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List of famous athletes from Yugoslavia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Yugoslavia has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Yugoslavian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Yugoslavia and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Yugoslavia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has a variety of athletes, like Mario Grgurović and Ivan Jovanović, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Yugoslavian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Yugoslavia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Yugoslavia in order to get more information about each one.

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Ivica Osim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Ivan "Ivica" Osim is a Bosnian former football player and manager. He was most recently head coach of Japan, before he suffered a stroke in November 2007 and left the post. On 18 April ...more

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Olivera Jevtić is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Olivera Jevtić is a Serbian long-distance runner. She has represented her country four times at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

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Jasna Kolar-Merdan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Jasna Kolar-Merdan is a former Yugoslav handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics, in the 1984 Summer Olympics and in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1980 she won the silver medal ...more

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Mladen Petrić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Borussia Dortmund Mladen Petrić is a Croatian international footballer who plays for Greek club Panathinaikos. He also holds Swiss citizenship. He has previously played for Grasshopper, Basel, Borussia Dortmund, ...more

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Svetlana Anastasovska is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Svetlana Anastasovska-Obućina is a former Yugoslav/Serbian handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics, in the 1984 Summer Olympics and in the 1988 Summer Olympics. In 1980 she won ...more

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Mima Jaušovec is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Mima Jaušovec is former Yugoslavian female tennis player. She is perhaps most notable for winning the 1977 French Open singles championship.

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Riza Lushta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Riza Lushta was a Kosovar Albanian football striker.

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Slobodan Drapić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Maccabi Herzliya Slobodan Drapić is a former Serbian-Israeli football player and manager. After coming to Israel in 1988 he played for Maccabi Netanya as a defender. In a long coaching career in Israel he became ...more

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Branko Šegota is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Branimir "Branko" Šegota is a former Canadian professional soccer forward, starring in the original Major Indoor Soccer League, the North American Soccer League, the Continental Indoor ...more

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Vedran Ćorluka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Bayer Leverkusen Vedran Ćorluka is a Croatian footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Croatia national team. He plays as a centre-back, though he has played in other positions across the defensive ...more

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Emir Spahić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FC Lokomotiv Moscow Emir Spahić is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back. During his club career, he has represented teams in his homeland, Croatia, Russia, France, Spain and Germany. His ...more

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Dejan Damjanović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FC Seoul Dejan Damjanović, nicknamed Boske, or simply called Dejan is a Montenegrin football forward who plays for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

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Mustafa Kučuković is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Hamburger SV Mustafa Kučuković is a German footballer of Bosnian descent, who plays for Hansa Rostock.

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Miroslav Blažević is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Shanghai Shenhua Miroslav "Ćiro" Blažević is a Bosnian Croat football manager. His most successful period was with Croatia national football team, which he led to quarter-finals in the 1996 European ...more

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Ivan Radeljić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Gençlerbirliği Ivan Radeljić is a Croatian-born Bosnian football player who plays in defense for RNK Split.

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Vladan Grujić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Moss F.K. Vladan Grujić is a Bosnian Serb footballer who currently plays for FK Borac Banja Luka in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vladan Grujić played for FK Borac Banja Luka and Serbian ...more

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Aleksandar Đurić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Tampines Rovers FC Aleksandar Đurić is a former Singapore international footballer of Serbian descent. He is currently a fitness coach for S.League club Tampines Rovers. He was noted for being a prolific striker ...more

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Razija Mujanović is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Razija Mujanović is a retired Bosnian basketball player. She started her career with Jedinstvo Aida in Tuzla, and continued in Italy, Spain, Brazil, USA, Croatia and Hungary. During her career, ...more

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Boro Primorac is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Boro Primorac is a Bosnian Croat football coach and a former Yugoslav international. Currently, he is the first team coach at Arsenal. As a player, Primorac was an accomplished international ...more

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Zdravko Miljak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Zdravko Miljak is a Croatian handball player who competed for Yugoslavia in the 1972 Summer Olympics and in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He was born in Vinkovci, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia. In 1972 he ...more

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Dejan Živković is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FK Hajduk Beograd Dejan Živković is a former Serbian professional footballer who played as a striker. He is best remembered for scoring an extra time goal for Partizan against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the ...more

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Aferdita Kameraj is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam Aferdita Kameraj is a German football defender of Kosovar descent. She currently plays for Cloppenburg in the 2nd Bundesliga.

