For most of World Cup history, Bosnia and Herzegovina competed as part of Yugoslavia. For the decades following-- including years of genocide and war-- they did not qualify. This World Cup is the independent nation's first time qualifying, and the populace could not be more thrilled. Check out the scene in Brcko, a northern city on the Croatian border:
And in Sarajevo:
And in the once-war-torn city of Mostar, the regular bridge jumps (guys hang out on Stari Most all day teasing tourists to give them money until they finally dive into the Neretva. It's a long way down and a cold landing.) have been dedicated to the Dragons:
Argentina are wonderful, but it's gonna be hard not to root for the Dragons today.