Yugoslavia national football team

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The Yugoslavia national football team represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1943) 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.


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 under the name Jugoslovenski nogometni savez (and admitted into FIFA), and the national team played its first international game at the Summer Olympics in Antwerp in 1920. The opponent was Czechoslovakia, and the historic starting eleven that represented Kingdom of SCS on its debut were: Vrđuka, Župančić, Šifer, Tavčar, Cindrić, Rupec, Vragović, Dubravčić, Perška, Granec, and Ružić. They lost by a huge margin 0-7, but nonetheless got their names in the history books.

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. In its first ever World Cup match in Montevideo's Parque Central, Yugoslavia managed a famous...
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