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Dragan Blatnjak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FC Khimki Dragan Blatnjak is a Bosnian football player who is currently a free agent after playing for NK Osijek. Blatnjak is a former member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Previously he ...more

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Dejan Milovanović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
RC Lens Dejan Milovanović is a Serbian footballer who plays for Serbian SuperLiga club Voždovac.

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Ivan Gubijan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Ivan Gubijan was a Yugoslav athlete who competed for the former Yugoslavia in the hammer throw at the 1948 Summer Olympics. After WWII, he came to Belgrade and joined the "Partizan" ...more

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Dragutin Topić is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Dragutin Topić is a Serbian high jumper.

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Tomislav Ivković is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Tomislav Ivković is a former Croatian football player turned manager. He has been managing Croatian club NK Lokomotiva since 2011. During his playing career from the late 1970s to the late ...more

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Srečko Katanec is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Srečko Katanec is a Slovenian football manager and a former player capped for Yugoslavia and Slovenia national teams. On 31 December 2012, he accepted a job as a Slovenian coach. He managed to ...more

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Anton Josipović is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Anton Ante Josipović is a former Croatian boxer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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Danira Bilić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Danira Bilić is a retired Croatian basketball player. As part of the Yugoslavian women's team, she won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She was European basketball's Most Valuable ...more

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Nikica Jelavić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Everton F.C. Nikica Jelavić is a Croatian footballer, who plays as a striker for Premier League club Hull City. He started his career with Prva HNL side Hajduk Split in 2002, before moving to Belgian Pro ...more

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Ivica Iliev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Ivica Iliev is a retired Serbian footballer who played as awinger.

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Mara Lakić is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Mara Lakić is a former basketball player. She started her career in Jedinstvo Aida, Tuzla. She has won a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics with Yugoslavia Women Basketball National Team.

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Boris Pandža is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Y.R. K.V. Mechelen Boris Pandža is a footballer from Bosnia and Herzegovina who currently plays for Široki Brijeg. He is also a retired former member of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Admir Vladavić is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
MŠK Žilina Admir Vladavić is a Bosnian football midfielder.

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Elvir Baljić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Istanbulspor AS Elvir Baljić is a Bosnian football manager and former player. He was assistant manager of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team, with whom he qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Goran Šukalo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FC Augsburg Goran Šukalo is a Slovenian midfielder who currently plays for SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the 2. Bundesliga.

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Sejad Krdžalić is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Sejad Krdžalić is a retired javelin thrower from Yugoslavia, who finished in twelfth place at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He set his personal best on 30 May 1987 in

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Đovani Roso is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Hajduk Split Đovani Roso, born 17 November 1972 is a former Croatian football player of Croatian and part Italian ethnicity. Roso was a midfielder, who preferred to play on the center-right flank of the ...more

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Mario Galinović is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
AO Kavalas Mario Galinović is a former Croatian footballer.

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Armend Dallku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FC Vorskla Poltava Armend Dallku is an Albanian footballer who plays as a central defender for Vorskla Poltava in the Ukrainian Premier League and formerly for the Albanian national team.

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Goran Pandev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Republic of Macedonia national football team Goran Pandev is a Macedonian footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish Süper Lig club Galatasaray. He was a key player for the Macedonian national team, being the country's all-time top ...more

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Branko Jelić is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Energie Cottbus Branko Jelić is a retired Serbian football player.

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Branimir Bajić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
MSV Duisburg Branimir Bajić is a Bosnian international footballer who plays for MSV Duisburg.

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Ivan Jovanović is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
APOEL FC Ivan Jovanović is a Serbian football manager and former footballer. He is currently the head coach of Al Nasr SC in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.

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Aljoša Asanović is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Aljoša Asanović is a retired Croatian footballer best known from his performances in the mid-to-late 90s when he played for Derby County and for Croatia during Euro 96 and World Cup 98. He was ...more

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Shkelzen Gashi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
FC Schaffhausen Shkëlzen Gashi is an Albanian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Swiss club Basel and the Albania national team.

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Damir Kojašević is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
Damir Kojašević FK Sarajevo Damir Kojašević is a Montenegrin footballer playing for Lokomotiv Tashkent FK.

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Tomislav Pačovski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot Tome Pačovski is a footballer playing for FK Vardar.

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Siniša Dobrašinović is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia
AO Kavalas Siniša Dobrašinović is a retired Montenegrin-born Cypriot football player, and since January 2015 manager of Aris Thessaloniki.