Group F: One to watch

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Group F is in focus today, and having profiled the likes of Bernard, Ross Barkley and Paul Pogba, we now look Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic who is looking to shine in his country’s first-ever World Cup.

Miralem Pjanic

Roma’s Miralem Pjanic has enjoyed a prolific rise since joining the Serie A club three years ago. After spending his youth career at French club Metz, Pjanic spent just one season with the senior side before being snapped up by Ligue 1 heavyweights Olympique Lyon.

Labelled as the successor to Brazilian star Juninho, the Bosnian spent three years with the French side, notching up 120 appearances, with 16 goals and 21 assists which led to wide-spread interest across Europe. He finally penned a deal with Italy’s capital club Roma worth a reported R157 million.

And Pjanic has not failed to impress in Serie A, helping the Giallorossi to a commendable second place in the League this season with six goals and an equal amount of assists.

Described as an old-fashioned playmaker, the 24-year-old has superb technical qualities, able to dribble past defenders and supply pin-point through balls and key passes to more-advanced teammates.

The Yugoslavia-born midfielder represented Luxembourg up until U19 level, before applying for a FIFA-approved switch to represent Bosnia. He made his debut in 2008, and should surpass 50 caps for his country at this year’s World Cup.

READ: World Cup Profile: Bosnia-Herzegovina

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