Bosnian national team coach quits after loss to Armenia
Bosnia's head coach Robert Prosinecki reacts during the UEFA EURO 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liechtenstein at the Bilino Polje stadium in Zenica, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 05 September 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/FEHIM DEMIR
Zagreb, Sep 8 (efe-epa).- The head coach of Bosnia's national soccer team, Robert Prosinecki, resigned Sunday in the wake of a 4-2 defeat by Armenia that left his team with slim hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020.
"I came with the aim of reaching the Euro. Although not all possibilities have been lost, I feel responsible and I quit," Prosinecki told Bosnian TV channel Nova BH.
After Sunday's defeat in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, Bosnia was blocked from booking a direct berth in the continental tournament, Prosinecki said.
"We still have the possibility of qualifying through the Nations League," the coach said.
The 50-year-old Prosinecki said his resignation would give his successor the chance to achieve better results with enough time to prepare for the Nations League.
With seven points, Bosnia holds the fourth spot in the Group J standings and the team would need a miracle to leapfrog second-place Finland, which has 12 points.
Italy leads the standings with 15 points.
Prosinecki, who played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, among other clubs, was a member of the Croatian national team that finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
He took the helm of the Bosnian team last year, having previously led Azerbaijan. EFE-EPA