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Serbia National Football Team

Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) / ?rlovi
(The Eagles)
AssociationFootball Association of Serbia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIlija Stolica (Acting head coach)
CaptainAleksandar Kolarov
Most capsBranislav Ivanovi? (105)
Top scorerStjepan Bobek (38)
Home stadiumRajko Miti? Stadium, Belgrade
FIFA ranking
Current 30 Steady(10 December 2020)[1]
Highest6 (December 1998)
Lowest101 (December 1994)
First international
 Czechoslovakia 7-0 Kingdom SCS 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
as Serbia
 Czech Republic 1-3 Serbia 
(Uherské Hradi?t?, Czech Republic; 18 August 2006)
Biggest win
 Yugoslavia 10-0 Venezuela 
(Curitiba, Brazil; 14 June 1972)
as Serbia
 Azerbaijan 1-6 Serbia 
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 17 October 2007)
 Serbia 6-1 Bulgaria 
(Belgrade, Serbia; 19 November 2008)
 Serbia 5-0 Romania 
(Belgrade, Serbia; 10 October 2009)
 Serbia 6-1 Wales 
(Novi Sad, Serbia; 11 September 2012)
 Serbia 5-0 Russia 
(Belgrade, Serbia; 18 November 2020)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 7-0 Kingdom SCS 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
 Uruguay 7-0 Kingdom SCS 
(Paris, France; 26 May 1924)
 Czechoslovakia 7-0 Kingdom SCS 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 28 October 1925)
as Serbia
 Ukraine 5-0 Serbia 
(Lviv, Ukraine 7 June 2019)
World Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1930)
Best resultFourth place within Yugoslavia (1930, 1962):Group stage as Serbia (2010),(2018)
European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 1960)
Best resultRunners-up within Yugoslavia (1960, 1968)

The Serbia national football team (Serbian: , romanizedFudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in men's international football competition. It is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in Serbia.

With the national team nicknamed the Orlovi (; the Eagles), football has a long history in Serbia. Serbia competed under the various forms of Yugoslav national teams where it achieved considerable success, playing the final at the 1960 and 1968 European Championships and finishing fourth at the 1930 and 1962 World Cups. Considered by FIFA and UEFA to be the successor of both the Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro national teams,[3][4][5] the achievements of the promising team of the 1990s (which featured Serbian players such as Dragan Stojkovi?, Savo Milosevic, Predrag Mijatovi?, Vladimir Jugovi? and Sini?a Mihajlovi?) was somewhat curbed due to international sanctions imposed against Yugoslavia at the time due to the Yugoslav Wars.

Following the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia has played as an independent nation since 2006, and qualified for the World Cup in 2010 and 2018. At Both World Cup's Serbia were eliminated at the group stage , but did record their most memorable occasion at the 2010 World Cup, beating bitter rivals Germany 1-0 , with Milan Jovanovi? (footballer, born 1981) scoring the winning goal.

Serbia usually use the home of Red Star Belgrade, the Rajko Miti? Stadium, as their home ground. Occasionally, the Partizan Stadium is also used.


1992-2002: Competing within FR Yugoslavia

The Yugoslavian line-up at the 1930 FIFA World Cup, made of Serbian players only since Croats boycoted.

The Football Federation of what was then the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was founded in Zagreb in 1919 under the name Jugoslavenski 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 Vr?uka, Vjekoslav ?upan?i?, Jaroslav ?ifer, Stanko Tav?ar, Slavin Cindri?, Rudolf Rupec, Dragutin Vragovi?, and Jovan Ru?i?. They lost by a large margin, 0-7,[6] but nonetheless entered their names in the history books.

The federation and football overall was disrupted by World War II. After the war, a socialist federation was formed and the football federation reconstituted. From 1945 to early 2003, the national team competed as Yugoslavia, although SFR Yugoslavia broke up in 1991.

Although the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, consisting of 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 won 2-0. This was the first ever team composed of Serbian and Montenegrin players exclusively, while Slobodan Santra?, 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.

Due to international sanctions against Yugoslavia, the team could not participate in 1994 World Cup qualifying nor the Euro 1996 qualifying process.

1998 World Cup

As FR Yugoslavia joined FIFA and UEFA in late 1994, the team was available to participate in the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. Slobodan Santra? was appointed as a coach for the team. In the qualifiers, Yugoslavia was drawn in Group 6 with Euro 1996 runners-up Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Faroe Islands and Malta. With seven winning games (of which are both against the Czech Republic, Faroe Islands and Malta and one against Slovakia), two draw games (against Spain and Slovakia) and one lost game against Spain, Yugoslavia ended up in second place with 23 points behind Spain. Yugoslavia qualified for the play-off in which they were drawn to play against Hungary. With the aggregate score of 12-1 against Hungary, Yugoslavia qualified for the World Cup.

