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Vladimir Jugović

Vladimir Jugović Serbian footballer

Serbian footballer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Serbian footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Serbia Croatia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 30 August 1969, Trstenik, Serbia
Age: 50 years
Star sign VirgoVirgo
Stats
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg
The details
Biography

Vladimir Jugović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Југовић, [ʋlǎdimiːr jûɡoʋitɕ]; born 30 August 1969) is a Serbian former footballer. A versatile player, he was usually employed as a left or attacking midfielder, but could play anywhere in midfield. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2000, collecting 41 international appearances between 1991 and 2002, and scoring three goals.

Born in Milutovac, a village near Trstenik, Jugović played throughout his career for numerous top European teams. He won the European Cup and Intercontinental Cup with Red Star in 1991 and won both competitions again with Juventus in 1996. He is regarded as one of the finest players that Serbia has ever produced and one of the best midfielders of his generation.

Club career

Red Star Belgrade

Jugović was scouted by Red Star at the age of 15 by former Red Star player Toma Milićević. After making his debut for Red Star, he was loaned to FK Rad in the second half of the 1989–90 season. When Ljupko Petrović became coach of Red Star, Jugović was brought back to the starting eleven. In 1991, Jugović played in the 1991 European Cup Final, which Red Star won. Subsequently, he won the Intercontinental Cup as Red Star beat Colo-Colo 3–0, scoring the first two goals. By the end of his career with Red Star, he was awarded the Star of Red Star and became one of the most celebrated footballers in Yugoslavia.

Sampdoria

Sampdoria invited Jugović at the insistence of Vujadin Boškov, who was their coach until 1992. He spent three successful seasons at Sampdoria, during which he helped the team win the 1993–94 Coppa Italia. Notably, he scored a brace in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, but missed a penalty after overtime in the subsequent leg, after which Arsenal progressed.

Juventus

In 1995 Jugović was purchased from Sampdoria by Juventus, whose coach at the time was Marcello Lippi. In his first season, Juventus finished as runner-up in the 1995–96 Serie A. In the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, he came on as a substitute for Antonio Conte and scored the decisive penalty for Juventus against Ajax after overtime. In an interview with Goal.com, he recalled that he felt calm before taking his penalty against Ajax keeper Edwin van der Sar. After his role in their Champions League victory, Jugović played in Juventus for one more season, during which he played in the 1996 Intercontinental Cup, which Juventus won 1–0. That season, Juventus went on to win the 1996–97 Serie A, after which Jugović left for Lazio. In total, he made 77 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.

Later career

In the summer of 1997, he joined Lazio spending only one season with the Roman club winning his second Coppa Italia (1997–98 Coppa Italia), beating Milan in the two-leg final, also the club reached the 1998 UEFA Cup Final, losing to Inter in the all Italian final.

Jugović successively moved to Atlético Madrid for the 1998–99 season before joining Inter the following year, where he spent two seasons. Jugović finished his career at LR Ahlen, after stints with AS Monaco FC and VfB Admira Wacker Mödling.

International career

Jugović made his debut for Yugoslavia's national team against Czechoslovakia in August 1991, while it still consisted of players from the collapsing SFR Yugoslavia. He was included to UEFA Euro 1992, but the nation would be suspended due to the Yugoslav Wars.

For the national team, Jugović played primarily as a left winger until the Euro 2000, where coach Vujadin Boškov deployed him as a central midfielder. He did not miss a single match for Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. During the final 16 match against the Netherlands, Jugović was fouled by Jaap Stam, resulting in a penalty kick which Predrag Mijatović missed.

Although Jugović missed Yugoslavia's Euro 2000 qualifying campaign due to injury, he was called up by coach Vujadin Boškov for the tournament. He played as a central midfielder in the quarterfinal against the Netherlands, which Yugoslavia lost to by a score of 6–1.

Style of play

A versatile, physically strong, and hard-working right-footed player, Jugović was usually employed as a left-sided or attacking midfielder, but could play anywhere in midfield, including in the centre, in a holding role, and on the right. He was mainly known for his tenacity, energy, generosity, intelligence, and tackling, but was also a talented player, with good technique, who could also start attacks and dictate play in midfield with his passing after winning back possession; he also possessed a good shot from any area of the pitch, and was known for his eye for goal. He was also used as a second striker on occasion, and even as a full-back. Despite his ability, however, he often struggled with injuries throughout his career. Beyond his footballing skills, he was also known for his leadership qualities.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 1989–90 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rad (loan) 1989–90 16 7 0 0 0 0 16 7
Red Star Belgrade 1990–91 32 7 8 0 9 0 49 7
1991–92 29 4 9 3 10 0 2 2 50 9
Total 62 11 17 3 19 0 2 2 100 16
Sampdoria 1992–93 33 9 2 1 35 10
1993–94 27 6 6 0 33 6
1994–95 21 3 4 0 6 2 1 0 32 5
Total 81 18 12 1 6 2 1 0 100 21
Juventus 1995–96 26 2 1 1 8 1 35 4
1996–97 30 6 3 0 7 0 2 0 42 6
Total 56 8 4 1 15 1 2 0 77 10
Lazio 1997–98 27 2 9 3 6 1 42 6
Atlético Madrid 1998–99 17 3 2 0 8 2 27 5
Internazionale 1999–2000 17 2 4 0 1 0 22 2
2000–01 21 1 0 0 6 0 1 0 28 1
Total 38 3 4 0 6 0 2 0 50 3
Monaco 2001–02 19 0 3 0 3 1 25 1
2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 0 3 0 3 1 25 1
Admira Wacker 2003–04 25 3 1 0 26 3
LR Ahlen 2004–05 19 2 2 0 21 2
Career total 360 57 54 8 60 6 10 3 484 74

International

FR Yugoslavia
Year Apps Goals
1991 3 1
1992 1 0
1993* 0 0
1994 2 0
1995 0 0
1996 7 1
1997 7 1
1998 11 0
1999 0 0
2000 8 0
2001 1 0
2002 1 0
Total 41 3
  • Note: Yugoslavia was banned from international football in 1993, since 1994 FR Yugoslavia became the successor of SFR Yugoslavia national team.

Honours

Club

Red Star Belgrade
  • Yugoslav First League: 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
  • UEFA Champions League: 1990–91
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1991
Sampdoria
  • Coppa Italia: 1993–94
Juventus
  • Serie A: 1996–97
  • UEFA Champions League: 1995–96
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996
Lazio
  • Coppa Italia: 1997–98
Monaco
  • Coupe de la Ligue: 2003

Individual

  • Intercontinental Cup MVP of the Match Award: 1991
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