The former Yugoslavia played 37 FIFA World Cup™ fixtures, reaching the semi-finals in 1930 and 1962 and the quarter-finals a further four times in total.

The break-up of the country resulted in a ban from competing at UEFA EURO 92, while they were also prevented from qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Yugoslavia reappeared in France four years later along with a now-independent Croatia, whose coach Miroslav Blazevic inspired the likes of Davor Suker, Robert Prosinecki and Zvonimir Boban to a third-placed finish.

This year, Serbia and Slovenia will represent the former Balkan state in South Africa.