The 1998 World Cup seeding had Yugoslavia ranked 21st among the world's national teams, but Yugoslavia was widely recognized as one of the shadow favorites for the World Cup. The New York Times suggested that Yugoslavia could easily be a semi-finalist in that year's World Cup.[7] 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 Sini?a Mihajlovi?. The next game was a draw for Yugoslavia. After leading Germany 2-0, Mihajlovi? scored an 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 finished second in the group and Germany won the group with 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 conceded a header from Slobodan Komljenovi?. However, the turning point of this match was a penalty awarded to Yugoslavia after Vladimir Jugovi? was fouled in the penalty area. Predrag Mijatovi? missed, 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 Edgar Davids' shot towards the Yugoslav net from a distance of 20 meters and beat goalkeeper Ivica Kralj. This marked the end of Yugoslavia's run in the 1998 World Cup.

Euro 2000

The draw for the Euro 2000 qualifiers saw first-seeded Yugoslavia 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 ?ivadinovi?, but in July 1999 he resigned and was replaced by Vujadin Bo?kov.

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 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[8] 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 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 Milo?evi? 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 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 (Sini?a Mihajlovi?, Mateja Ke?man, and Slavi?a Jokanovi?, respectively).

In the quarter-finals, Yugoslavia was once again paired with the Netherlands. Unlike the last time, the co-hosts won 6-1 in Rotterdam with Patrick Kluivert scoring a hat-trick. Despite Yugoslavia's elimination, Savo Milo?evi? was crowned the joint top scorer of the tournament alongside Patrick Kluivert. Both players scored five goals, although Milo?evi? played one game fewer.[9]

2002 World Cup campaign

Ilija Petkovi? was appointed as a coach for the team. For the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, Yugoslavia was drawn in Group 1 with Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, the Faroe Islands and Luxembourg. Not long after winning against Luxembourg, Petkovi? was sacked and replaced with three pieced team which consisted of Vujadin Bo?kov, Dejan Savi?evi? and Ivan ?urkovi?. Despite being one of the favourites from the group and winning both games against Luxembourg and Faroe Islands as well and away game against Switzerland, Yugoslavia managed to suffer a home loss and away draw against Russia, a home draw against Switzerland and both draw games against Slovenia. Yugoslavia ended the qualifying campaign in the third place of the group just one point behind second-placed Slovenia.

2003-2006: Competing as Serbia and Montenegro

Euro 2004 campaign

After failing to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, Savi?evi? was appointed as a coach. After Savi?evi?'s spell as coach of Yugoslavia, the country went under a political transformation, and Ilija Petkovi? became the newly named Serbia and Montenegro's new coach. For the Euro 2004 qualifiers Serbia and Montenegro was drawn in Group 9 with Italy, Wales, Finland and Azerbaijan. Despite drawing both games against group favourites and eventual group winners Italy and winning both games against runners-up Wales, Serbia and Montenegro failed to qualify, mostly due to a 2-2 home draw and 2-1 away loss to Azerbaijan, as well and 3-0 away loss to Finland.

2006 World Cup

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

Petkovi? remained as a coach for the team, despite the failure to qualify for Euro 2004. However, qualifying for 2006 World Cup was different. With six wins and four draw games, Serbia and Montenegro ended up first in the group with an undefeated record in their qualification group ahead of favourites Spain. The Serbia and 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 and Montenegro was drawn in a group with Spain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and San Marino. Led once again by Ilija Petkovi? as the coach, Serbia and Montenegro with the "Famous Four" defence, consisting of Nemanja Vidi?, Mladen Krstaji?, Goran Gavran?i?, and Ivica Dragutinovi?, with Dragoslav Jevri? as the 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 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 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 and Montenegro with no points.

2006-present: Contemporary history

Euro 2008 campaign

After Montenegro declared independence, Serbia marked their split from Montenegro with a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic. For the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Serbia was drawn in Group A along with Poland, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The qualification process began promising 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 Clemente with Miroslav ?uki?, 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

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

Subsequent to Ðuki?'s rapid departure, Radomir Anti? was appointed coach and success followed. Serbia's World Cup qualification campaign began in 2008. Their qualification group featured 1998 World Cup winners and 2006 World Cup runners-up France, 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 5-0 win at home against Romania.

