Team analysis



Serbia squad
1Predrag Rajković31/10/1995Goalkeeper909090120 FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
2Milan Gajić28/01/1996Midfield90 77* OFK Beograd (SRB)
3Nemanja Antonov06/05/1995Defender 9090120 OFK Beograd (SRB)
4Saša Zdjelar20/03/1995Midfield909090120 OFK Beograd (SRB)
5Miladin Stevanović11/02/1996Defender909090120 FK Partizan (SRB)
6Srdjan Babić22/04/1996Defender9090120 FK Vojvodina (SRB)
7Veljko Simić17/02/1995Midfield69* FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
8Nemanja Maksimović26/01/1995Midfield909067*2 NK Domžale (SVN)
9Staniša Mandić27/01/1995Forward62*13+31+114*1 FK Čukarički (SRB)
10Mijat Gaćinović08/02/1995Forward84*73*90120 FK Vojvodina (SRB)
11Andrija Živković11/07/1996Midfield9089* FK Partizan (SRB)
12Vanja Milinković-Savić20/02/1997Goalkeeper FK Vojvodina (SRB)
13Marko Grujić13/04/1996Midfield 17+9053+ FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
14Vukašin Jovanović17/05/1996Defender909090120 FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
15Mihailo Ristić31/10/1995Midfield90 73*6+ FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
16Danilo Pantić26/10/1996Midfield21+9059* FK Partizan (SRB)
17Dejan Dražić26/09/1995Forward6+1+17+ OFK Beograd (SRB)
18Luka Jović23/12/1997Forward28+77*59* 1 FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
19Milan Jokić21/03/1995Midfield31+43+ FK Metalac (SRB)
20Sergej Milinković-Savić27/02/1995Midfield120 FK Vojvodina (SRB)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Veljko Paunović
"We did our best to defend the title. We gave our all and played till the very end – which is what it takes to be a national team player in Serbia. We represented our country in the best light, on and off the pitch. The World Cup was our primary objective because it's a historic first. But, more importantly, the players showed that they are on the right path towards the senior team. In terms of furthering their careers, this was a great experience for all of them." 

Serbia team analysis

Serbia team analysis

• 4-2-3-1; hard-working Zdjelar, Maksimović screening midfielders

• Emphasis on building from back; combination moves through midfield

• Good use of width by adventurous full-backs, wingers cutting in

• Slick combinations, through passes in final third; positional rotations

• Swift transition into compact nine-man defensive block; pressing from midfield

• High levels of technique, dribbling skills, athletic condition, aerial strength

• Very strong team spirit, competitive, winning mentality, self-belief