Serbia national football team


Serbia national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Serbia
Badge = FSS.svg
FIFA Trigramme = SRB
Nickname = White Eagles (Бели Орлови, "Beli Orlovi")
Founded = 1919
Association = "Fudbalski savez Srbije"
(Serbian Football Association)
Confederation = UEFA (Europe)
Coach = flagicon|Serbia Radomir Antić
Captain = Dejan Stanković
Most caps = Savo Milošević (101)
Top scorer = Savo Milošević (35)
Home Stadium = Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
FIFA Rank = 40
1st ranking date = December 2002
FIFA max = 17
FIFA max date = July 2007
FIFA min = 55
FIFA min date = October 2004
Elo Rank = 39
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socks2 = FFFFFF| First game =Flagicon|Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 - 3 Serbia Flagicon|Serbia (Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic; 16 August, 2006) | Largest win = Flagicon|Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1 - 6 Serbia Flagicon|Serbia (Baku, Azerbaijan; 17 October 2007)
Largest loss =Flagicon|Ukraine Ukraine 2 - 0 Serbia Flagicon|Serbia (Kiev, Ukraine; 26 March, 2008) | World cup apps = 10
World cup first = 1930
World cup best = Semi Finals 1930, 1962
Regional name = European Championship
Regional cup apps = 5
Regional cup first = 1960
Regional cup best = Final 1960, 1968

The Serbia national football team (Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / "Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije") represents Serbia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia. It was previously known as the "Yugoslavia national football team" until February 2003 and the "Serbia and Montenegro national football team" until June 2006 when Serbia declared independence as the successor state to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. It was renamed the "Serbia national football team" on 28 June 2006, with the Montenegro national football team created to represent the new state of Montenegro.

FIFA and UEFA considers the Serbia national team the direct descendant of the Serbia and Montenegro national team.

History

Although the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was formed on April 28, 1992, because of the international sanctions due to the Yugoslav wars banning the country from international sporting events, the football team didn't play its first match until 23 December, 1994, when they lost to Brazil 2-0 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Since then the team has qualified for the World Cup twice, in 1998 and 2006, and for the European Championship once, in 2000. In 2003, with the reconstitution of the country as Serbia and Montenegro, the team changed its name accordingly. The first international match as Serbia and Montenegro was against Azerbaijan in Podgorica on 12 February, 2003, and ended as a 2-2 draw.

On May 21, 2006 Montenegro voted to dissolve its political union with Serbia. On June 3, Montenegro became a sovereign state meaning there will be separate Montenegrin national teams competing in future tournaments. This did not affect the finals of the 2006 World Cup, in which the newly independent states of Serbia and Montenegro competed under the same flag for the last time but did not progress past the group stage.

On August 16, 2006 the new team representing Serbia played its first international match, with a 3-1 away win against the Czech Republic.

World Cup record

*1930 to 1990 - "See Yugoslavia"
*1994 – "Banned because of international sanctions due to Yugoslav wars (as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)"
*1998 – Round 2 (as FR Yugoslavia)
*2002 – "Did not qualify (as FR Yugoslavia)"
*2006 – Round 1 (as Serbia and Montenegro)

European Championship record

*1960 to 1992 - "See Yugoslavia"
*1996 – "Banned because of international sanctions due to Yugoslav wars (as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)"
*2000 – Quarterfinals (as FR Yugoslavia)
*2004 – "Did not qualify (started qualification as FR Yugoslavia, finished as Serbia and Montenegro)"
*2008 – "Did not qualify (applied as Serbia and Montenegro; competed in qualification as Serbia)

2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 7
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Current squad

The following players were called up for the first two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Faroe Islands and France in September 2008.

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Recent Call Ups

The following players have also been called up to the Serbia squad in 2008.

;Goalkeepers

;Strikers

World Cup 2006 squad

:"Main Article: 2006 World Cup squads (Serbia and Montenegro)

Competitions

2006 World Cup

:"See also: 2006 World Cup qualification (UEFA) Serbia and Montenegro began their 2006 World Cup campaign by finishing first with an undefeated record in their qualification group ahead of favorites Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Serbia and Montenegro team also allowed only one goal in the 10 matches, the best defensive record out all 51 teams participating in qualification.

In the group stage, Serbia and Montenegro lost their opening game to joint group favourite, the Netherlands. The final score was 1-0 after Arjen Robben scored the only goal of the game. They also lost their second game to Argentina 6-0, the country's worst ever international result. With the team's two losses and with Netherlands and Argentina winning both their games, Serbia and Montenegro could no longer qualify for the knockout matches, and was playing for pride alone in their final group game against Côte d'Ivoire. Despite having a 2-0 lead for much of the first half, the Elephants managed to come back and win 3-2, leaving Serbia and Montenegro with a disappointing 0-0-3 World Cup run.

Notable matches

*December 23, 1994. Porto Alegre, Brazil

*October 6, 1996. Toftir, Faroe Islands

*December 28, 1996. Mar del Plata, Argentina

*October 29, 1997. Budapest, Hungary

*June 21, 1998. Lens, France

*June 25, 1998. Nantes, France

*June 29, 1998. Toulouse, France

*August 18, 1999. Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

*October 9, 1999. Zagreb, Croatia

*June 13, 2000. Charleroi, Belgium

*June 25, 2000. Rotterdam, Netherlands

*February 13, 2002. Phoenix, United States

*February 12, 2003. Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro

*October 9, 2004. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

*September 7, 2005. Madrid, Spain

*October 12, 2005. Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

*June 16, 2006. Gelsenkirchen, Germany

*August 16, 2006. Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic

Notable players

Notable players that have played for the national team with at least 15 caps:

As Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)

;Serbia
*Goran Bunjevčević
*Goran Đorović
*Nenad Đorđević
*Predrag Đorđević
*Ljubinko Drulović
*Miroslav Đukić
*Goran Gavrančić
*Dejan Govedarica
*Slaviša Jokanović
*Vladimir Jugović
*Mateja Kežman;
*Slobodan Komljenović
*Darko Kovačević
*Nikola Lazetić
*Siniša Mihajlović
*Savo Milošević
*Zoran "Bata" Mirković
*Albert Nađ
*Dejan Stefanović
*Dragan "Piksi" Stojković
*Zvonimir Vukić;Montenegro
*Branko Brnović
*Nenad Brnović
*Dragoslav Jevrić
*Ivica Kralj
*Predrag Mijatović
*Željko Petrović
*Niša Saveljić
*Dejan Savićević

As Serbia

*Ivica Dragutinović
*Igor Duljaj
*Saša Ilić
*Branislav Ivanović
*Ognjen Koroman
*Mladen Krstajić
*Marko Pantelić
*Dejan Stanković
*Vladimir Stojković
*Nemanja Vidić
*Nikola Žigić
*Danko Lazović

Coaches

ee also

*Serbia national under-21 football team
*Yugoslavia national football team

External links

; Official
* [http://www.fss.org.yu Football Association of Serbia - Official Site] sr icon
* [http://www.reprezentacija.co.yu Serbian National Football Team] sr icon
* [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/worldcup/teams/team=147/index.html UEFA team profile]
* [http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=srb/index.html FIFA team profile]

; Unofficial
* [http://www.beliorlovi.net Beli Orlovi] sr icon
* [http://www.xtratime.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=44 Serbian football at xtratime.org]


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