Do you think the Soviets would cap a foreigner? I didn't think so...You're actually close to spot on but Fernandes over Karavjev (technically he's a Russia player). Holding mid options are the teams weakest link by far; In fact I'd take out Zobnin and move Henrikh there and just put Zhirkov on the LW. I also never rated Pyatov but now that Igor's retired it's a toss up at GK.
Great call! Petkovic would be perfect. Halihodzic would be a candidate with your more youthful line-up but his authoritarian style would fall flat with the more established stars.You're on the right track, the coach most definitely has to be from Bosnia. I'd go with Vladimir Petković though - Croat, Yugoslav and atheist. Also has massive experience leading the limited Swiss out of the group stage in three consecutive tournaments.
He's been abroad long enough so I don't think he's connected to any football clans in ex-Yu. And the media wouldn't be hostile towards him.
Next in line would be Vahid Halilhodžić, an old style authoritarian who would keep the egos in check. Perhaps a bit too old these days.
Aha, thanks for the heads up. I caught the latest one on AJ, "Posljednji Farukov penal"...the missed penalty which led to disintegration of Yug.Great call! Petkovic would be perfect. Halihodzic would be a candidate with your more youthful line-up but his authoritarian style would fall flat with the more established stars.
Speaking of coaches...check out the doco 'Svabo iz Sarajeva' on youtube.
Give him time to get on a good peds regime, good chance he's got that caucasian mma psychopathic will to succeed that we need to bring into the football team.Bakaev looks so frail though, dude needs to bulk up he looks like he could be broken in two with a hard challenge.
Yeah, the biggest myth is the packed out stadiums you a always hear about these days. They rarely had sell-outs even for derbies.I was watching some late 80s early 90s Yugoslav league highlights shows on YouTube and they really went to penalty kicks after a draw? That’s some early MLS level nonsense Also the crowds were no better then than they are today and the football was slow with a lot of long balls for all the talk of “European Brazilians”.
Just one example, this is one of the final rounds of the unified league. Also funny to see Drago Cosic was around back then