|Yugoslavia European Qualifiers in 1992|
Yugoslavia World Cup 2018
Former Yugoslavia(all republics), Yugoslavia after the breakup.
Serbia , Croatia, Slovenia, Northern Macedonia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Kingdom World Cup 1970
United Kingdom World Cup 1982
United Kingdom World Cup 1994
France at World Cup 1994
USA World Cup 2010
Netherlands World Cup 2002
England World Cup 1974
What if Argentina sent this team to Sweden 1958
Sweden World Cup 1950
The national team of Yugoslavia in the 1990's has the potential to be among the greatest ever. They won the World Youth Cup in 1987. The squad included several players who later found stardom in club football. Then, in 1991, Red Star Belgrade won the European Cup. They had a great run at Euro 1992 Qualifying rounds. They won 7 out of 8 games and eliminated Denmark. However, ten days before the tournament, Yugoslavia was banned from playing due to war in the region. Denmark replaced them and went on to win the European Championship.
I created a 22-member squad of Yugoslavia for the 1994 World Cup Finals. This squad probably would be similar to Euro 1992 and 1996 as well. Yugoslavia actually announced an official squad for Euro 1992 before the ban. Croatia and Slovenia already declared independent in 1991 so the their players were no longer available for selection. All the Bosnians and Macedonians were also not included because of fighting. The players I selected below, however, included players from all the former republics. In my alternative world, Yugoslavia never broke up.
|Yugoslavia at the World Youth Cup, 1987.|
GK: Drazen Ladic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Ladic was first capped by Yugoslavia in 1991. He became the starting goalkeeper for Croatia after the independence. He had 58 caps for Croatia and twice for Yugoslavia. He proved himself to be a great keeper in the 1998 World Cup Finals, despite giving up two easy goals during the qualifiers. He spent most of his career with Dynamo Zagreb.
GK: Tomislav Ivkovic (Victoria Setubal)
Ivkovic was the starting goalkeeper for Yugoslavia at the WC in Italy. He left Red Star Belgrade in 1985 to seek for a career in Western Europe. He played in Austria, Belgium and mostly in Portugal. Ivković moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1989, and remained there for the following four seasons, rarely missing a game, although he did not collect any silverware.
GK: Fahrudin Omerovic (Kocaelispor)
Omerović begin his career in FK Sloboda Tuzla. In 1984, he transferred to FK Partizan. With Partizan he won two Yugoslav championships, two Yugoslav Cups, and one Supercup. He transferred to Kocaelispor in 1992. He played Kocaelispor for 4 years. After he moved to İstanbulspor and played there for 2 years. He was capped eight times for Yugoslavia between 1989 and 1992.
RB: Zoran Mirkovic (FK Partizan)
Mirkovic started his with RAD back home. He played Partizan before heading to Serie A in 1996. He spent two seasons with Atalanta and then, secured a big move to Juventus. In summer 2000, Mirković joined Fenerbahçe in Turkey. From 1995 to 2003, he was capped by Yugoslavia. He was a participant in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
RB/CM Branko Brnovic (Espanyol)
Bronovic signed with FK Partizan in 1991, helping the club to back-to-back national championships. In 1994, Brnović joined Espanyol in La Liga. Capped 6 times by Yugoslavia. He helped the national to qualify for Euro 1992, only to be suspended due to the Yugoslav Wars. Subsequently, Brnović represented the newly formed Serbia and Montenegro, being selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
CB: Miroslav Djukic (Deportivo de La Coruña)
Miroslav Djukic spent 14 years of his professional career in Spain, notably for Deportivo de La Coruña and Valencia, winning six major titles for the two clubs combined. In 1994, while playing for Deportivo, Đukić missed a penalty kick in the game's last minute (eventual 0–0 draw). As a result FC Barcelona were crowned champions instead of Deportivo La Coruna. He had 48 caps and played at Euro 2000 for Yugoslavia.
Slaven Bilic career began in 1988 with Hajduk Split and he later had successful spells with Karlsruher SC in Germany, and West Ham United and Everton in England. At national level, Bilić earned 44 caps between 1992 and 1999 and playing in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup, helping the team to third place at the latter tournament.
CB: Igor Stimac (Cádiz)
Igor Stimac won 53 caps and scoring two goals, and a member of the Croatian squad that came third at the 1998 World Cup. He was also a member of the highly talented Yugoslavia under-20 team that won the 1987 World Youth Championship. In his playing career he had three spells with Hajduk Split and also played for Cádiz in Spain and for Derby County and West Ham United in England.
CB/LB: Sinisa Mihajlovic (AS Roma)
Sinisa Mihajlovic was capped 63 times between 1991 and 2003 for Yugoslavia. He won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade. In 1992, he moved to Italy and became was one of the best defender in Serie A, notably played for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan. With Lazio, he won UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1998–99. He was part of the golden generation of Yugoslav players who won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile.
LB: Robert Jarni (Torino)
Robert Jarni was a member of Yugoslavia's Golden Generation of the 1990's. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1990 with Yugoslavia and later, represented Croatia at the World Cup Finals in 1998, where they reached the semifinal. Professionally, he began Hadjuk Split had played in big clubs such as Juventus and Real Madrid as well as Real Betis where he had his longest spell. He also played in England and Italy.