Like in 2006, Serbia went into the World Cup as the dark horses of the tournament. Key points justifying their potential surprise team status included a star-studded defence that was composed by Nemanja Vidi?, Neven Suboti?, Aleksandar Kolarov and Branislav Ivanovi?. The captain of Serbia's 2010 World Cup campaign was Dejan Stankovi?, 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).[11] 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 Lukovi? and a handball by substitute Zdravko Kuzmanovi? 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 defeated Germany by a score of 1-0 with a goal by Milan Jovanovi? late in the first half. FIFA's official YouTube channel called the win "the most famous day in Serbia's footballing history".[12]

Serbia only needed a single point to reach the knockout stages but was defeated by Australia 2-1. Australia scored two goals in the second half through Tim Cahill and Brett Holman. A late Marko Panteli? goal served only as a consolation. They finished last in the group.

Radomir Anti? 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 Petrovi? to the job.

Euro 2012 campaign

Nemanja Vidi? was named twice in the FIFA World XI.

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 Group C featuring Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands. The qualifying stage began with Radomir Anti? as coach and finished with Vladimir Petrovi?. Serbia and Anti? 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 Anti?'s reign as the country's coach. New coach Petrovi? faced setbacks immediately with a 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 Vidi?'s penalty miss midway 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.

2014 World Cup campaign

Vladimir Petrovi? was sacked after the team's failure to qualify. Ahead of the qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Dejan Stankovi? and Nemanja Vidi? announced that they were retiring from international football. This meant that Serbia had lost two key players and that a new era had started. Branislav Ivanovi? became the new captain. Sini?a Mihajlovi?, a former member of the national team, was appointed as the coach on 24 April 2012. Serbia was drawn in Group A in qualification for 2014 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 suffered two defeats, from Macedonia and Belgium.

On 22 March 2013, Serbia played in 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. 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 drew with Croatia 1-1 in the corresponding fixture at home, where 18-year-old Aleksandar Mitrovi? scored an equalizer in the second-half after Mario Mand?uki? opened the scoring. They then defeated Wales 0-3 in Cardiff. Dejan Stankovi?'s farewell game was completed in a friendly against Japan, which Serbia won 2-0. He finished his career with 103 appearances for the national team, a record previously held by Savo Milo?evi?, with 102 appearances. 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

After failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, Dick Advocaat was appointed as the coach in 2014. Serbia was drawn in Group I in qualification for 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 was originally awarded with a 3-0 victory, but was later deducted three points. On 14 November 2014, Serbia played against Denmark in Belgrade and lost, 1-3. After this game, Advocaat left, whereupon Radovan ?ur?i? 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 lost 2-1, cutting their chances for qualification to Euro 2016. On 13 June 2015, Serbia played a qualifying match against Denmark in Copenhagen, losing 2-0. On 10 July, the 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 became mathematically eliminated from Euro 2016 qualification. On 4 September 2015, Serbia made first victory in this qualification 2-0, against Armenia. On 8 October 2015, Serbia defeated Albania with a goal each from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljaji?. In the table of Group I, Serbia finished second to last place with four points in a five team group.

2018 World Cup

Serbia national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

After failing to qualify for Euro 2016, Slavoljub Muslin was appointed as a coach. Serbia was 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 Red Star Stadium and continued this good form with wins over Austria, Georgia and Moldova.

Serbia beat Moldova in Belgrade with goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Aleksandar Mitrovi? and Mijat Ga?inovi?. 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 finished the qualifying campaign with a 1-0 home win against Georgia, and ended at the top of Group D and therefore qualified for the 2018 tournament, its first major tournament after an eight-year absence. Despite Serbia's qualification, Muslin was sacked by the Football Association of Serbia for not inviting Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? to play in the campaign. This decision sparked a lot of controversy in the Serbian public. Mladen Krstaji? took the place as a temporary coach after Muslin's dismissal and led the team in the World Cup.

In the World Cup, Serbia opened their match against Costa Rica. Kolarov's free kick at the second half meant Serbia won their first World Cup game after eight years. Serbia lost their later encounters, losing 1-2 to Switzerland with a 90-minute goal scored by Xherdan Shaqiri and 0-2 to Brazil, thus once again eliminated from the group stage of a big tournament.

2018-19 Nations League

Due to poor performance of Serbia in previous years, the country found itself started the campaign of the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League C, where they were drawn into Group 4 with Montenegro, Lithuania and Romania. With both wins against Lithuania and Montenegro and both draw games against Romania, Serbia finished on top of the group, securing the Euro 2020 play-off spot and being promoted into League B for 2020-21 season. With six goals, Aleksandar Mitrovi? finished the tournament as the top scorer.

