Serbia national football team

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Serbia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Beli Оrlovi
(The White Eagles)
AssociationFudbalski savez Srbije (FSS)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachDick Advocaat
CaptainBranislav Ivanović
Most capsDejan Stanković (103)
Top scorerStjepan Bobek (38)
Home stadiumRed Star Stadium, Belgrade
FIFA codeSRB
FIFA ranking34 Decrease 3 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking6 (December 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking101 (December 1994)
Elo ranking26 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking5 (June 2009 as Serbia/June 1998 as FR Yugoslavia)
Lowest Elo ranking47 (16 October 2012)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 Yugoslavia 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest win
 Yugoslavia 10–0 Venezuela 
(Curitiba, Brasil; 14 June 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 Yugoslavia 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
 Uruguay 7–0 KSC&S Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(Paris, France; 26 May 1924)
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 KSC&S Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 28 October 1925)
World Cup
Appearances11 (First in 1930)
Best resultFourth Place, 1930, 1962
European Championship
Appearances5 (First in 1960)
Best resultRunners-up, 1960, 1968
 
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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Serbia women's national football team.
Serbia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Beli Оrlovi
(The White Eagles)
AssociationFudbalski savez Srbije (FSS)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachDick Advocaat
CaptainBranislav Ivanović
Most capsDejan Stanković (103)
Top scorerStjepan Bobek (38)
Home stadiumRed Star Stadium, Belgrade
FIFA codeSRB
FIFA ranking34 Decrease 3 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking6 (December 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking101 (December 1994)
Elo ranking26 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking5 (June 2009 as Serbia/June 1998 as FR Yugoslavia)
Lowest Elo ranking47 (16 October 2012)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 Yugoslavia 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest win
 Yugoslavia 10–0 Venezuela 
(Curitiba, Brasil; 14 June 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 Yugoslavia 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
 Uruguay 7–0 KSC&S Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(Paris, France; 26 May 1924)
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 KSC&S Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 28 October 1925)
World Cup
Appearances11 (First in 1930)
Best resultFourth Place, 1930, 1962
European Championship
Appearances5 (First in 1960)
Best resultRunners-up, 1960, 1968

The Serbia national football team (Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents the Republic of Serbia in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in Serbia and a FIFA and UEFA member. Serbia's home ground is the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade. Both FIFA and UEFA consider the Serbian national team to be the direct and sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Red jersey, white shorts, dark blue socks
Kingdom of Yugoslavia original home colours.

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 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 in 1920. The opponent was Czechoslovakia, and the historic starting eleven that represented Kingdom of SCS on its debut were: Dragutin Vrduka, Vjekoslav Župančić, Jaroslav Šifer, Stanko Tavčar, Slavin Cindrić, Rudolf Rupec, Dragutin Vragović, Artur Dubravčić, Emil Perška, Ivan Granec, and Jovan Ružic. They lost by a huge margin 0-7, but nonetheless got 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 World Cup, finishing in third place. 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 forbade players from Croatian clubs to play in the World Cup due to the relocation of football association's headquarters from Zagreb to Belgrade.[4]

Silver Medal at 1948 Summer Olympics[edit]

Yugoslavia were runner-ups at the 1948 Summer Olympics in football.

Silver Medal at 1952 Summer Olympics[edit]

Having a team with many players from the 1948 generation, Yugoslavia was a formidable side at the 1952 Summer Olympics and finished as runner-ups behind the legendary Hungary national football team. Against the USSR, 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 USSR 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. The Soviet side had been expected by Moscow to win the 1952 Games, and their defeat by Yugoslavia was not mentioned in the Soviet press until after Joseph Stalin's death the following year.

Later decades[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. It was one of the founding members of the UEFA and it organized the 1976 European Championship played in Belgrade and Zagreb. The national team participated in eight World Cups, four Euros, and won the Olympic football tournament in 1960 at the Summer Games (they also finished second three times and third once).

Dragan Džajić holds the record for the most national team caps at 85, between 1964 to 1979. The best scorer is Stjepan Bobek with 38 goals, between 1946 and 1956.

Dissolution and UN embargo[edit]

With the end of the Cold War, democratic principles were introduced to the country which brought about the end of Communist rule. In the subsequent atmosphere, national tensions were heightened. At the Yugoslavia-Netherlands friendly in preparation for the 1990 World Cup, the Croatian crowd in 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 (FRY) was banned from competing at Euro 92. The decision was made on 31 May 1992 - just 10 days before the competition commenced.[5]

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.

