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Famous Athletes from Yugoslavia

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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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    Ivan "Ivica" Osim (born 6 May 1941) 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...  more
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    Olivera Jevtić (Serbian Cyrillic: Оливера Јевтић, born 24 July 1977) is a Serbian long-distance runner. She has represented her country five times at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016....  more
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    Jasna Kolar-Merdan (born 19 October 1956 in Mostar) 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...  more
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    Mladen Petrić

    Borussia Dortmund


    NationalitySwitzerland, Croatia


    Mladen Petrić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈmladɛn ˈpɛːtrit͡ɕ]; born 1 January 1981) is a retired Croatian footballer who also holds Swiss citizenship. During his career, he played for Grasshopper,...  more
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    Svetlana Anastasovska-Obućina (née Anastasovska, Serbian Cyrillic: Светлана Атанасовска-Обућина, born April 26, 1961 in Belgrade) is a former Serbian handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer...  more
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    Mima Jaušovec (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈmìːma jaˈùːʃɔʋɛts] (listen); born 20 July 1956) is a retired female tennis player from the former Yugoslavia. She is most notable for winning the 1977 French...  more
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    Riza Lushta (born 22 January 1916 in Mitrovica, died 6 February 1997 in Torino, Italy) was a Kosovar Albanian football striker....  more
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    Slobodan Drapić

    Maccabi Herzliya

    BirthplaceNovi Sad, Serbia

    NationalitySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Israel

    Slobodan Drapić (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Драпић, Hebrew: סלובודאן דראפיץ'; born 28 February 1965) is a Serbian-Israeli football manager and former player....  more
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    Branimir "Branko" Šegota (born June 8, 1961) is a Canadian former professional soccer forward, starring in the original Major Indoor Soccer League, the North American Soccer League, the Continental...  more
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    Vedran Ćorluka

    Bayer Leverkusen

    BirthplaceDerventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    PositionDefender, Midfielder

    Vedran Ćorluka (pronounced [ʋědran tɕǒrluka]; born 5 February 1986) is a Croatian footballer who plays for and captains Lokomotiv Moscow. He plays as a centre-back, though he has played in other...  more
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    Emir Spahić

    FC Lokomotiv Moscow

    BirthplaceDubrovnik, Croatia

    NationalityBosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia


    Emir Spahić (Croatian pronunciation: [ěmir spǎxiːtɕ]; born 18 August 1980) is a Bosnian former professional footballer who played as a centre back. During his club career, he represented teams in his...  more
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    BirthplaceMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityYugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro


    Dejan Damjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Дамјановић, pronounced [dějan dǎmjanoʋitɕ, - damjǎː-]; born 27 July 1981), also known mononymously as Dejan, is a Montenegrin footballer who plays as a...  more
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    BirthplaceNovi Grad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityYugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany


    Mustafa Kučuković (born 5 November 1986) is a German former footballer of Bosnian descent....  more
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    Miroslav Blažević

    Shanghai Shenhua

    BirthplaceTravnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityYugoslavia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Miroslav "Ćiro" Blažević (Croatian pronunciation: [mîroslaʋ tɕǐːro blǎːʒeʋitɕ] (listen); born 10 February 1935) is a Croatian former football manager and former professional player. His professional...  more
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    Ivan Radeljić


    BirthplaceImotski, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia,Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,Yugoslavia


    Ivan Radeljić (born 14 September 1980) is a Croatian-born Bosnian-Herzegovinian retired football player who played in defense....  more
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    BirthplaceBanja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalitySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    Vladan Grujić (Serbian Cyrillic: Владан Грујић; born 17 May 1981) is a Bosnian former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder....  more
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    Aleksandar Đurić

    Tampines Rovers FC

    BirthplaceDoboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NationalityYugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Singapore


    Aleksandar Đurić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Ђурић; born 12 August 1970) is a former professional footballer. He is currently a Principal for Sport Singapore and ActiveSG Football Academy and has...  more
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    Razija Mujanović (born 15 April 1967 in Čelić, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Bosnian women's basketball player. She was voted the best female European basketball player three times (1991, 1994 and...  more
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    Boro Primorac (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [bǒːro prǐːmorats]; born 5 December 1954) is a Bosnia and Herzegovina coach and a former Yugoslav international. Until 2018 he was the first team coach at...  more
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    Zdravko Miljak (born 11 September 1950) 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,...  more
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    Dejan Živković

    FK Hajduk Beograd

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    NationalitySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, Serbia


    Dejan Živković may refer to: Dejan Živković (footballer born 1979), Serbian football player for FK Hajduk Beograd Dejan Živković (footballer born 1982), Serbian football defender for FK Smederevo...  more
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    Aferdita Kameraj

    1. FFC Turbine Potsdam

    BirthplaceDeçan, Serbia

    NationalityGermany,Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,Yugoslavia


    Aferdita Kameraj (born 5 June 1984 in Deçan, Yugoslavia) is a German football defender of Kosovar descent. She currently plays for Cloppenburg in the 2nd Bundesliga....  more
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    NationalitySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    Dragan Blatnjak (born 1 August 1981) is a Bosnian-Herzegovinian football manager and former player who last managed Zadar. He is a former member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national...  more
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    BirthplaceSremska Mitrovica, Serbia

    NationalityYugoslavia, Serbia


    Dejan Milovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Миловановић; born 21 January 1984) is a retired Serbian footballer....  more
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    Ivan Gubijan (14 June 1923 – 4 January 2009) was a Yugoslav hammer thrower. He competed in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and placed second and ninth, respectively. He is credited with introducing the...  more