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…
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.
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
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.