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So, as I sit in my law office, bored as all hell, I, for kicks, came up with who might be on the national team for Yugoslavia, had the country not broken into the handful of countries it did. I know we have some eastern European posters in here, feel free to add your thoughts to this lineup.

GK: Pletikosa (Croatia)

RB: Srna (Croatia)

CB: Vidic (Serbia)

CB: Ivanovic (Serbia)

LB: Pranjic (Croatia)

CM: Stankovic (Serbia)

LW: Goran Pandev (Macedonian)

RW: Milos Krasic (Serbia)

AMF: Modric (Croatia)

ST: Olic (Croatia)

ST: Dzeko (Bosnia)

Bench:Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia), Misimiovic (Bosnia) , Eduardo (Croatia) , Petric (Croatia), Vucinic (Montenegro), Subotic (Serbia), Rakjovic (Serbia), Jovetic (Montenegro), Matic (Serbia) (Ibrahimovic, while capped for Sweden, has the heritage to play for this team as well)

This was just kind of off the top of my head, but there are some pretty solid players in that line up and some good young guns on the bench, I'd think they'd be a team you'd like to avoid in the World Cup.

No idea why this interests me, but I've been a big fan of a lot of these players and am usually fine with Chelsea getting involved with this region + Russia for finding new players.

EDIT: For clarification, I am basing this off of Wikipedia's article on Yugoslavia, which says "The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) was the Yugoslav state that existed from the second half of World War II (1943) until it was formally dissolved in 1992 amid the Yugoslav Wars. It was a socialist state and a federation made up of six republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Serbia, in addition, included two autonomous provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo."

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That is a very interesting team. Would really like to see it in real life.

As would I but sadly is not a reality. If that side existed it would be not only be at next month's world cup, but a major contender for Euro 2012. I like the look of that side. Its got a strong defence, a quality midfield and a very good front two, both of which can score goals. Its a shame but that is how life goes.

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(Ibrahimovic, while capped for Sweden, has the heritage to play for this team as well)

But as he has played for Sweden, he can't switch anymore. The starting eleven looks like it could be a very strong team, not only on paper, but it might actually work well in real life as well.

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But as he has played for Sweden, he can't switch anymore. The starting eleven looks like it could be a very strong team, not only on paper, but it might actually work well in real life as well.

Yeah, I just put him in because maybe in this alternate reality, having grown up in a strong football country like Yugoslavia, he would pick to represent them instead of Sweden...I don't know much about his background and why he chose Sweden.

And yes, Corluka and Krancjar would be in the squad, as would several other prominent Serbians and Croatians, I was just trying to spread it around a little more haha...I really like Misimovic from Wolfsburg, I remember there was some talk of us looking at him in addition to Dzeko last year, obviously nothing came of that.

Also, this team would be able to bring two of the most exciting youngsters (Pjanic and Jovetic) off the bench for a late game impact substitution, scary.

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To be honest that team looks very very strong, but I believe the glory for Yugoslavia would have come in 1994 rather then today, with the players we had prior and during the war would have been a fantastic force (this is also keeping in mind that the Belgrade Red Star team that won the CL was a mixed team from all the former Republics - just think of the 98 Croatian team with a solid back).

The problem in the countries now is very very weak leagues, mainly because of bad officiating and many more problems that are associated with the clubs. Their best bet would be to clean up shop as it comes to hooliganism because it is really out of control, and like the MLS, make a united league so that the likes of Red Star, Partizan, Dinamo, and Hajduk can mix it up and offer bigger clubs with somewhat less success like work harder. It would be a very exciting league, unfortunately, with the rivalry matches I went to in Bosnia, I never see it happening.

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