Euro 2020 campaign

After the 2018 World Cup, Mladen Krstaji? became a permanent coach for Serbia. Serbia started the campaign of 2018-19 UEFA Nations League, which served as a part of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

For Euro 2020 qualifiers, Serbia was drawn into Group B with Euro 2016 champions Portugal, Ukraine, Lithuania and Luxembourg. Serbia kicked off the qualifiers with 1-1 away draw game against Portugal. But in the next away game against Ukraine, Serbia lost the game 0-5, making it the biggest defeat for Serbia. This game also spawned a lot of controversy due to Krstaji?'s coaching style. After the 4-1 home win against Lithuania, Krstaji? was sacked mainly because of the loss against Ukraine and replaced with Ljubi?a Tumbakovi?. Tumbakovi? started with a 2-4 home loss against Portugal. The next two games were away wins against Luxembourg and Lithuania, before beating Luxembourg at home to keep its slim hope alive. However, Serbia could not take one of the top two places after the team managed a 2-2 draw to Ukraine at home.

After the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs were resumed, Serbia placed itself against Norway in Oslo. The game happened to be difficult for the Serbs, but two goals, one in the extra times and scored both by Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? finally helped Serbia to overcome Norway 2-1, thus marching to the final playoff game against Scotland at home. In the game against Scotland, Serbia lost at the penalty series, therefore once again failing to qualify for the tournament making in 20 years since the country last took part in the tournament.

2020-21 Nations League

On 3 March 2020, Serbia was drawn in 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B Group 3 alongside Russia, Turkey and Hungary. Serbia had a difficult beginning in their first two games. Their first match against Russia away, Serbia was defeated 1-3 as expected. In the second game, Serbia however only gained a goalless draw to Turkey, though it was notable that Serbia played with only 10 men in the second half. In the next four games, Serbia played another draw game against Turkey, suffered a draw and a lost game against Hungary, and in the final game Serbia unexpectedly won against Russia with 5-0. Serbia ended the campaign at the third place on group 3, securing the place of League B for 2022-23 season.

2022 World Cup campaign

Serbia was drawn in Group A in qualification for the 2022 World Cup with Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.


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[13] and as the most politically charged football rivalry by the Bleacher Report.[14] The two sides have a politically turbulent history, which started this rivalry in the 1990s. Both were part of Yugoslavia, which dissolved after a series of wars broke out between the constituent republics, including Serbia and Croatia. The two nations have played four times, with Croatia winning one and drawing the other three games.[15]

Team image

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

Kits, colours and badge

Nicknamed The Blues, the various Yugoslav teams of the 20th century wore a primarily blue kit. This was paired with white shorts and red socks, mimicking the blue-white-red tricolour flag. As Serbia and Montenegro continued this blue-white-red tradition, it was considered appropriate for a newly independent Serbian team to adopt a different colouring scheme.

Serbia eventually adopted red shirts, blue shorts and white socks, paralleling the primary red theme taken up by other national sports teams. Such a look was also based on a tricolour flag arrangement, albeit this time inspired by the flag of Serbia. The first home kit featured red shirts with a blue and white trim, whilst a cross motif was incorporated ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Taken from the country's coat of arms, it remained on the kits until 2014. In recent years, partly due to FIFA's increasingly strict kit clash regulations, Serbia have utilised all-red uniforms, abandoning blue altogether.

Serbia's away kits are traditionally white, featuring a red-and-blue trim.

The badge of the Football Association of Serbia is modelled on the escutcheon of the Serbian coat of arms. It features a modified version of the four firesteels, a historical Serbian emblem, with the addition of a football.

Kingdom of Yugoslavia

SFR Yugoslavia


FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro





Serbia is nicknamed 'the Eagles' (Orlovi / ).[18] The name refers to the white double-headed eagle found on the coat of arms of Serbia, a national symbol of Serbia.

