If FIFA launches a Dictionary, then Serbians are tagged under the meaning of underdogs. Their players are not so none still they have touched the heart of the masses. This year their skills can change the notion towards them in generic, they have bundles of talents in the name of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nemanja Matic with the top-notch confidence in their squad, in short enough to survive in the tournament.
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
Serbia started appearing from the inaugural year of the tournament under the name of Yugoslavia. From 1930 to 1990 they performed 11 times in the World cup, later on, they appeared under their name in 1998 and 2006. Recently they featured in 2010.
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (FK Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Aleksandar Jovanovic (AGF), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar)
Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Uros Spajic (Anderlecht), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Dusko Tosic (Besiktas), Matija Nastasic (Schalke), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Marko Grujic (Cardiff City), Nemanja Maksimovic (Valencia), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht), Filip Kostic (Hamburger SV), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Adem Ljajic (Torino)
Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Thessaloniki), Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
MANAGER: Mladen Krstajic
Mladen Krstajic was a Serbian national player retired in 2011 from the club as well as the national duty. He joined Serbian team as a coach in 2016 from then he has become the new boss of the Serbian national football team. Under his agreement with the team, he will be the coach of the team till 2018 World cup at least.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI: (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: B.Ivanovic, N.Milenkovic, D.Tosic, A.Kolarov
Centre back: N.matic, S.Milinkovic-Savic
Midfielders: D.tadic, A.Ljajic, F.kostic
KEY PLAYER: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nemanja Matic
Serbia has two key players that can change the fortune of the team this year; Milinkovic- Savic and Nemanja Matic, both are the midfielders and hunt in a pair. On the one hand, they have Milinkovic as their attacking midfielder, and on the other hand, they have Nemanja Matic who is big name of Premier league’s elite club Manchester United.
Milorad Arsenijevic is their only player and a manager who had done his job in a world cup, appearing in 1930 and takes charge in 1950.
Group E- TV SCHEDULE
Sunday, 17 June
Costa Rica vs Serbia (Group E) – Samara – 5.30 pm
Brazil vs Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov-on-Don – 11.30 pm
Friday, 22 June
Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) – St Petersburg – 5.30 pm
Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad – 11.30 pm
Wednesday, 27 June
Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak) – 11.30 pm
Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod – 11.30 pm
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP: