This is the first time this team is appearing at World Cup as Serbia and they should be hungry to make a good record for their new country name after breaking away from Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.
Serbia played their maiden international, independently, on 16 August 2006, winning 3-1 away to Czech Republic. The former participated at nine FIFA World Cups™ between 1930 and 2002, and finished runners-up at the UEFA European Championship twice. Then, at Germany 2006, Serbia and Montenegro lost all three matches in a competitive group to fall at the first hurdle.
While Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montengro wore blue shirts, Serbia adopted a red jersey and the nickname Beli Orlovi (White Eagles).
When the draw for the first phase of European Zone qualifying was made, the consensus was that Austria, Romania and Serbia were competing for second place behind France. However, although Les Bleus edged the Beli Orlovi 2-1 in Saint-Denis in their second outing, Radomir Antic’s team won their next five preliminaries to establish a four-point lead atop of the section. They retained it by drawing 1-1 at home to the French. That result left Serbia needing victory from their penultimate qualifier with Romania to make sure of a place at South Africa 2010, and they achieved it in emphatic fashion with a 5-0 success in Belgrade.
Star players of Serbia football team
Widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic is a rock at the heart of the Serbian backline. Fierce in the tackle and strong in the air, the 28-year-old was named the 2008/09 English Premier League’s player of the season. Multifunctional midfielder Dejan Stankovic has played international football since 1998 and now captains his country, while Marko Pantelic and Milan Jovanovic carry a threat in attack.
Serbia have another advantage in coach Radomir Antic whose playing career included an impressive eight-year spell with Partizan, and stints in Turkey, Spain and England, but it was at the coaching reins that he truly began to excel. He led Zaragoza, Real Madrid and Oviedo prior to landing at Atletico Madrid, who he improbably guided to a La Liga/Copa del Rey double in his first season in 1995/96. Antic had three spells at the Atletico controls, but had been out of the game for four years when he was appointed Serbia coach in 2008. However, thanks to his tactical expertise and ability to elicit the best from his charges, the Serbians charged through to South Africa 2010.
Previous Serbia FIFA World Cups
* Serbia will be appearing at the FIFA World Cup independently for the first time in South Africa.
* They formed part of the Yugoslavia side that appeared at nine editions of the competition, and the Serbia and Montenegro team that competed at Germany 2006.
Serbia National football team Squad List
|Nr.||Name||Date of Birth||Position||Clubs||Height|
|1||Vladimir STOJKOVIC||28/07/1983||GK||Wigan (ENG)||195|
|2||Antonio RUKAVINA||26/01/1984||DF||Munich 1860 (GER)||177|
|3||Aleksandar KOLAROV||10/11/1985||DF||Lazio (ITA)||187|
|4||Gojko KACAR||26/01/1987||MF||Hertha Berlin (GER)||185|
|5||Nemanja VIDIC||21/10/1981||DF||Manchester Utd. (ENG)||185|
|6||Branislav IVANOVIC||22/02/1984||DF||Chelsea (ENG)||188|
|7||Zoran TOSIC||28/04/1987||MF||FC Cologne (GER)||171|
|8||Danko LAZOVIC||17/05/1983||FW||Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)||185|
|9||Marko PANTELIC||15/09/1978||FW||Ajax (NED)||181|
|10||Dejan STANKOVIC||11/09/1978||MF||Inter (ITA)||181|
|11||Nenad MILIJAS||30/04/1983||MF||Wolverhampton (ENG)||182|
|12||Bojan ISAILOVIC||25/03/1980||GK||Zaglebie Lubin (POL)||192|
|13||Aleksandar LUKOVIC||23/10/1982||DF||Udinese (ITA)||184|
|14||Milan JOVANOVIC||18/04/1981||MF||Standard Liege (BEL)||183|
|15||Nikola ZIGIC||25/09/1980||FW||Valencia (ESP)||202|
|16||Ivan OBRADOVIC||25/07/1988||DF||Zaragoza (ESP)||181|
|17||Milos KRASIC||01/11/1984||MF||CSKA Moscow (RUS)||185|
|18||Milos NINKOVIC||25/12/1984||MF||Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)||179|
|19||Radosav PETROVIC||08/03/1989||MF||Partizan (SRB)||193|
|20||Neven SUBOTIC||10/12/1988||DF||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||193|
|21||Dragan MRDJA||23/01/1984||FW||Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB)||187|
|22||Zdravko KUZMANOVIC||22/09/1987||MF||VfB Stuttgart (GER)||187|
|23||Andjelko DJURICIC||21/11/1980||GK||Leiria (POR)||194|
Coach: Radomir ANTIC (SRB)