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Savicevic gives youth a chance

Published: Friday 8 February 2002, 18.39CET
There are eight new faces in the Yugoslavia squad to face Mexico in the United States next week.
 
Published: Friday 8 February 2002, 18.39CET

Savicevic gives youth a chance

There are eight new faces in the Yugoslavia squad to face Mexico in the United States next week.

There are eight new faces in Dejan Savicevic's Yugoslavia squad for the 13 February friendly international with Mexico in the United States.

‘Experience and youth’
The eight newcomers - Dragoslav Jevric, Vukasin Poleksic, Nenad Dzodic, Goran Gavrancic, Ognjen Koroman, Nenad Brnovic, Veljko Paunovic and Nenad Mladenovic - will be aiming to impress against the 2002 FIFA World Cup finalists in Phoenix, Arizona. Coach Savicevic said of the promising octet: "They fit into my vision of the reconstruction of Yugoslavian football ahead of the qualification campaign for EURO 2004™. The team is made up of experience and youth as this is the formula for success."

Doubly determined
After his country's failure to qualify for Korea/Japan, Savicevic is doubly determined to lead Yugoslavia to the 2004 UEFA European Championship in Portugal, and he insists age is no barrier to selection as the qualifiers near. "This is a test for older players to show to me what they can give this team at the moment - every player is in my plans, no matter how old he is," Savicevic added. "The match against Mexico will be very good. We are playing against a World Cup finalist and I will insist that my squad do their best to win."

Yugoslavia squad
Jevric, Zrilic, Poleksic, Dzodic, Gavrancic, Mihajlovic, Krstajic, Stefanovic, Dmitrovic, Jokanovic, Jugovic, Stankovic, Komoran, Krivokapic, Brnovic, Paunovic, Mijatovic, Milosevic, Kezman, Mladenovic.

 
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