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Yugoslavia national under-20 football team

Yugoslavia Under-20
Association Football Association of Yugoslavia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1979)
Best result Winners: 1987

The Yugoslavia national under-20 football team (Serbo-Croatian: 'Omladinska reprezentacija Jugoslavije') represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at the FIFA World Youth Championship and various friendly youth tournaments in the period between the mid-1970s and the country's dissolution in the early 1990s. It was a feeder team to the Yugoslavia national under-21 football team (which was itself formed following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976). However, since FIFA employs the Under-20 format for the World Youth Championship ever since its inception in 1977, the Under-20 selection was only occasionally formed to compete specifically at the tournament, in addition to a handful of other less official friendly tournaments which employ the same age format.

The team which would compete at the World Championship essentially consisted of players who had earlier participated in the UEFA Junior Tournament, which was the European Under-18 championship (held annually from 1957 to 1984 and then bi-annually from 1986 to 1992) and which doubled as the European qualifying tournament for the World Championship.


Yugoslavia Under-20 had appeared at two World Youth Championships throughout their existence. Their first appearance came at the 1979 tournament, where they were knocked out in the grop stage after two defeats (0–2 against Poland and 0–1 against Argentina) and one win (5–0 against Indonesia).[1] Their second appearance in the 1987 tournament was much more successful, as they won the competition, remarkably defeating each of the three other semi-finalists and eliminating the defending champions Brazil during the course of the tournament, with Robert Prosinečki winning the Golden Ball award for Best Player of the tournament.[2][3]

In their two appearances Yugoslavia set a FIFA World Youth Championship scoring record which still stands today, scoring an average of 3.66 goals per game, finishing with 22 goals for and 9 against.[2] The team, coached by Mirko Jozić, had included a number of players who later appeared at FIFA World Cups, such as Zvonimir Boban, Davor Šuker, Robert Jarni, Igor Štimac, Branko Brnović and Predrag Mijatović.[2]

The last European U-18 tournament (and therefore the last U-20 World Cup qualifiers) in which Yugoslavia participated before the country dissolved was the 1992 European Under-18 Championship, and the Under-18's last competitive game was played on 17 October 1991 against Czechoslovakia national under-18 football team.[4]

Following the country's dissoluton in 1992, the team was succeeded by Under-20 teams of the newly formed ex-Yugoslav states' national teams:

However, only Croatia Under-20 team had managed to qualify for the World Youth Championship since the dissolution of Yugoslavia (in 1999 and 2011) and are thus the only Under-20 ex-Yugoslav team to have fielded teams for competitive matches at that age level since 1992. In addition, FIFA attributes all Yugoslav national team's records to the present-day Serbia national football team and as such the Yugoslavia Under-20 results and records are officially inherited by Serbia.[5]

Tournament records

FIFA World Youth Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1977 Did not qualify
1979 First round 3 1 0 2 5 3
1981 Did not qualify
1983 Did not qualify
1985 Did not qualify
1987 Champions 6 5 1 0 17 6
1989 Did not qualify
1991 Did not qualify
1993 Did not qualify
Total 2/9 9 6 1 2 22 9
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


The following players were members of Yugoslavia Under-20 squads at the FIFA U-20 World Cup as well as various national squads at FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Player Position Youth
World Cup
World Cup(s) Refs
Ivković, TomislavTomislav Ivković Goalkeeper 1979 1990 (YUG) [6]
Pudar, IvanIvan Pudar Goalkeeper 1979 1982 (YUG) [7][8]
Živković, ZvonkoZvonko Živković Forward 1979 1982 (YUG) [8][9]
Gudelj, IvanIvan Gudelj Forward 1979 1982 (YUG) [10]
Leković, DragojeDragoje Leković Goalkeeper 1987 1990 (YUG), 1998 (FRY) [11][12]
Brnović, BrankoBranko Brnović Defender 1987 1998 (FRY) [13]
Jarni, RobertRobert Jarni Defender 1987 1990 (YUG), 1998 (CRO), 2002 (CRO) [14]
Štimac, IgorIgor Štimac Defender 1987 1998 (CRO) [15]
Boban, ZvonimirZvonimir Boban Midfielder 1987 1998 (CRO) [16]
Prosinečki, RobertRobert Prosinečki Midfielder 1987 1990 (YUG), 1998 (CRO), 2002 (CRO) [17]
Mijatović, PredragPredrag Mijatović Forward 1987 1998 (FRY) [18]
SukerDavor Šuker Forward 1987 1990 (YUG), 1998 (CRO), 2002 (CRO) [19]

Letters in brackets denote national teams players represented at World Cups:

  • YUG – Yugoslavia
  • CRO – Croatia
  • FRY – Federal Republic of Yugoslavia


The following players scored goals for the Yugoslavia Under-20 team at Youth World Cups. The team's overall top scorer was Davor Šuker, who scored 6 goals for Yugoslavia at the 1987 U-20 World Cup,[19] and went on to become top scorer at the 1998 FIFA World Cup eleven years later, where he represented Croatia and also scored 6 goals.[20]

Rank Player Goals Tournament Refs
Davor Šuker
1987 [19]
Zvonimir Boban
1987 [16]
Predrag Mijatović
1987 [18]
Nedeljko Milosavljević
1979 [21]
Haris Smajić
1979 [22]
Igor Štimac
1987 [15]
Branko Brnović
1987 [13]
Marko Mlinarić
1979 [23]
Robert Prosinečki
1987 [17]
Ranko Zirojević
1987 [24]

Full squads

See also


  1. ^ "1970 FIFA U-20 World Cup Fixtures and Results".  
  2. ^ a b c "Chile 1987: Yugoslavian fireworks".  
  3. ^ " - 1990 Robert PROSINECKI (YUG)".  
  4. ^ "European U-18 Championship 1992".  
  5. ^ "Serbia on".  
  6. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Tomislav IVKOVIC".  
  7. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Ivan PUDAR".  
  8. ^ a b "1982 FIFA World Cup Spain - Yugoslavia squad".  
  9. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Zvonko ZIVKOVIC".  
  10. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Ivan GUDELJ".  
  11. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Dragoje LEKOVIC".  
  12. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup France - Yugoslavia squad".  
  13. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics: Branko BRNOVIC".  
  14. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Robert JARNI".  
  15. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics: Igor STIMAC".  
  16. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics: Zvonimir BOBAN".  
  17. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics: Robert PROSINECKI".  
  18. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics: Predrag MIJATOVIC".  
  19. ^ a b c "FIFA Player Statistics: Davor SUKER".  
  20. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup France - Awards".  
  21. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Nedeljko MILOSAVLJEVIC".  
  22. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Haris SMAJIC".  
  23. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Marko MLINARIC".  
  24. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Ranko ZIROJEVIC".  

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