Kit sponsorship

In July 2014, a partnership was announced between the Football Association of Serbia and English manufacturer Umbro which is Serbia's official supplier before Puma took over 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.[19]

Kit Supplier Period
United States Nike 2006-2014
England Umbro 2014-2018
Germany Puma 2018-present

Record in major tournaments

The Football Association of Serbia 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.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup qualification in temple

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
within  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Uruguay 1930 Fourth place 4th 3 2 0 1 7 7 Invited
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4
France 1938 2 1 0 1 1 4
within  SFR Yugoslavia (until 1962 as FPR Yugoslavia)
Brazil 1950 Group stage 5th 3 2 0 1 7 3 5 3 2 0 16 6
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 0 0 4 0
Sweden 1958 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 7 7 4 2 2 0 7 2
Chile 1962 Fourth place 4th 6 3 0 3 10 7 4 3 1 0 11 4
England 1966 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 10 8
Mexico 1970 6 3 1 2 19 7
West Germany 1974 Second group stage 7th 6 1 2 3 12 7 5 3 2 0 8 4
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 6 8
Spain 1982 Group stage 16th 3 1 1 1 2 2 8 6 1 1 22 7
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 8
Italy 1990 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 1 1 8 6 8 6 2 0 16 6
within  FR Yugoslavia
United States 1994 Suspended Suspended
France 1998 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 4 12 9 2 1 41 8
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify 10 5 4 1 22 8
within  Serbia and Montenegro
Germany 2006 Group stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 2 10 10 6 4 0 16 1
South Africa 2010 Group stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 2 3 10 7 1 2 22 8
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 18 11
Russia 2018 Group stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 2 4 10 6 3 1 20 10
Qatar 2022 Future events Future events
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026
Total Fourth place 12/21 46 18 8 20 66 63 128 75 31 22 269 114
* Draw for 1994 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.[20]

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship qualifying in temple

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 as FPR Yugoslavia)
France 1960 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 6 6 4 2 1 1 9 4
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 5
Italy 1968 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 2 3 6 4 1 1 14 5
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify 8 3 4 1 7 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 0 2 4 7 8 6 1 1 15 5
Italy 1980 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 14 6
France 1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 10 6 3 2 1 12 11
West Germany 1988 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 13 9
Sweden 1992 Qualified/Suspended 8 7 0 1 24 4
as  FR Yugoslavia
England 1996 Suspended Suspended
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Quarter-final 8th 4 1 1 2 8 13 8 5 2 1 18 8
as  Serbia and Montenegro
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 11 11
as  Serbia
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify 14 6 6 2 22 11
PolandUkraine 2012 10 4 3 3 13 12
France 2016 8 2 1 5 8 13
Europe 2020 10 5 3 2 20 19
Germany 2024 Future event Future event
Total Runners-up 5/16 14 3 2 9 22 39 114 60 28 26 206 128

UEFA Nations League record

Last update : 18 November 2020

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018-19 C 4 6 4 2 0 11 4 Rise 27th
Italy 2020-21 B 3 6 1 3 2 9 7 Same position 27th
2022-23 B Future event
Total 12 5 5 2 20 11 27th

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

For more result see: Serbia national football team results


3 September 2020 (2020-09-03) 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B3 Russia  3-1  Serbia Moscow, Russia
Stadium: VTB Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
6 September 2020 (2020-09-06) 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B3 Serbia  0-0  Turkey Belgrade, Serbia
20:45 Report Stadium: Rajko Miti? Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs Norway  1-2 (a.e.t.)  Serbia Oslo, Norway
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 200
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B3 Serbia  0-1  Hungary Belgrade, Serbia
20:45 Report
Stadium: Rajko Miti? Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14) 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B3 Turkey  2-2  Serbia Istanbul, Turkey
Report Stadium: Türk Telekom Stadium
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B3 Hungary  1-1  Serbia Budapest, Hungary
Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 0
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B3 Serbia  5-0  Russia Belgrade, Serbia
Report Stadium: Rajko Miti? Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)


28 January 2021 (2021-01-28) International friendly Panama  v  Serbia Panama
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Serbia  v  Portugal Belgrade, Serbia
20:45 Stadium: Rajko Miti? Stadium
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Azerbaijan  v  Serbia Baku, Azerbaijan
18:00 Stadium: Baku Olympic Stadium
1 September 2021 (2021-09-01) International friendly Qatar  v  Serbia TBC
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Serbia  v  Luxembourg Serbia
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Republic of Ireland  v  Serbia Dublin, Ireland
20:45 Stadium: Aviva Stadium
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Luxembourg  v  Serbia Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Serbia  v  Azerbaijan Serbia
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) International friendly Serbia  v  Qatar Serbia
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Portugal  v  Serbia Portugal

Head to head records (2006 onward)

