Monday, April 29, 2013

November 11, 1987-Yugoslavia 1-England 4

November 11, 1987
Yugoslavia 1-England 4
European Championship Qualifying-Group 4
Venue: Belgrade, Stadion Crvene Zvezde (Red Star)
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)
Goalscorers: (Yugoslavia): Srecko Katanec 80
                    (England): Peter Beardsley 4, John Barnes 17, Bryan Robson 20,
      Tony Adams 25

1-Mauro Ravnic (Nogometni Klub Rijeka) [6 / 0] (12-Vladan Radaca (Fudbalski Klub Rad- Beograd) [1 / 0] 46th)
2-Zoran Vujovic (Girondins de Bordeaux Football Club / France) [29 / 2]
3-Mirsad Baljic (Fudbalski Klub Zeljeznicar-Sarajevo) [22 / 2]
4-Srecko Katanec (Fudbalski Klub Partizan- Beograd)  [15 / 1]
5-Marko Elsner (Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice / France) [12 / 0]   (14-Milan Jankovic (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol / Spain) [8 / 1] 29th)
6-Faruk Hadzibegic (Football Club de Sochaux-Montbéliard / France) [26 / 3]
7-Dragan Stojkovic (Fudbalski Klub Crvena zvezda (Red Star) -Beograd)   [13 / 4]       
8-Marko Mlinaric (Nogometni Klub Dinamo- Zagreb)  [15 / 1]
9-Fadil Vokrri (Fudbalski Klub Partizan- Beograd)  [12 / 6]
10-Mehmed Bazdarevic (Football Club de Sochaux-Montbéliard / France) [30 / 2]
11-Zlatko Vujovic  (Girondins de Bordeaux Football Club / France) [50 / 21]

Coach: Ivica Osim
Booked: Dragan Stojkovic 75

Team Captain: Zlatko Vujovic
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

1- Peter Leslie Shilton (Derby County Football Club) [94 / 0]
2- Gary Michael Stevens (Everton Football Club-Liverpool) [18 / 0]
3- Kenneth Graham Sansom (Arsenal Football Club-London) [79 / 1]
4-Trevor Mc Gregor Steven (Everton Football Club-Liverpool) [18 / 3]
5- Anthony Alexander Adams (Arsenal Football Club-London) [6 / 1]
6-Terence Ian Butcher (Rangers Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) [54 / 3]
7- Bryan Robson (Manchester United Football Club) [61 / 21] (14-Peter Reid (Everton Football Club-Liverpool) [12 / 0]  76th)
8-Neil John Webb (Nottingham Forest Football Club) [3 / 1] (15-Glenn Hoddle (Association Sportive de Monaco / France) [47 / 8]  83rd)
9- Peter Andrew Beardsley  (Liverpool Football Club) [18 / 4]
10- Gary Winston Lineker (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain) [27 / 23]
11- John Charles Bryan Barnes (Liverpool Football Club) [34 / 6]

Coach: Robert William Robson

Team Captain: Bryan Robson, Butcher assumed captaincy after Robson substituted
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts , White Socks

Photo from: Onze, May 1988
(England squad, Top, left to right: Peter Shilton, Garyu Lineker, Tony Adams, Neil Webb, John barnes, Terry Butcher, Bottom, left to right: Gary M. Stevens, Trevor Steven, Peter Beardsley, Bryan Robson, Kenny Sansom)


-Match number 469 for Yugoslavia and number 800 for England

-This was the 13th meeting between the nations.

-The previous match between the nations, as well as England’s previous victory and the previous match between the Nations in England, was the first leg of this European Championship Qualifier in London’s Wembley Stadium, on November 12, 1986 that England won 2 to 0.
England players: Sansom, Butcher, Hoddle, Steven, Lineker and Beardsley and Yugoslavia Players: Ravnic, Zoran Vujovic, Baljic, Elsner, Hadzibegic, Katanec, Jankovic and Zlatko Vujovic also took part in that match.

-The previous match between the nations, in the same stadium, was a friendly on June 5, 1974 that ended in a 2 to 2 tie.

-The previous match between the nations at a neutral venue, as well as Yugoslavia’s previous win, was during the European Championship Semifinals in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1968, that Yugoslavia won 1 to 0.
Yugoslavia Manager Ivica Osim played in that match.

