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UEFA Nations League: Serbia - Montenegro Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

SerbiaSerbiaStadion Rajko Mitić - BelgradeSaturday 17 November 2018
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Group C4 - Matchday 5
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Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/2018GS-FTMontenegro - Serbia0-2
PodgoricaA. Mitrović 18 (P), 81
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Serbia - Squad list
League phase
1Predrag Rajković31/10/199523M. Tel-Aviv - 10
12Nikola Vasiljević24/06/199622Radnik Surdulica - 00
23Aleksandar Jovanović06/12/199225Huesca - 00
2Antonio Rukavina26/01/198434Astana - 40
4Nikola Milenković12/10/199721Fiorentina*30
5Uroš Spajić13/02/199325Krasnodar - 10
11Aleksandar Kolarov10/11/198533Roma*20
13Miloš Veljković26/09/199523Bremen - 40
15Jagoš Vuković10/06/198830Olympiacos - 00
20Nemanja Miletić16/01/199127Partizan - 10
3Branko Jovičić18/03/199325Crvena zvezda - 10
6Nemanja Maksimović26/01/199523Getafe*40
7Andrija Živković11/07/199622Benfica - 20
14Mijat Gaćinović08/02/199523Frankfurt - 20
16Saša Lukić13/08/199622Torino*40
17Danijel Aleksić30/04/199127Malatyaspor - 00
21Nemanja Matić01/08/198830Man. United - 20
22Adem Ljajić29/09/199127Beşiktaş - 10
8Aleksandar Prijović21/04/199028PAOK - 10
9Aleksandar Mitrović16/09/199424Fulham*44
10Dušan Tadić20/11/198829Ajax*41
18Nemanja Radonjić15/02/199622Marseille - 30
19Luka Jović23/12/199720Frankfurt - 00
-Mladen Krstajić04/03/197444 - 40
Montenegro - Squad list
League phase
1Danijel Petković25/05/199325Lorient - 40
12Milan Mijatović26/07/198731Budućnost Podgorica - 00
13Damir Ljuljanović23/02/199226Titograd - 00
2Risto Radunović04/05/199226Astra - 10
5Boris Kopitović17/09/199424Čukarički - 21
6Nemanja Mijušković04/03/199226Hermannstadt - 00
7Marko Vešović28/08/199127Legia*20
11Igor Vujačić08/08/199424Zeta - 00
21Emrah Klimenta13/02/199127Sacramento Republic - 00
22Marko Simić16/06/198731Pakhtakor - 40
23Adam Marušić17/10/199226Lazio - 10
4Deni Hočko22/04/199424Famalicao - 00
10Marko Janković09/07/199523Partizan - 21
14Darko Zorić12/09/199325Čukarički - 11
15Asmir Kajević15/02/199028Čukarički - 00
16Vladimir Jovović26/10/199424Jablonec - 40
17Luka Mirković01/11/199028Budućnost Podgorica - 00
18Nebojša Kosović24/02/199523Partizan - 30
19Aleksandar Šćekić12/12/199126Partizan - 40
20Mirko Ivanić13/09/199325BATE - 40
3Aleksandar Boljević12/12/199522Waasland-Beveren*20
8Luka Djordjević09/07/199424Arsenal Tula - 00
9Stefan Mugoša26/02/199226Incheon - 32
-Ljubiša Tumbakovic02/09/195266 - 30

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Head coach Only this chapter

Mladen Krstajić

Date of birth: 4 March 1974
Nationality: Serbian
Playing career: Čelik, Senta, Kikinda, Partizan (twice), Werder Bremen, Schalke
Coaching career: Serbia

• A tall, left-footed defender, Krstajić's career began in the youth sector of Bosnian club Čelik from his home town of Zenica. He moved to Serbia in 1992 during the Yugoslav civil war, playing for unheralded Senta and Kikinda before being snapped up in 1996 by Belgrade giants Partizan.

• Rapidly became a Partizan regular, starting out at left-back before moving into central defence. He helped the Black-and-Whites to three championship titles (1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99) and one national cup (1997/98) during his four-year stay.

• In the summer of 2000 Krstajić moved to Werder Bremen, where he performed with distinction for a further four seasons, climaxing in 2003/04 as he helped the club win the German Bundesliga/DFB Pokal double. He then left for a five-year stint at Schalke, where he was appointed as captain and established himself as one of the Bundesliga's foremost defenders.

• He played 59 senior international matches for his country, from 1999 to 2008, notably featuring as one of the 'Famous Four' alongside Nemanja Vidić, Goran Gavrančić and Ivica Dragutinović in the Serbia and Montenegro defence that qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with the concession of just one goal. He also started all three matches at the finals in Germany.

