Yugoslavia was a nation compounded with different nationalities and this led to friction occurring, causing conflict.
This resulted in wars demanding independence and the breaking up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and its football team.
The football team of Yugoslavia were once a world-beating team. Nicknamed the ‘Brazilians of Europe’, the football team were an International and European force, having been European runners up twice and accomplished Olympians; Gold medallists in 1960, and Silver and Bronze medallists on numerous occasions.
They finished third in the first ever World Cup: Uruguay 1930, and finished fourth in Chile 1962.
Yugoslavia were finally no longer represented after 2003, when Serbia and Montenegro renamed the country, and team.
Now split into Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia respectively, each team have notable world-class players, but not enough to be a real title challenger on the international stage.
However, if imagine a Yugoslavia today if we hand select a current Yugoslavian team, with players eligible from the six nations, we’d have an exceptionally strong national squad.
'Yugoslavian' national team XI:
Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic (Slovenia & Inter Milan)
Defenders: Ivan Peresic (Croatia & Wolfsburg), Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia & Chelsea), Neven Subotic (Serbia & Borussia Dortmund), Aleksander Kolarov (Serbia & Manchester City)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Croatia & Real Madrid), Goran Pandev (Macedonia & Napoli), Adem Ljajic (Serbia & Fiorentina)
Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina & Manchester City), Stevan Jovetic (Montenegro & Fiorentina), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia & Bayern Munich)
Substitutes: Asmir Begovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina & Stoke City), Matija Nastasic (Serbia & Manchester City), Mirko Vucinic (Montenegro & Juventus)
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