CM: Aljoša Asanović (Montpellier)
Asanović started his professional career with Hajduk Split in 1984. He played club football in France, Austria, Italy, Greece, England, Spain and Australia. From 1987 to 1988, he represented Yugoslavia twice. After Croatia's independence, he played 62 times for Croatia. He participated in the Euro 1996 as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where Croatia won the bronze medal.
CM: Vladimir Jugovic (Sampdoria)
Jugovic was a member of Red Star Belgrade that won the European Cup in 1990. He won another one with Juventus in 1996. He also played for Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, LR Ahlen, AS Monaco FC and VfB Admira Wacker Mödling. He warned 41 caps. He played at Euro 2000 and the World Cup 1998 for Yugoslavia. His total of caps were limited because of the ban on Yugoslavia.
AM/CM: Zvonimir Boban (AC Milan)
Zvonimir Boban was the captain of the national team that finished third at the World Cup in 1998. He was also an important player of the highly talented Yugoslavia under-20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship. He waas also remembered for his career with AC Milan with whom he won four Serie A and one UEFA Champions League titles.
AM: Robert Prosinecki (Real Madrid)
Robert Prosinecki was considered one of the most talented players from Yugoslavia in the 1990's. In 1987, Prosinečki was named the tournament's best player as Yugoslavia won the World Youth Championship. He then played for Yugoslavia at the 1990 World Cup and for Croatia at the European Champion in 1996, and both of the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. For his club career, he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, but he failed to establish himself at neither club.
Dragan Stojkovic is considered one of the best players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. He starred for Yugoslavia at the 1990 FIFA World Cup (where he was named in the World Cup All-Star Team) and 1998 FIFA World Cup where he captained the team. He was a star player at Red Star Belgrade, but he was playing for Marseille when Red Star Belgrade beat Marseille in the Final of the 1990 European Cup. He also played in Japan.
AM: Dejan Savicevic (AC Milan)
Dejan Savicevic 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 World Cups. However, his international career was limited by the FIFA ban on Yugoslavia during his prime. He did not appear in the European Championship of 1992 as a result.
Meho Kodro started with FC Velez Mostar back home, but he left for Spain because the war in Yugoslavia. He joined Real Sociedad in 1991. He was second in Pichichi Trophy in 1994-1995. He moved to Barcelona the following year. His stint lasted a single season. He earned two caps for Yugoslavia and 13 more for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
ST: Davor Suker (Sevilla)
Devor Suker was a part of Yugoslavia's Golden Generation in the 1990's. He later played for Croatia, where he is the all-time leading scorer for the national team. He is best remembered for finishing the top scorer at the World Cup in 1998, where Croatia reached the semifinal. He also played with Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, West Ham and 1860 Munich. He was a top scorer in La Liga while playing for Seville and Real Madrid.
ST: Predrag Mijatović (Valencia)
At club level, Mijatović played for six different clubs: Budućnost Podgorica, Partizan, Valencia, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Levante. He is best remembered for scoring the winning goal against Juventus as Real Madrid won the 1998 Champions' league, the club's 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. He played in the 1998 World Cup Finals.
Zvonko Milojevic, Dzoni Novak, Zoran Vulic, Darko Milanic, Vujadin Stanojkovik, Budimir Vujacic, Davor Jozić, Slavisa Jokanovic, Mehmed Baždarević, Zlatko Zahovič, Dejan Petković, Vladan Lukic, Mario Stanic, Darko Pancev, Faruk Hadžibegić, Predrag Spasic, Refik Šabanadžović, Mehmed Baždarević, Džoni Novak. Gordan Petrić, Darko Milanič, Slaviša Jokanović, Risto Vidaković.
Too young for 1994, but strong candidates for 1998 and 2000
Ivca Kralj, Dejan Stankovic, Igor Tudor, Savo Milošević, Darko Kovačević, Dario Šimić, Niko Kovac, Robert Kovac, Mario Stanić
-- I did an intensive review of the team on July, 2023.
-- Nine members of this team went to the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. They were Alen Boksic, Davor Suker, Dejan Savicevic, Dragan Stojkovic, Robert Prosinecki, Robert Jarni, Faruk Hadžibegić, Fahrudin Omerovic and Tomislav Ivkovic.
-- Predrag Mijatović scored 19 goals that season. It would be his best ever output in a season.
-- Davor Zuker were in top shape that season. He finished as the second top scorer at La Liga for Sevilla.
-- Allen Boksic was a star the season before. It was his best year. He helped Marseille to win the Champions' League in 1993 and finished fourth at Ballon d' Or in that year. He also won many individual award in the year 1993, but he was out of form in 1993-94 season and Marseilles was suffering from a match fixing scandal. In December, 1993, he left Marseille for Lazio. Unlike Pancev, his top form was not that long ago. In real life, he went to the 1990 World Cup Finals as an unused player. In 1998, he was left off Croatia's World Cup team because of an injury. He finally played in 2002.
|Yugoslavia at World Cup 1990|
-- Bilic was voted the best centerback in Bundesliga at the conclusion of 1993-1994 season.
-- I opted to start two, younger midfielders. Boban just won the Champions' League with Milan in 1994. Jugovic was a top player in Italy as well. I picked them over Katanec.
-- Sinisa Mihajlovic was out of form that season.
-- Zuker was the second top-scorer at La Liga while Boksic was out of form with Lazio and scored only 4 goals that season.
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.