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World Cup Profile: Serbia

Serbia, with Rod Stewart


Hands up who wants to find out about Serbia. Good, that’s everyone then. Read on to find out everything that you need to know… 

Form Guide

This will be the first year that Serbia enters a World Cup as just plain old Serbia. Last time they were shackled by Montenegro, and before that they were more commonly known as Yugoslavia. Hence, all there is to really go on is the qualifying campaign, in which they managed to win their group, even though it included those football tough guys, France and Romania. Not bad going. Their odds of winning are around 74/1 on Betfair.

Main Man

Strong at the back, and with a few decent attacking options, the Serbs will be counting on Inter’s Dejan Stankovic to control the game from the midfield with some of his wonderful trademark passes. He is affectionately known to some as “Deki”, apparently.

One to Watch

Liverpool fans will be particularly keen to see Milan Jovanovic, who has apparently signed for the club already. He looked magnificent in the qualifiers, he’s known as the “Serbian Snake” for some reason, and he is now valued at around 250/1 to top score on Betfair. Here’s a video of his skills:

Strengths and Weaknesses

Serbia are defensively tough, thanks mainly to the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Branislav Ivanovic at the back. And with Stankovic, Milos Krasic, and the aforementioned Jovanovic, they’re not bad going forward either. But, unfortunately, they lack a striker of real pedigree, so might well struggle for goals.

Hottest Local Fan

Ana Ivanovic

Tennis fans will recognise this lady – she’s Ana Ivanovic, of whom The Spoiler once said this:

“… this lady knows how to work her cranium too, having made it all the way through normal education and into university.

Good for her. She also knows very little about football, but as the below clip proves, she’s learning…

Number One in Serbia

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, I Learned the Hard Way

To show your support…

Grab yourself a nice fruit brandy – or “rakija” if you want to get all Serbian about it – a plate of kavurma – or “lamb intestines” if you want to get all English about it – then get royally sozzled as per every match.

The Spoiler Predicts: They’re in a tough group, with Germany, Ghana and Australia. Sadly, they probably won’t make it through.

7 responses so far
  • ppabich // May 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Best #1 song yet, not as good as dempsey though

  • sasha // May 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    “Sadly, they probably won’t make it through” ???!!!

    How do you figure ? I don’t know one person who says they can predict this group one way or another anyway but Serbia has what it takes to get out of it for sure . Not certain of course but you can’t say “probably won’t” !

    Also I don’t see striking ability as weak here . I do see other weaknesses but not striking .

  • bakidude // May 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    who’s gonna make it through the group then?!?

  • robbie d // May 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    uhhhh, i would put my money on serbia making it through the group.

    neither ghana nor australia are all that impressive, but serbia is a pretty strong team.

  • top sports commentator // May 28, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Hi fans,
    I say Serbia has a good chance to make it through. Look out for youngsters like Tosic and Kolarov to break in, especially guided by experience of Stankovic and Vidic.

    ps. stay beautiful!

  • Lloyd // May 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    No strikers of real pedigree? What about Zigic?

  • Tim Mckeever // May 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    That can’t really be the number one song in Serbia can it

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