-The next match between the nations as well as England’s next win, would be a Frriendly played on December 13, 1989, at London’s Wembley Stadium, that England won 2 to 1.
England players: Shilton, Butcher, Robson and Lineker and Yugoslavia Players: Hadzibegic and Stojkovic also took part in that match.
Both Managers were still in their posts.
Bryan Robson scored twice in that match.
Faruk Hadzibegic captained Yugoslavia in that match.

-Yugoslavia’s previous win in Belgrade was a friendly on May 11, 1958 that Yugoslavia won 5 to 0.

-England won this European Championship qualifying Group to reach the Finals to be played in West Germany in June 1988.
The other teams in this group were Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Turkey.

-This was one of England’s best ever away performances.
They scored 4 goals in the first 25 minutes.

-This performance made them in the eyes of many observers’ favorites to win the European Championship title, but they performed poorly in the Finals and lost all three matches.
After the disastrous Euros, Sansom, Hoddle and Reid were discarded and did not play for England again.

-Terry Butcher assumed captaincy after Bryan Robson was substituted.

Photo From : Mondial, December 1987
(England striker Gary Lineker)

-This was Yugoslavia’s worst defeat since losing 6 to 1 to Scotland in a Friendly on September 12, 1984 at Glasgow.
Mirsad Baljic and Fadil Vokrri also took part in that match and Vokrri scored Yugoslavia’s goal.

-This was the first time Yugoslavia had conceded 4 goals at home, since tying 4 to 4 with Wales in a European Championship qualifier on December 15, 1982 at Titograd.
Faruk Hadzibegic took part in that match.

-This was Yugoslavia’s worst home defeat since losing 2 to 4 to USSR in a Friendly on March 23, 1977.

-The First goal was scored in the 4th minute after a long punt by Shilton that Hadzibegic and Elsner were hesitant to clear, this allowed Beardsley to score.

-In the 16th minute, Ravnic gave away an indirect free kick by picking up the ball twice in the area. Robson passed to Barnes who scored.

-In the 20th minute, a corner taken by Steven was headed towards Robson who spinned around and scored.

-In the 25th  minute, another corner from the right by Barnes was headed in  by Adams.
This was Adams’ first goal for England.

-Mauro Ravnic was replaced at halftime due to injury by Vladan Radaca.
This was Ravnic’s last cap for Yugoslavia.
This was Vladan Radaca ‘s first cap.

-Yugoslavia scored with 10 minutes remaining by Katanec who headed in a corner. This was the first goal England had conceded in the qualifying campaign.

Photo from: Onze, September 1988
(Srecko Katanec and Neil Webb)

-Terry Butcher called this match as one of his most memorable matches ever for England.
In the same month playing for his club Rangers vs. Celtic, he was charged with disorderly conduct and breach of peace. He was convicted on April 1988 and paid a fine.

-Terry Butcher played for England Manger Bobby Robson at club level at Ipswich.

-Yugoslavia’s Marko Elsner had a nightmare of a match and his display was mostly blamed by the press for the disastrous Yugoslavian performance.
He was replaced as early as the 29th minute, by Milan jankovic, with England already 4-0 up.
Elsner played as libero though he was a midfielder at his club OGC Nice of France.

-Marko Elsner was also eventually capped by Slovenia like teammate Srecko Katanec.
Katanec also managed Slovenia.

-English singer Cliff Richard had a concert at Belgrade the night before. The english players were not authorized to attend though the rest of the party and journalists attended

-West German Manager Franz Beckenbauer was in the audience to spy on potential rivals England.

-The day before, England’s Under-21’s also defeated Yugoslavia 5 to 1.

-Prior to kickoff, Yugoslavia’s recent World Under-20 Champions were presented to the public.

-Before the match started the weather was foggy and referee Michel Vautrot even discussed with the authorities about postponment. However, before the kickoff the mist was clear.

-Gary Lineker of Barcelona and Milan jankovic of Real Madrid were rivals in the Spanish La Liga.
Jankovic won the League title with Real Madrid that season and then joined Anderlecht for the following season.

