The Bosnian Footballer of the Year, since 2008 renamed to Idol Nacije (English translation: The Idol of the nation), is an annual award given to the best Bosnian football player of the year, as well as recognising and awarding other sports men and women, coaches and game officials in the country. The event was held in 2001 under the Bosnian banner for the first time, with Sergej Barbarez winning the most prestigious award for best player of the year, and again in 2003.
From 2008 to 2013, the awards was organized by sports news/media website SportSport.ba and broadcast on NTV Hayat and was expanded to include many other award categories. Edin Džeko won three Idol Nacije awards in a row.Vedad Ibišević and Asmir Begović were the only other Idol of the nation winners. For the 2010 awards, it was decided that former player Muhamed Konjić would nominate 10 players for the main award of player of the year. In 2008 Sergej Barbarez had this honor, while Mehmed Baždarević received the task in 2009.
The show changed format from 2011. It was announced that the ceremony for 2011 would be held before the end of June, and that all future events will take place during the summer, rather than the winter period.The awards will therefore be given for performances during the last season, rather than for the last calendar year. Since the 2014–15 season, the awards are organized and run by NFSBiH.
During the days of Yugoslavia, the award was run collectively on the entire former Yugoslavia territory by newspaper Večernji list from 1972 until the breakup of SFRY. Some of the past winners from the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in those times include:
Dušan Bajević (1972, Velež),
Enver Marić (1973, Velež),
Josip Katalinski (1974, Željezničar),
Safet Sušić (1979, Sarajevo),
Blaž Slišković (1985, Hajduk Split)
Semir Tuce (1986, Velež).
Past winners from the modern-day state of Bosnia and Herzegovina include:
|1996||Meho Kodro||CD Tenerife|
|1997||Meho Kodro||CD Tenerife|
|1999||Elvir Baljić||Real Madrid|
|2000||Hasan Salihamidžić||Bayern Munich|
|2004||Hasan Salihamidžić||Bayern Munich|
|2005||Hasan Salihamidžić||Bayern Munich|
|2006||Hasan Salihamidžić||Bayern Munich|
|2007||Zvjezdan Misimović||FC Nürnberg|
|2011||Edin Džeko||Manchester City|
|2012||Asmir Begović||Stoke City|
|2013||Zvjezdan Misimović||Beijing Renhe F.C.|
|Premier League Player of the Year/Season|
|2008||Velibor Đurić||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Zrinjski|
|2009||Amer Osmanagić||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Velež|
|2010||Vule Trivunović||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Borac|
|2011–12||Zajko Zeba||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Željezničar|
|2012–13||Saša Kajkut||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Čelik|
|2014–15||Wagner (League Best Player)||Brazil||Široki Brijeg|
|2015–16||Zajko Zeba (League Best Player)||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sloboda||Report|
|2016–17||Miroslav Stevanović (League Best Player)||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Željezničar||Report|
|2017–18||Goran Zakarić (League Best Player)||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Željezničar||Report|
|2018–19||Mersudin Ahmetović (League Best Player)||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sarajevo||Report|
NFSBiH held its own ceremony (fifth annual) to award best football players/or game officials of the season in Bosnian leagues.
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NFSBiH held its own ceremony (third annual) to award best football players/or game officials of the season in Bosnian leagues.
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