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What would a Yugoslavian XI look like today?

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Yugoslavia - a former dynasty of south-eastern European countries that were united after the First World War. Specifically; Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

Due to the rise of nationalism and, of course, the Yugoslav wars, the unity between these nations is no more.

It was not only the 'Kingdom of Yugoslavia' that died - but also the potential for a pretty decent footballing outfit.

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Many star players are all eligible to play for a present-day Yugoslavian national team, but who would make the cut? Here is a decent stab at a guess.

Formation: 4-3-2-1

GK - Samir Handanovic
Country: Slovenia

Handanovic currently plies his trade at Inter Milan and plays regularly in one of Europe's top divisions. A close call however between him and Chelsea's Asmir Begovic.

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Defence

RB - Branislav Ivanovic
Country: Serbia

One of the biggest names in this list. Even though he's been having an off-season so far this campaign, Ivanovic has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League for years.

RCB - Stevan Savic
Country: Montenegro

After earning a move to Atletico Madrid in the summer after many productive years in Florence for Fiorentina, Savic still has so much potential as one of the brightest young centre-backs across Europe.

LCB - Domagoj Vida
Country: Croatia

A relatively unknown name - Vida is the most consistent defender in the Ukrainian Premier League and is the best shout over the other two contenders for this position, Nenad Tomovic and Nikola Maksimovic.

LB - Aleksandar Kolarov
Country: Serbia

Who could forget this man, Kolarov's lethal left foot has provided so much attacking promise for Manchester City for season upon season. Despite his critics regarding his inconsistent defensive prowess, his threat going forward is too potent to ignore.

Midfield

CDM - Nemanja Matic
Country: Serbia

Chelsea's defensive midfield maestro, famed for his interceptions and protection of the back four, Matic is one of the key reasons Chelsea won the title last season. An absolute must for this side.

CM - Ivan Rakitic
Country: Croatia

Unfortunately, centre-midfield is one of the biggest dilemmas in this team, so much that I've had to include the bench for this squad. Rakitic however, is a no-brainer - Barcelona's midfield muscle and treble winner from last year, how could you say no?

CM - Luka Modric
Country: Croatia

Yet another Croatian dominates this makeshift squad, Modric plies his trade at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid and has been one of their unsung heroes recently.

Forwards

RW - Adem Ljajic
Country: Serbia

Another Serie A man in this team, Ljajic is a prolific attacking midfielder and would provide strong attacking wing play with Ivanovic. Unbelievable talent in this team.

LW - Miralem Pjanic
Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Ljajic and Pjanic together playing just in behind a top striker is the best utilisation of this Roma partnership. Both possess quick feet and good vision, their great chemistry and link up play would also benefit this Yugoslav side.

ST - Edin Dzeko
Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina

One of the biggest dilemmas in this list was choosing between Mario Mandzukic and Edin Dzeko - though Dzeko got the nod in the end, partly due to his younger age, Premier League experience and the desire to include a broader spectrum of Yugoslavs. Rather than most of the team being Croatian or Serbian.

Substitutes

Stevan Jovetic (Montenegro)

Ivan Perisic (Croatia)

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia)

Veded Ibisevic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Asmir Begovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Neven Subotic (Serbia)

Josip Iillicic (Slovenia)

Summary

How we all love a hypothetical universe in which anything is possible. Unfortunately however, we'll never get to see this line-up or all these great players on the same team.

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