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Vujadin Boskov



Vujadin Boskov
Despite having won 58 international caps and been coach once before during the 1970s, guiding Yugoslavia to the Euro 2000 finals will be regarded as one of Boskov's finest footballing achievements.

Everything pointed towards the twice-beaten finalists' path to qualification being blocked.

The political intervention that forced the postponement of various matches and the sacking of former coach Milan Zivadinovic three games into the campaign contrived to leave Yugoslavia in a state of limbo.

And yet not only did they top their group, but they did so by drawing with Croatia in Zagreb, eliminating their Balkan rivals in the process.

In many ways there is little surprising in Boskov's success. Having kept in contact with most of the players despite his position on the executive board of the Yugoslav Football Association, he has the trust of his charges. He also brings a worldliness to the job.

His coaching career took him to The Netherlands, Spain and Italy, as well as a stint as national coach from 1971-73 that included a failed qualification campaign for the 1972 European Championships.

His most rewarding appointment was a six-season spell with Sampdoria in which the Italian club won the European Cup Winners' Cup, a Serie A title, two Italian Cups and an Italian Super Cup.



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