Monday, December 1, 2014

The former Yugoslavia without Croatia and Serbia All-team 23 member team

Slovenia Euro 2000

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
I have create an all-time Yugoslavian team that featured players from all the former republics.  This team is the all-time Yugoslavian team, excluding players from Croatia and Serbia

Historically, Yugoslavia is loaded with football talents, but they did not perform as well as they should have. They only reached two European Championship Final in the 1960's and an Olympic Gold Medal in 1960.  While Croatian and Serbian players were key players for Yugoslavia, a large number of stars players were from the other regions.  After independence, Slovenia had the best results after Serbia and Croatia.  They qualified for Euro 2000.   Against Yugoslavia(Serbia and Montenegro), they came back from going down 3-0 to draw 3-3.  They also went to the WC Finals in 2002 and 2006.  Meanwhile, Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for the WC Finals in 2014. Montenegro did not play as a separated entity until 2007, but. Predrag Mijatović starred for Yugoslavia(Serbia and Montenegro) during the World Cup Finals in 1998.
Bosnia and Herzegovina World Cup 2014

GK: Ivan Ćurković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He played for AS Saint-Étienne during the 1970s and early 1980s and was instrumental in the successful runs of Saint-Étienne's football club to the top of the French League and to the finals of the European Cup in the 1975–76 season.  He was capped 13 times for Yugoslavia.

GK: Samir Handanović (Slovenia)
From 2004, he was capped over 70 times for Slovenia.  He went to the WC Finals in 2010.  For club football, he was best remembered as a top keeper in Serie A.  He was voted the best keeper for 2013 in Italy.   He is one of only three non-Italian keepers to be named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, winning the honor twice. He is nicknamed Batman due to his acrobatic saves

GK: Asmir Begović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Begovic grew up in Canada and played for their youth team before switching to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team. He helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for the WC in 2014.  Professionally, he spent most of his career with Stoke City in England. He was used as a backup for Chelsea.

RB: Branko Stanković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He was best remembered for his career with Red Star Belgrade, where he won 4 league titles and established himself as one of the best defender in Yugoslavian football history.  He played in both 1950 and 1954 World Cup Finals.

CB:  Josip Katalinski  (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
He was capped 41 times for Yugoslavia.  He went to Euro 1976 and the WC Finals in 1974.  He played for FK Željezničar until 1975.  In 1975, he joined Nice in France, where he ended his career in 1978.
Josip Katalinski

CB: Vujadin Stanojkovic (Macedonia)
The defender was capped 21 times and scored 1 goal for Yugoslavia between 1988 and 1992, including two matches at the 1990 World Cup. Between 1994 and 1995 he got 7 caps for the newly established Macedonian national team.  His main club was FK Partizan.
CB: Faruk Hadžibegić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He was capped 61 times for Yugoslavia from 1982 to 1992.  He went to the WC Finals in 1990.  He is the second most capped Bosian player for Yugoslavian national team and and fifth overall most capped player for the Yugoslavia national football team (61 caps  During his career he played for FK Sarajevo, Real Betis, FC Sochaux and Toulouse FC.

CB: Dragan Holcer (Slovenia)
He was born in captivity in a Nazi prison camp to Slovenian father. His father was killed during the war as partisan fighter. He played 52 times for Yugoslavia and went to play in Euro 1968. He is one of Hajduk Split's greatest player.

LB:  Mirsad Fazlagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He played 450 matches for FK Sarajevo in the Yugoslavian First League.   He made 19 appearances for Yugoslavia. He is especially known internationally for being the captain of Yugoslavia during the 1968 European Football Championship, where they came second by barely losing to the home side Italy after a two-legged final in Rome. 

RW/RB: Hasan Salihamidžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He is best remembered for playing 9 seasons with Bayern Munich and scoring a goal in the 2001 Champions' League final. He earned 43 caps and scored six goals for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He is regarded by many as one of the most successful Bosnian football players in recent times.

DM:  Srečko Katanec (Slovenia)
In 1988 he joined VfB Stuttgart. This team reached UEFA Cup finals in 1989 and lost against Diego Maradona's Napoli. He stayed in Germany only one season. In 1989 he signed for Italian Sampdoria and already at his first season there he won European Cup Winners' Cup. In 1991, his Sampdoria won a "Scudetto", next year it reached Champions League finals and lost against FC Barcelona.  He played for both Yugoslavia and Slovenia national teams.

CM: Branko Oblak (Slovenia)
At home, he was known for his career with Olimpija.   In 1975 he signed a two-year contract with Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga for what was a world record fee for that season. He moved to Bayern Muinch two seasons later.  He was a deep-lying playmaker.

CM: Mehmed Baždarević (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He collected 54 caps and scored 4 goals for Yugoslavia between 1983 and 1992, and another 2 caps for Bosina and Herzegovina.  He played for FK Željezničar Sarajevo and went to the UEFA semifinal in 1985.