Photo from: European Football Yearbook, 88-89, Editor Mike Hammond
(England striker Gary Lineker and Zoran Vujovic)

-Milan Jankovic retired aged just 30 at the end of 1989/90 season with Anderlecht.

-Yugoslavia Manager Ivica Osim had managed Zeljeznikar prior to the national team appointment.
Baljic and Bazdarevic had played for him at club level.

-Dragan Stojkovic was booked in the 75th minute after a push from behind on Robson.

-Yugoslavia were missing Davor Jozic who had just joined Italy’s Cesena that season.

-On November 2, 1987, Osim had selected the following Yugoslavia squad:
Goalkeepers: Mauro Ravnic (Rijeka) ,Vladan Radaca (Rad- Beograd)
Defenders: Mirsad Baljic (Zeljeznicar), Ljubomir Radanovic (Partizan- Beograd), Pedrag Miljus (Hajduk Split), Faruk Hadzibegic (Sochaux), Zoran Vujovic (Bordeaux) , Srecko Katanec (Partizan- Beograd), Refik Sabanadzovic (Crvena zvezda (Red Star) -Beograd), Marko Elsner (OGC  Nice), Zoran Vulic (Hajduk Split)
Mehmed Bazdarevic (Sochaux), Dragan Stojkovic (Crvena zvezda (Red Star) -Beograd), Milan Jankovic (Real Madrid), Marko Mlinaric (Dinamo- Zagreb)  ,Semir Tuce (Velez Mostar), Zlatko Vujovic  (Bordeaux), Fadil Vokrri (Partizan- Beograd), Borislav Cvetkovic (Crvena zvezda (Red Star) -Beograd)   , Darko Pancev (Vardar Skopje)

-This was Fadil Vokrri last match for Yugoslavia, despite scoring 6 goals in 12 matches.

-This loss convinced Osim to select more foreign based players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
This included players like Paris St Germain’s Safet Susic, who had not been called up since 1984.

-John Barnes and Peter Beardsley had just joined Liverpool that season from Watford and Newcastle respectively.
They won the League title that season and Barnes was named player of the year.

-England’s Gary Lineker of Barcelona and Glenn Hoddle of Monaco were England’s only non-british based players.
Hoddle’s Monaco teammate Mark Hateley did not play.
Glenn Hoddle won the French League title that season with Monaco.

-Trevor Steven also won the French league title with Olympique Marseille in 1992.
Yugoslavia’s Dragan Stojkovic was French league champion with Olympique Marseille in 1991.

-Peter Shilton had joined Derby County that season along with England teammate Mark Wright from Southampton.
Wright did not play in this match.

Photo From: France Football, November 17, 1987
(England goalkeeper Peter Shilton)

-Neil Webb had become England’s 1000th player in history when selected in a September friendly vs. West Germany.

-Gary Lineker and Dragan Stojkovic were for a brief time teamamtes at Japan’s Nagoya Grampus 8 in 1994, just before Lineker’s retirement.

-Dragan Stojkovic was nicknamed Piksi. He became the Yugoslav Federation President in 2001 and the Red Star Belgrade President in 2005.

-Hadzibegic and Bazdarevic were second division players with France’s Sochaux. They earned promotion at the end of that season.

Photo From: France Football, November 17, 1987
(England’s John Barnes)

-Yugoslavia’s Zoran and Zlatko Vujovic were twins and club teammates at Bordeaux.

-Yugoslavia’s Zoran and Zlatko Vujovic, Marko Elsner, Faruk Hadzibegic and Mehmed Bazdarevic were French League players.
Dragan Stojkovic and Marko Mlinaric also eventually joined the French League.
As mentioned Glenn Hoddle and Trevor Steven also played in the French League.
Zlatko Vujovic also played for Paris St Germain, Cannes, Sochaux and OGC Nice among others in the French League.

-Glenn Hoddle was England National Team Manager from 1996-99.

-Gary M. Stevens joined Terry Butcher at Rangers Glasgow the following season. Everton teamamte Trevor Steven followed a year later.

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  1. maybe i overread it, but it was also the penultimate match in the group. After that match yugoslavia had a last group match in turkey, which they finaly won with 3-2.

    So, if they would have won at home against england, they would probably have reached euro 88 with 10 pts (5W-0D-1L) ahead of england with 9 pts (4W-1D-1L)