Monday, January 20, 2020

What if Austria-Hungary went to 1954

Hungary 1954

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Former Yugoslavia(all republics)
Sweden World Cup1950
Argentina World Cup 1958
Scotland World Cup 1970
United Kingdom World Cup 1970
England World Cup 1974
United Kingdom World Cup1982
Netherlands Euro 1984
United Kingdom World Cup 1994
Yugoslavia World Cup 1994
France World Cup 1994
Germany World Cup 2002
Netherlands World Cup 2002
USA World Cup 2010
If Ronaldo and Messi played for Australia in 2006
Brazil 1982 with Careca,etc
Ireland/Northern Ireland Combined Team 1986 World Cup
Yugoslavia World Cup 2018

And once upon a time, Austria and Hungary belonged to the same country.  In 1950's, Hungary's football was at its peak. Between 1950 and 1956, Mighty Magyars recorded 42 victories, 7 draws and just one defeat, in the 1954 World Cup final against West Germany.  Their team in that World Cup was considered among the greatest ever team that had never won the World Cup.  In 1954, Austria finished third right behind Hungary.  Imagine the two nations were still one nation in 1954.  I am using the map of Austrian-Hungary Empire at the beginning of the First World War as the team selection's criteria.  Players for Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, parts of Italy, Romania, etc are considered.
Austria 1954
In 1954, both Austria and Hungary had better football reputation than West Germany.  In Germany, the 1954 final is known as the Miracle of Bern (German: Wunder von Bern) because the victory was considered a "miracle".  They lost to the West Germans in because of a combination bad luck, refereeing decisions, poor weather, an injury to Ferenc Puskas, etc.  Most football experts considered Hungary a better team than West Germany.  They would have easily beaten the Germans in a rematch without any reinforcement.  So it was easy to say that Austria-Hungary could have won the World Cup, but in actuality, Hungary was beaten by factors not related to the quality of players on their team.  Could this team overcome bad luck, poor weather, etc?
The map of Austria-Hungary at the outbreak of the First World War
Team(only 22 players in 1954)
GK: Gyula Grosics (Hungary)
Gyula Grosics was part of the legendary Golden Team of the 1950s. He was nicknamed "Black Panther".  He played in three World Cup Finals: 1954, 1958 and 1962.  He won the Olympic Gold medal in 1952.  He was the starting keeper when Hungary beat England in the historical match in 1952.  At the club level, he played for the legendary Honved FC, but transferred to FC Tatabánya after the 1956 Revolution.
Gyula Grosics
GK: Vladimir Beara  (Yugoslavia)
Vladimir Beara played on three World Cups; 1950, 1954 and 1958.  He was considered one of the greatest keepers from the Warsaw Pact.  With Hajduk Split , he won the Yugoslav league title in 1950, 1952 and 1955. In 1955, he moved to Belgrade's Red Star, where he won even more Yugoslav league titles, in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and won the Yugoslav Cup in 1958 and 1959. He ended his career in German clubs Alemannia Aachen and Viktoria Köln.

GK: Walter Zeman (Austria)
Walter Zeman won 41 caps for Austria and went to the 1954 World Cup Finals, where Austria reached the semifinal before being defeated by the eventual champion West Germany.  Zeman began his youth career at local club SV Wienerberger, but he soon moved on to FC Vienna. In 1945 Zeman joined Rapid Vienna and also won his first cap for the Austria national football team. With Rapid Zeman won 8 Austrian league championships and one Austrian cup.

RB: Branko Stanković (Yugoslavia)
Branko Stanković 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 participated at two World Cups(1950 and 1954) and twice at Olympic Games. Stanković is one of the most elegant defense players of his time. Because of his playing style, he earned his nickname Ambassador. 

RB: Jenő Buzánszky (Hungary)
During the 1950s, Jenő Buzánszky was a member of the legendary Hungarian national team known as the Mighty Magyars that won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1952 and beat England in the same year.  For club football, he played for Dorogi FC.  He was the only member of the team not to play for either Honvéd or MTK Hungária FC. 

