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Qualification cycles have been going on since 2000. First, Serbia and Montenegro, then Serbia she did not manage to reach the final tournament on her own, dissatisfaction was “boiling”, but it was often extinguished by successful matches in the playoffs for the World Championships.
On Sunday, November 19, 2023, we finally got to say after 24 years – the Eagles are on European Championship. The changeable game in the duels with Bulgaria and Hungary in particular will not be remembered, as well as the defense that was very often below any level, but the fact that the unpleasant fast has been broken and that next summer in Germany we will observe the chosen ones Dragan Stojković Pixi in a new mission.
It is far from the fact that we should not worry about the mentioned aspects of a tactical and other nature or that they should be pushed to the background, especially because there will be no improvement in terms of results if adequate solutions are not found, but at this moment we can at least briefly breathe a sigh of relief and say that goal accomplished.
What has changed in the world of football since the year 2000 and the championships in Holland and Belgium, we could not enumerate in one text. Not only were the Blues then participants in the final tournament then, but they also played the knockout stage in which they admittedly did not make a name for themselves, which is just one of the things that from the current point of view is a long time ago. The Netherlands then stopped us with a convincing 6:1 after a celebration against Norway, a draw with Slovenia and a defeat in the group stage against Spain.
What we look at with nostalgia is the composition of the Yugoslavian team that represented the nation at that time. A large number of well-known and legendary players defended the colors of the European giants. Some have remained in football to this day, some have wandered into other spheres, there are also those who are unfortunately not with us.
Dragan Stojković Pixi, who was then the captain, is known to be the leader of the national team, but what about the others. So, where are the Yugoslav national team members from 2000 and what are they doing?
Ivica Kralj – sports director of Partizan
Milorad Korać – unknown
Željko Cicović – goalkeeper coach in Spain
Ivan Dudić – sports worker
Goran Đorović – assistant coach of the Serbian national team
Miroslav Đukić – football coach, last engagement at Sporting Gijon in 2020.
Siniša Mihajlović – deceased
Slobodan Komljenović – coach of children from 6 to 14 years old in Eintracht from Frankfurt
Niša Saveljić – sports director at the American club Breakers
Goran Bunjevčević – passed away
Slaviša Jokanović – coach, worked at Dinamo from Moscow until May
Dejan Stanković – coach of Ferencvaros
Vladimir Jugović – sports worker
Dragan Stojković – coach of the Serbian national team
Dejan Govedarica – assistant in Qingdao West Coast, China
Ljubinko Drulović – selector of the Serbian national team under the age of 21
Jovan Stanković – coach, the last team in which the Spanish Aguilas worked
Albert Nag – assistant coach of Partizan
Predrag Mijatović – sports worker, former sports director of Real
Savo Milošević – selector of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Darko Kovačević – sports worker, currently a scout
Mateja Kežman – manager, Sergeja Milinković Savić, among others