Serbia national under-21 football team

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Serbia U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
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 and Montenegro 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 Gold medal europe.svg Winners (1): 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.

     Champions       Runners-Up       Third Place       Fourth Place

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to participate on the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Marko Dmitrović (1992-01-24)24 January 1992 (aged 23) 15 0 England Charlton Athletic
12 1GK Nikola Perić (1992-02-04)4 February 1992 (aged 23) 5 0 Serbia Jagodina
23 1GK Nemanja Stevanović (1992-05-05)5 May 1992 (aged 23) 0 0 Serbia Čukarički
3 2DF Marko Petković (1992-09-03)3 September 1992 (aged 22) 18 0 Serbia Red Star
5 2DF Uroš Ćosić (1992-10-24)24 October 1992 (aged 22) 10 0 Italy Pescara
6 2DF Aleksandar Pantić (1992-04-11)11 April 1992 (aged 23) 16 1 Spain Córdoba
13 2DF Nemanja Petrović (1992-04-17)17 April 1992 (aged 23) 8 0 Serbia Partizan
15 2DF Uroš Spajić (1993-02-13)13 February 1993 (aged 22) 10 0 France Toulouse
17 2DF Aleksandar Filipović (1994-12-20)20 December 1994 (aged 20) 1 0 Serbia Jagodina
20 2DF Lazar Ćirković (1992-08-22)22 August 1992 (aged 22) 4 0 Serbia Partizan
22 2DF Filip Stojković (1992-01-22)22 January 1992 (aged 23) 3 0 Serbia Čukarički
2 3MF Aleksandar Kovačević (1992-01-09)9 January 1992 (aged 23) 10 0 Serbia Red Star
4 3MF Srđan Mijailović (1993-11-10)10 November 1993 (aged 21) 12 0 Turkey Kayserispor
7 3MF Goran Čaušić (1992-05-05)5 May 1992 (aged 23) 10 1 Turkey Eskişehirspor
8 3MF Mirko Ivanić (1993-09-13)13 September 1993 (aged 21) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina
10 3MF Filip Đuričić (1992-01-30)30 January 1992 (aged 23) 16 3 Portugal Benfica
14 3MF Darko Brašanac (1992-02-12)12 February 1992 (aged 23) 12 1 Serbia Partizan
18 3MF Miloš Jojić (1992-03-19)19 March 1992 (aged 23) 16 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund
9 4FW Aleksandar Pešić (1992-05-21)21 May 1992 (aged 23) 9 3 France Toulouse
11 4FW Aleksandar Čavrić (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 20) 4 0 Belgium Genk
16 4FW Luka Milunović (1992-12-21)21 December 1992 (aged 22) 16 5 Greece Platanias
19 4FW Nikola Trujić (1992-04-14)14 April 1992 (aged 23) 2 0 Serbia Partizan
21 4FW Slavoljub Srnić (1992-01-12)12 January 1992 (aged 23) 3 2 Serbia Čukarički

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 Stefan Čupić (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia OFK Belgrade v.  Spain, 14 October 2014
GK Predrag Rajković (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
DF Miloš Veljković (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 19) 4 0 England Charlton Athletic v. Spain, 14 October 2014
MF Filip Kostić (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 22) 8 2 Germany Stuttgart v.  Spain, 14 October 2014
MF Sergej Milinković-Savić (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Belgium Genk v.  Spain, 14 October 2014
MF Mijat Gaćinović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina v.  Spain, 14 October 2014
MF Andrija Živković (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Serbia Partizan v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
FW Nikola Stojiljković (1992-08-17)17 August 1992 (aged 22) 8 1 Serbia Čukarički v. Spain, 14 October 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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