CM/SW: Ernst Happel  (Austria)
Ernst Happel was better known for coaching two European Cup winners and the Dutch national team in the 1978 World Cup Finals.  As a player, he played 14 years for Rapid Vienna, from 1943 till 1954 and 1956 till 1959, winning the Austrian Bundesliga 6 times. He was chosen in Rapid's Team of the Century in 1999.  He had 47 caps.  He played in both 1954 and 1958 WC Finals.
Ernst Happel 
CB: Gyula Lorant  (Hungary)
After the War, Gyula Lorant tried to escape to the West, but was captured by the Communists.  He was released from detention so that he could represent Hungary.  He held 37 caps from 1949 to 1955.  He was a member of the Mighty Magyars that won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1952, beat England twice in 1952 and went the World Cup Final in 1954.  He was one of Hungary's most famous defender. At the club level, he also joined the super team Honved during the early 1950's.

CB: Karl Stotz (Austria)
Karl Stotz was captured as a soldier in the Battle of Stalingrad and spent 4 years as a POW in the Soviet Union.  On his return to his homeland, Stotz played three years for FC Wien before joining Austria Wien in 1951. In his 12 years with the Vienna giants he won 4 league titles and 2 domestic cups.  He earned 42 caps between 1950 and 1962.  He was a participant at the 1954 World Cup and 1958 World Cup.

LW/LB/CB: Branko Zebec  (Yugoslavia)
Zebec was one of the greatest players ever from Yugoslavia. In his heyday the player from FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade fascinated the world with his performances at the World Cups in 1954 and 1958. With Partizan he won 3 Yugoslav Cups (1952, 1954, 1957). With Red Star Belgrade he won the national championship in 1960. He led Yugoslavia to second-place at Euro 1960. 
Branko Zebec 

LB: Mihaly Lantos (Hungary)
Mihaly Lantos  is also a member of the Mighty Magyars.  He played for MTK Hungária FC and won three Hungarian titles, a Hungarian Cup and a Mitropa Cup. In 1955, as Vörös Lobogó SE, they also played in the first ever European Cup. Lantos, scoring three goals, including two penalties, helped the club reach the quarter-finals..  He was capped 52 times and scored 5 goals. 
LM: József Zakariás 

CM: Ernst Ocwirk (Austria) 
Ernst Ocwirk is regarded as one of the greatest Austrian footballers of all time.  He was probably the best centrehalf of his generation.  Between 1945 and 1962, he played 62 times for Austria. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1954, where Austria finished 3rd. He spent the majority of his playing and coaching years between Austria Wien and Sampdoria in Italy. He was the second Austrian to play in Italy. He served as the captain of Sampdoria at one point.
Ernst Ocwirk 
CM/WF: Gerhard Hanappi (Austria)
Gerhard Hanappi is one of Austria's greatest players.  He had 93 caps between 1948 and 1962. He captained the national team from 1955 onward.  He was a participant at the 1954 World Cup Finals, where they reached 3rd place, and at the 1958 World Cup.  He started his career with SC Wacker Wien, but moved to its rival Rapid Wien in 1950.

CM: Karl Koller (Austria)
Karl Koller was one of the best Austrian midfielders of all time and was rated as one of the best 100 European footballers of the 20th century by the IFFHS.  He had 86 caps. He was a participant at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where they reached 3rd place and 1958 World Cup. He earned 86 caps. He is a one club-player for First Vienna.

CM: Jozsef Bozsik (Hungary)
Jozsef Bozsik was considered the second best Hungarian player of all-time after his childhood friend Ferenc Puskus.  He was one of the greatest central midfielders in world football history.  He was also a member of the Mighty Magyars of the 1950's.  At the club level, he played for Honved.  After the Revolution of 1956, he returned to Hungary and continued to play for both Hungary and Honved.  He picked up 101 caps for Hungary between 1947 and 1962.
Jozsef Bozsik 
CM: Zlatko Čajkovski (Yugoslavia)
He was considered one of the best Yugoslavian players ever.  He played for FK Partizan before moving to play for Koln in Germany. Internationally, he played between 1942 and 1943 twice for the Independent State of Croatia, and between 1946 and 1955 he played 55 times for the Yugoslav national team scoring seven goals. Participating at the Olympic Games 1948 and 1952 he won the silver medal on both occasions.  He also participated in the FIFA World Cups of 1950 and 1954. 

