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Serbia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Beli Orlovi
(White Eagles)
Association Football Association of Serbia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Radomir Antić
Captain Dejan Stanković
Most caps Savo Milošević (102)
Top scorer Savo Milošević (37)
Home stadium Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
FIFA code SRB
FIFA ranking 13
Highest FIFA ranking 8 (May 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 47 (December 2005)
Elo ranking 15
Highest Elo ranking 4 (June 1998)
Lowest Elo ranking 41 (September 2008)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 – 3 Serbia Serbia
(Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic; 16 August 2006)
Biggest win
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1 – 6 Serbia Serbia
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 17 October 2007)
Serbia Serbia 6 – 1 Bulgaria Bulgaria
(Belgrade, Serbia; 19 November 2008)
Serbia Serbia 5 – 0 Romania Romania
(Belgrade, Serbia; 10 October 2009)
Biggest defeat
Ukraine Ukraine 2–0 Serbia Serbia
(Kiev, Ukraine; 26 March 2008)
World Cup
Appearances 11[1] (First in 1930)
Best result 4th 1930, 1962
European Championship
Appearances 5[1] (First in 1960)
Best result 2nd 1960, 1968
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver 1948 London Team
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team
Silver 1956 Melbourne Team
Gold 1960 Rome Team
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Team

The Serbia national football team (Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia. Both FIFA and UEFA consider the Serbia national team the direct descendant of the Serbia and Montenegro national football team and the SFR Yugoslavia national football team.

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History

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Heritage from Yugoslavia

Serbian national team was previously known as the Yugoslavia national football team from 15 January 1992 until 4 February 2003, and then as the Serbia and Montenegro national football team until 3 June 2006 when Serbia declared independence as the successor state to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. It was officially renamed the Serbia national football team on 28 June 2006, while the Montenegro national football team was created to represent the new state of Montenegro.

Serbia plays Belgium at Marakana, 7 October 2006

Between 1921 and 1992, the team did not exist as we know it today, since Serbia was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918 – 1943) and later on, of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945 – 1991). The Serbia national team existed from 1919 to 1921, but ceased to exist following the creation of the first Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

However, the Football Association of Serbia is a FIFA member since 1921 and a UEFA member since its creation in 1954. The Serbia national team is recognized, thanks to a mutual consent between both FIFA and UEFA, as the direct descendant of the Yugoslavia national team. Hence, the new national team formed in 1992 inherited of the full status, results, and achievements from Yugoslavia, which was not the case for any other country resulting from the breakup of Yugoslavia. Consequently, it did not have to apply to obtain a FIFA and UEFA status.

A similar situation happened following Montenegro's decision to secede following a referendum held on 21 May 2006. Once more, Serbia inherited of the Serbia and Montenegro full status, and did not have to apply for a FIFA and UEFA status, while Montenegro was obligated to do so.

The beginnings and the 1998 FIFA World Cup

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 1994, 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 1991, 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 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 heartbreaker for Yugoslavia. After leading Germany 2 – 0, last game's hero, Mihajlović, 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 be 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

The draw for 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. Other teams in the group were Republic of Ireland, Macedonia, and Malta. The coach of the national team first was Milan Živadinović, while Vujadin Boskov took over after his resignation.

Due to the NATO bombing of the country that started on 24 March 1999, Yugoslavia played its home fixture against Malta in Thessaloniki, Greece, winning 4 – 1.

The two highly anticipated games versus Croatia both ended in draws. First game in Belgrade ended with a scoreline 0 – 0 (the game was interrupted due to power outage at the beginning of the second half and resumed after 43 minutes[2]), while the other (which was the last fixture of the qualifying stage) ended 2 – 2 in Zagreb. The latter result however amounted to victory as was enough for Yugoslavia to secure a direct qualifying berth and knock Croatia out of European championship.

The draw for the Finals placed Yugoslavia in group C along with Spain, Norway, and Slovenia. The first game against Slovenia saw yet another former Yugoslav republic take a surprising 3 – 0 lead at Stade du Pays de Charleroi, but Yugoslavia managed to equalise by scoring three goals in only six minutes in mid-second half. The team's only victory in the tournament came in the second game versus Norway in Liège, thanks to an early Savo Milošević backheel strike. Final group game in Bruges was another high-scoring, but ultimately heartbreaking for Yugoslavia, as Spain won 4 – 3 with two late goals, despite the Yugoslavs taking the lead three times. Yugoslavia ended the group in second place, as Norway failed to defeat Slovenia in Arnhem. In each of the three games, Yugoslavia had one player sent off (Siniša Mihajlović, Mateja Kežman, and Slaviša Jokanović, respectively).

