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The Serbia
Serbia
national football team (Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia
Serbia
in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in Serbia. With the national team nicknamed the Orlovi (Орлови, the Eagles), football has a long history in both Serbia
Serbia
and neighbouring countries. Serbia
Serbia
competed under the various forms of Yugoslav national teams, where it achieved considerable success, finishing fourth at the 1930 and 1962 World Cups respectively. Considered by FIFA
FIFA
and UEFA
UEFA
to be the successor of both the Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro
Montenegro
national teams, the achievements of the promising team of the 1990s which featured players such as Dragan Stojković, Dejan Savićević, Predrag Mijatović, Vladimir Jugović and Siniša Mihajlović was somewhat curbed due to international sanctions imposed against Yugoslavia at the time due to the Yugoslav Wars. Following the dissolution of Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro, Serbia
Serbia
has played as an independent nation since 2006. Arguably the team's greatest success could be described as the 1–0 win over Germany
Germany
at the 2010 World Cup, a campaign which eventually led to the team's elimination in the group stage. The home ground of the national team is the Rajko Mitić Stadium
Rajko Mitić Stadium
of Red Star Belgrade, located in Belgrade. Both FIFA
FIFA
and UEFA
UEFA
consider the Serbian national team to be the direct and sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro teams.[1][2][3]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Kingdom of Yugoslavia

1.1.1 1930 World Cup

1.2 Socialist Yugoslavia

1.2.1 Silver Medal at 1948 and 1952 Olympics 1.2.2 1960s through 1980s

1.3 Dissolution of Yugoslavia and UN sanctions 1.4 Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro

1.4.1 1998 World Cup 1.4.2 Euro 2000 1.4.3 2002 World Cup campaign 1.4.4 2006 World Cup

1.5 Serbia

1.5.1 2010 World Cup 1.5.2 Euro 2012 campaign 1.5.3 2014 World Cup campaign 1.5.4 Euro 2016 campaign 1.5.5 2018 World Cup

2 Qualification table 3 Rivalries

3.1 Croatia

4 Kit

4.1 Kit providers 4.2 Kit history

4.2.1 Yugoslavia 1920–1992 4.2.2 FR Yugoslavia/ Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
1992–2006 4.2.3 Serbia

5 Team image 6 Record in major tournaments

6.1 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup 6.2 UEFA
UEFA
European Championship

7 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures 8 Head to head records (2006 onward) 9 Head coaches 10 Current coaching staff 11 Squads

11.1 Current squad 11.2 Recent call-ups 11.3 Previous squads

12 Player statistics

12.1 Most capped players 12.2 Top goalscorers 12.3 Captains (after 1994)

13 Notable players 14 Honours 15 See also 16 References 17 External links

History[edit]

