Bosnia and Herzegovina have secured the rights to hold the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country’s capital Belgrade

Bosnia and Hercegovina has secured the right to host the 2018 World Cup after securing a bid from Russia.

The bid has been submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after Russia withdrew their bid in February and the European football body failed to agree on a final bid.

Bosnia’s bid was the second time in a year the country has been given the right, with another bid submitted to FIFA in May, this time for the 2019 World Cup. 

Bosnian President Milorad Dodik announced the news on Twitter, saying: “Today the International Olympics Committee has given Bosnia the right of hosting the 2018/19 World Cup.”

Dodik also tweeted: “We are happy to announce that our bid is on track to be accepted by FIFA.

We’re very grateful to FIFA and all the stakeholders who made this decision.”

It is the third bid for the 2018 and 2019 World Cups to be submitted to Fifa in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

Bosnia has a bid to host in 2020 but failed to secure a seat on the IOC executive board.

Dodikić has been a vocal supporter of hosting a 2018 World Championship, which would mark the first time the country had held the tournament in the capital of a major country.

Beso had previously hosted the 2022 World Cup, which the country hosted in Russia. 

“It’s the only tournament I know where people actually love football, that’s why I’m very excited,” Dodik said.

“We have all the stadiums, the stadiums are packed, the fans are very happy.

I’ve been to the stadiums a lot, I’ve seen the stadiums in person and I know what it is like.”

If I could go to the stadium in front of my face, I would love to go to that stadium and play for the Bosnians.” 

The bid will be submitted for IOC approval in February.

The announcement comes just weeks after FIFA approved the 2018 Confederations Cup, in which the US will take on Brazil in a World Cup qualifier. 

The event will be held in the USA’s home city of San Jose, which was the host city for the first round of the 2016 Confederations, which drew to a close with a score of 1-0 in favour of the US.