April 24, 1998 |
Six years ago, Ivica Kralj was a conscripted soldier fighting for Bosnia's Serbs. Today, he is the star goalkeeper of Yugoslav soccer. But as he prepares to represent his country in this summer's World Cup, he often finds himself the target of Serbian fans' harshest taunts. Kralj plays for Belgrade's Partizan club, one of the oldest in Yugoslavia. Up against archrival Red Star on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Kralj was not having a good day.
August 4, 1996 |
Let's see, what do we have to do to get out of here? Pick up our gold medals, pack our bags. Don't forget the pictures--here we are with James Brown, with Vice President Gore, with Bishop Tutu--call the limos, fly home, catch the closing ceremonies on TV if there's nothing better on. Did we forget anything? Oh, the game.
October 2, 1992 |
Yugoslavia, a quarterfinalist in 1990, was banned from the 1994 World Cup by the international soccer federation because of United Nations sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro. FIFA said it would not replace Yugoslavia in Group 5 because European qualifying already began. Other teams in the group are Hungary, Greece, Luxembourg, Russia and Iceland.
July 27, 1992
Bosnian sharpshooter Mirjana Horvat could have won her country's first medal, but just taking part was enough. After four months of civil war, air raids and hunger, just being in the Olympics seemed like a miracle. Horvat, a Sarajevo student, found herself on the Olympic air rifle shooting range, competing in Barcelona's opening medal event Sunday. During the final round, she fired next to Yugoslav shooter Aranka Binder, who won the bronze medal.
July 24, 1992 |
Yugoslavia, the United States water polo team's archrival, was eliminated by Thursday's U.N. decision. "It's really a bummer," team captain Terry Schroeder said after '84 and '88 Olympic champion Yugoslavia was banned. "It's too bad. I feel for (the Yugoslav players). I think all the teams in the world have a lot of respect for them, what they put in. We know what it takes to get there. "We were really looking forward to have the opportunity to play them and beat them."
July 24, 1992 |
The International Olympic Committee granted provisional recognition Thursday to the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, enabling its athletes to march in the opening ceremony of the 25th Summer Olympics Saturday under their own flag. The IOC also announced that athletes from another former Yugoslav republic, Macedonia, will be allowed to compete in the Games, although they will not have their own flag or anthem and will wear neutral uniforms.