A Yugoslavia line-up in the 1930 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Main article: History of the Serbia
Serbia
national football team Kingdom of Yugoslavia[edit] The first national team was in the kingdom that existed between the two world wars. The Football Federation of what was then the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was founded in Zagreb
Zagreb
in 1919 under the name Jugoslovenski nogometni savez (and admitted into FIFA), and the national team played its first international game at the Summer Olympics in Antwerp
Antwerp
in 1920. The opponent was Czechoslovakia, and the historic starting eleven that represented Kingdom of SCS on its debut were: Dragutin Vrđuka, Vjekoslav Župančić, Jaroslav Šifer, Stanko Tavčar, Slavin Cindrić, Rudolf Rupec, Dragutin Vrag and Jovan Ružić. They lost by a large margin, 0–7,[4] but nonetheless entered their names in the history books. 1930 World Cup[edit] In 1929, the country was renamed to Yugoslavia and the football association became Fudbalski Savez Jugoslavije and moved its headquarters to Belgrade. The national team participated at the 1930 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, finishing in third place.[5] In its first ever World Cup match in Montevideo's Parque Central, Yugoslavia managed a famous 2–1 win versus mighty Brazil, with the following starting eleven representing the country: Milovan Jakšić, Branislav Sekulić, Aleksandar Tirnanić, Milutin Ivković, Ivica Bek, Momčilo Đokić, Blagoje Marjanović, Milorad Arsenijević, Đorđe Vujadinović, Dragoslav Mihajlović, and Ljubiša Stefanović. The national team consisted of players based in Serbian football clubs, while the Zagreb Subassociation forbid players from Croatian clubs to play in the World Cup due to the relocation of the football association's headquarters from Zagreb
Zagreb
to Belgrade.[6] Socialist Yugoslavia[edit] The federation and football overall was disrupted by World War II. After the war, a socialist federation was formed and the football federation reconstituted. Silver Medal at 1948 and 1952 Olympics[edit] Yugoslavia begin their football campaign by defeating Luxembourg 6–1,[7] with five different players scoring the goals. In the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, they would take out Turkey[8] and Great Britain[9] by the same score of 3–1. In the final though, they would lose to Sweden.[10] Having a team with many players from the 1948 generation, Yugoslavia was a formidable side at the 1952 Summer Olympics
1952 Summer Olympics
and finished as runners-up behind the legendary Hungary national team. Against the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia was 5–1 up with 15 minutes of their first round match to go. The Yugoslavs, understandably, put their feet up. Arthur Ellis, the match referee, recorded what happened next in his book, The Final Whistle (London, 1963): "The USSR forced the most honourable draw ever recorded! [Vsevolod] Bobrov, their captain, scored a magnificent hat-trick. After the Soviet Union had reduced the lead to 5–2, he, almost single-handed, took the score to 5–5, scoring his third in the last minute. For once, use of the word sensational was justified." Although Bobrov's early goal in their replay presaged a miraculous recovery, Yugoslavia recovered sufficiently to put out their opponents easily in the second half. 1960s through 1980s[edit] Yugoslavia organized the 1976 European Championship played in Belgrade and Zagreb. The national team participated in eight World Cups and four Euros, and won the Olympic football tournament in 1960 at the Summer Games (they also finished second three times and third once). Dissolution of Yugoslavia and UN sanctions[edit] With the end of the Cold War, democratic principles were introduced to the country which brought about the end of Titoist rule. In the subsequent atmosphere, national tensions were heightened. At the Yugoslavia- Netherlands
Netherlands
friendly in preparation for the 1990 World Cup, the Croatian crowd in Zagreb
Zagreb
jeered the Yugoslav team and anthem and waved Dutch flags (owing to its resemblance to the Croatian tricolour). With the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the team split up and the remaining team of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(FRY) was banned from competing at Euro 92. The decision was made on 31 May 1992, just ten days before the competition commenced.[11] They had finished top of their qualifying group, but were unable to play in the competition due to United Nations Security Council Resolution 757. Their place was taken by Denmark, who went on to win the competition. Yugoslavia had also been drawn as the top seed in Group 5 of the European Zone in the qualifying tournament for the 1994 World Cup. FRY was barred from competing, rendering the group unusually weak. Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro[edit] 1998 World Cup[edit] See also: 1998 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Group F and 1998 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
knockout stage Although the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, consisting of Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro, was formed on 27 April 1992, its teams were banned from all international sporting events, including the national football team. Consequently, the national team did not play its first game as a new country before 23 December 1994, a friendly match played in Porto Alegre and in which Brazil
Brazil
won 2–0. This was the first ever team composed of Serbian and Montenegrin players exclusively, while Slobodan Santrač, a former Yugoslavia national team player, was named the team's first ever manager. The next game was played three days later, this time in Buenos Aires, resulting in a 1–0 loss to Argentina. Also due to the United Nations international sanctions, the team could not participate in 1994 World Cup qualifying nor the Euro 1996 qualifying process. On 31 March 1995, the team recorded its first official win in history, a 1–0 friendly against Uruguay, simultaneously marking the team's first ever home game, played at Stadion Crvena Zvezda
Stadion Crvena Zvezda
in Belgrade, and the first ever goal scored, courtesy of Savo Milošević. Slightly more than one year later, the team recorded its first ever win in a World Cup qualifying tournament in its first game in such a tournament, a 3–1 win over the Faroe Islands. Shortly after, the team also recorded its biggest win in history, once again against the Faroe Islands, 8–1. Yugoslavia finished second in Group 6, just behind Spain, meaning it had to go through the play-off system in order to qualify. Yugoslavia was paired up with Hungary, and what was believed would be a tough match turned out to be an easy win for Yugoslavia, 7–1 in Budapest
Budapest
and 5–0 in Belgrade, for an aggregate score of 12–1. This was enough to secure Yugoslavia its first ever World Cup appearance as a new country. The 1998 World Cup seeding had Yugoslavia ranked in 21st position, but the Yugoslavia national team went to France
France
as one of the shadow favorites for the World Cup. The New York Times
The New York Times
stated that Yugoslavia could easily be a semi-finalist in that year's World Cup.[12] The justification for such an estimation was partially found in the names of the Yugoslav players, members of great European teams and proven footballers. The draw put the team in Group F alongside Germany, the United States, and Iran. Yugoslavia won its first game 1–0 against Iran thanks to a goal from defender Siniša Mihajlović. The next game was a draw for Yugoslavia. After leading Germany
Germany
2–0, last game's hero, Mihajlović, scored an unlucky own goal following a German freekick, and Oliver Bierhoff
Oliver Bierhoff
equalised at 2–2 with only about ten minutes to the match. Nonetheless, Yugoslavia responded in the next game against the United States
United States
and won 1–0 due to an early goal in Nantes. Yugoslavia made easy work of Group 6, but despite an excellent record, the game against Germany
Germany
would prove costly as Germany
Germany
won the group thanks to a better goal difference. Due to their second position, Yugoslavia saw itself face the Netherlands
Netherlands
in the Round of 16. Yugoslavia entered in the match with a sole attacker, but its defensive tactics proved unsuccessful as Dennis Bergkamp put the Netherlands
Netherlands
in front in the 38th minute. Immediately following the start of the second half, Yugoslavia pressured the Dutch, who inevitably conceded a header from Slobodan Komljenović. However, the turning point of this match was a penalty awarded to Yugoslavia after Vladimir Jugović was fouled in the penalty area. Predrag Mijatović's shot dazzled Edwin van der Sar, but not the crossbar, and the scoreline remained the same at 1–1. Such an event demoralized the Yugoslavs, as the Dutch took the initiative. In the late seconds of the game, as everybody was preparing for extra time, Edgar Davids' shot towards the Yugoslav net from a distance of 20 meters and beat goalkeeper Ivica Kralj, to the pure disbelief of the Yugoslav players and fans. This marked the end of Yugoslavia's run in the 1998 World Cup, since there was not much time left to do anything. Unlucky events forced Yugoslavia out of the tournament, but the team definitely demonstrated its great ability and proved it had a spot among the world's best teams. This was also reflected in the FIFA World Rankings following the 1998 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, in which Yugoslavia was constantly ranked in the Top 10 for a long period of time. Euro 2000[edit] See also: UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2000 Group C and UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2000 knockout stage The draw for the Euro 2000 qualifiers saw many eyebrows raised as first-seeded Yugoslavia was drawn in a group with Croatia, thus marking the first games between the two teams after the breakup of Yugoslavia. The other teams in the group were the Republic of Ireland, Macedonia, and Malta. When the qualifiers began, the coach was Milan Živadinović, but in July 1999 he resigned and was replaced by Vujadin Boškov. The team started with a 1–0 win over Ireland in Belgrade, before beating Malta 3–0 in Ta' Qali. The home fixture against the Maltese followed, but was moved to Thessaloniki, Greece
Greece
due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. The team nonetheless won 4–1. The first, highly anticipated match against Croatia took place in Belgrade shortly after the bombing ended, and was interrupted due to a power outage at the beginning of the second half, resuming after 43 minutes[13] and eventually finishing 0–0. A 2–1 defeat against Ireland in Dublin
Dublin
was followed by victories home and away against Macedonia (3–1 and 4–2 respectively), meaning that Yugoslavia needed to win its final qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb, or to draw with Ireland failing to beat Macedonia in Skopje, in order to qualify automatically for Euro 2000. In the event, Ireland conceded an injury-time equaliser, meaning that Yugoslavia's 2–2 draw with the Croatians was good enough. The draw for the finals placed Yugoslavia in Group C along with Spain, Norway and another former Yugoslav republic, Slovenia. The Slovenians took a surprise 3–0 lead in the first game at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi, but three goals in six second-half minutes enabled Yugoslavia to secure a 3–3 draw. The team then beat Norway 1–0 in Liège, thanks to an early Savo Milošević
Savo Milošević
backheel strike. The final group game, against Spain
Spain
in Bruges, saw the Yugoslavs take the lead three times, before a Gaizka Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta
penalty and an Alfonso strike in injury-time secured a dramatic 4–3 win for the Spaniards and top spot in the group. Yugoslavia nonetheless finished second, level on points with Norway but ranked ahead due to its victory in Liège. In each of the three games, the team had one player sent off (Siniša Mihajlović, Mateja Kežman, and Slaviša Jokanović, respectively). In the quarter-finals, Yugoslavia was once again paired with the Netherlands. Unlike the last time, the co-hosts made easy work of Yugoslavia, winning 6–1 in Rotterdam
Rotterdam
with Patrick Kluivert
Patrick Kluivert
scoring a hat-trick. Savo Milošević
Savo Milošević
was crowned the joint top scorer of the tournament, alongside Patrick Kluivert. Both players scored five goals, although Milošević played one game fewer.[14] 2002 World Cup campaign[edit] The 2002 qualifiers marked the first time that Yugoslavia failed to reach a major tournament ever since its return to the big stage after the UN sanctions. The problems started with the major political turmoil in the country as well in the Yugoslav FA, which prompted the new coach Ilija Petković
Ilija Petković
to resign only after one game (2–0 away victory against Luxembourg). Milovan Đorić took over the team, but under his leadership, the team managed only two draws (1–1 at home vs. Switzerland
Switzerland
and also 1–1 away in Slovenia, in both games the opponents managed to equalise in late stages of the game) and a 0–1 home loss to Russia
Russia
(which marked the team's first home defeat in official matches). After Ðorić's resignation, a three-man commission, consisting of Dejan Savićević, Vujadin Boškov, and Ivan Ćurković, took over the coaching duties, until Savićević ultimately took over on his own. The team managed to bounce back with a draw in Russia
Russia
and a win in Switzerland, but failed to defeat Slovenia in the penultimate game, thus ended the qualifiers in third position. 2006 World Cup[edit] See also: 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Group C

Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
and Cote d'Ivoire
Cote d'Ivoire
playing in the Allianz Arena at the 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

After Savićević's disastrous spell as coach of Yugoslavia, the country went under a political transformation, and Ilija Petković became the newly named Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro's new coach. Initially, the team under his lead experienced dragging failure in the Euro 2004 qualifiers while competing for the first time as Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro. Despite drawing both games against group favorites and eventual group winners Italy
Italy
and winning both games against runners-up Wales, Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
failed to qualify, mostly due to an embarrassing 2–2 home draw and 2–1 away loss to Azerbaijan. Qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, however, was different. Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
began the campaign by finishing first with an undefeated record in their qualification group ahead of favourites Spain. The Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
team also allowed only one goal in the ten matches, the best defensive record of all 51 teams participating in qualification. For the 2006 qualifiers, Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
was drawn in a group with Spain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania
Lithuania
and San Marino. Led once again by Ilija Petković
Ilija Petković
as coach, Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro played some impressive defensive football—the "Famous Four" defense, consisting of Nemanja Vidić, Mladen Krstajić, Goran Gavrančić, and Ivica Dragutinović, with Dragoslav Jevrić
Dragoslav Jevrić
as goalkeeper, conceded only one goal in ten games, finishing first with a 6–4–0 record, ahead of Spain. On 3 June 2006, following a referendum, Montenegro
Montenegro
declared its independence from Serbia. As the World Cup was about to start, it was decided that the Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
team that had qualified for the tournament would compete, with the split into separate teams representing the new countries of Montenegro
Montenegro
and Serbia
Serbia
to take place once the team was no longer in the tournament. In the group stage, Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
lost their opening game to joint group favourite, the Netherlands. The final score was 1–0 after Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
scored the only goal of the game. They also lost their second game to Argentina
Argentina
6–0, Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro's worst ever international result. With the team's two losses and with Netherlands
Netherlands
and Argentina
Argentina
winning both their games, Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
could no longer qualify for the knockout matches, and was playing for pride alone in their final group game against Ivory Coast. Despite having a 2–0 lead for much of the first half, the Elephants managed to come back and win 3–2, leaving Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
with a disappointing 0–0–3 World Cup run. Serbia[edit] After Montenegro
Montenegro
declared independence, Serbia
Serbia
marked their split from Montenegro
Montenegro
with a 3–1 win over the Czech Republic. The Euro 2008 qualification process began not long after in 2007 and ended in disappointment for Serbia. A strong start in qualification was overshadowed by the final hurdle of matches where inconsistency took over, the side dropping points against the likes of Finland, Belgium, Armenia and Kazakhstan. They eventually finished third, three points behind runners-up Portugal
Portugal
and Group A winners Poland. Serbia's first ever foreign coach Javier Clemente
Javier Clemente
was sacked after the failure. Serbia
Serbia
replaced Clemente with Miroslav Đukić, who then left the position on 19 August of the following year without having played any official games, due to various disagreements with the Football Association of Serbia. 2010 World Cup[edit] See also: 2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Group D

Atmosphere at the start of match vs. France, 9 September 2009

Stojković Ivanović Vidić Subotić Kolarov Krasić Kuzmanović Stanković Ninković Jovanović Žigić

Serbia's starting XI in their famous 1–0 win over Germany
Germany
at the 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup[15]

Subsequent to Ðukić's rapid departure, Radomir Antić
Radomir Antić
was appointed coach and success followed. Serbia's World Cup qualification campaign began in 2008. Their qualification group featured former World Cup winners and 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
runners-up France, traditionally powerful Romania, as well as Austria, Lithuania
Lithuania
and the Faroe Islands. Serbia
Serbia
played consistently during the qualifiers and this led to the team automatically qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
in South Africa. They confirmed qualification with a commanding 5–0 win at home against Romania. Like in 2006, Serbia
Serbia
went into the 2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
as the dark horses of the tournament. Key points justifying their potential surprise-team status included a star-studded defense that was composed by Nemanja Vidić, Neven Subotić, Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov
and Branislav Ivanović. The captain of Serbia's 2010 World Cup campaign was stalwart Dejan Stanković, who became the only player to feature in a World Cup having played under three different national names (although he never changed nationality; this was a result of geopolitical events involving the identity of Yugoslavia).[16] In their first tournament as an independent nation, they were to face Ghana, Germany
Germany
and Australia. Their opening group game was against Ghana and chances came to both sides but a red card to Aleksandar Luković
Aleksandar Luković
and a handball by substitute Zdravko Kuzmanović
Zdravko Kuzmanović
in the second half gave Ghana a penalty to take all three points at the death. Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan
converted eight minutes from full-time and Serbia
Serbia
were defeated 1–0. In Serbia's second group match, they sensationally defeated Germany
Germany
by a score of 1–0 with an acrobatic goal by Milan Jovanović late in the first half. FIFA's official YouTube channel called the win "the most famous day in Serbia's footballing history".[17] Serbia
Serbia
only needed a single point to reach the knockout stages but were defeated by Australia 2–1 in an entertaining match where Serbia's dominance in the first half and in periods of the second half would have made it look like a Serbia
Serbia
victory. Australia scored 2 goals in the second half through Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
and Brett Holman. A late Marko Pantelić
Marko Pantelić
goal served only as a consolation. They finished last in the group. Radomir Antić
Radomir Antić
was sacked two games into the Euro 2012 qualification process, a 1–1 draw at home to Slovenia spelling the end to his two-year stint. The sacking meant the bringing in of Vladimir Petrović to the job. Euro 2012 campaign[edit]