In the quarter-finals, Yugoslavia was once again paired with 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 Milošević played one game fewer.

2002 FIFA World Cup

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, and to this date only home defeat in official matches). After Đorić'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 and a win in Switzerland, but failed to defeat Slovenia in the penultimate game, thus ended the qualifiers in third position.

Euro 2004

Another failure came 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.

2006 FIFA World Cup

See also: 2006 World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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.

In the 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, the country'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.

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, allowed only one goal in ten games, finishing first with a 6 – 4 – 0 record, ahead of Spain.

However, after the injury of Mirko Vučinić before the start of the tournament in Germany, coach Petković caused massive controversy when he picked his own son Dušan as replacement. Dušan eventually decided to withdraw himself from the World Cup squad due to immense media pressure. All this events have greatly deteriorated the atmosphere in the team. Drawn in the "group of death" with Argentina, Netherlands, and debutants Côte d'Ivoire, for the first time in its history, the Serbian and Montenegrin national team lost all three group stage games and finished in dead last — 32nd place.

After yet another defeat to Netherlands in the opening game (1–0), coach Petković fell victim of the media criticism of his too defensive-orientated play and used more offensive tactics in the second match against Argentina. This proved to be a huge mistake, as Serbia and Montenegro recorded its biggest ever defeat in the World cup history — 6–0. In a meaningless game for both teams, Cote d'Ivoire defeated Serbia and Montenegro 3–2, despite Serbia and Montenegro taking a two-goal lead.

2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia 10 7 1 2 22 8 +14 22
 France 10 6 3 1 18 9 +9 21
 Austria 10 4 2 4 14 15 −1 14
 Lithuania 10 4 0 6 10 11 −1 12
 Romania 10 3 3 4 12 18 −6 12
 Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 5 20 −15 4
  Austria Faroe Islands France Lithuania Romania Serbia
Austria  3 – 1 3 – 1 2 – 1 2 – 1 1 – 3
Faroe Islands  1 – 1 0 – 1 2 – 1 0 – 1 0 – 2
France  3 – 1 5 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 1
Lithuania  2 – 0 1 – 0 0 – 1 0 – 1 2 – 1
Romania  1 – 1 3 – 1 2 – 2 0 – 3 2 – 3
Serbia  1 – 0 2 – 0 1 – 1 3 – 0 5 – 0

Serbia finished first in its first ever qualifying campaign as an independent nation, winning their group ahead of favorites France.[3] They sealed their place in 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa with a 5 – 0 win against Romania on 11 October 2009.[4]

Goalscorers during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Milan Jovanović – 5 goals
Nikola Žigić – 3 goals
Branislav Ivanović – 3 goals
Miloš Krasić – 2 goals
Nenad Milijaš – 2 goals
Marko Pantelić – 1 goal
Zdravko Kuzmanović – 1 goal
Zoran Tošić – 1 goal
Ivan Obradović – 1 goal
Neven Subotić – 1 goal

2010 FIFA World Cup

On 4th December, Serbia was drawn into group D. The Beli Orlovi will be playing their first match against Ghana on 13 June 2010, followed by Germany on 18 June 2010, and in the last group match will face Australia on 23 June 2010.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Tournament records

World Cup record

Year Round Position Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Fourth Place 4 3 2 0 1 7 7
Italy 1934 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1938 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Round 1 5 3 2 0 1 7 3
Switzerland 1954 Quarterfinals 7 3 1 1 1 2 3
Sweden 1958 Quarterfinals 5 3 1 2 1 7 7
Chile 1962 Fourth Place 4 6 3 0 3 10 7
England 1966 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Round 2 7 6 1 2 3 10 6
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Group stage 16 3 1 1 1 2 2
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Quarter-finals 5 5 3 1 1 8 6
Total 8/14 - 32 14 7 12 53 41
Year Round Position Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
United States 1994 Suspended* - - - - - - -
France 1998 Round of 16 9 4 2 1 1 5 4
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Group stage 32 3 0 0 3 2 10
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 3/5 - 7 2 1 4 7 13

-* In 1994, the team was banned because of international sanctions imposed due to Yugoslav wars.