FW: Mihály Tóth (Hungary)
Mihály Tóth played for Újpesti Dózsa as a left winger and helped the club win the Hungarian League in 1959/60. During his time the club was also known as Újpest TE and Budapest Dózsa. Between 1949 and 1957, Tóth played 6 times for Hungary and scored one goal in the process. The fringe member of the Mighty Magyars also took part in the 1954 World Cup and played in both, the infamous Battle of Berne quarter final against Brazil and in the final against Germany.

FW: Laszlo Kubala (Czechoslovakia/Hungary)
Born in Hungary of a multi-cultural background, Laszlo Kubala  was known as one of the greatest Barcelona players ever.  He still managed to win 4 Li Liga titles in the 1950's in an era dominated by Real Madrid.  In 1961, Barcelona eliminated Real Madrid from the European Cup, the first ever loss by Real Madrid at the tournament. He was capped by Hungry, Spain and Czechoslovakia. He was a guest player for Catalonia national football team.

Laszlo Kubala

FW:  Nandor Hidegkuti (Hungary)
Nandor Hidegkuti was a key member of the Might Magyars of the 1950's.  He was best remembered for the game vs England in 1953, where he scored a hat-trick.  Playing as a "False 9", the English defenders did not know how to defend him. A new position was born and the game was revolutionized. Unlike some of his teammates from the Mighty "Mgyars", he stayed in Hungary after 1956 and went to the 1958 World Cup Finals as an aging player.At the club level, he played for MTK Budapest.

LW: Zoltan Czibor (Hungary)
Zoltan Czibor was widely considered to be one of the greatest left winger in history.  He was also a member of the Mighty Magyars of the 1950's.  After 1956. he fled to the West. He joined Ladislao Kubala and Sándor Kocsis to play for FC Barcelona. Together with Ramallets, Evaristo and Luis Suárez, they formed the great Barcelona team of the 1950's. He later played for Espanyol, t FC Basel, FK Austria Wien and Primo Hamilton FC.
Zoltan Czibor 
ST: Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)
Sandor Kocsis was a prolific goalscorer for the Mighty Magyars in the 1950's.   He scored 75 goals in 68 appearances for Hungary.  He scored 11 goals at the WC in 1954, the second highest for a single tournament.  He played for Honved at home before he went to play for Barcelona after the Soviet invasion in 1956.  With fellow Hungarian exiles Ladislao Kubala and Zoltan Czibor, Barcelona became a force in Europe.

ST: Erich Probst (Austria)
Probst made his debut for Austria in 1951 against Scotland and was a participant at the 1954 World Cup tournament in Switzerland, where he was one of the foremost strikers. Austria reached third place and Probst ended second in the scorer list with six goals, behind the Hungarian Sandor Kocsis and jointly with Max Morlock of Germany and the Swiss Josef Hügi. Probst earned 19 caps, scoring 17 goals

ST/FW: Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
Ferenc Puskas was one of the greatest footballers in history.  He scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, a team known as Mighty Magyars. He became Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player.  He played with Honved at home and went to Real Madrid in 1958 after the Soviet invasion.  With Alfredo Di Stefano, Raymond Kapo, etc, Real Maadrid became the greatest club team in history.
Ferenc Puskas

Players considered
László Budai (Hungary), Péter Palotás (Hungary), Bernard Vukas (Yugoslavia), Stjepan Bobek (Yugoslavia), Zlatko Čajkovski (Yugoslavia), Alfred Körner (Austria).

