Serbia national football team
|Nickname(s)||Бели Орлови – Beli Orlovi
|Association||Фудбалски савез Србије – Fudbalski savez Srbije (ФCC/FSS)|
|Head coach||Siniša Mihajlović|
|Most caps||Savo Milošević, Dejan Stanković (102)|
|Top scorer||Savo Milošević (37)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||13 (September 2009, March 2010, July 2010)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||47 (Jun 2006)|
|Highest Elo ranking||8/2 (June 2009 as Serbia/June 1998 as FR Yugoslavia)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||47 (16 October 2012)|
| Czech Republic 1–3 Serbia
(Uherské Hradiště, Czech Rep.; 16 August 2006)
| 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 0–3 Belgium
(Belgrade, Serbia; 12 October 2012)
|Appearances||11 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||4th 1930, 1962|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1960)|
|Best result||2nd 1960, 1968|
The Serbia national football team (Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије, Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in Serbia. Serbia's home ground is the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade and their head coach is Siniša Mihajlović. Both FIFA and UEFA consider the Serbian national team as the direct and only successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro national teams.
1920–1991 Heritage from Yugoslavia 
The Serbian national team was previously known as the Yugoslav national football team 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.
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 and only 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.
Competing as FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006) 
With the formation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro were both represented by a new national team under the same name of Yugoslavia until political developments changed the name of the nation to "Serbia and Montenegro" in 2003. This "Yugoslav" national team, composed by Serbian and Montenegrin players, was arguably one of the brightest heydays of Serbian football history, as Yugoslavia at one point (in 1998) was ranked second in the world by Elo ranking. From 1992 to 2003, Yugoslavia impressed the world in two major competitions by reaching the knockout phase of the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Euro 2000. The generation of Yugoslav players from 1992 to 2000 included the likes of long-time national captain Dragan Stojković, Siniša Mihajlović, Predrag Mijatović, Dejan Savićević, Savo Milošević, and other players which were renowned around the world. After Yugoslavia changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, the newly-named nation competed in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
After the breakup of Serbia and Montenegro (2006–2007) 
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) 
- See also: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group D
|Serbia's starting XI in their famous 1–0 win over Germany in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.|
Subsequent to Đukić'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. In addition to the revered defense, Serbia featured a famous wing-partnership in Milan Jovanović and Miloš Krasić, who both earned world-wide acclaim in their careers. 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). 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".
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.
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 Antić started the first two games positively with a 3–0 win away to Faroe Islands and a 1–1 draw at home to Slovenia but this result brought the end of Antić's reign as the country's coach. New coach 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.
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–) 
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. Mihajlović started with three straight defeats in friendly matches againstSpain, 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 goaless 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.
Competitive record 
FIFA World Cup 
European Championship record 
2014 FIFA World Cup 
Top Goalscorers during Qualification 
- 3 goals
- 1 goal
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures 
|Date||Venues||Opponents||Results*||Scorers||Type of Games|
|26 May 2012||St.Gallen, Switzerland||Spain||0:2 (0:0)||Adrián (64') Cazorla (74' pen.)||
|31 May 2012||Reims, France||France||0:2 (0:2)||Ribéry (11') Malouda (15')|
|5 June 2012||Stockholm, Sweden||Sweden||1:2 (1:1)||Toivonen (23') Subotić (27') Ibrahimović (52' pen.)|
|15 August 2012||Belgrade, Serbia||Republic of Ireland||0:0 (0:0)|
|8 September 2012||Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||0:0 (0:0)||
|11 September 2012||Novi Sad, Serbia||Wales||6:1 (3:1)||Kolarov (16') Tošić (24') Bale (31') Đuričić (39') Tadić (55') Ivanović (80') Sulejmani (90')|
|12 October 2012||Belgrade, Serbia||Belgium||0:3 (0:1)||Benteke (34') De Bruyne (68') Mirallas (91')|
|16 October 2012||Skopje, Macedonia||Macedonia||0:1 (0:0)||Ibraimi (59' pen.)|
|14 November 2012||St.Gallen, Switzerland||Chile||3:1 (1:0)||Marković (22') Đorđević (47') Đuričić (59') Henríquez (88')||
|6 February 2013||Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||3:1 (1:1)||Makrides (19') Tadić (33', 47') Basta (70')|
|22 March 2013||Zagreb, Croatia||Croatia||0:2(0.2)||Mandžukić (23') Olić (37')||
|26 March 2013||Novi Sad, Serbia||Scotland||2:0 (0:0)||Đuričić (60', 65')|
|7 June 2013||Brussels, Belgium||Belgium|
|6 September 2013||Belgrade, Serbia||Croatia|
|10 September 2013||Wales||Wales|
|15 October 2013||Serbia||Macedonia|
|5 March 2014||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||
* Serbia's scores are always listed first
Head coaches 
Last update 26 March 2013
|Matches||Won||Win %||Drawn||Draw %||Lost||Loss %|
|Radovan Ćurčić[note 1]||2010–2012||5||2||40,00||1||20,00||2||40,00|
|Radomir Antić||2008–2010||28||17||60,71||3||10,71||8||28,57||Group stage on 2010 World Cup|
|Javier Clemente||2006–2007||16||7||43,75||7||43,75||2||12,5||First head coach of independent Serbian team
First foreign coach
|Ilija Petković||2003–2006||30||11||36,66||10||33,33||9||30,00||Group stage on 2006 World Cup|
| Vujadin Boškov
|Vujadin Boškov||1999–2000||15||6||40,00||5||33,33||4||26,66||Quarter-final on Euro 2000|
|Slobodan Santrač||1994–1998||43||26||60,46||10||23,25||7||16,28||First head coach since the break up of SFRY
Round of 16 on 1998 World Cup
- For the period before 1992 see: Yugoslavia national football team#Head coaches
Current coaching staff 
As of 21 May 2012
Current squad 
Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2013.
