The Battle of Belgrade: a party to the limit

The Battle of Belgrade: a party to the limit

The former Yugoslavian and Spanish people with character are not disputed by anyone, but maybe what happened the 30 November 1977  It was too much. Yugoslavia and Spain were measured in the crowded stadium Little Marakana Belgrade. 100.000 frenzied spectators should encourage a local team that had to win by two goals to Spain if I wanted to access the World of Argentina. The Spanish selection, coached by Ladislao Kubala, meanwhile, he was worth the tie, or even, the narrow defeat.

Marshal Tito, aware of the importance of the meeting had declared the day a holiday so that the army could attend the meeting. At stake were many things. Spain and Yugoslavia maintained a rivalry that had led them to cope in the previous qualifying for the World Cup, then with Balkan victory.

But nevertheless, Now things seemed different. Spain had a new batch of players, bravos, Young and fearless. Juanito, Camacho or Migueli were not people see crinkling down hundreds of flares on the pitch. They needed much more than fireworks to be afraid.

Spain came with a great team to Belgrade.
Spain came with a great team to Belgrade.

Aware of them, Yugoslavs took the manual on how to win at home by the civil or criminal way, and they decided to opt for the second option. Result of this, The game was not such, but a real battle, of “Belgrade”. Very beginning of the meeting, Juanito, He received a business card as a brutal Bujan entry that was neither sanctioned by the English referee Burns. A warning of what would happen the minute 3, Sead Susic when he was going to charge Pirri, taking this to be replaced by Antonio Olmo.

After a first part of light local domain, the party comes to rest with 0-0 and many nerves especially, on the local side, they see how things do not work. Even less, when the minute 76, Ruben Cano takes advantage from a center Cardeñosa to overtake the Spaniards in the lead.

Juanito lying on the ground after receiving an aggression.
Juanito lying on the ground after receiving an aggression.

Buttoned Plan A, you have to go to the B think the Slavs. That is none other, to further increase the aggressiveness, foment conflict, take the match to violence. Thus Muzinic strongly hits Juanito, you must go outside the field of victim kicking game. The output will not be all that comforting thought. The 7 , a man capable of facing 100.000 people tells the audience with thumb will lose. The result is not worth waiting for. A bottle thrown by supporters knocks Extremadura, I would have to carry on a stretcher.

Yugoslavian attacks continue and the next victim is Migueli, who is attacked by Halilhdodzic. From there gresca, everywhere punched and kicked until Burns blows the final.

Spain finally gets it, again in a World Cup 12 after years at the expense of Yugoslavia who sees his Pekeño MARAKANA cries desconsalada. Never violence was the way to go.

That party alignment:

Yugoslavia (0): EKatalinic; Hatunic, Boljat, Stojkovic, Trifunovic; Muzinic, Popivoda (Vukotic), Safet Susic, Surjak; Sead Susic (Halilhdodzic), Kustodic.

Spain (1): Miguel Angel; Marcelino, Migueli, Saint Joseph, Camacho; Leal, Pirri (Olmo), Asensi, Cardeñosa; Juanito (Dani), Cano.

Goal: 76'Ruben Cano.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982
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