic

Celtic take on Sarajevo in the Champions League first qualifying round today. Here we take a look at their Bosnian opponents ahead of the first leg.

History: Sarajevo were formed in 1946 and won two Yugoslavian titles before lifting four Bosnian titles since the break-up of the socialist federal republic. They won the double last season, weeks after Cardiff owner Vincent Tan sold his majority stake in the club to a Vietnamese businessman.

Manager: Husref Musemic is in his seventh spell at the club, having played for them twice and managed them in five stints. The former Red Star Belgrade striker had a brief stay at Hearts in 1989 and won one cap each for Yugoslavia and Bosnia & Herzegovina - 12 years apart.

European Pedigree: Sarajevo's most recent European sojourn ended in a heavy defeat - they lost 8-0 to Italian side Atalanta in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round last season before a 2-2 second-leg draw. Their previous Champions League qualifying campaign started and ended with a 3-0 aggregate defeat by Lech Poznan four years ago. They have only beaten Armenian opposition since then.

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