European Championship record

Year Round Position Matches Wins Drows Losses GF GA
France 1960 Final 2 2 1 0 1 1 2
Spain 1964 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Final 2 3 1 1 1 2 3
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Fourth place 4 2 0 0 2 4 7
Italy 1980 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1984 Round 1 8 3 0 0 3 2 10
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Qualified* - - - - - - -
Total 4/9 - 10 2 1 7 9 22

-* Qualified, but not allowed to participate because of international sanctions during Yugoslav wars. Denmark, which finished second to Yugoslavia in the qualifying group, entered instead, and went on to win the tournament.

Year Round Position Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
England 1996 Suspended* - - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Quarter-finals 7 4 1 1 2 8 13
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 - - - - - - - -
Total 1/3 - 4 1 1 2 8 13

-* In 1996, the team was not allowed to compete because of international sanctions.

Recent results

Date City Opponent Results Scorers Type of game
March 28, 2009 Bucharest, Romania Romania Romania 3:2 (2:0) Jovanović (18') Stoica (44') (o.g.) Marica (50') Ivanović (59') Stoica (74') WC quali.
June 6, 2009 Belgrade, Serbia Austria Austria 1:0 (1:0) Milijaš (7') WC quali.
June 10, 2009 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2:0 (1:0) Jovanović (44') Subotić (69') WC quali.
August 12, 2009 Tshwane, South Africa South Africa South Africa 3:1 (1:0) Tošić (56') Lazović (69') Tošić (77') Mphela (77') Friendly
September 9, 2009 Belgrade, Serbia France France 1:1 (1:1) Milijaš (12') Henry (36') WC quali.
October 10, 2009 Belgrade, Serbia Romania Romania 5:0 (1:0) Žigić (37') Pantelić (50') Kuzmanović (78') Jovanović (87', 90+3') WC quali.
October 14, 2009 Kaunas, Lithuania Lithuania Lithuania 1:2 (0:1) Kalonas (20') Tošić (60') Stankevičius (68') WC quali.
November 14, 2009 Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1:0 (1:0) Lazović Friendly
November 18, 2009 London, England South Korea South Korea 1:0 (1:0) Žigić (7') Friendly
March 6, 2010 Algiers, Algeria Algeria Algeria 3:0 (1:0) Pantelić (16') Kuzmanović (55') Tošić (65') Friendly

Head coaches

Last update 18 November 2009

Manager Period Record
Matches Won Drawn Lost
Serbia Radomir Antić 2008 – 19 14 1 4
Serbia Miroslav Đukić 2007 – 2008 5 0 2 3
Spain Javier Clemente 2006 – 2007 16 7 7 2
Serbia and Montenegro Ilija Petković 2003 – 2006 30 11 10 9
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savićević 2001 – 2003 17 4 3 10
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Ćurković
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savićević
2001 8 4 2 2
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Đorić 2001 3 0 2 1
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Petković 2000 – 2001 4 2 1 1
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov 1999 – 2000 15 6 5 4
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Živadinović 1998 – 1999 6 3 2 1
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Santrač 1994 – 1998 43 26 10 7
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivica Osim 1986 – 1992 51 27 10 14
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Toplak
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivica Osim
1986 3 1 1 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miloš Milutinović 1984 – 1985 15 7 3 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Todor Veselinović 1982 – 1984 18 9 3 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić 1979 – 1982 22 18 2 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Jerković 1978 1 1 0 0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ante Mladinić 1978 2 0 0 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slavko Ljuštica 1978 0 0 0 0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stevan Vilotić 1978 2 0 2 0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Marko Valok
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stevan Vilotić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Gojko Zec
1977 6 1 2 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Toplak 1976 – 1977 8 2 0 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ante Mladinić 1974 – 1976 15 9 2 4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Ribar
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sulejman Rebac
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Tomislav Ivić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Ćirić
1973 – 1974 11 3 3 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov 1971 – 1973 27 10 12 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rajko Mitić 1967 – 1970 34 13 10 11
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rajko Mitić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Branko Stanković
1966 4 2 0 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić
1966 2 0 1 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Antolković
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić
1966 3 1 0 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Antolković
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Abdulah Gegić
1965 7 2 3 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Lovrić 1964 11 3 1 7
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Lovrić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hugo Ruševljanin
1963 – 1964 7 5 0 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Lovrić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Prvoslav Mihajlović
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hugo Ruševljanin
1961 – 1963 22 15 2 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragomir Nikolić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Lovrić
1959 – 1961 29 16 8 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić 1955 – 1958 34 13 11 10
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Branko Pešić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Leo Lemešić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Franjo Wölfl
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Ćirić
1954 9 5 2 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Arsenijević
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Leo Lemešić
1952 – 1954 18 14 2 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Arsenijević 1949 – 1952 23 15 3 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Arsenijević
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Tirnanić
1946 – 1948 18 12 1 5
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Svetozar Popović 1940 – 1941 3 1 2 0
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Boško Simonović 1939 – 1940 4 1 1 2
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Svetozar Popović 1939 1 0 0 1
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Boško Simonović 1939 4 1 0 3
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Svetozar Popović 1937 – 1938 13 4 5 4
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Nikola Simić 1936 4 1 1 2
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Boško Simonović 1935 5 3 2 0
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Ivo Šuste
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Mata Miodragović
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Petar Pleše
1934 – 1935 6 3 0 3
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Boško Simonović 1933 – 1934 6 3 1 2
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Branislav Veljković 1933 6 3 1 2
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Boško Simonović 1930 – 1932 24 12 1 11
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Ante Pandaković 1926 – 1930 19 7 2 10
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Dušan Zinaja 1924 – 1925 3 0 0 3
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Todor Sekulić 1924 1 0 0 1
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Veljko Ugrinić 1920 – 1924 10 3 1 6

