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Yugoslavia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Plavi ("Blues")
Association Football Association
of Yugoslavia
Head coach -
Most caps Dragan Džajić (85)
Top scorer Stjepan Bobek (38)
FIFA code YUG
Elo ranking 6[1]
Highest Elo ranking 4 (November 1990 - May 1991)
Lowest Elo ranking 40 (April 10, 1927)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes Yugoslavia
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Last International as SFR Yugoslavia[1]
 Netherlands 2 - 0 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 25 March 1992)
Biggest win
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 10 - 1 India 
(Helsinki, Finland; 15 July 1952)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 9 - 0 Zaire 
(Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes Yugoslavia
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
 Uruguay 7 - 0 Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes Yugoslavia
(Paris, France; 26 May 1924)
 Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes Yugoslavia
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 28 October 1925)
World Cup
Appearances 8[1] (First in 1930)
Best result Fourth Place, 1930, 1962
European Championship
Appearances 4[1] (First in 1960)
Best result Runners-Up, 1960 and 1968
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Silver 1948 London Team
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team
Silver 1956 Melbourne Team
Gold 1960 Rome Team
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Team

The Yugoslavia national football team represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1920-1941) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1946-1992) in association football. It enjoyed a modicum of success in international competition. In 1992, during the Yugoslav wars, the team was suspended from international competition as part of a United Nations sanction. In 1994, when the boycott was lifted, it was succeeded by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia football team .

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History

The first national team was in the kingdom that existed between the two world wars. The Football Federation of what was then the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was founded in Zagreb in 1919 (and admitted into FIFA), and the national team played its first international game in Antwerp in 1920. In 1929, the country was renamed to Yugoslavia and the football association became Fudbalski Savez Jugoslavije and moved its headquarters to Belgrade. The national team participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup and finished in fourth place. The tournament was boycotted by Croatian players due to the moving of the association's headquarters to Belgrade.[2]

The federation and football overall was disrupted by World War II. After the war, a socialist federation was formed and the football federation reconstituted. It was one of the founding members of the UEFA and it organized the 1976 European Championship played in Belgrade and Zagreb. The national team participated in eight World Cups, four Euros, and won the Olympic Games football tournament in the 1960 (they also finished second three times and third once).

Dragan Džajić holds the record for the most national team caps at 85, between 1964 to 1979. The best scorer is Stjepan Bobek with 38 goals, between 1946 and 1956.

The under-21 team won the inaugural UEFA U-21 Championship in 1978.

The Yugoslav under-20 team won the FIFA World Youth Championship 1987.

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Boycott

With the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the team split up and the remaining team of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) was banned from competing at Euro 92. They had finished top of their qualifying group, but were unable to play in the competition due to the Yugoslav wars. Their place was taken by Denmark, who went on to win the competition. Yugoslavia had also been drawn as the top seed in Group 5 of the European Zone in the qualifying tournament for the 1994 World Cup. FRY was barred from competing, rendering the group unusually weak.

Breakup

After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the FRY consisted of Montenegro and Serbia. The national team of Serbia and Montenegro continued under the name Yugoslavia until 2003, when country and team were renamed Serbia and Montenegro. With the independence of Montenegro in 2006, FIFA considers the national team of Serbia to be the successor of Yugoslavia.

For the later official football teams, see:

World Cup record

  • 1930Semifinals (no 3rd place match)
  • 1934Did not qualify
  • 1938Did not qualify
  • 1950 — Round 1
  • 1954 — Quarterfinals
  • 1958 — Quarterfinals
  • 1962Fourth Place
  • 1966Did not qualify
  • 1970Did not qualify
  • 1974 — Round 2
  • 1978Did not qualify
  • 1982 — Round 1
  • 1986Did not qualify
  • 1990 — Quarterfinals
  • 1994Suspended (Later web portal goal.com claimed Yugoslavia was one of the favourites to conquer this cup)

For the later tournaments, see:

European Championship record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Final 2 1 0 1 1 2
Spain 1964 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Final 3 1 1 1 2 3
Belgium 1972 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Fourth Place 2 0 0 2 4 7
Italy 1980 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
France 1984 Round 1 3 0 0 3 2 10
West Germany 1988 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Qualified***
Total 4/9 10 2 1 7 9 22
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
***Qualified, but disqualified because of international sanctions during Yugoslav wars.  Denmark entered the competition instead.

Notable players (at least 15 caps)

from Bosnia and Herzegovina SR Bosnia and Hercegovina

from Croatia SR Croatia

from Republic of Macedonia SR Macedonia

from Montenegro SR Montenegro

from Serbia SR Serbia

from Slovenia SR Slovenia

Head to head records

Opponent P W D L %W %D %L
 Argentina 6 2 1 3 33.33 16.67 50.00
 Brazil 14 2 6 6 14.28 42.86 42.86
 Czechoslovakia 31 9 4 18 29.03 12.90 58.06
 England 14 4 5 5 28.57 35.71 35.71
 Germany 25 8 3 14 32.00 12.00 56.00
 Korea Republic 3 3 0 0 100.00 00.00 00.00
 Portugal 5 2 0 3 40.00 00.00 60.00
 Spain 16 5 4 7 31.25 25.00 43.75
 Sweden 11 5 2 4 45.45 18.18 36.36
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00 0.00
 Soviet Union 17 2 4 11 11.76 23.53 64.71

Home venues record

Stadium City Played Won Drawn Lost
Koševo Stadium Sarajevo 7 5 2 0
Grbavica Stadium Sarajevo 1 1 0 0

National teams of the former Yugoslav republics

Team FIFA rank
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 51
Croatia Croatia 10
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 65
Montenegro Montenegro 74
Serbia Serbia 19
Slovenia Slovenia 31

References

See also

Footnotes

External links


Simple English

Yugoslavia
Association Football Association of Yugoslavia
Most caps Dragan Džajić (85)
Top scorer Stjepan Bobek (38)
World Cup
Appearances 8
First Apps 1930
Best result Semifinals (1930, 1962)

Yugoslavia national football team is the national football team of Yugoslavia.


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