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Argentina  2

Austria  2

Belgium  2

Brazil  2

Bulgaria  2

Cameroon  2

Chile  2

Colombia  2

Croatia  2

Denmark  2

England  2

France  2

Germany  2

Iran  2

Italy  2

Jamaica  2

Japan  2

México  2

Morocco  2

Netherlands  2

Nigeria  2

Norway  2

Paraguay  2

Romania  2

Saudi Arabia  2

Scotland  2

South Africa 2

South Korea

Spain  2

Tunisia  2

United States  2

Yugoslavia  2

  Yugoslav Football Association  

Coach: Slobodan SANTRAC

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vs. IRAN

14.06.98 Saint-Etienne

vs. GERMANY

21.06.98 Lens

vs. UNITED STATES

25.06.98 Nantes

Team Colors: Blue shirts with White and Red trims, White pants.

Confederation: UEFA

Semi-finalist in 1930 World Cup in Uruguay

Finished 4th in 1962 World Cup in Chile

Finalists in European Championships in 1960 and 1968

Key players: F Predrag Mijatovic (Real Madrid, Spain),

D Sinisa Mihaljovic (Sampdoria, Italy),

F Dejan Savicevic (AC Milan, Italy),

M Vladmir Jugovic (Lazio, Italy).

Predrag Mijatovic ©AP

Keep an Eye on: Predrag Mijatovic: Prolific forward, top scorer in Spain. The leading scorer in qualification with 14 scores.

Dejan Savicevic: Still a threat at the veteran stage.

Dragan Stojkovic: Midfield player still, on his day, as cultured as anyone.

Analysis: Not as deep as pre-Balkan War days in 1980s. Nevertheless, Yugoslavia is a highly skilled side, capable of beating anyone.

History:  The Yugoslav Football Federation was founded on April 13 1919, and the national side played their first international match on Febuary 28 1920 against Czechoslovakia in the Olympic Games at Antwerp. Yugoslavia have been twice semi-finalists in the World Cup - 1930 in Uruguay when they lost 6-1 to the hosts, and in Chile in 1962 where they were beaten 3-1 by Czechoslovakia. Yugoslavia have also competed in two European Championship finals. The first in France in 1960 where they lost 2-1 to the USSR, and in Italy in 1968, going down 2-0 against the Italians.

Yugoslav football has always produced star players, like record cap holder (85) Dragan Dzajic, a striker for Red Star Belgrade (1961-75) and then Bastia (1975-77), and Josip Skoblar, fourth top scorer in the 1962 World Cup and the highest scorer in the history of the French first division -- he scored 44 times in 1971 for Marseille. After the breakup of the old Yugoslavia, the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia returned to the international scene on December 23 1994 in a match against Brazil at Poirto Alegre, where they lost 2-0.

The Yugoslav squad can boast several world-class foreign based players, such as Pedrag Mijatovic (Real Madrid), Dejan Savicevic (AC Milan) and Dragan Stojkovic (Nagoya). Coach Slobodan Santrac remains the top scorer in the history of the Yugoslav first division, thanks to his 238 goals. The league is dominated by two clubs, Partizan Belgrade and especially Red Star Belgrade. Red Star won the European Champion Cup in 1991, beating Marseille in a penalty shoot-out.

Under the careful guidance of Slobodan Santrac, Yugoslavia have completed a full rehabilitation since being embraced once more by Fifa in 1994, to the extent that they are good-value outsiders. The campaign to reach France 98 began quietly, with a struggle against the Faeroe Islands, but was completed in spectacular fashion when they booked their place with a staggering 7-1 play-off victory in Hungary.

The second leg was an afterthought. Yugoslavia have a forward line the envy of the world. Predrag Mijatovic, of Real Madrid, and Dejan Savicevic, of AC Milan, form a partnership - when the mood takes them - that is virtually unstoppable. Combine this with a typically uncompromising defense and Santrac has a team being spoken of in the same tone as the side that illuminated the World Cup in 1990 until the quarter-final defeat, on penalties, by Argentina. In Belgrade, they still talk of what might have been. Spain though, exposed some flaws in qualifying, winning 2-0 in Madrid and surviving comfortably in Belgrade. It remains to be seen whether the learning curve, since international isolation ended, has been steep enough.

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POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Ivica Kralj 24 1

G Aleksandar Kocic 28 1 

G Dragoje Lekovic 30

D Zoran Mirkovic 26 24

D Risto Vidakovic 28

D Albert Nadj 23 2

D Sinisa Mihajlovic 28 2

D Miroslav Djukic 31 2 

D Goran Djorovic 26 24

D Branko Brnovic 30 1

D Nisa Saveljic 27 1

D Bratislav Zivkovic 27

M Slavisa Jokanovic 29 28

M Vladimir Jugovic 28 2

M Dragan Stojkovic 32 61

M Zeljko Petrovic 32 1

M Ljubinko Drulovic 29 12

M Dejan Govedarica 28 1

M Milinko Pantic 31  

M Sasa Curcic 27 1

M Dragan Ciric 23 4

F Dejan Savicevic 31 4

F Predrag Mijatovic 28 2

F Savo Milosevic 24 2

F Darko Kovacevic 24 1 

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