Breakup[edit]

After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the FRY consisted of Montenegro and Serbia. The national team of Serbia and Montenegro continued under the name Yugoslavia until 2003, when country and team were renamed Serbia and Montenegro.

Post-1991[edit]

Slobodan Santrač era (1994–1998)[edit]

Although the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was formed on 28 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 1992, a friendly match played in Porto Alegre and in which Brazil won by the mark of 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 only three days later, this time in Buenos Aires, resulting in 1–0 loss to Argentina. Despite two losses in two games, the team was honoured to play its first two games ever against such football powerhouses.

Also due to the United Nations international sanctions, the team could not take part in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification, nor the UEFA 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 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 FIFA 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 matchup turned out to be an easy win for Yugoslavia, 7–1 in Budapest and 5–0 in Belgrade, for an aggregate score of 12–1. This was enough to secure Yugoslavia its first ever FIFA World Cup appearance as a new country.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup seeding had Yugoslavia ranked in 21st position, but the Yugoslav national football team went to France as one of the shadow favorites for the World Cup. The New York Times stated that Yugoslavia could easily be a semi-finalist in that year's World Cup.[6] 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 loss for Yugoslavia. After leading Germany 2–0, last game's hero, Mihajlovic, scored an unlucky own goal following a German freekick, and 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 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 would prove costly as Germany won the group thanks to a better goal difference.

Due to their second position, Yugoslavia saw itself face the 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 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 FIFA 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 World Cup, in which Yugoslavia was constantly ranked in the Top 10 for a long period of time.

Euro 2000[edit]

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 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[7] and eventually finishing 0–0. A 2–1 defeat against Ireland in 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 backheel strike. The final group game, against Spain in Bruges, saw the Yugoslavs take the lead three times, before a Gaizka Mendieta penalty and an Alfonso Pérez 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 with Patrick Kluivert scoring a hat trick.

One of the few bright spots of Yugoslav team in the whole tournament was Savo Milošević, who was crowned the joint top scorer of the tournament, alongside Patrick Kluivert. Both players scored five goals, although Miloševic played one game fewer.[8]

Failure to qualify for 2002 World Cup[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 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 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 (which marked the team's first home defeat in official matches). After Ðoric's resignation, a three-man commission, consisting of Dejan Savićević, Vujadin Boškov, and Ivan Curković, took over the coaching duties, until Savicevic ultimately took over on his own. The team managed to bounce back with a draw in Russia and a win in Switzerland, but failed to defeat Slovenia in the penultimate game, thus ended the qualifiers in third position.

Ilija Petković era (2003–2006)[edit]

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

After Savicevic's disastrous spell as coach of Yugoslavia, the country went under a political transformation, and Ilija Petković became the newly named 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 and Montenegro. Despite drawing both games against group favorites and eventual group winners Italy and winning both games against runner-ups Wales, Serbia and Montenegro failed to qualify, mostly due to embarrassing 2–2 home draw and 2–1 away loss to Azerbaijan.

However, qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup was a different story. Serbia and Montenegro began their 2006 World Cup campaign by finishing first with an undefeated record in their qualification group ahead of favourites Spain. The Serbia and Montenegro team also allowed only one goal in the 10 matches, the best defensive record out all 51 teams participating in qualification.

For the 2006 qualifiers, Serbia and Montenegro was drawn in a group with Spain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and San Marino. Led once again by Ilija Petković as coach, 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 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 declared its independence from Serbia. As the World Cup was about to start, it was decided that the Serbia and Montenegro team that had qualified for the tournament would compete, with the split into separate teams representing the new countries of Montenegro and Serbia to take place once the team was no longer in the tournament.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage, Serbia and Montenegro lost their opening game to joint group favourite, the Netherlands. The final score was 1–0 after Arjen Robben scored the only goal of the game. They also lost their second game to Argentina 6–0, Serbia and Montenegro's worst ever international result. With the team's two losses and with Netherlands and Argentina winning both their games, Serbia and Montenegro could no longer qualify for the knockout matches, and was playing for pride alone in their final group game against Côte d'Ivoire. Despite having a 2–0 lead for much of the first half, the Elephants managed to come back and win 3–2, leaving Serbia and Montenegro with a disappointing 0–0–3 World Cup run.

