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Yugoslavia national under-21 football team

The Yugoslavia national under-21 football team existed in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After the state's dissolution in 1992, the following teams were formed:

Yugoslavia Under-21
Nickname(s)?
AssociationFootball Association of Yugoslavia
Most caps?
Top scorer?
First colours
Second colours
First international
U-23: Bulgaria Bulgaria 1-2 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Rousse, October 26, 1968
U-21: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4-1 Spain Spain
Zagreb, October 9, 1976
Biggest win
U-23: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4-0 Hungary Hungary
Bosanska Gradiška, September 21, 1972
U-21: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 5-0 San Marino San Marino
Belgrade, March 13, 1991
Biggest defeat
U-23: Netherlands Netherlands 5-2 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Eindhoven, October 10, 1970
U-21: France France 7-0 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Reims November 16, 1985 (Records for competitive matches only)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances4 (first in 1978)
Best resultWinners Gold medal icon.svg: 1978

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, Yugoslavia's Under-21 team was formed. The team had a varied record, reaching the last four in four tournaments and failing to qualify for four. Yugoslavia won the inaugural competition in 1978. Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. Yugoslavia's record in U-23 competitions is also shown.

Contents

UEFA European Under-23 Challenge CupEdit

Yugoslavia were randomly chosen to play holders Bulgaria for the title, which they won. They then faced (and beat) other randomly chosen teams until the competition was abandoned in summer 1970 for a larger competition.

  • October 26, 1968: Bulgaria 1-2 Yugoslavia
  • June 6, 1969: Yugoslavia 3-0 Spain
  • November 6, 1969: Yugoslavia 2-0 Sweden
  • March 24, 1970: Greece 1-5 Yugoslavia


  • 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1974: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

This was competed for on a basis similar to a boxing title belt. The holders played a randomly chosen opponent for the championship.

Date Winners Runners-up Venue
18 June 1969   Yugoslavia   Spain Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit

  • 1978: Winners.
  • 1980: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1982: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1990: Runners-up.
  • 1992: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.

HonorsEdit

Three times Balkan Youth Championship winners (1972, 1975, and 1976).

See alsoEdit

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