Nemanja Vidić, famous Serbian defender, two times FIFA
FIFA
World XI

Main article: UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2012 qualifying Group C Serbia
Serbia
once again failed to qualify for the European Championships, making it 12 years since the country last took part in the tournament. Serbia
Serbia
was drawn in Qualification Group C featuring Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands. The qualifying stage began with Radomir Antić
Radomir Antić
as coach and finished with Vladimir Petrović. Serbia
Serbia
and Antić started the first two games positively with a 3–0 win away to Faroe Islands and a 1–1 draw at home to Slovenia but this result brought the end of Antić's reign as the country's coach. New coach Petrović faced setbacks immediately with an embarrassing 3–1 loss at home to Estonia and an abandoned match resulting in a 3–0 loss to Italy
Italy
due to crowd trouble from the Serbian away supporters in Genoa. Serbia
Serbia
returned to form with a 2–1 win at home over Northern Ireland but could only manage a 1–1 draw away to Estonia. Afterwards, Serbia
Serbia
won back to back games with a 1–0 win away to Northern Ireland and a crucial 3–1 win at home against Faroe Islands. These results put Serbia
Serbia
in pole position to confirm a play-off spot behind Italy. Serbia
Serbia
needed a win at home against Italy
Italy
to confirm a play-off spot but their efforts only resulted in a 1–1 draw. The team, however, still had one more chance to confirm a play-off place when they faced Slovenia away. This game was a must win even though Serbia
Serbia
had a superior goal difference over Estonia, a draw was not good enough for progression. Serbia
Serbia
played positively and created a number of chances during the game but a long-range goal put Slovenia up 1–0 at half time. The Serbians then failed to convert numerous chances that they had in the second half, notably Nemanja Vidić's penalty miss midway through the second half. Serbia
Serbia
left empty handed after a 1–0 loss and exited the tournament for the third time in a row during the qualifying group stages, missing out by one point behind Estonia. Vladimir Petrović
Vladimir Petrović
was sacked after the team's failure to qualify. 2014 World Cup campaign[edit] Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – UEFA
UEFA
Group A Dejan Stanković
Dejan Stanković
and Nemanja Vidić
Nemanja Vidić
announced that they were retiring from international football. This meant that Serbia
Serbia
had lost two key players and that a new era had started. Branislav Ivanović
Branislav Ivanović
became the new captain. Siniša Mihajlović, a former member of the national team, was appointed as the coach on 24 April 2012. Serbia
Serbia
was drawn in Group A in qualification for 2014 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, together with Croatia, Belgium, Scotland, Macedonia, and Wales. The team began the qualification campaign with a goalless draw with Scotland and a 6:1 win over Wales. In the next two games, Serbia
Serbia
suffered two defeats, from Macedonia and Belgium. In 2013, on 22 March, Serbia
Serbia
played in Zagreb
Zagreb
against Croatia. The game was highly anticipated in both countries due to their rivalry both on and off the pitch. Croatia won 2–0 and sent Serbia
Serbia
down on the table. Serbia
Serbia
then defeated Scotland 2–0 at home in a crucial qualifier, though their World Cup hopes were taken away after a 2–1 defeat to Belgium. Serbia
Serbia
drew with Croatia 1–1 in the corresponding fixture at home in a spiteful affair, where 18-year-old Aleksandar Mitrović scored an equalizer in the second-half after Mario Mandžukić opened the scoring. They then defeated Wales
Wales
0–3 in Cardiff. Dejan Stanković's farewell game was completed in a friendly against Japan, which Serbia
Serbia
won 2–0. He finished his career with 103 appearances for the national team, a record previously held by Savo Milošević, with 102 appearances. Serbia
Serbia
finished qualifying with a 5–1 home win against Macedonia, putting them in third in the group, three points from a playoff spot behind Croatia and group winners Belgium. Euro 2016 campaign[edit]

Serbian team in March 2015

Main article: UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2016 qualifying Group I Serbia
Serbia
once again failed to qualify for the European Championships, making it 16 years since the country last took part in the tournament. Dick Advocaat
Dick Advocaat
was appointed as the coach in 2014. Serbia
Serbia
was drawn in Group I in qualification for UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2016, together with Portugal, Denmark, Albania and Armenia. Advocaat started with a draw in a friendly 1–1 game against France. The team began qualification with a 1–1 draw against Armenia. In the next abandoned game against Albania in Belgrade, Serbia
Serbia
was originally awarded with a 3–0 victory, but was later deducted three points. On 14 November 2014, Serbia
Serbia
played against Denmark
Denmark
in Belgrade
Belgrade
and lost, 1–3. After this game, Advocaat left, whereupon Radovan Ćurčić was announced as a new coach on 18 November. In 2015, Serbia's first match was a qualifying match against Portugal in Lisbon, during which Serbia
Serbia
lost 2–1, cutting their chances for qualification to Euro 2016. On 13 June 2015, Serbia
Serbia
played a qualifying match against Denmark
Denmark
in Copenhagen, losing 2–0. On 10 July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Court of Arbitration for Sport
(CAS) announced that it had awarded a 0–3 victory to Albania in the abandoned match held on 14 October 2014, upholding Serbia's three-point penalization. As a result, Serbia
Serbia
became mathematically eliminated from Euro 2016 qualification. In the table of Group I, Serbia
Serbia
finished second to last place with four points in a five team group. 2018 World Cup[edit] Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification - UEFA
UEFA
Group D Serbia
Serbia
were drawn with Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales, Austria, Ireland, Georgia and Moldova. They started off their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Ireland at the Rajko Mitic Stadium
Rajko Mitic Stadium
and continued this good form with wins over Austria, Georgia, Moldova. Serbia
Serbia
beat Moldova in Belgrade
Belgrade
with goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mijat Gacinovic. This consolidated their first position going into their top-of-the group clash with Ireland. They won this match with a 55th-minute goal from Kolarov. Serbia
Serbia
finished with a 1-0 home win against Georgia, and ended top of Group D and therefore qualified for the 2018 tournament. Qualification table[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification tiebreakers

