Ever wondered what the starting XI would be if Yugoslavia was still one nation? Well, we did and it got us thinking that it quite possibly could compete in the latter stages of tournaments.
While the former Yugoslav nations are scattered with talent, when you bring it all together it makes for a formidable team. Considering there is Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Bosnia this presented somewhat of a challenge and painstaking analysis.
So who makes our Yugoslavia XI?
We’ve all imagined our very own World XI or even European XI and may even remember the charity matches featuring both of these teams in years gone by, though this Yugoslavia XI would definitely take some beating. Have a look through and see whether you agree!
GK: Jan Oblak
Shades it over Slovenian compatriot Samir Handanovic, while Croatia's Danijel Subasic deserves a mention. Image Soure: atleticofans.com
LB: Aleksandr Kolorov
A reliable servant over the years for Manchester City with some consistent performances and a mainstay in the Serbia starting XI. Image Source: mcfc.co.uk
RB: Sime Vrsaljko
He just keeps getting better. Croatia have some player on their hands here.
Image Source: sport-english.com
CB: Dejan Lovren
Beginning to look the business, he is a key player for Croatia and Liverpool.
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CB: Branislav Ivanovic
Has been the bedrock of Serbia's defence for a number of years. Image Source: zimbio.com
CM: Luka Modric
Simply had to be in. Enough said really. Image Source: thestar.com
CM: Ivan Rakitic
Partner In Crime to the former, the second of a highly talented quintet of midfielders. Image Source: croatia.org
CM: Miralem Pjanic
Highly talented, he is a key player for Bosnia. He quite simply makes them tick.
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RW: Ivan Perisic
The third Croatian midfielder, though on form alone, we simply couldn't leave him out. Image Source: sempreinter.com
LW: Kevin Kampl
Arguably Slovenia's 'next big thing', this prodigious talent can play anywhere in midfield. So naturally, we've shunted him out to the left. Image Source: balkantalk.com
CF: Edin Dzeko
Wins a straight shootout with Mario Mandzukic for the lone striker role. Would score for fun with that supporting cast behind him. Image Source: footyrant.online
Well how about that?! Some team eh? You could definitely give honourable mentions to Mario Mandzukic (Croatia), Steven Jovetic (Montenegro), Samir Handanovic (Slovenia), Neven Subotic and Nemanja Matic (both Serbia) while there is even Asmir Begovic (Bosnia) who could capably fill in between the sticks.
It would definitely be interesting to see how this team would fare at international tournaments, especially when considering they seem to have a blend of everything.