Squad

Current squad

# Name DOB Club Caps Goals Debut
Goalkeepers
1 Vladimir Stojković 29 July 1983 (1983-07-29) (age 26) England Wigan Athletic 30 0 v Czech Republic, 16 August 2006
12 Željko Brkić 9 July 1986 (1986-07-09) (age 23) Serbia Vojvodina 1 0 v Algeria, 3 March 2010
Defenders
2 Antonio Rukavina 26 January 1984 (1984-01-26) (age 26) Germany TSV 1860 München 19 0 v Finland, 2 June 2007
3 Ivica Dragutinović 13 November 1975 (1975-11-13) (age 34) Spain Sevilla 49 0 v Greece, 13 December 2000
5 Nemanja Vidić 21 October 1981 (1981-10-21) (age 28) England Manchester United 44 2 v Italy, 12 October 2002
6 Branislav Ivanović 22 February 1984 (1984-02-22) (age 26) England Chelsea 29 4 v Italy, 8 June 2005
13 Aleksandar Luković 23 October 1982 (1982-10-23) (age 27) Italy Udinese 19 0 v Poland, 15 March 2005
20 Neven Subotić 10 December 1988 (1988-12-10) (age 21) Germany Borussia Dortmund 10 1 v Romania, 28 March 2009
23 Aleksandar Kolarov 10 November 1985 (1985-11-10) (age 24) Italy Lazio 10 0 v Russia, 28 May 2008
Midfielders
4 Gojko Kačar 26 January 1987 (1987-01-26) (age 23) Germany Hertha BSC 15 0 v Kazakhstan, 24 November 2007
7 Boško Janković 1 March 1984 (1984-03-01) (age 26) Italy Genoa 25 5 v Norway, 15 November 2006
10 Dejan Stanković 11 September 1978 (1978-09-11) (age 31) Italy Internazionale 86 13 v South Korea, 22 April 1998
11 Nenad Milijaš 30 April 1983 (1983-04-30) (age 26) England Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 3 v Faroe Islands, 6 September 2008
14 Milan Jovanović 18 April 1981 (1981-04-18) (age 28) Belgium Standard 24 9 v Finland, 2 June 2007
16 Radosav Petrović 8 March 1989 (1989-03-08) (age 21) Serbia Partizan 5 0 v South Africa, 12 August 2009
17 Miloš Krasić 1 November 1984 (1984-11-01) (age 25) Russia CSKA Moscow 29 2 v Norway, 15 November 2006
18 Miloš Ninković 25 December 1984 (1984-12-25) (age 25) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 7 0 v Sweden, 1 April 2009
21 Zoran Tošić 28 April 1987 (1987-04-28) (age 22) Germany FC Köln 19 4 v Finland, 8 September 2007
22 Zdravko Kuzmanović 22 September 1987 (1987-09-22) (age 22) Germany Stuttgart 25 4 v Finland, 2 June 2007
Strikers
8 Danko Lazović 17 May 1983 (1983-05-17) (age 26) Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 34 10 v Brasil, 27 March 2002
9 Marko Pantelić 15 September 1978 (1978-09-15) (age 31) Netherlands Ajax 29 5 v Poland, 16 November 2003
15 Dejan Lekić 7 June 1985 (1985-06-07) (age 24) Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2 0 v Northern Ireland, 14 November 2009
19 Nikola Žigić 25 September 1980 (1980-09-25) (age 29) Spain Valencia 42 16 v Norway, 31 March 2004