In league format, the ranking of teams in each group is based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.6 and 20.7):[18]

Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss) Overall goal difference Overall goals scored Points in matches between tied teams Goal difference in matches between tied teams Goals scored in matches between tied teams Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams in home-and-away league format) Fair play points

first yellow card: minus 1 point indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points direct red card: minus 4 points yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points

Drawing of lots by the FIFA
FIFA
Organising Committee

Pos Team [

v t e

]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification

1  Serbia 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

— 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–0

2  Republic of Ireland 10 5 4 1 12 6 +6 19 Advance to second round

0–1 — 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0

3  Wales 10 4 5 1 13 6 +7 17

1–1 0–1 — 1–0 1–1 4–0

4  Austria 10 4 3 3 14 12 +2 15

3–2 0–1 2–2 — 1–1 2–0

5  Georgia 10 0 5 5 8 14 −6 5

1–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 — 1–1

6  Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 23 −19 2

0–3 1–3 0–2 0–1 2–2 —

Source: FIFA Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers Rivalries[edit] Croatia[edit] Serbia
Serbia
has a fierce rivalry with Croatia. This rivalry stems from political roots, and is listed as one of the ten greatest international rivalries by goal.com[19] and as the most politically-charged football rivalry by the Bleacher Report.[20] Both have a historic and politically turbulent history which started this rivalry amongst the two. Both were also part of Yugoslavia, which dissolved after war broke out between the republics namely Serbia
Serbia
and Croatia. The two nations have played 4 times, with Croatia winning one and drawing the other 3 games.[21] Kit[edit] Kit providers[edit] In July 2014, a partnership was announced between the Football Association of Serbia
Serbia
and English manufacturer Umbro
Umbro
which is Serbia's current official supplier with their home and away kits, debuting 7 September 2014 in the friendly match against France. On 7 September 2014, Serbia
Serbia
unveiled their latest kits also worn at the UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2016 qualifiers campaign.[22]

Manufacturer Period

Adidas 1974–2002

Lotto 2002–2006

Nike 2006–2014

Umbro 2014–2018

Puma 2018–present

Kit history[edit] Yugoslavia 1920–1992[edit]

1930 WC[23][24]

1950–1962

1974 WC

1982 WC

1984 Euro

1990 WC

FR Yugoslavia/ Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
1992–2006[edit]

1998 WC

2000 Euro

2006 WC

Serbia[edit]

2006–2007

2008–2009

2010–2011

2012–2013

2014–2015

2016–2017

2018–

Team image[edit]

Serbian team before a friendly match versus Ireland in Dublin
Dublin
in May 2008

Former

Ever since the first game played by Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
(as FR Yugoslavia) on 23 December 1994, the team had the nickname of Plavi (Плави), literally the Blues. This was due to the team's blue jerseys, which they inherited from the former Yugoslavian national team. When Montenegro
Montenegro
declared independence in 2006, the newly formed Serbian national team needed a new nickname, as red replaced blue as the team's primary colour.

Current

As of 16 August 2006, when Serbia
Serbia
played its first international match as a resurrected national team (against the Czech Republic), the team is called the Орлови (Eagles).[25] The name refers to the white double-headed eagle found on the coat of arms of Serbia, a national symbol of Serbia
Serbia
and Serbs. Record in major tournaments[edit] The Football Association of Serbia
Football Association of Serbia
is deemed the direct successor to both SFR Yugoslavia and Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
by FIFA, and therefore the inheritor to all the records of the defunct nations. FIFA
FIFA
World Cup[edit] Main article: Serbia
Serbia
at the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
record

Qualification record

Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA

as   Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(1930–1938)

1930 Fourth Place 4th 3 2 0 1 7 7

Invited

1934 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4

1938 2 1 0 1 1 4

as  SFR Yugoslavia (1950–1990)

1950 Group Stage 5th 3 2 0 1 7 3

2 2 0 0 11 2

1954 Quarter-Final 7th 3 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 0 0 4 0

1958 Quarter-Final 5th 4 1 2 1 7 7 4 2 2 0 7 2

1962 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 0 3 10 7 2 1 1 0 3 2

1966 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 10 8

1970 6 3 1 2 19 7

1974 Round 2 7th 6 1 2 3 12 7 5 3 2 0 8 4

1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 6 8

1982 Group Stage 16th 3 1 1 1 2 2 8 6 1 1 22 7

1986 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 8

1990 Quarter-Final 5th 5 3 1 1 8 6 8 6 2 0 16 6

as   Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
(1998–2006; 1998 as FR Yugoslavia)

1994 Suspended

Suspended

1998 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 4 12 9 2 1 41 8

2002 Did not qualify 10 5 4 1 22 8

2006 Group Stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 2 10 10 6 4 0 16 1

as  Serbia

2010 Group Stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 2 3

10 7 1 2 22 8

2014 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 18 11

2018 Qualified 10 6 3 1 20 10

2022 Future event Future event

Total 12/21 0 Titles 43 17 8 18 64 59 123 71 29 22 256 108

* Draw for 1994 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualifiers was made on 8 December 1991, however due to break-up of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and consequent military conflict, which broke in early 1991, FSJ ceased to exist as football organization of the SFR Yugoslavia. Organization that remained based in Belgrade, Serbia, was excluded from taking part as FSJ or its successor due to UN sanctions.[26]

UEFA
UEFA
European Championship[edit] Main article: Serbia
Serbia
at the UEFA
UEFA
European Championship

UEFA
UEFA
European Championship record

Qualification record

Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA

as  SFR Yugoslavia (1960–1990)

1960 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 6 6

4 2 1 1 10 4

1964 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 5

1968 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 2 3 6 4 1 1 14 5

1972 Did not qualify 8 3 4 1 7 5

1976 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 0 2 4 7 8 6 1 1 15 5

1980 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 14 6

1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 10 6 3 2 1 12 11

1988 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 13 9

1992 Qualified/Suspended 8 7 0 1 24 4

as   Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro
Montenegro
(2000 as FR Yugoslavia)

1996 Suspended

Suspended

2000 Quarter-final 8th 4 1 1 2 8 13 8 5 2 1 18 8

2004 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 11 11

as  Serbia

2008 Did not qualify

14 6 6 2 22 11

2012 10 4 3 3 13 12

2016 8 2 1 5 8 13

2020 Future event Future event

Total Runners-up 6/15 14 3 2 9 22 39 104 55 25 24 187 109

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit] Main article: Serbia
Serbia
national football team results Serbia  v  Wales