AM: Dejan Savicevic (Montenegro)
He was a part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the 1990–91 European Cup before joining A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles.  He was a key player for winning the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.  However, his international career was limited by the FIFA ban on Yugoslavia.
Dejan Savicevic

AM: Ivica Osim (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He was born in Bosnia of a mixed family in 1941. He played with
FK Željezničar Sarajevo before moving aboard in 1970.  Apart from three months in Holland, he played mostly in France. In France, he played for Valenciennes, Sedan and again at Strasbourg. He was capped 16 times for Yugoslavia.  He reached the Final at Euro 1968.

RW: Danilo Popivoda (Slovenia)
Popivoda went to the WC Finals in 1974 and the European Championship in 1976, where he scored a goal in a match against West Germany.He was capped 20 times.  He played for Olimpija Ljubljana and Eintracht Braunschweig in Germany,

AM: Zlatko Zahovič (Slovenia)
Zahovic had 80 caps. He was a key player for Slovenia when they qualified for Euro 2000 and the World Cup Finals in 2002.  The best part of his club career was spent in Portugal where he played for both Porto and Benfica. He also played for Valencia, but not so successful.  Nevertheless, he played in the Final of 2001 Champions League.
Zlatko Zahovič 

AM: Safet Sušić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
He was one of the greatest Yugoslavian players.  He played for FK Sarajevo, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Saint-Ouen and internationally for Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was voted Paris Saint-Germain's best player of all time and the best foreign player of Ligue 1 of all time by France Football.  He represented the nation at the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, and at Euro 1984.
Safet Sušić
FW: Vahid Halilhodžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar, and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. He also appeared for the Yugoslav national team and was part of the squads which won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship before earning 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia. 

ST:  Darko Pancev (Macedonia)
He was the European Golden Boot winner in 1991 when he scored 34 goals.  With Red Star Belgrade, he scored 84 goals from 91 league appearances, and winning the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1991.  He was capped 27 times for Yugoslavia and 6 times for Macedonia.

ST: Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Dzeko is probably the most famous player for his country, not from the era under Yugoslavia. He had over 80 caps.  He led Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.  He had a great career with Wolfsburg and moved to Manchester City in 2011.  At the time of writing, he plays for Roma.

Edin Džeko

ST: Dušan Bajević (Bosnia and Herzegovina
He scored 29 times in 37 games for Yugoslavia between 1970–1977.  He was a member of the 1974 World Cup team. He played for Velež Mostar back home.  He moved to AEK Athens in 1977, where he becme one of its greatest ever players. The fans nicknamed him "Prince". 
ST:  Predrag Mijatović (Montenegro)
He is best remembered for scoring the winning goal against Juventus as Real Madrid won the 1998 Champions' league, its first title since 1966.  He played 73 times for Yugoslavia.  In 1997, Mijatović was runner-up for the Ballon d'Or, behind Ronaldo and ahead of Zinedine Zidane. 
Predrag Mijatović

Honorable Mention 
Asim "Hase" Ferhatović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Enver Marić(Bosnia and Herzegovina), Elvir Bolić ((Bosnia and Herzegovina), Dusan Bajevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Meho Kodro (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mirko Vucinic (Montenegro), Ivan Toplak (Slovenia), Milivoje Novaković (Slovenia), Danilo Popivoda (Slovenia), Marko Elsner (Slovenia), Goran Pandev (Macedonia), Kiril Dojčinovski, Oka Nikolov (Macedonia), Nikica Klinčarski (Macedonia)

Squad Explanation
-- Branko Stankovic is listed as a Bosnian Serb.  He was born in Sarajevo. Again, ethnicity is a serious issue in the region. He is both of my all time team: Serbia and this "Former Yugoslavia Without Serbia and Croatia".
-- I went for a pair of younger keepers over Enver Marić. Both Handanović  and Begovic have played at the highest club level in Europe.
-- Miroslav Brozović was a Bosnian Croat.  His eligibility was put into question because he had played for Independent State of Croatia from 1941 to 1944.
-- Hasan Salihamidžić and Edin Džeko are the two most famous country for their Bosnia after the fall of Yugoslavia.
-- Dejan Savicevic is probably one of the most underrated players in history.  His performance with AC Milan out him among the greatest of his generation.
-- Zlatko Zahovič's club career with Valencia was marked with controversy.  However, he led Slovenia to their first major tournament.
-- Darko Pancev's career after Red Star Belgrade fell apart.  However, that short span was good enough to make the team.  Dušan Bajević had a longer career, but he never reached that height. I also took him over Goran Pandev.  Meho Kodro's peak was also short.
-- Predrag Mijatović's career with Real Madrid speaks for itself.  Not many player from this area has done more than he did.

Starting lineup
Formation: 4-3-3
Apart from the starting keeper, all of the starters are obvious choices.  Safet Sušić and Saviceviuc would be the twin-playmakers.

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