As of 18 November 2020
  1. ^ Legend: In each final tournament of the World Cup, the European Championship and the Nations League (shown in bold), Serbia has played one match against the respective opponent, while in each qualifying tournament and each Nations League group stage, it has played two matches against the respective opponent. Friendly matches and minor tournaments are counted in the table but are not shown in this column.
  2. ^ The 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 ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3-0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the events. Serbia must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined EUR100,000.[21] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[22][23] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[24] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[25] and on 10 July 2015 the 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 with 0-3 and they are still deducted three points.[26] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[27]
  3. ^ The Italy v Serbia match was abandoned after six minutes due to rioting by Serbian fans.[28] The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body awarded the match as a 3-0 forfeit win to Italy.[29]

Head coaches

As of 14 January 2021
Manager Period Record Major competitions
Matches Won Drawn Lost Win % Draw % Loss %
Serbia Ilija Stolica (acting) 2021- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 --
Serbia Ljubi?a Tumbakovi? 2019-2020 14 6 5 3 42.86 35.71 21.43 Symbol delete vote.svg Euro 2020 - Failed to qualify
Serbia Mladen Krstaji? 2017-2019 19 9 5 5 47.36 26.32 26.32 Symbol confirmed.svg 2018 World Cup - Group stage
Serbia Slavoljub Muslin 2016-2017 15 8 5 2 53.33 33.33 13.33
Serbia Radovan ?ur?i? 2014-2016 11 5 0 6 45.45 0.00 55.55 Symbol delete vote.svg Euro 2016 - Failed to qualify
Netherlands Dick Advocaat 2014 4 0 2 2 0.00 50.00 50.00
Serbia Ljubinko Drulovi? 2014 4 2 1 1 50.00 25.00 25.00 --
Serbia Sini?a Mihajlovi? 2012-2013 19 7 4 8 36.84 21.05 42.10 Symbol delete vote.svg 2014 World Cup - Failed to qualify
Serbia Radovan ?ur?i? 2011-2012 5 2 1 2 40.00 20.00 40.00 --
Serbia Vladimir Petrovi? 2010-2011 13 5 3 5 38.46 23.08 38.46 Symbol delete vote.svg Euro 2012 - Failed to qualify
Serbia Radomir Anti? 2008-2010 28 17 3 8 60.71 10.71 28.57 Symbol confirmed.svg 2010 World Cup - Group stage
Serbia Miroslav ?uki? 2007-2008 5 0 2 3 0.00 40.00 60.00 --
Spain Javier Clemente 2006-2007 16 7 7 2 43.75 43.75 12.50 Symbol delete vote.svg Euro 2008 - Failed to qualify
Serbia and Montenegro Ilija Petkovi? 2003-2006 30 11 10 9 36.66 33.33 30.00 Symbol confirmed.svg 2006 World Cup - Group stage
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savi?evi? 2001-2003 17 4 3 10 23.53 17.65 58.82 Symbol delete vote.svg Euro 2004 - Failed to qualify
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bo?kov-?urkovi?-Savi?evi? 2001 8 4 2 2 50.00 25.00 25.00 Symbol delete vote.svg 2002 World Cup - Failed to qualify
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan ?ori? 2001 3 0 2 1 0.00 66.66 33.33
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Petkovi? 2000-2001 4 2 1 1 50.00 25.00 25.00 --
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Bo?kov 1999-2000 15 6 5 4 40.00 33.33 26.66 Symbol confirmed.svg Euro 2000 - Quarter final
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan ?ivadinovi? 1998-1999 6 3 2 1 50.00 33.33 16.66 --
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Santra? 1994-1998 43 26 10 7 60.46 23.25 16.28 Symbol confirmed.svg 1998 World Cup - Round of 16
TOTAL 279 124 73 82 44.44 26.16 29.39 5 out of 12

For the period before 1992 see: Yugoslavia national football team#Head coaches

Current coaching staff

As of 14 January 2021
Serbian coaching staff
  • Head coach: Serbia Ilija Stolica (Acting head coach)
  • Assistant coach: Serbia Sa?a Ili? (assistant temporarily)
  • Coach: Serbia Nikola ?igi?
  • Goalkeeping coach: Serbia Darko Belojevi?
  • Doctor: Serbia Dr. Dejan Aleksandri?
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Slobodan Brankovi?
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Nemanja Bo?i?
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Viktor Vujo?evi?
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Dejan Bogdanovi?
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Zoran Vuji?
  • Kitman: Serbia Nenad Draga?
  • Kitman: Serbia Danijel Draga?
  • Team manager: Serbia Pavle Simi?