After the breakup of Serbia and Montenegro (2006–2007)[edit]

After Montenegro declared independence, Serbia marked independence 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 and Group A winners Poland. Serbia's first ever foreign coach Javier Clemente was sacked after the failure.

Serbia replaced Javier 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.

Radomir Antić period (2008–2010)[edit]

Serbia's starting XI in their famous 1–0 win over Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[9]

Subsequent to Ðukic's rapid departure, 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 runners-up France, traditionally powerful Romania, as well as Austria, Lithuania and the Faroe Islands. Serbia played consistently during the qualifiers and this led to the team automatically qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They confirmed qualification with a commanding 5–0 win at home against Romania.

Like in 2006, Serbia went into the 2010 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 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).[10] In their first tournament as an independent nation, they were to face Ghana, Germany and Australia.

Their opening group game was against Ghana and chances came to both sides but a red card to Aleksandar Luković and a handball by substitute Zdravko Kuzmanović in the second half gave Ghana a penalty to take all three points at the death. Asamoah Gyan converted eight minutes from full-time and Serbia were defeated 1–0.

In Serbia's second group match, they sensationally defeated 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 Serbian football".[11]

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 period's of the second half would have made it look like a Serbia victory. They unfortunately were their own worst enemy, their failure to convert their chances again proved costly with Australia scoring 2 goals in the second half through Tim Cahill and Brett Holman. A late Marko Pantelić goal served only as a consolation. They finished last in the group.

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.

2010–2012[edit]

Nemanja Vidić, famous Serbian defender

Serbia once again failed to qualify for the European Championships, making it 12 years since the country last took part in the tournament. Serbia was drawn in Qualification Group C featuring Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands. The qualifying stage began with Radomir Antić as coach and finished with Vladimir Petrović. Serbia and Antic 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 Antic's reign as the country's coach. New coach Vladimir Petrović faced set backs immediately with an embarrassing 3–1 loss at home to Estonia and an abandoned match resulting in a 3–0 loss to Italy due to crowd trouble from the Serbian away supporters in Genoa.

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 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 in pole position to confirm a play-off spot behind Italy.

Serbia needed a win at home against 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 had a superior goal difference over Estonia, a draw was not good enough for progression. 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 mid-way through the second half. 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 was sacked after the team's failure to qualify.

Rebuilding (2012–)[edit]

Serbia vs. Belgium at Marakana, 12 October 2012 in 2014 World Cup qualification

Dejan Stanković and Nemanja Vidić announced that they are retiring from international football. This meant that Serbia had lost two key players and that a new era had started. Branislav Ivanović became the new captain. Siniša Mihajlović, a former member of the national team, was appointed as the coach on 24 April 2012. He has made it a requirement for the players to know the words of the national anthem because he calls himself a right wing nationalist. Serbia was drawn in Group A in qualification for 2014 FIFA World Cup, together with Croatia, Belgium, Scotland, Macedonia, and Wales. Mihajlovic started with three straight defeats in friendly matches against Spain, France and Sweden. In his fourth game as coach, the team played a draw with Republic of Ireland. 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 suffered two defeats, from Macedonia and Belgium. 2012 ended with a 3:1 victory in a friendly match against Chile. In 2013, Serbia's first game was a friendly match versus Cyprus. It ended 3:1 for Serbia. On 22 March, Serbia played in Zagreb against Croatia. The game was highely anticipated in both countries due their rivalry both on and off the pitch. Croatia won 2:0 and sent Serbia down on the table. This way, Serbia's chances for qualification became very small. Serbia 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 drew with Croatia 1:1 in the corresponding fixture at home in a spiteful affair, 18-year-old Aleksandar Mitrović scored an equalizer in the second half after Mario Mandžukić opened the scoring. They then defeated Wales 3:0 in Cardiff. Dejan Stanković farewell game was completed in a friendly against Japan which Serbia won 2:0. He finished his career with 103 appearances for his national team, a record for the Serbian national team which was previously held by Savo Milošević who had 102 appearances. Serbia finished qualifying with a 5:1 home win against Macedonia. They finished the group in 3rd position, three points off a playoff spot behind Croatia and the group winners Belgium. Due to a strong finish in qualifying Serbia moved up from 43rd in the world to 28th, their highest position in the rankings under Siniša Mihajlović. Siniša Mihajlović resigned after the team's failure to qualify.