• He returned to Belgrade to end his career back at Partizan, winning two more titles, before being appointed as the club's sports director. He later helped Serbia qualify for the 2018 World Cup as assistant coach to Slavoljub Muslin before replacing him, initially as caretaker, and leading the side at the finals in Russia, where they were eliminated at the group stage.


Ljubiša Tumbaković

Date of birth: 2 September 1952
Nationality: Serbian
Playing career: Partizan, Vardar (loan), Radnički Sombor (loan)
Coaching career: Radnički Beograd, Obilić, Khaitan, Partizan (youth), Partizan (twice), AEK Athens, Al Nassr, Shandong Luneng, Steel Azin, Wuhan Zall, Montenegro

• Belgrade-born Tumbaković started in the Radnički Beograd academy at the age of ten before moving on to the Partizan youth ranks two years later. He never appeared for the senior Partizan side in a competitive match and most of his professional playing career was spent on loan.

• Tumbaković went on to coach Partizan for nearly a decade in two separate spells, from 1992 to 1999 and 2000 to 2002. He won six league titles and three domestic cups to establish himself as one of the most successful ever Yugoslavian coaches.

• Had a solitary season in charge of AEK Athens either side of his two Partizan stints, leading the capital club to third in the Greek top flight.

• Tumbaković was later at the helm of Chinese sides Shandong Luneng – with whom he won two Super League titles and two domestic cups – and Wuhan Zall, as well as having spells in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

• Appointed Montenegro coach in January 2016 and oversaw a strong start to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification only for successive defeats against Armenia and Poland to prove crucial, Tumbaković's side missing out on a play-off place after losing their last two fixtures against Denmark and, for a second time, Poland.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesRoberto Alonso (ESP) , Juan Yuste (ESP)
  • Additional assistant refereesJuan Martinez Munuera (ESP) , José María Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
  • Fourth officialIñigo Prieto López De Cerain (ESP)
  • UEFA DelegateJacques Antenen (SUI)
  • UEFA Referee observerMarinus Koopman (NED)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Alberto Undiano Mallenco08/10/19731100

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
23/08/2012UELPOFK Crvena zvezdaFC Girondins de Bordeaux0-0Belgrade

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group C4 - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Lithuania 0-1 Serbia
    0-1 Tadić 38 (P)
    Dmitrović, Rukavina, Rodić (77 Kolarov), Milenković, Maksimović, A. Živković, A. Mitrović, Tadić, Veljković, Kostić (90 Radonjić), Matić (82 Lukić)
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Serbia 2-2 Romania
    1-0 A. Mitrović 26, 1-1 Stanciu 48 (P) , 2-1 A. Mitrović 63, 2-2 Ţucudean 68
    Dmitrović, Rukavina, Spajić, Maksimović, A. Mitrović, Tadić, Kolarov, Veljković, Lukić (71 Matić), S. Milinković-Savić (63 Kostić), Ljajić (77 Prijović)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Montenegro 0-2 Serbia
    0-1 A. Mitrović 18 (P) , 0-2 A. Mitrović 81
    Dmitrović, Rukavina, Rodić, Milenković, Maksimović, A. Živković, A. Mitrović (93 Radonjić), Tadić, Veljković, Gaćinović (79 S. Milinković-Savić), Lukić (72 Jovičić)
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Romania 0-0 Serbia
    Rajković, Rukavina, Rodić (77 N. Miletić), Milenković, Maksimović, A. Mitrović, Tadić, Veljković, Gaćinović (63 S. Milinković-Savić), Radonjić, Lukić
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Romania 0-0 Montenegro
    Petković, Stojković, Boljević (80 Bećiraj), N. Vukčević, Tomašević, Mugoša, Savić, Jovović, Šćekić (74 Kosović), Ivanić, Simić
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Montenegro 2-0 Lithuania
    1-0 Savić 34 (P) , 2-0 Janković 35
    Petković, Stojković, N. Vukčević (72 Šćekić), Tomašević, Kosović, Janković (87 Boljević), Bećiraj, Savić (80 Kopitović), Jovović, Ivanić, Simić
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Montenegro 0-2 Serbia
    0-1 A. Mitrović 18 (P) , 0-2 A. Mitrović 81
    Petković, Stojković (46 Janković), N. Vukčević, Tomašević, Vešović, Jovetić, Bećiraj (80 Mugoša), Jovović, Šćekić (73 Ivanić), Simić, Marušić
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Lithuania 1-4 Montenegro
    0-1 Mugoša 10, 0-2 Kopitović 35, 0-3 Mugoša 45+1 (P) , 0-4 Zorić 86, 1-4 Baravykas 88
    Petković, Stojković (87 Radunović), Kopitović, Tomašević, Vešović (56 Zorić), Mugoša, Jovović (72 Bećiraj), Kosović, Šćekić, Ivanić, Simić
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)

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