Current squad

The following players were called up for the International friendly games against  Dominican Republic on 25 January and against  Panama on 28 January 2021.[30]
Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2020 after the game against Russia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Milo? Gordi? (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia Ma?va ?abac
1GK ?or?e Petrovi? (1999-10-08) 8 October 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia ?ukari?ki
1GK Aleksandar Popovi? (1999-09-29) 29 September 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Partizan

2DF Nikola Aksentijevi? (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 27) 1 0 Serbia Radni?ki Ni?
2DF Slobodan Uro?evi? (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Serbia Partizan
2DF Aleksandar Andrejevi? (1992-03-28) 28 March 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Serbia Proleter Novi Sad
2DF Marko Gaji? (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Serbia Vo?dovac
2DF Marko Jevremovi? (1996-02-23) 23 February 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Serbia Javor Ivanjica
2DF Nemanja Mi?evi? (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Mladost Lu?ani
2DF Nikola Stevanovi? (1998-09-13) 13 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Serbia Radni?ki Ni?
2DF Aran?el Stojkovi? (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina
2DF Ranko Veselinovi? (1999-03-24) 24 March 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps
2DF Jovan Vlalukin (1999-05-21) 21 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Metalac Gornji Milanovac

3MF Veljko Birman?evi? (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Serbia ?ukari?ki
3MF Aleksandar Busni? (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Serbia Rad
3MF Jovan Ni?i? (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Serbia Vo?dovac
3MF Aleksa Peji? (1999-07-09) 9 July 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Proleter Novi Sad
3MF Milan Radin (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 29) 0 0 Serbia In?ija
3MF Lazar Tufegd?i? (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Serbia Spartak Subotica

4FW Nemanja ?ovi? (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 29) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina
4FW Nenad Luki? (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Serbia TSC Ba?ka Topola
4FW Milan Makari? (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Serbia Radnik Surdulica
4FW Miljan Vukadinovi? (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina

Recent call-ups

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 Predrag Rajkovi? (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 25) 18 0 France Reims v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
GK ?or?e Nikoli? (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Russia, 18 November 2020 COV
GK Marko Dmitrovi? (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 28) 16 0 Spain Eibar v.  Hungary, 15 November 2020 WD
GK Emil Rockov (1995-01-27) 27 January 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Hungary Fehérvár v.  Hungary, 15 November 2020 WD

DF Mihajlo Ivan?evi? (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Spartak Subotica v.  Dominican Republic, 25 January 2021INJ
DF Nikola Milenkovi? (1997-10-12) 12 October 1997 (age 23) 26 1 Italy Fiorentina v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
DF Stefan Mitrovi? (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 30) 21 0 France Strasbourg v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
DF Filip Mladenovi? (1991-08-15) 15 August 1991 (age 29) 15 1 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
DF Uro? Spaji? (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 27) 14 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
DF Strahinja Pavlovi? (2001-05-24) 24 May 2001 (age 19) 4 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
DF Nikola Mara? (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Spain Almería v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
DF Aleksandar Kolarov (captain) (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 35) 94 11 Italy Internazionale v.  Hungary, 15 November 2020 WD
DF Milo? Veljkovi? (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 25) 9 0 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Scotland, 12 November 2020 WD
DF Nikola Maksimovi? (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 29) 25 0 Italy Napoli v.  Norway, 8 October 2020 WD

MF Du?an Tadi? (Vice captain) (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 32) 73 16 Netherlands Ajax v.  Russia, 18 November 2020 INJ
MF Nemanja Gudelj (1991-11-16) 16 November 1991 (age 29) 33 1 Spain Sevilla v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Nemanja Maksimovi? (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 25) 26 0 Spain Getafe v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Mijat Ga?inovi? (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 25) 23 2 Germany Hoffenheim v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Nemanja Radonji? (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 24) 20 4 France Marseille v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 25) 20 3 Italy Lazio v.  Russia, 18 November 2020 COV
MF Sa?a Luki? (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 24) 17 0 Italy Torino v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Darko Lazovi? (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 30) 15 0 Italy Hellas Verona v.  Russia, 18 November 2020 COV
MF Marko Gruji? (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 24) 9 0 Portugal Porto v.  Russia, 18 November 2020 INJ
MF Mihailo Risti? (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 25) 5 0 France Montpellier v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Sa?a Zdjelar (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 (age 25) 3 0 Serbia Partizan v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Lazar Ran?elovi? (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
MF Filip Kosti? (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 28) 35 2 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Hungary, 15 November 2020 WD
MF Aleksandar Katai (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 29) 10 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  Hungary, 15 November 2020 INJ
MF Luka Milivojevi? (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 29) 38 1 England Crystal Palace v.  Scotland, 12 November 2020 COV
MF Filip ?uri?i? (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 28) 29 4 Italy Sassuolo v.  Scotland, 12 November 2020 COV
MF Adem Ljaji? (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 29) 47 9 Turkey Be?ikta? v.  Turkey, 14 October 2020
MF Nemanja Mati? (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 32) 48 2 England Manchester United v.  Russia, 3 September 2020 RET