Squad Explanation
-- Okay.  I am running out of ideas to create super teams.  I admitted this is a far fetched team.  Austria-Hungary had been gone for 40 years at the time of the 1954 World Cup Finals.
-- Why Austria-Hungary? As you might have known, Hungary 1954 is considered to be the greatest ever team that never won the World Cup.  They lost to West Germany in the Final match that is known as the "Miracle of Bern". Austria also finished third.  Imagine this two teams combined.  Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia were also in the World Cup Finals with Yugoslavia in the quarterfinal.
-- If nothing happened on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo that started the First World War, the world would have been a different place.  But even if nothing happened, Austria-Hungary Empire might not exist by 1954. Certainly, the map of the empire in 1954 won't be the same as the one in 1914.  But I  still based the team on the territory held by Austria-Hungary at the beginning of the First World War.
-- There was no FIFA All-Stars team was selected at the end of the tournament in 1954.  However, a FIFA All-Star team added many years later.  Ferenc Puskas (Hungary), Sandor Kocsis (Hungary),  Zoltan Czibor (Hungary), Nandor Hidegkuti (Hungary), Jozsef Bozsik (Hungary), Ernst Ocwirk (Austria) and Gyula Grosics (Hungary) were selected on that team.  Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 have the most players selected in the All-Star Team with 7 players each. So this Austria-Hungary team tied with Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 for the most numbers of All-Stars. However, the 1930 and 1954 selections only had 11 players overall, while the 2006 selection had 23.  
-- In the actual World Cup, West Germany defeated Yugoslavia in quarter-final, Austria in the semi-final and finally, Hungary in the Final.
-- The team consisted 10 Hungarians, 7 Austrians and 4 Yugoslavians.  The 22nd player was Laszlo Kubala who was of  from mixed backgrounds.
-- Zlatko Čajkovski, Vladimir Beara and Branko Zebec was born in Croatia while Branko Stanković was born in Sarajevo.  Those regions were a part of Austria-Hungary Empire in 1914.
-- Milos Milutinović was born in Serbia, which was not a part of Austria-Hungary empire.
-- Parts of Ukraine and Italy belonged to Austria-Hungary.  I would have selected anyone who was born in the regions that belonged to the empire at the outbreak of the First World War.
-- Italy's football was at one of its darkest ages.  From 1950 to 1968, Italy never went beyond the group stage of the World Cup Finals.  They did win the 1968 European Championship, but that would be 14 years away from 1954.  Giampiero Boniperti who was their 1954 World Cup captain was their only player of note, but he was not born in an area that belonged to Austria-Hungary Empire at the beginning the War.  The same applied to Sergio Cervato. 
-- Football in Romania and Poland were still relatively unknown in 1954. I did not do any research on their players.
-- Ladislav Novak (Czech Republic) later helped Czechoslovakia to finsih second in the 1962 World Cup Finals. I put him as honorable mention.
-- László Kubala did not play in the 1954 World Cup Finals.  But in this alternative world without the same political events that affected the region, he might have probably stayed in Slovakia or Hungary.  In 1954, he would have been in his prime.
-- Mihály Tóth and Erich Probst are the only member of the team who did not make the All-time team of his country respectively (Austria HungaryCzechoslovakia and Former Yugoslavia).
-- Erich Probst scored 6 goals in the actual 1954 World Cup Finals, but he was a relatively a forgotten player.

The frontline is similar to the formation Hungary used in 1954.  Nandor Hidegkuti operates as the "false 9".  At Barcelona FC, László Kubala also played with Sándor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor in a similar formation.  I believed Kubala on the right side.   Ernst Happel  on the right might be a question mark.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina Greatest All-Time Team

Bosnia and Herzegovina World Cup 2014
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Yugoslavia World Cup 2018
Serbia Croatia,
Yugoslavia World Cup 1994

In 2014, I create an all-time Yugoslavian team that featured players from all the former republics.  Later I created an all-time team for Croatia and Serbia Then, I also posted an all-time Yugoslavian team, excluding players from Croatia and Serbia.  In 2019, I decided to create individual all-time team for Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Both countries have qualified for the World Cup Finals after the breakup of Yugoslavia.  My All-time Yugoslavian team, excluding players from Croatia and Serbia became Macedonia/Montenegro/Kosovo.