Kit[edit]

Kit providers[edit]

The official team kit is last recently manufactured by American company Nike which has signed a multi-year, multi-million euro deal to wear Nike from 16 August 2006 against Czech Republic. Nike has been Serbia's kit supplier since its independence in 2006 which has a contract with the Serbian team until the end of June 2014.

On July 2014, it was announced the partnership between the Football Association of Serbia and English manufacturer 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 unveiled their latest kits also worn at the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers campaign.[12]

Kit history[edit]

Yugoslavia[edit]

1930 WC
1950-1962
1974 WC
1982 WC
1984 Euro
1990 WC

FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

1998 WC
2000 Euro
2006 WC

Serbia[edit]

2006-2008
2008-2010
2010-2012
2012-2014
2014-

Competitive record[edit]

The Serbian Football Association is deemed the direct successor to both SFR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro by FIFA, and therefore the inheritor to all the records of the defunct nations.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Last update 7 September 2014

ManagerPeriodRecordAchievements
MatchesWonWin %DrawnDraw %LostLoss %
Netherlands Dick Advocaat2014–1000,001100,00000,00
Serbia Ljubinko Drulović20144250,00125,00125,00
Serbia Siniša Mihajlović2012–201319736,84421,05842,10
Serbia Radovan Ćurčić2010–20125240,00120,00240,00
Serbia Vladimir Petrović2010–201113538,46323,08538,46
Serbia Radomir Antić2008–2010281760,71310,71828,57Group stage on 2010 World Cup
Serbia Miroslav Đukić2007–2008500,00240,00360,00
Spain Javier Clemente2006–200716743,75743,75212,5First head coach of independent Serbian team
First foreign coach
Serbia and Montenegro Ilija Petković2003–2006301136,661033,33930,00Group stage on 2006 World Cup
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savićević2001–200317423,53317,651058,82
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Curkovic
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savicevic
20018450,00225,00225,00
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Đorić2001300,00266,66133,33
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Petković2000–20014250,00125,00125,00
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov1999–200015640,00533,33426,66Quarter-final on Euro 2000
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Živadinović1998–19996350,00233,33116,66
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Santrač1994–1998432660,461023,25716,28First head coach since the break up of SFRY
Round of 16 on 1998 World Cup

Current coaching staff[edit]

Serbian coaching staff
  • Head coach: Netherlands Dick Advocaat
  • Assistant: Netherlands Bert van Lingen
  • Assistant: Serbia Željko Petrović
  • Goalkeeping coach: Serbia Aleksandar Kocić
  • Doctor: Serbia Dr. Miodrag Mladenović
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Slobodan Branković
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Goran Zuvić
  • Kitman: Serbia Stanko Nikolić
  • Kitman: Serbia Nemanja Nikolić
  • Kitman: Serbia Danijel Dragaš
  • Team manager: Serbia Aleksandar Bošković

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad called up for the matches against Armenia and Albania in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group I on the 11th and 14th of October 2014:[13]
Caps and goals updated as of 7 September 2014 after the game against France.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKVladimir Stojković(1983-07-28) 28 July 1983 (age 31)550Israel Maccabi Haifa
1GKŽeljko Brkić(1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 (age 28)100Italy Udinese
1GKPredrag Rajković(1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 18)10Serbia Red Star Belgrade
2DFBranislav Ivanović(1984-02-22) 22 February 1984 (age 30)728England Chelsea
2DFAleksandar Kolarov(1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 28)506England Manchester City
2DFNenad Tomović(1987-08-30) 30 August 1987 (age 27)150Italy Fiorentina
2DFMatija Nastasić(1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 21)140England Manchester City
2DFDuško Tošić(1985-01-19) 19 January 1985 (age 29)121Turkey Gençlerbirliği
2DFNikola Maksimović(1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 22)40Italy Torino
2DFStefan Mitrović(1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 24)20Germany Freiburg
3MFZoran Tošić(1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 27)588Russia CSKA Moscow
3MFZdravko Kuzmanović(1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 27)486Italy Internazionale
3MFRadosav Petrović(1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 25)391Turkey Gençlerbirliği
3MFDušan Tadić(1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 25)266England Southampton
3MFFilip Đuričić(1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 22)164Germany Mainz 05
3MFLazar Marković(1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 20)142England Liverpool
3MFNemanja Matić(1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 26)140England Chelsea
3MFAleksandar Ignjovski(1991-01-27) 27 January 1991 (age 23)110Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
3MFNemanja Gudelj(1991-11-16) 16 November 1991 (age 22)50Netherlands AZ
3MFMiloš Jojić(1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 22)41Germany Borussia Dortmund
4FWDanko Lazović(1983-05-17) 17 May 1983 (age 31)4311Serbia Partizan
4FWFilip Đorđević(1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 27)134Italy Lazio
4FWAleksandar Mitrović(1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 20)71Belgium Anderlecht