11 June 2017 2018 World Cup qualification Serbia  1–1  Wales Belgrade, Serbia

20:45 (20:45 UTC+2) A. Mitrović  74' Report (UEFA) Ramsey  35' (pen.) Stadium: Red Star Stadium Attendance: 46,673 Referee: Jorge Sousa
Jorge Sousa
(Portugal)

Serbia  v  Moldova

2 September 2017 2018 World Cup qualification Serbia  3–0  Moldova Belgrade, Serbia

18:00 (18:00 UTC+2) Gaćinović  20' Kolarov  30' A. Mitrović  81' Report (UEFA)

Stadium: Partizan Stadium Attendance: 9,974 Referee: Tamás Bognar
Tamás Bognar
(Hungary)

Republic of Ireland  v  Serbia

5 September 2017 2018 World Cup qualification Republic of Ireland  0–1  Serbia Dublin, Republic of Ireland

20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)

Report (UEFA) Kolarov  55' Stadium: Aviva Stadium Attendance: 50,153 Referee: Cüneyt Çakır
Cüneyt Çakır
(Turkey)

Austria  v  Serbia

6 October 2017 2018 World Cup qualification Austria  3–2  Serbia Vienna, Austria

20:45 (20:45 UTC+2) Burgstaller  25' Arnautović  76' Schaub  89' Report (UEFA) Milivojević  11' Matić  83' Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion Attendance: 42,400 Referee: Pavel Královec
Pavel Královec
(Czech Republic)

Serbia  v  Georgia

9 October 2017 2018 World Cup qualification Serbia  1–0  Georgia Belgrade, Serbia

20:45 (20:45 UTC+2) Prijović  74' Report (UEFA)

Stadium: Red Star Stadium Attendance: 42,000 Referee: Pawel Gil
Pawel Gil
(Poland)

China
China
PR  v  Serbia

10 November 2017 International
International
Friendly China
China
PR  0–2  Serbia Guangzhou
Guangzhou
, China

12:35 (19:35 UTC+8)

Report Ljajić  20' A. Mitrović  69' Stadium: Tianhe Stadium Attendance: 17,160 Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)

South Korea  v  Serbia

14 November 2017 International
International
Friendly South Korea  1–1  Serbia Ulsan
Ulsan
, South Korea

12:00 (21:00 UTC+9) Koo  63' (pen.) Report Ljajić  59' Stadium: Ulsan
Ulsan
Munsu Football Stadium Attendance: 30,560 Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Serbia  v  Morocco

23 March 2018 (2018-03-23) International
International
Friendly Serbia  1–2  Morocco Turin, Italy

20:30 (20:30 UTC+1) Tadić  37' Report Ziyech  29' (pen.) Boutaïb  40' Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino Attendance: 15,700 Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

Nigeria  v  Serbia

27 March 2018 (2018-03-27) International
International
Friendly Nigeria  0–2  Serbia London, England

21:00 (20:00 UTC)

Report A. Mitrović  68'  81' Stadium: The Hive Stadium Attendance: 3,500 Referee: Craig Pawson
Craig Pawson
(England)

Costa Rica  v  Serbia

17 June 2018 (2018-06-17) FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Group E Costa Rica  v  Serbia Samara, Russia

16:00 SAMT (UTC+4)

Stadium: Cosmos Arena

Serbia  v   Switzerland

22 June 2018 (2018-06-22) FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Group E Serbia  v   Switzerland Kaliningrad, Russia

20:00 KALT (UTC+2)

Stadium: Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad
Stadium

Serbia  v  Brazil

27 June 2018 (2018-06-27) FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Group E Serbia  v  Brazil Moscow, Russia

21:00 MSK (UTC+3)

Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena

Lithuania  v  Serbia

7 September 2018 (2018-09-07) 2018–19 UEFA
UEFA
Nations League C Lithuania  v  Serbia Vilnius, Lithuania

20:45

Stadium: LFF Stadium

Serbia  v  Romania

10 September 2018 (2018-09-10) 2018–19 UEFA
UEFA
Nations League C Serbia  v  Romania Serbia

20:45

Montenegro  v  Serbia

11 October 2018 (2018-10-11) 2018–19 UEFA
UEFA
Nations League C Montenegro  v  Serbia Podgorica, Montenegro

20:45

Stadium: Podgorica
Podgorica
City Stadium

Romania  v  Serbia

14 October 2018 (2018-10-14) 2018–19 UEFA
UEFA
Nations League C Romania  v  Serbia Romania

15:00

Serbia  v  Montenegro

17 November 2018 (2018-11-17) 2018–19 UEFA
UEFA
Nations League C Serbia  v  Montenegro Serbia

15:00

Serbia  v  Lithuania

20 November 2018 (2018-11-20) 2018–19 UEFA
UEFA
Nations League C Serbia  v  Lithuania Serbia

20:45

Head to head records (2006 onward)[edit]