FW Filip Stevanovi? (2002-09-25) 25 September 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Serbia Partizan v.  Dominican Republic, 25 January 2021INJ
FW Aleksandar Mitrovi? (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 26) 61 36 England Fulham v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
FW Luka Jovi? (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 23) 11 5 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
FW Du?an Vlahovi? (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 20) 4 1 Italy Fiorentina v.  Russia, 18 November 2020
FW ?or?e Despotovi? (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Scotland, 12 November 2020 INJ
FW Danijel Aleksi? (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 29) 2 0 Turkey ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir v.  Turkey, 14 October 2020


  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Player suspended
  • INJ Player withdrew from the roster due to an injury
  • COV Player withdrew from the roster due to COVID-19
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the roster for non-injury related reasons

Previous squads

Player statistics

  Still active players are highlighted
Branislav Ivanovi? is the most capped player with 105 caps.

Most capped players

As of 15 November 2020 [31]
# Player Pos. Period Caps Goals
1 Branislav Ivanovi? DF 2005-2018 105 13
2 Dejan Stankovi? MF 1998-2013 103 15
3 Savo Milo?evi? FW 1994-2008 102 37
4 Aleksandar Kolarov DF 2008- 94 11
5 Dragan D?aji? MF 1964-1979 85 23
6 Dragan Stojkovi? MF 1983-2001 84 15
Vladimir Stojkovi? GK 2006-2018 84 0
8 Zoran To?i? MF 2007-2016 76 11
9 Predrag Mijatovi? FW 1989-2003 73 27
Du?an Tadi? MF 2008- 73 16

Top goalscorers

As of 18 November 2020[32]
# Player Period Goals Caps Average
1 Stjepan Bobek 1946-1956 38 63 0.60
2 Savo Milo?evi? 1994-2008 37 102 0.36
Blagoje Marjanovi? 1926-1938 37 58 0.64
Milan Gali? 1959-1965 37 51 0.72
5 Aleksandar Mitrovi? 2013- 36 61 0.59
6 Rajko Miti? 1946-1957 32 59 0.54
7 Du?an Bajevi? 1970-1977 29 37 0.78
8 Todor Veselinovi? 1953-1961 28 37 0.76
9 Predrag Mijatovi? 1989-2003 27 73 0.37
10 Borivoje Kosti? 1956-1964 26 33 0.79

Captains (after 1994)

Notable players


See also


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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ History Archived 27 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine at FSS official website, Retrieved 4 October 2012 (in Serbian)
  4. ^ Serbia at FIFA official website
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  9. ^ "Leading goalscorers". Union of European Football Associations. 2 July 2000. Archived from the original on 11 July 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ ESPN Soccernet: Germany 0-1 Serbia 18 June 2010
  11. ^ Bleacher Report: FIFA World Cup 2010: Dejan Stankovic's Strange Record 15 June 2010. By Jon Sainz
  12. ^ YouTube - FIFATV: 'Most famous day in Serbia's footballing history' Published 20 May 2012
  13. ^ "Football's 10 Greatest International Rivalries". 17 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  17. ^ "Kako je plavi dres pocrveneo". Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ 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 na?ih "orlova".
  19. ^ Serbia set to sign new kit deal with Umbro? 6 March 2014
  20. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 2011.
  21. ^ "Serbia and Albania disciplinary decision". UEFA. Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ AFP (25 October 2014). "Albania to appeal UEFA punishment over Serbia fracas". Business Insider. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ "Serbia to appeal Uefa decision". 24 October 2014.
  24. ^ "Decisions upheld for Serbia-Albania match". 2 December 2014.
  25. ^ "The football associations of Albania and Serbia file appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ "FOOTBALL: The CAS rejects the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, upholds in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA: the match Serbia-Albania is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia (0-3)". Tribunal Arbitral du Sport / Court of Arbitration for Sport. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ "Fudbalski savez Srbije - zvani?na web prezentacija".
  28. ^ Italy-Serbia match abandoned due to crowd trouble
  29. ^ UEFA statement on Italy-Serbia case Archived 1 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  31. ^ "Most matches for Serbia football team". Retrieved 2017.
  32. ^ "Most goals for Serbia football team". Retrieved 2017.

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