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Serbia National Football Team

World Cup Participation

1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2018, 2022



Team Information

Serbia National Football Team History

FIFA recognizes Serbia as the official successor to the Yugoslavia national team. Among Croatian, Slovenian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, and Macedonian players, Serbian players had a huge role in the team’s success.

Yugoslavia finished fourth at the 1930 and 1962 World Cups, and were runners-up at the 1960 and 1968 European Championships. Serbian Drazan Dzajic was the top scorer at Euro 1968.

Yugoslav Conflict Affects the Team

When Serbia and Montenegro became an independent country in 1992 as FR Yugoslavia, they were sanctioned by FIFA. Because of the Yugoslav conflict, the team could not enter into World Cup 1994 qualifying or Euro 1996 qualifying.

With only Serbian and Montenegrin players, FR Yugoslavia qualified for their first World Cup in 1998 and were seen as dark horses. Sinisa Mihajlovic scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Iran.

Yugoslavia led Germany 2-0 in the next match, but the Germans got two goals back and the match finished level at 2-2. Then, Yugoslavia defeated the USA 1-0 to advance to the round of 16. There, they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands.

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Team’s Change of Name

Two years later, FR Yugoslavia made the quarterfinals of the Euros and Savo Milosevic won the Golden Boot. The year 2000 remains the last Euros appearance for Serbia.

In 2003, FR Yugoslavia’s official name was changed to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. So, from 2003 to 2006 the Serbia national football team was referred to as Serbia and Montenegro.

Separation of Montenegro and Serbia 

Shortly before the 2006 World Cup, Montenegro declared their independence from Serbia. Regardless, the combined national team appeared at the FIFA World Cup but lost all three of their matches. A 6-0 loss to Argentina in the second match is Serbia’s worst ever World Cup result.

So the first independent Serbia FIFA World Cup appearance was in 2010. Serbia national football team got one of their most famous wins there, as Milan Jovanovic scored to defeat Germany 1-0. However, the Eagles lost their other two matches and finished last in their group.

Serbia also qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Alexander Kolarov scored the winner in Serbia’s opening match vs. Costa Rica. Then, Serbia led against Switzerland in their next match but conceded two unanswered goals to fall 2-1. Needing a win to advance to the round of 16, Serbia fell 2-0 to Brazil in their last group stage match

 Serbia, as UEFA Group A group winners, qualified directly for the 2022 World Cup. 

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