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD

 Albania 2 1 0 1[note 1] 2 3 -1

 Algeria 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3

 Armenia 5 3 2 0 8 1 +7

 Australia 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

 Austria 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3

 Azerbaijan 3 3 0 0 11 2 +9

 Belgium 4 1 0 3 4 8 -4

 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1

 Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6

 Cameroon 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1

 Chile 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2

  China
China
PR 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2

 Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1

 Croatia 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2

 Cyprus 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5

 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1

 Denmark 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4

 Estonia 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1

 Faroe Islands 4 4 0 0 10 1 +9

 Finland 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2

 France 5 0 2 3 4 8 -4

 Georgia 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3

 Germany 2 1 0 1 2 2 0

 Ghana 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1

 Greece 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1

 Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2

 Israel 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4

 Italy 2 0 1 1[note 2] 1 4 -3

 Jamaica 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1

 Japan 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5

 Kazakhstan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0

 Lithuania 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2

 Macedonia 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3

 Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2

 Moldova 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6

 Morocco 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1

 Nigeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2

 Northern Ireland 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3

 Norway 1 0 1 0 1 1 0

 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1

 Panama 1 0 1 0 1 1 0

 Poland 5 0 3 2 3 5 -2

 Qatar 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3

 Portugal 4 0 2 2 4 6 -2

 Republic of Ireland 5 2 3 0 6 4 +2

 Romania 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6

 Russia 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2

 Scotland 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2

 Slovenia 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

 South Africa 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2

 South Korea 2 1 1 1 3 3 0

 Spain 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2

 Sweden 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1

 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 0 5 -5

 United States 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

 Wales 4 2 2 0 11 3 +8

Total (56) 125 55 2* 41 181 128 +53

^ The Serbia
Serbia
v Albania match was abandoned with the score at 0–0 shortly before halftime after "various incidents", which resulted in the Albania players refusing to return to the field. UEFA
UEFA
ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3–0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia
Serbia
for their involvement in the events. Serbia
Serbia
must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined €100,000.[27] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[28][29] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[30] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[31] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Court of Arbitration for Sport
rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and upheld in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia
Serbia
with 0–3 and they are still deducted three points.[32] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[33] ^ The Italy
Italy
v Serbia
Serbia
match was abandoned after six minutes due to rioting by Serbian fans.[34] The UEFA
UEFA
Control and Disciplinary Body awarded the match as a 3–0 forfeit win to Italy.[35]

Head coaches[edit]

As of 27 March 2018

Manager Period Record Major competitions

Matches Won Drawn Lost Win % Draw % Loss %

Mladen Krstajić 2017– 4 2 1 1 50.00 25.00 25.00

Slavoljub Muslin 2016–2017 15 8 5 2 53.33 33.33 13.33 2018 World Cup – Qualified

Radovan Ćurčić 2014–2016 11 5 0 6 45.45 0.00 55.55 Euro 2016 – Failed to qualify

Dick Advocaat 2014 4 0 2 2 0.00 50.00 50.00 & —

Ljubinko Drulović 2014 4 2 1 1 50.00 25.00 25.00 & —

Siniša Mihajlović 2012–2013 19 7 4 8 36.84 21.05 42.10 2014 World Cup – Failed to qualify

Radovan Ćurčić 2011–2012 5 2 1 2 40.00 20.00 40.00 & —

Vladimir Petrović 2010–2011 13 5 3 5 38.46 23.08 38.46 Euro 2012 – Failed to qualify

Radomir Antić 2008–2010 28 17 3 8 60.71 10.71 28.57 2010 World Cup – Group stage

Miroslav Đukić 2007–2008 5 0 2 3 0.00 40.00 60.00 & —

Javier Clemente 2006–2007 16 7 7 2 43.75 43.75 12.50 Euro 2008 – Failed to qualify

Ilija Petković 2003–2006 30 11 10 9 36.66 33.33 30.00 2006 World Cup – Group stage

Dejan Savićević 2001–2003 17 4 3 10 23.53 17.65 58.82 Euro 2004 – Failed to qualify

Boškov-Ćurković-Savićević 2001 8 4 2 2 50.00 25.00 25.00 2002 World Cup – Failed to qualify

Milovan Đorić 2001 3 0 2 1 0.00 66.66 33.33 & —

Ilija Petković 2000–2001 4 2 1 1 50.00 25.00 25.00 & —

Vujadin Boškov 1999–2000 15 6 5 4 40.00 33.33 26.66 Euro 2000 – 1/4 final

Milan Živadinović 1998–1999 6 3 2 1 50.00 33.33 16.66 & —

Slobodan Santrač 1994–1998 43 26 10 7 60.46 23.25 16.28 1998 World Cup – Round of 16

TOTAL 250 111 64 75 44.44 25.60 30.00 5 out of 11

For the period before 1992 see: Yugoslavia national football team#Head coaches Current coaching staff[edit]

As of 23 March 2018 [36]

Serbian coaching staff

Head coach: Mladen Krstajić Assistant coach: Slobodan Pavković Coach: Milan Obradović Coach: Goran Đorović Coach: Marko Stojanović Coach: Milan Rastavac Goalkeeping coach: Nemanja Jovšić Doctor: Dr. Miodrag Mladenović Physiotherapist: Slobodan Branković Physiotherapist: Zoran Vujić Physiotherapist: Viktor Vujošević Physiotherapist: Dejan Bogdanović Kitman: Đorđe Prerad Kitman: Danijel Dragaš Team manager: Pavle Simić

Squads[edit] Current squad[edit] The following players were called up for the friendly games against  Morocco on 23 March, and  Nigeria on 27 March 2018.[37][38] Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2018 after the game against  Nigeria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club

1 1GK Vladimir Stojković (1983-07-28) 28 July 1983 (age 34) 79 0 Partizan

23 1GK Predrag Rajković (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 22) 7 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

12 1GK Marko Dmitrović (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Eibar

6 2DF Branislav Ivanović (1984-02-22) 22 February 1984 (age 34) 102 12 Zenit Saint Petersburg

11 2DF Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov
(captain) (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 32) 74 10 Roma

2 2DF Antonio Rukavina (1984-01-26) 26 January 1984 (age 34) 45 0 Villarreal

18 2DF Ivan Obradović (1988-07-25) 25 July 1988 (age 29) 27 1 Anderlecht

5 2DF Matija Nastasić (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 25) 27 0 Schalke 04

3 2DF Duško Tošić (1985-01-19) 19 January 1985 (age 33) 22 1 Beşiktaş

19 2DF Nikola Maksimović (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 26) 20 0 Spartak Moscow

16 2DF Dušan Basta (1984-08-18) 18 August 1984 (age 33) 18 2 Lazio

13 2DF Miloš Veljković (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Werder Bremen

10 3MF Dušan Tadić (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 29) 51 13 Southampton

21 3MF Nemanja Matić
Nemanja Matić
(vice-captain) (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 29) 38 2 Manchester United

22 3MF Adem Ljajić (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 26) 27 5 Torino

4 3MF Luka Milivojević (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 26) 26 1 Crystal Palace

17 3MF Filip Kostić (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 25) 21 2 Hamburger SV

7 3MF Andrija Živković (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Benfica

14 3MF Mijat Gaćinović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 23) 7 2 Eintracht Frankfurt

24 3MF Marko Grujić (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Cardiff City

20 3MF Nemanja Maksimović (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Valencia

9 4FW Aleksandar Mitrović (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 23) 35 13 Fulham

8 4FW Aleksandar Prijović (1990-04-21) 21 April 1990 (age 27) 8 1 PAOK

Recent call-ups[edit] The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

GK Aleksandar Jovanović (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 25) 1 0 AGF v.   China
China
PR, 10 November 2017 INJ

DF Vujadin Savić (1990-07-01) 1 July 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Red Star Belgrade v.  Morocco, 23 March 2018 INJ

