Serbia team profile

Serbia, competing as an independent nation since 2006, have qualified for only one tournament, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but have a rich tradition as part of Yugoslavia.

Savo Milošević (Yugoslavia)

Best result: runners-up 1960, 1968 (as Yugoslavia)
Coach:
vacant
Leading scorers:
all-time – Stjepan Bobek (38); current – Zoran Tošić (8)
Most appearances:
all-time – Dejan Stanković (103); current – Branislav Ivanović (82)
Association formed:
1919
Nickname:
Orlovi (Eagles)
Where they play:
Several, principally Stadion FK Crvena zvezda, Belgrade

Serbia have competed independently from the rest of the former Yugoslavia since 2006, qualifying for only one tournament, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when they were knocked out in the group stage. Their attempts to reach the UEFA European Championship finals have ended in disappointment, and it was a similar story in 2014 World Cup qualifying as they never recovered after losing four of their first six games. Siniša Mihajlović's side did improve before the coach stepped down to take over at UC Sampdoria.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P118 W58 D27 L33 F208 A148
Final tournament: P14 W3 D2 L9 F22 A39
Qualifying: P104 W55 D25 L24 F186 A109

Serbia have failed to make a EURO impact as an independent nation but have a rich tradition as part of Yugoslavia. They won the very first finals match in 1960, 5-4 against hosts France, and took the Soviet Union to extra time in the inaugural final before going down 2-1. Yugoslavia were ten minutes from glory eight years later when Italy equalised to force a replay they then won 2-0. Semi-finalists in 1976, they reached the last eight in 2000 before losing 6-1 to the Netherlands.

Serbia have endured slim pickings since, finishing third in their last three qualifying campaigns (the first as Serbia and Montenegro). Their UEFA EURO 2012 bid, under Vladimir Petrović, never got going, a 3-1 loss to Estonia ultimately proving their undoing. Serbia still had every chance going into their last game but defeat in Slovenia meant they failed to overhaul Estonia in the play-off spot behind runaway winners Italy.

Memorable EURO matches
13/06/00: Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
Yugoslavia were trailing 3-0 and down to ten men with 30 minutes left, but still earned a point.

24/04/68: Yugoslavia 5-1 France, 1968 UEFA European Championship quarter-finals
Tied at 1-1 after the first leg, Yugoslavia were 4-0 up inside 32 minutes of the incredible return.

06/07/60: France 4-5 Yugoslavia, 1960 UEFA European Championship semi-finals
The visitors recovered from 4-2 down in a memorable start to the maiden final tournament.

Did you know?
Serbia have lost just one of their last 21 games at home in UEFA European Championship qualifying, a run dating back to May 1991, as Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and, since 2006, as Serbia alone. That came against Estonia in October 2010, Petrović's side going down 3-1.

*Last updated on 07/01/14