First published 09/04/2014
Heading in to the World Cup several football fans become experts on all things Eastern European. Often, wild claims are made like Yugoslavia would win it if it still existed. Obviously, this ignores all the obvious dressing room tensions that would occur due to many years of conflict and reduces it down to just talent. And they have a lot of that.
In terms of football teams, Yugoslavia split into Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro – Kosovo are looking to establish themselves. I have pooled together the players from all these teams and created a first 11 for Yugoslavia at the 2014 World Cup. 5 Croatians, 4 Serbians, 1 Bosnian and 1 Slovenian make the side. Obviously I’ve already messed up as Serbia aren’t even at the World Cup and Bosnia and Herzegovnia are but I will plough on regardless.
This is just the team I would pick if I was in charge. Would it win the World Cup? Probably not but it’d be very good to watch. You can judge for yourselves:
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