Bosnia and Herzegovina have seen a steady rise in their fortunes on the international football stage in recent times.  From 1920 to 1992, the players lined up for Yugoslavia. After its independence, Bosnia and Herzegovina have to wait until the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to compete for a place in a major competition.  Bosnia and Herzegovina finally qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

This is my all-time team for Bosnia and Herzegovina. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  

GK: Ivan Ćurković (Yugoslavia)
Curkovic played as a goalkeeper for Velež Mostar, Partizan and Saint-Étienne. Ćurković was a goalie of outstanding quality who played for AS Saint-Étienne during the 1970s and early1980s 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 played alongside French legend Michel Platini from 1978 to 1981.  Capped 19 times for Yugoslavia.

GK: Asmir Begovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Begović family fled the Bosnian War to Germany and moved Canada when Asmir was 10 years old. He 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 started with Portsmouth. He spent most of his career with Stoke City in England. He was used as a backup for Chelsea.
Asmir Begovic
GK: Enver Marić (Yugoslavia)
Enver Marić started his career playing for FK Velež Mostar from 1967 to 1976, for who he played a record 600 games in his nine-year stint. Marić then went on to play for German club FC Schalke 04 from 1976 to 1978 and the Yugoslavia national team at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. He was capped 32 times for Yugoslavia in the period from 1972 to 1976.

RB: Branko Stanković (Yugoslavia)
Branko Stanković 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 participated at two World Cups(1950 and 1954) and twice at Olympic Games. Stanković is one of the most elegant defense players of his time. Because of his playing style, he earned his nickname Ambassador. 

RB: Mensur Mujdža (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
Mujdža began his career with his hometown team Zagreb.  In 2009,  he transferred to Bundesliga club SC Freiburg, where he played until 2016.  He signed with Kaiserslautern, but in injury forced to retire from football.  Mujdža represented Croatia on various youth levels, but he represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the senior level.

CB:  Josip Katalinski  (Yugoslavia) 
Josip Katalinski was capped 41 times for Yugoslavia.  He went to European Championship in 1976.  He scored the winning goal for the game against Spain that helped Yugoslavia to qualify for the World Cup Finals in 1974.  He played for FK Željezničar from 1965 to 1975. He made more than 250 league appearances, and although he was a defender, he scored 48 league goals. In 1975, he joined Nice in France. 
Josip Katalinski
CB: Faruk Hadžibegić (Yugoslavia)
Faruk Hadžibegić 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: Mirsad Hibić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hibić had been a prolific part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team since its inception, having been capped 35 times, 14 as captain. At club level, he played for NK Čelik Zenica and Hajduk Split.  In 1996, he moved to Sevilla FC, and then, he joined Atlético Madrid in 2000  before retiring in January 2004.

CB: Emir Spahić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
Emir Spahić was the captain of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2014 World Cup Finals.  He had played 94 times for the national team.  Over the course of his club career, Spahić played for Zagreb, Shinnik Yaroslavl, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sevilla, Anzhi Makhachkala, Montpellier, Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburger SV, etc.  He is a first cousin of fellow national team player Edin Džeko.

LB:  Mirsad Fazlagić (Yugoslavia)
Mirsad Fazlagić 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. 
Mirsad Fazlagić
LB: Sead Kolašinac (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Born in Germany, Sead Kolašinac had represented Germany at the youth level, but he chose to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2013.  He represented his country at the 2014 World Cup Finals.  From 2012 to 2017, he played for Schalke 04.  He was named the Bundesliga Team of the Year twice.  In 2018, he moved to play for Arsenal.

DM: Elvir Rahimić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Rahimić played with Slaven Živinice, NK Bosna, Interblock Ljubljana, SK Vorwärts Steyr and FC Anzhi Makhachkala before he moved to CSKA Moscow. His greatest accomplishment during his 12-year spell with the club has been winning the 2005 UEFA Cup.  He served a season there as a player-coach.  He played 40 times for Bosnia and Herzegovina between 2007 and 2013.

