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 Nenad Lalatović
Captain Nemanja Maksimović
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: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије до 21. године / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije do 21. godine) 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.[citation needed]

     Champions       Runners-Up       Third Place       Fourth Place

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to friendly matches against Sweden U-21 and Slovakia U-21.[1] Caps and goals updated as of 15 November 2016 after the game against Norway U-21.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Vanja Milinković-Savić (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 20) 6 0 Poland Lechia Gdańsk
1 1GK Boris Radunović (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 20) 6 0 Italy Avellino
1GK Filip Manojlović (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade

2 2DF Milan Gajić (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 21) 15 1 France Bordeaux
3 2DF Nemanja Antonov (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 21) 11 0 Switzerland Grasshoppers
2DF Miloš Veljković (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 21) 11 0 Germany Werder Bremen
14 2DF Vukašin Jovanović (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 20) 9 0 France Bordeaux
4 2DF Darko Lazić (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 22) 7 1 Turkey Alanyaspor
5 2DF Aleksandar Filipović (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Serbia Voždovac
6 2DF Nikola Maraš (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 21) 3 2 Serbia Rad
2DF Nikola Antić (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Serbia Vojvodina
2DF Nikola Milenković (1997-10-12) 12 October 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Serbia Partizan

20 3MF Sergej Milinković-Savić (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 22) 10 3 Italy Lazio
16 3MF Marko Grujić (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 20) 10 0 England Liverpool
19 3MF Saša Lukić (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 20) 9 1 Italy Torino
17 3MF Andrija Živković (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 20) 9 0 Portugal Benfica
3MF Saša Zdjelar (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 (age 22) 7 0 Spain Mallorca
8 3MF Nemanja Maksimović (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Kazakhstan Astana
3MF Nemanja Mihajlović (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 21) 5 1 Serbia Partizan
3MF Srđan Plavšić (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
18 3MF Dejan Meleg (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Serbia Vojvodina
3MF Veljko Simić (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Switzerland FC Chiasso

11 4FW Aleksandar Čavrić (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 22) 21 2 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
7 4FW Ognjen Ožegović (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 22) 10 5 Serbia Čukarički

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months, that are still eligible to represent Serbia at youth

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Stefan Čupić (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Norway Sarpsborg 08 v.  Netherlands, 28 March 2016

DF Srđan Babić (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 20) 3 1 Spain CF Reus Deportiu v.  Netherlands, 28 March 2016
DF Aleksandar Bjelica (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Norway, 15 November 2016
DF Uroš Radaković (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc v.  Israel, 2 June 2016

MF Mijat Gaćinović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 22) 9 2 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Norway, 15 November 2016
MF Mihailo Ristić (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 21) 6 1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  Norway, 15 November 2016
MF Nikola Ninković (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 22) 4 1 Italy Genoa v.  Norway, 15 November 2016
MF Andrija Luković (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 22) 4 2 Serbia Red Star v.  Netherlands, 28 March 2016
MF Uroš Damnjanović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Serbia Partizan v.  Israel, 2 June 2016
MF Marko Golubović (1995-09-20) 20 September 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Sinđelić v.  Israel, 2 June 2016

FW Uroš Đurđević (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 23) 26 15 Serbia Partizan v.  Norway, 15 November 2016
FW Luka Jović (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 19) 4 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Israel, 2 June 2016
FW Miloš Pantović (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Germany Bayern Munich II v.  Netherlands, 28 March 2016
FW Nemanja Radonjić (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Čukarički v.  Republic of Ireland, 6 September 2016
FW Dejan Dražić (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Valladolid v.  Republic of Ireland, 6 September 2016

Coaches[edit]

Dates Name
2017- Serbia Nenad Lalatović
2015– 2017 Serbia Tomislav Sivić
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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