Starting team

4–4–2 Formation

Recent call-ups

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent call-up
Goalkeeper
Bojan Isailović 25 March 1980 (1980-03-25) (age 29) Poland Zagłębie Lubin 3 (0) v Poland, 14 December 2008 v South Korea, 18 November 2009
Defenders
Jagoš Vuković 10 June 1988 (1988-06-10) (age 21) Netherlands PSV 2 (0) v Northern Ireland, 14 November 2009 v South Korea, 18 November 2009
Nenad Tomović 30 August 1987 (1987-08-30) (age 22) Italy Genoa 2 (0) v Poland, 14 December 2008 v South Korea, 18 November 2009
Ivan Obradović 25 July 1988 (1988-07-25) (age 21) Spain Real Zaragoza 10 (1) v Faroe Islands, 6 September 2008 v South Korea, 18 November 2009
Midfielders
Miralem Sulejmani 5 December 1988 (1988-12-05) (age 21) Netherlands Ajax 6 (0) v Macedonia, 6 February 2008 v Faroe Islands, 10 June 2009
Marko Milinković 16 April 1988 (1988-04-16) (age 21) Slovakia Košice 1 (0) v South Africa, 12 August 2009 v Lithuania, 14 October 2009
Strikers
Dragan Mrđa 23 January 1984 (1984-01-23) (age 26) Serbia Vojvodina 2 (0) v Bulgaria, 19 November 2008 v Austria, 6 June 2009

Statistics (only since 1992)

Most appearances

# Name National team career Caps Goals
1 Savo Milošević 1994 – 2008 102 37
2 Dejan Stanković 1998 – 86 13
3 Dragan Stojković 1983 – 2001 84 15
4 Predrag Mijatović 1989 – 2003 73 28
5 Slaviša Jokanović 1991 – 2002 64 10
5 Siniša Mihajlović 1991 – 2003 63 9
7 Mladen Krstajić 1999 – 2008 59 2
7 Zoran Mirković 1995 – 2003 59 0
9 Darko Kovačević 1994 – 2004 58 10
10 Dejan Savićević 1986 – 1999 56 19
Statistics do not include Serbian players who have played for the SFR Yugoslavia national team exclusively.
As of 10 October 2009.[5]
  • Players in bold are still active/available for selection.

Leading goalscorers

# Name National team career Goals Caps Average
1 Savo Milošević 1994 – 2008 37 102 0.36
2 Predrag Mijatović 1989 – 2003 28 73 0.38
3 Dejan Savićević 1986 – 2003 19 56 0.34
4 Mateja Kežman 2000 – 2006 17 49 0.35
5 Nikola Žigić 2004 – 16 42 0.38
6 Dragan Stojković 1983 – 2001 15 84 0.18
7 Dejan Stanković 1998 – 13 86 0.15
8 Danko Lazović 2002 – 10 34 0.29
9 Slaviša Jokanović 1991 – 2002 10 64 0.16
10 Darko Kovačević 1994 – 2004 10 59 0.17
Statistics do not include Serbian players who have played for the SFR Yugoslavia national team exclusively. Last updated: Serbia-Romania 5-0, October 10, 2009.

Nickname

Serbian team

Ever since the first game ever played by Yugoslavia's new team, on 23 December 1994, a 2 – 0 loss to Brazil, the team wore the name of Плави, literally translating to the Blues, much like France's famous nickname of Les Bleus. 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 Serbia 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.

Hence, on 16 August 2006, as Serbia played its first international match in history (vs the Czech Republic), B92, a broadcaster with national coverage throughout Serbia, proposed the name of Бели Орлови (White Eagles).[citation needed] The name referred to the white double-headed eagle found on the coat of arms of Serbia.

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