CM: Miralem Pjanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Miralem Pjanić started his career at Metz in France.  He signed for Lyon in 2008 before signing for Roma in 2011. In 2016. Pjanić joined Juventus.  He was named Serie A Team of the Year for 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons.  Pjanić made his senior international debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2008, earning over 90 caps and scoring 15 goals since. He went to the 2014 World Cup.  He had represented Luxembourg at youth levels.
Miralem Pjanić 
CM: Mehmed Baždarević (Yugoslavia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Mehmed Baždarević collected 54 caps and scored 4 goals for Yugoslavia between 1983 and 1992, and another 2 caps for Bosina and Herzegovina after the breakup of Yugoslavia.  However, the team was not recognised by FIFA until 1995 in part due to the Bosnian War.  He went the Euro 1984 held in France.  He played for FK Željezničar Sarajevo and went to the UEFA semifinal in 1985.

RW/RB: Hasan Salihamidžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hasan Salihamidžić is best remembered for playing 9 seasons with Bayern Munich.  With Bayern, he won the 2001 Champions' League final, scoring one of the penalties in the shootout win in the Final. He also played for Juventus and Wolfsburg. At the international level, 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.
Hasan Salihamidžić 

AM/SS: Blaž Slišković (Yugoslavia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Slišković had a good career with Hajduk Split and Marseille. In 2011, he was chosen in the "Hajduk Split Best 11 of all-time. He also played for FK Velež Mostar, Hajduk Split, Pescara, RC Lens, FC Mulhouse, Rennes, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac and HŠK Zrinjski.  In 1985, he was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year.  He was capped 26 times for Yugoslavia.  He missed the 1982 World Cup Finals and Euro 1983.  In 1993, he played three matches for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

AM: Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia)
Ivica Osim 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.

AM: Safet Sušić (Yugoslavia)
Safet Sušić 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 Yugoslavia at the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, and at the European Championship 1984. In 1993, he played twice for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Safet Sušić 
ST: Asim "Hase" Ferhatović (Yugoslavia)
Asim Ferhatović started his football career in 1948 with FK Sarajevo, for whom he made his first-team debut in 1952. Ferhatović remained with the club until his retirement in 1967, although he represented Fenerbahçe in the 1962–63 Turkish league season. He won a solitary cap for the Yugoslavia national team in 1961.

ST: Vedad Ibišević (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
 In 2004, he joined PSG.  Then, he joined Alemannia Aachen, and in 2007, he moved to 1899 Hoffeneheim, where he played until 2012.  From 2012 to 2016, he played for Stuttgart. At the time of writing, he is with Hertha Berlin. In 2008, he won the Idol Nacije award(Bosnian Footballer of the Year). From 2007 to 2017, he has earned over 80 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was selected for the 2014 World Cup, where he scored Bosnia's first ever goal in a major tournament.

FW: Vahid Halilhodžić (Yugoslavia)
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. 
Vahid Halilhodžić
ST: Dusan Bajevic (Yugoslavia)
Dusan Bajevic  spent almost all of his career at hometown club Velež Mostar for who he played almost 400 games and scored 170 goals. He also played with AEK Athens where he won the Alpha Ethniki two times and the Greek Cup once. Bajević scored 29 times and earnd 37 caps for Yugoslavia between 1970 and1977. He scored a hatrick against Zaire in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.  

ST: Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Edin Dzeko is probably the most famous player for Bosnia and Herzegovina not from the era under Yugoslavia. He has played over 80 times for his country and scored 52 goals since 2007, becoming the highest Bosnia and Herzegovina goalscorer of all time. 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, helping the club to reach the semifinal of the Champions' League in 2018.

Edin Džeko 

Honorable Mention
Meho Kodro, Džemal Hadžiabdić, Edhem Šljivo, Sergej Barbarez, Franjo Vladić, Vedin Musić, Zlatan Bajramović, Vahidin Musemić, Josip Bukal, Elvir Baljić, Florijan Matekalo, Petar Manola, Milan Rajlić, Stanko Zagorac, Ibrahim Biogradlić, Muhamed Mujić, Vahidin Musemić, Muhamed Konjić.

