Serbia national under-21 football team

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Serbia U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Орлићи
(The Young Eagles)
Association Football Association of Serbia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Tomislav Sivić
Captain Nemanja Maksimović
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.


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


Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to participate on the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification.[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stefan Čupić (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Serbia OFK Belgrade
1GK Boris Radunović (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Italy Atalanta
1GK Predrag Rajković (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Miloš Veljković (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 20) 8 0 Germany Werder Bremen
2DF Milan Gajić (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 20) 5 0 France Bordeaux
2DF Srđan Babić (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Spain Real Sociedad B
2DF Vukašin Jovanović (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 19) 4 0 Serbia Red Star
2DF Aleksandar Filipović (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Jagodina
2DF Darko Lazić (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
2DF Bojan Nastić (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Vojvodina
2DF Nemanja Antonov (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Switzerland Grasshoppers
3MF Sergej Milinković-Savić (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 20) 5 3 Italy Lazio
3MF Saša Zdjelar (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Greece Olympiacos
3MF Nemanja Maksimović (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Kazakhstan Astana
3MF Marko Grujić (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 19) 5 0 Serbia Red Star
3MF Miloš Pantović (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Germany Bayern Munich II
3MF Saša Lukić (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Serbia Partizan
3MF Srđan Plavšić (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Serbia Red Star
3MF Andrija Luković (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 21) 3 2 Netherlands Jong PSV
4FW Aleksandar Čavrić (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 21) 13 2 Denmark AGF Aarhus
4FW Ognjen Ožegović (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 21) 5 3 Serbia Vojvodina
4FW Luka Jović (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 18) 2 0 Portugal Benfica
4FW Ivan Šaponjić (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 18) 2 0 Portugal Benfica

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
DF Petar Golubović (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Pisa v.  Lithuania, 13 October 2015
MF Marko Pavlovski (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Serbia OFK Beograd v.  Lithuania, 13 October 2015
MF Mijat Gaćinović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Lithuania, 13 October 2015
FW Fejsal Mulić (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 21) 3 1 Belgium Mouscron v.  Lithuania, 13 October 2015
FW Uroš Đurđević (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 21) 16 7 Italy Palermo v.  Lithuania, 8 September 2015


Dates Name
2015– 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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