Serbia national under-21 football team

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Serbia U21
Nickname(s) Орлићи
Orlići
(The Young Eagles)
Association Football Association of Serbia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mladen Dodić
Captain Marko Petković
FIFA code SRB
First colours
Second colours
First international
Romania Romania 0–2 Yugoslavia Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(Bucharest, 31 March 1940, friendly)
Biggest win
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia&Mont. 9–0 San Marino 
(Novi Sad, 12 October 2004)
Biggest defeat

 France 7–0 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Reims, 16 November 1985)

Records of biggest win/defeat are for competitive matches only
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1978)
Best result Winner (1978)

The Serbia national under-21 football team (Serbian: Mлaдa рeпpeзeнтaциja Cpбиje / Mlada reprezentacija Srbije) is the national under-21 football team of Serbia and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia.

This team is for Serbian players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s, as Matija Nastasić, Filip Đuričić, Lazar Marković, and Aleksandar Mitrović have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). Nikola Drinčić is a currently Montenegrin international and former Serbia U21 player.

History[edit]

The Yugoslav U21 team represented Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until the country dissolved in 1992. In 1996 an under-21 team representing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia began playing. The FR Yugoslavia (and the team) changed name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.

In 2006 Serbia and Montenegro separated, with its governing body converting into the Football Association of Serbia. The Serbian under-21 team has assumed Serbia and Montenegro's place in the qualifying round for the UEFA U-21 Championship 2007, whilst Montenegro was not able to compete internationally at U21 level until a Montenegrin FA was established.

Competition history[edit]

As FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

The senior team played its first match in December 1994. The U21s' first competitive matches were in the qualification stage of the 1998 competition.

The under-21 team failed to qualify for the first three UEFA Under-21 competitions it entered, but were runners-up in the 2004 tournament. In their final championship, taking place in Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro qualified for semifinals, where they lost on penalties to Ukraine.

For the period prior to 1992, please see the Yugoslavia national under-21 football team.

As Serbia[edit]

Serbia's under-21 national team qualified for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in the Netherlands, in June 2007, after a remarkable two game play-off against Sweden. After a shocking 3–0 loss at home, Serbia overturned the result two weeks later, defeating Sweden 5–0, and advancing to the final tournament. Serbia's 2007 U21 Championship campaign was very successful, as they finished in second place, losing the final to the hosts, by a score of 4–1. On their way to the final, they defeated Italy (1–0), Czech Republic (1–0) and Belgium (2–0). The only other loss, besides the final, was the 3rd group game against England (0–2), which was a meaningless game for the Serbian team, as they had already qualified for the semi-finals.

Competitive record[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Players born in 1992 or later are eligible for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to participate against Spain on the 10th and 14th of October 2014.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 14 October 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marko Dmitrović (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 22) 12 0 Hungary Újpest
1GK Nikola Perić (1992-02-04) 4 February 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Serbia Jagodina
1GK Stefan Čupić (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia OFK Belgrade
2DF Marko Petković (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 22) 18 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
2DF Aleksandar Pantić (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 22) 16 1 Spain Córdoba
3MF Nemanja Petrović (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Serbia Partizan
2DF Lazar Ćirković (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Serbia Partizan
2DF Miloš Veljković (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 19) 4 0 England Middlesbrough
2DF Filip Stojković (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Serbia Čukarički
2DF Aleksandar Filipović (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Serbia Jagodina
2DF Bojan Nastić (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina
2DF Darko Lazić (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
3MF Srđan Mijailović (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 21) 12 0 Turkey Kayserispor
3MF Goran Čaušić (1992-05-05) 5 May 1992 (age 22) 10 1 Turkey Eskişehirspor
3MF Aleksandar Kovačević (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
3MF Nemanja Radoja (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 21) 9 0 Spain Celta Vigo
3MF Filip Kostić (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 22) 8 2 Germany Stuttgart
3MF Slavoljub Srnić (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 22) 3 2 Serbia Čukarički
3MF Sergej Milinković-Savić (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Belgium Genk
3MF Mijat Gaćinović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina
4FW Uroš Đurđević (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 20) 11 2 Netherlands Vitesse
4FW Aleksandar Pešić (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 22) 9 3 France Toulouse
4FW Aleksandar Čavrić (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Belgium Genk

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Predrag Rajković (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
GK Đorđe Lazović (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Serbia Javor v.  Belgium, 5 March 2014
DF Uroš Ćosić (1992-10-24) 24 October 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Italy Pescara v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
DF Uroš Vitas (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 22) 10 1 Belgium Gent v.  Austria, 29 May 2014
DF Uroš Spajić (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 21) 10 0 France Toulouse v.  Belgium, 5 March 2014
MF Darko Brašanac (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 22) 12 1 Serbia Partizan v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
MF Andrija Živković (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 18) 2 0 Serbia Partizan v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
MF Filip Đuričić (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 22) 16 3 Germany Mainz 05 v.  Austria, 29 May 2014
MF Filip Malbašić (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 22) 8 2 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  Austria, 29 May 2014
MF Miloš Jojić (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 22) 16 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Belgium, 5 March 2014
FW Nikola Stojiljković (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 22) 6 1 Serbia Čukarički v.  Austria, 29 May 2014
FW Aleksandar Mitrović (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 20) 8 6 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Belgium, 5 March 2014

Coaches[edit]

Dates Name
2015– Serbia Mladen Dodić
2013–2014 Serbia Radovan Ćurčić
2010–2012 Serbia Aleksandar Janković
2010 Serbia Tomislav Sivić (caretaker)
2009–2010 Serbia Ratomir Dujković
2007–2009 Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević
2006–2007 Serbia Miroslav Đukić
2005–2006 Serbia and Montenegro Dragan Okuka
2004–2005 Serbia and Montenegro Milorad Kosanović
2002–2004 Serbia and Montenegro Vladimir Petrović
2000–2002 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Rakojević
1998–2000 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Đorić
1996–1998 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Živadinović

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