Squad Explanation
-- Safet Sušić, Edin Džeko and Hasan Salihamidžić are probably the greatest players from this country.  They are the obvious choices.  Josip Katalinski, Branko Stanković and Miralem Pjanić probably should be on this list as well.  I do not need to explain their inclusion. 
-- Branko Stanković and Josip Katalinski are on my Yugoslavia All-Time team.
-- Because ethnicity is a sensitive issue in the region, I use various criteria for eligibility.  Ethnicity, birth place, etc are used to determine players who played for the former Yugoslavia. For players after its independence, I used international representation as the main rule.  
-- Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for their first ever major tournament in 2014 when they reached the World Cup Finals in Brazil.  I selected Edin Džeko, Mensur Mujdža, Miralem Pjanić, Sead Kolašinac and Asmir Begovic from that team onto this all-time team.
-- Yugoslavia came second at the 1968 European Championship. Mirsad Fazlagić was the captain of the team.
-- Yugoslavia reached the semi-final of the European Championship in 1960 and 1976.  No one from this area went to the 1960 tournament, but in 1976, Vahid Halilhodžić and Josip Katalinski were on the team.  
-- Ivan Ćurković had glorious career in France with Saint-Étienne.  Asmir Begovic helped the national team to qualifiy for the World Cup Finals.  Enver Marić starred for Yugoslavia in the 1970's as well as having a good club career in Germany.
-- Samir Handanović is also a Bosniak born in Slovenia, but he is ineligible because he opted to play for Slovenia.
-- Branko Stankovic is listed as a Bosnian Serb.  He was born in Sarajevo. Of course, he made this team.  But since ethnicity is a serious issue in the region, he is also listed on my Serbia all-time team.  
-- I took Mensur Mujdža as his backup rightback.  He was a Bosniak born in Croatia.  He played for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
-- On leftback, I selected Sead Kolašinac and Mirsad Fazlagić over Džemal Hadžiabdić. Sead Kolašinac was in the Bundesliga Team of the Year twice.  As mentioned above, Mirsad Fazlagić captained Yugoslavia as they finished second at the 1968 European Championship.
-- Muhamed Konjić who was a centerback was the first captain of the national team after independence, but I put him on honourable mention.  
-- Enver Hadžiabdić was the last defender cut.  I do not know his extra position, but his names had been mentioned frequently.
-- Hasan Salihamidžić was best remembered for playing 9 seasons with Bayern Munich.  He was the first star player from here to emerge after the end of Yugoslavia.
-- Zvjezdan Misimović is one of the greatest player from this country after its independence.  But I left him off because I have Blaž Slišković, Ivica Osim and Safet Sušić ahead of him.  Blaž Slišković was Yugoslav Player of the Year in 1985.  
-- The team does not have enough central midfielders.  Miralem Pjanić and Mehmed Baždarević are very good central midfieders, but the team still needed more backups.  So I took Elvir Rahimić. I also seriously considered Edhem Šljivo.
-- Miralem Pjanić is becoming one of the greatest players from this country. 
-- The team lacked a good left-side attacker or winger.
-- Muhamed Mujić can play in any of the attacking position, but I have no room for him.  
-- In July 2011, Zinedine Zidane named Blaz Slišković as one of his idols while growing up and included him in his "All Time Best 11" of Marseille.  I trusted Zidane's judgement.
-- Zlatan Ibrahimovic's father was a Muslim Bosniak, but of course, he is not eligible because he played for Sweden.  
-- Despite having only a single cap from Yugoslavia, Asim Ferhatović was considered among the greatest from Bosnia and Herzegovina.  He is a legend at FK Sarajevo.  Sarajevo's Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, the site of the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics and the home of FK Sarajevo, is named in his honour. The Bosnia and Herzegovina national team often used the stadium for their international matches in the past. It is also the largest stadium in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

Hasan Salihamidžić was known for his speed and skill.  So I am using him as a shuttler.  I do not know if Mehmed Baždarević can play on the left.