Recent call-ups 
The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.
Player statistics 
Statistics do not include Serbian players who have played for the SFR Yugoslavia national team exclusively.
- Players in bold are still active/available for selection.
Captains (after 1994) 
Home stadiums 
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.
|Venue||City||First international||Last international||Played||Won||Draw||Lost||GF||GA||Average
|Red Star Stadium||Belgrade||31 March 1995
1 – 0 vs. Uruguay
|12 October 2012
0 – 3 vs. Belgium
|Partizan Stadium||Belgrade||5 September 1999
3 – 1 vs. Macedonia
|6 September 2011
3 – 1 vs. Faroe Islands
|Karađorđe Stadium||Novi Sad||11 September 2012
6 – 1 vs. Wales
|26 March 2013
2 – 0 vs. Scotland
|Čair Stadium||Niš||22 September 1998
1 – 1 vs. Switzerland
|Smederevo City Stadium||Smederevo||17 April 2002
4 – 1 vs. Lithuania
|Mladost Stadium||Kruševac||27 March 2003
1 – 2 vs. Bulgaria
|Podgorica City Stadium||Podgorica||12 February 2003
2 – 2 vs. Azerbaijan
Team image 
|This section requires expansion. (April 2010)|
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.
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). 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.
Jerseys and Colour 
Home gear in Red-Blue-White tricolour (Serbian tricolour).
Recognized players 
International recognized players.
- Nemanja Vidić (Premier League 2006–) Centre Back
- Barclays Player of the Season (08–09 and 10–11)
- Part of Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2009
- Part of PFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011
- Manchester United Fans & Players "Player of the Year" 2008–09
- FIFPro World XI Award 2009
- Premier League Player of the Month – January 2009
- Serbian Footballer of the Year – 2005, 2008
- Branislav Ivanović (Premier League 2008–) Right/Centre back
- Aleksandar Kolarov (Serie A 2007–2010 , Premier League 2010–) Left back
- Mateja Kežman (Striker/Winger)
- Dejan Petković: (Attacking midfielder)
- Yugoslav First League: 1991–92, 1994–95
- Yugoslav Cup: 1992–93, 1994–95
- La Liga: 1996–97
- Supercopa de España: 1997
- Bahia State Championship: 1999
- Copa do Nordeste: 1999
- Rio de Janeiro State Championship: 2000, 2001
- Copa dos Campeões: 2001
- Brazilian Série A: 2009
- Chinese Jia-A League: 2003
- Rio de Janeiro State Championship: 2003
- Arab Champions League: 2005
- Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão – Best XI: 2005, 2009
- Bola de Prata – Best XI: 2004, 2005, 2009
- Orders and special awards:
- EC Vitória's Player of the Twentieth Century (by popular vote)
- Scored the thousandth goal of Fluminense FC in the Campeonato Brasileiro (v. Cruzeiro, on 7 September 2005)
- Scored the most Olympic goals ever by a professional footballer: 8
- Nominated to the Maracanã Walk of Fame
- Named Honorary Citizen of Rio de Janeiro by the State Legislative Assembly
- Savo Milošević (La Liga 2002–2007) Striker
- Siniša Mihajlović (Serie A 1992–2006) Left Back/Midfielder
See also 
- Serbia – International balance at Serbian national football team
- Serbia national football team results
- Serbia national under-21 football team
- Serbia national under-19 football team
- Serbia national under-17 football team
- List of Serbia international footballers (including predecessor teams)
- B92: Mihajlović zvanično selektor article at B92
- "Serbia on". FIFA.com. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- History at FSS official website, Retrieved 4 October 2012 (Serbian)
- Serbia at FIFA official website
- News: Serbia at UEFA official website, published 1 January 2011, Retrieved 4 October 2012
- – ESPN Soccernet: Germany 0–1 Serbia 18 June 2010
- Bleacher Report: FIFA World Cup 2010: Dejan Stankovic's Strange Record 15 June 2010. By Jon Sainz
- Youtube – FIFATV: 'Most famous day in Serbia's footballing history' Published 20 May 2012
- "Медаља из дома Хаџијевих сведочи да смо били трећи на Мундијалу" (in Serbian). Politika. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "Još uvek sjaji bronza iz Montevidea" (in Serbian). Blic. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- "Miha vodi četiri špica u Hrvatsku, Stanković putuje sa reprezentacijom!".
- Alpuin, Luis Fernando Passo; Mamrud, Roberto; Miladinovic, Misha (12 October 2010). "Yugoslavia (Serbia (and Montenegro)) – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- 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 noć, prvi let i pobeda naših "orlova".
- Soccerlens: Top Ten Free Kick Specialists Of All Time
- Independendent: The Ten Best Free-Kick Specialists, Number 8
- THE LIST: The top 10 free-kick kings in history
- "Mihajlovic 30:e mest målgörande försvarare". Svenskafans.com. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- Radovan Ćurčić took control of the team in one friendly match during Radomir Antić's reign as Serbian manager, and in four matches as caretaker-manager after the resignation of Vladimir Petrović. During that period he was assistant manager of national team.
- Football Association of Serbia – Official Site (Serbian)
- Serbian National Football Team (Serbian)
- UEFA team profile
- FIFA team profile
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