DF Jagoš Vuković (1988-06-10) 10 June 1988 (age 29) 8 0 Verona v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

DF Nikola Aksentijević (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Radnički Niš v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

DF Miloš Simonović (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Napredak Kruševac v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

DF Aleksandar Filipović (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 23) 0 0 BATE Borisov v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

DF Stefan Mitrović (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 27) 13 0 Gent v.  Georgia, 9 October 2017

DF Nemanja Milunović (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 28) 3 1 BATE Borisov v.  Georgia, 9 October 2017

DF Uroš Spajić (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Anderlecht v.  Austria, 6 October 2017

DF Miloš Kosanović (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Göztepe v.  Wales, 11 June 2017

MF Sergej Milinković-Savić (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Lazio v.  Morocco, 23 March 2018 INJ

MF Nemanja Gudelj (1991-11-16) 16 November 1991 (age 26) 22 1 Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Evergrande v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

MF Nenad Krstičić (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 27) 4 0 Red Star Belgrade v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

MF Nemanja Radonjić (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Red Star Belgrade v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

MF Ljubomir Fejsa (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 29) 23 0 Benfica v.   China
China
PR, 10 November 2017 INJ

MF Zoran Tošić (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 30) 76 11 Partizan v.  Republic of Ireland, 5 September 2017

MF Nemanja Radoja (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Celta v.  Republic of Ireland, 5 September 2017

MF Aleksandar Katai (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 27) 6 0 Chicago Fire v.  Wales, 11 June 2017

MF Uroš Matić (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Copenhagen v.  Wales, 11 June 2017

FW Đorđe Ivanović (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Partizan v.  South Korea, 14 November 2017

FW Andrija Pavlović (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Copenhagen v.  Georgia, 9 October 2017

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squads

1930 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1950 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1954 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1958 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1962 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1974 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1982 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1990 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 1998 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad 2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
squad

UEFA
UEFA
European Football Championship squads

UEFA
UEFA
Euro 1960 squad UEFA
UEFA
Euro 1968 squad UEFA
UEFA
Euro 1976 squad UEFA
UEFA
Euro 1984 squad UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2000 squad

Player statistics[edit]   Still active players are highlighted

Dejan Stanković
Dejan Stanković
is the most capped player with 103 caps.

Most capped players[edit]

As of 27 March 2018 [39]

# Player Period Caps Goals

1 Dejan Stanković 1998–2013 103 15

2 Savo Milošević 1994–2008 102 37

Branislav Ivanović 2005– 102 12

4 Dragan Džajić 1964–1979 85 23

5 Dragan Stojković 1983–2001 84 15

6 Vladimir Stojković 2006– 79 0

7 Zoran Tošić 2007– 76 11

8 Aleksandar Kolarov 2008– 74 10

9 Predrag Mijatović 1989–2003 73 26

10 Zlatko Vujović 1979–1990 70 25

Stjepan Bobek
Stjepan Bobek
is the top goalscorer with 38 goals.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 14 November 2017 [40]

# Player Period Goals Caps Average

1 Stjepan Bobek 1946–1956 38 63 0.60

2 Blagoje Marjanović 1926–1938 37 58 0.64

Milan Galić 1959–1965 37 51 0.72

Savo Milošević 1994–2008 37 102 0.36

5 Rajko Mitić 1946–1957 32 59 0.54

6 Dušan Bajević 1970–1977 29 37 0.78

7 Todor Veselinović 1953–1961 28 37 0.76

8 Borivoje Kostić 1956–1964 26 33 0.79

Predrag Mijatović 1989–2003 26 73 0.38

10 Zlatko Vujović 1979–1990 25 70 0.36

Captains (after 1994)[edit]

Name Period Major tournaments as the captain

Dragan Stojković 1994–2001 1998 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2000

Savo Milošević 2001–2006 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Dejan Stanković 2006–2011 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Nikola Žigić 2011 —

Branislav Ivanović 2012–2017 —

Aleksandar Kolarov 2018– 2018 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Notable players[edit]

Blagoje Marjanović
Blagoje Marjanović
was one of the best players in 1930 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Aleksandar Tirnanić played in the 1930 World Cup
1930 World Cup
and managed the team from 1953 to 1960

Rajko Mitić
Rajko Mitić
played for Yugoslavia between 1946 and 1957

Stjepan Bobek, all-time top scorer of the Yugoslavia national team with 38 goals

Milan Galić
Milan Galić
played 51 match and scored 37 goals for the team

Dragan Džajić
Dragan Džajić
was considered by many to be the best player in history of Yugoslavia

Dragan Stojković, fantastic dribbler played 18 years for the national team

Dejan Savićević
Dejan Savićević
played for the team from 1986-1999 and managed the team from 2001-2003

Predrag Mijatović
Predrag Mijatović
was the best goalscorer in 1998 World Cup qualifiers with 13 goals

Siniša Mihajlović
Siniša Mihajlović
played 63 matches for the team from 1993-2003 and managed team in 2014 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification

Savo Milošević
Savo Milošević
played 102 matches, scored 37 goals and was UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2000 Golden Boot

Darko Kovačević
Darko Kovačević
played 59 matches and scored 10 goals from 1994-2004

Dejan Stanković
Dejan Stanković
is player with the most matches for the team, 103. Played in three World Cups and one European Championship

Mateja Kežman
Mateja Kežman
was top goal scorer for the team in 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualification

Nemanja Vidić
Nemanja Vidić
legendary defender, played 56 matches, and was participant in two World Cups

Branislav Ivanović
Branislav Ivanović
is the former captain, and also active player with most matches for the team

Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov
is the current captain of the team

Vladimir Stojković, current goalkeeper, is the most capped goalkeeper in the team's history

Nemanja Matić, current star player, playing for the team since 2008

Honours[edit]

FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Semi-final: 1930 Fourth place: 1962

UEFA
UEFA
European Championship

Runners-up (2): 1960, 1968

Summer Olympics

Gold Medal (1): 1960 Silver Medal (3): 1948, 1952, 1956 Bronze Medal (1): 1984

Mediterranean Games

Winners (2): 1971, 1979

See also[edit]

Association football
Association football
portal Serbia
Serbia
portal

Serbia
Serbia
national football team results Serbia
Serbia
national under-23 football team Serbia
Serbia
national under-21 football team Serbia
Serbia
national under-20 football team Serbia
Serbia
national under-19 football team Serbia
Serbia
national under-17 football team List of Serbia
Serbia
international footballers (including predecessor teams) Yugoslavia national football team

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