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKMilan Lukač(1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 29)10Serbia Partizanv.  Brazil, 6 June 2014
GKBranimir Aleksić(1990-12-24) 24 December 1990 (age 23)10Greece Kalloniv.  Macedonia, 15 October 2013
DFAntonio Rukavina INJ(1984-01-26) 26 January 1984 (age 30)290Spain Villarrealv.  France, 7 September 2014
DFDušan Basta INJ(1984-08-18) 18 August 1984 (age 30)162Italy Laziov.  France, 7 September 2014
DFMiroslav Vulićević(1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 29)30Serbia Partizanv.  Brazil, 6 June 2014
DFNemanja Pejčinović(1987-11-04) 4 November 1987 (age 26)20Russia Lokomotiv Moscowv.  Brazil, 6 June 2014
DFMilan Biševac(1983-08-31) 31 August 1983 (age 31)180France Lyonv.  Republic of Ireland, 5 March 2014
DFBranislav Trajković(1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 25)10Serbia Partizanv.  Macedonia, 15 October 2013
MFAdem Ljajić(1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 23)90Italy Romav.  France, 7 September 2014
MFDarko Lazović(1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 24)50Serbia Red Star Belgradev.  Brazil, 6 June 2014
MFLjubomir Fejsa(1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 26)170Portugal Benficav.  Republic of Ireland, 5 March 2014
MFMiralem Sulejmani(1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 25)161Portugal Benficav.  Republic of Ireland, 5 March 2014
MFNenad Krstičić(1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 24)30Italy Sampdoriav.  Republic of Ireland, 5 March 2014
MFIvan Radovanović(1988-08-29) 29 August 1988 (age 26)100Italy Chievov.  Russia, 15 November 2013
MFLuka Milivojević(1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 23)70Greece Olympiacosv.  Russia, 15 November 2013
MFAndrija Živković(1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 18)20Serbia Partizanv.  Russia, 15 November 2013
FWDragan Mrđa(1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 30)142Japan Omiya Ardijav.  Brazil, 6 June 2014
FWStefan Šćepović(1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 24)81Scotland Celticv.  Republic of Ireland, 5 March 2014

Previous squads[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Statistics include players who have played for the SFR Yugoslavia national team and Serbia national team.

Dejan Stanković is the most capped player in the history of Serbia with 103 caps.
Most appearances
As of 7 September 2014
#NameNational team careerCapsGoals
1Dejan Stanković1998 – 201310315
2Savo Milošević1994 – 200810237
3Dragan Džajić1964 – 19798523
4Dragan Stojković1983 – 20018415
5Predrag Mijatović1989 – 20037326
6Branislav Ivanović2005–728
7Zlatko Vujović1979 – 19907025
8Branko Zebec1951 – 19616517
9Slaviša Jokanović1991 – 20026410
10Stjepan Bobek1946 – 19566338
Siniša Mihajlović1991 – 20036310
Stjepan Bobek is the top goalscorer in the history of the national team with 38 goals.
Most goals
As of 7 September 2014
#NameNational team careerGoalsCapsAverage
1Stjepan Bobek1946 – 195638630.60
2Milan Galić1959 – 196537510.72
Savo Milošević1994 – 2008371020.36
4Blagoje Marjanović1926 – 193836570.63
5Rajko Mitić1946 – 195732590.54
6Dušan Bajević1970 – 197729370.78
7Todor Veselinović1953 – 196128370.76
8Borivoje Kostić1956 – 196426330.79
Predrag Mijatović1989 – 200326730.38
10Zlatko Vujović1979 – 199025700.35

Captains (after 1994)[edit]

NamePeriod
Dragan Stojković1994–2001
Savo Milošević2001–2006
Dejan Stanković2006–2011
Nikola Žigić2011
Branislav Ivanović2011–

Home stadiums[edit]

Since the dissolution of SFR Yugoslavia national team has played the vast majority of its matches on the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade and, occasionally, on Partizan Stadium, also in Belgrade. As of autumn 2012, only 5 of 58 team's home games since 1992 have been played outside of the capital Belgrade. However, with several ongoing reconstructions of stadiums in other cities in Serbia, it is likely that the national team will use more stadiums outside of the capital city in the future.

