Top 5 former Yugoslav football national teams
They might not be the most consistent countries in world football, but they never grant easy life for their rivals whatsoever, that’s for sure! They are former Yugoslav countries.
Let’s check what our users think of the national squads from the Balkans.
The most successful Balkan team that has missed only one World Cup and one European Cup since obtaining eligibility to enter those tournaments. It took the squad only five years from being accepted to FIFA to get their first medals at World Cup 1998. Guided by Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban and Slaven Bilić the Croatians beat favorites Germany and the Netherlands to claim a stunning third place. They never managed to repeat that success but have remained a solid powerhouse in world football and compete for another Brazil World Cup qualification.
The youngest of all international squads, formed in 2006, Montenegro have almost made it to Euro 2012 but lost to the Czech Republic in the play-offs. Before that they competed in a united squad of Serbia & Montenegro. In the current campaign to 2014 World Cup the small Balkan state takes a challenge to outlast England, Poland and Ukraine. Mirko Vučinić, Stevan Jovetić are the leaders of the squad.
After a brilliant generation of Predrag Mijatović, Dragan Stojković, Siniša Mihajlović, Dejan Savićević, Savo Milošević that dominated in 1990s Serbia is struggling to get back to its former shine, although the likes of Branislav Ivanović, Aleksandar Kolarov, Neven Subotić and Nemanja Vidić helped them to make it through to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and beat the favorites Germany.
Arguably the most underestimated national team in FootballTop user ranking. Guided by brilliant forwards Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibišević Bosnia and Herzegovina reached the play-offs to Euro 2012 but had to concede to Portugal. They are currently topping the qualifying group to the World Cup in Brazil and come close to their first big tournament.
Slovenia has so far qualified for two World Cups (2002 and 2010) and one European championship (2000). After they eliminated Russia in the play-off they participated in the World Championship in South Africa where they managed to get a victory over Algeria and draw with the United States.
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