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Serbia National Football Team

Serbia is in a part of the world that has a messy and convoluted modern history. Have no doubt, this is deeply entwined with the football culture of the country and its neighbors.

While the Serbia National Football Team may not have yet reached the global status that its Yugoslavian predecessor once did, the side has a flurry of top-level players in the modern era and is represented in most of Europe’s top leagues.

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Thursday November 24Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 8pm).

Monday November 28Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 11am).

Friday, December 2Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 8pm).

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Team History

Serbia National Football Regional Starts

The first team to represent the part of the world that is now the Serbia National Football team came out of the kingdom that existed around that land between World War I and World War II. That side played its first international game against Czechoslovakia in 1920 during the Antwerp Summer Olympics and was convincingly thumped 7-0. Not an ideal start!

Yugoslavia Goes Global

The country was renamed Yugoslavia in 1929, and it was under this banner that the team took part in the 1930 World Cup. The tournament went well overall, with the team finishing in fourth place and emerging victorious from a fiery fixture with the globally respected Brazil team.

Post-war Years

Socialist Yugoslavia did relatively well in international competitions throughout the second half of the 20th century. The team earned silver medals at both the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. This wasn’t enough for them, though, and in 1960, the side finally got their hands on the coveted gold medal when they won at the Rome Summer Olympics.

In the 1960s and 70s, the team started to focus more on the European championship. The 60s were particularly fruitful as the team reached the Euros final in 1960 and 1968, with a fourth-place finish at the 1962 World Cup sandwiched between those two successes. Serbia even played a key role in hosting the Euros in 1976, but the Yugoslavian team still failed to make a significant impact on the pitch.

Becoming Serbia

In 1992 SFR Yugoslavia played their last ever game in a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands. The 1990s and early 2000s saw the team’s make-up gradually evolve as the political situation in the region unfolded.

When Montenegro declared their independence from Serbia in 2006, it was finally time for the Serbia National Football team to become what it is today, Serbia and Serbia alone. Unfortunately, things didn’t get off to a great start as the side failed to qualify for Euro 2008, but they made up for it when they qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Unfortunately, things didn’t go much better here as they were knocked out of the group stage. However, fans were compensated with a 1-0 win over Germany, which is a landmark moment in Serbian football.

The 2010s were initially tough for Serbia, but things got back on track just in time for the 2018 World Cup, which they qualified for by the skin of their teeth. Unfortunately, Serbia’s one win in the competition wasn’t enough to see them past the group stage, but the team’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar means the wait to reach the knockout stages mightn’t be too long.

Serbia Football Team Trivia

  • The Serbia National Football team record goalscorer, Aleksander Mitrovic, has an impressive 46 goals for his country but is only 27 years old! By the time he retires, he may be so far ahead of the other goalscorers that his record will become unassailable.
  • Serbia doesn’t have an official home ground. This is partially due to the messy nature of the region over the past few decades, but the team has a few great choices to choose from, including the Partizan Stadium and the Rajko Mitić Stadium, which holds 55,568 people.

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