List of stadiums which have hosted Serbia international football matches (including the games played as FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro):

VenueCityFirst internationalLast internationalPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAAverage
attendance
Red Star StadiumBelgrade31 March 1995
1 – 0 vs.  Uruguay
6 September 2013
1 – 1 vs.  Croatia
4424164692126,222
Partizan StadiumBelgrade5 September 1999
3 – 1 vs.  Macedonia
7 September 2014
1 – 1 vs.  France
13832301513,209
Karađorđe StadiumNovi Sad11 September 2012
6 – 1 vs.  Wales
12 October 2013
2 – 0 vs.  Japan
33001018,830
Čair StadiumNiš22 September 1998
1 – 1 vs.  Switzerland
10101116,000
Smederevo City StadiumSmederevo17 April 2002
4 – 1 vs.  Lithuania
11004115,000
Mladost StadiumKruševac27 March 2003
1 – 2 vs.  Bulgaria
10011210,000
Jagodina City StadiumJagodina15 October 2013
5 – 1 vs.  Macedonia
1100518,294
Podgorica City StadiumPodgorica12 February 2003
2 – 2 vs.  Azerbaijan
1010227,500

Source: http://reprezentacija.rs

Team image[edit]

Nickname[edit]

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

Former[edit]

Ever since the first game played by FR Yugoslavia on 23 December 1994 the team had the nickname of Plavi (Плави), literally the Blues. This was notably due to the fact the team wore blue jerseys, which they inherited from the former Yugoslavia national football team. The trend continued even when the team switched names to Serbia and Montenegro, as flags, anthem, and kits remained virtually the same. However, as Montenegro declared independence from the State Union on 3 June 2006, on the basis of a referendum held on 21 May 2006, the newly formed Serbia national team needed a new nickname, as red replaced blue as the team's primary colour.

Current[edit]

As of 16 August 2006, when Serbia played its first international match as a resurrected national team (against the Czech Republic), the team is called the Орлови (Eagles).[14] The name is referring to the white double-headed eagle found on the coat of arms of Serbia, a national symbol of Serbia and Serbs.

Honours[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Fourth place (2): 1930, 1962
UEFA European Cup.svg UEFA European Championship
Runners-up (2): 1960, 1968

Summer Olympics

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

Mediterranean Games

Winners (2): 1971, 1979

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History at FSS official website, Retrieved 4 October 2012 (Serbian)
  2. ^ Serbia at FIFA official website
  3. ^ News: Serbia at UEFA official website, published 1 January 2011, Retrieved 4 October 2012
  4. ^ History at Football Association of Serbia official website, retrieved 17-5-2913 (Serbian)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Vecsey, George (26 June 1998). "Sports of The Times; Scrapbooks Of History For the U.S". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ http://www.arhiva.serbia.gov.rs/news/1999-08/19/13984.html
  8. ^ "Leading goalscorers". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 July 2000. Archived from the original on 11 July 2000. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  9. ^ – ESPN Soccernet: Germany 0–1 Serbia 18 June 2010
  10. ^ Bleacher Report: FIFA World Cup 2010: Dejan Stankovic's Strange Record 15 June 2010. By Jon Sainz
  11. ^ YouTube – FIFATV: 'Most famous day in Serbia's footballing history' Published 20 May 2012
  12. ^ Serbia set to sign new kit deal with Umbro? Football-shirts.co.uk (English) 6 March 2014
  13. ^ [2] Mozzart Sport: Advokat pozvao DANKA Lazovića! Nema Subotića i Ljajića na spisku!? (Serbian) 1 October 2014
  14. ^ Dnevni sportski list "Sport", #17.485–17.486, Belgrade, 17–18 August 2006: "Srbija je ostvarila rezultat kakav verovatno niko nije mogao da sanja. Bila je to divna fudbalska noc, prvi let i pobeda naših "orlova".

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