Serbia is the Southeastern European nation that has appeared 11 FIFA World Cups with zero winning titles. The official FIFA ranking for Serbia is 37.the best performance of Serbia so far in FIFA World Cup was in 1930 and 1962 where Serbia managed to reach semifinals and secured 4th position. The association of football was formed in 1919 for Serbia. In the history of FIFA Serbia has played altogether of 43 games with 17 wins 8 draws and 18 losses. From 2006 Serbia has not qualified for the rounds of sixteen’s. From 1930 to 1938 Serbia has played FIFA World Cup as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, as SRF Yugoslavia from 1950 to 1990, as FR Yugoslavia in 1998, as Serbia and Montenegro from 1998 to 2006 and as Serbia since 2010.
World Cup Qualifier Europe
The World Cup qualifier in Europe selects 14 countries for the FIFA World Cup and for 2018 FIFA World cup Russia qualifies being a host country. 52 countries who are the members of FIFA from Europe go for the preliminary competition where those 52 countries are divided into 9 groups in which 7 groups contain 6 teams and rest of the two groups contains only 5 teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain are placed in a group containing 6 teams. Winners from each group qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up go for the playoffs from which 4 teams are selected. Thus, in this way, the Europe qualifier selects 14 nations for the FIFA World Cup.
Serbia is the group leader of group D in FIFA World Cup qualifier Europe with ten games played Serbia won 6 conceding 4 draws and one loss. Serbia defeated against Austria in the ninth round of the competition with the final score of 3-2. The best performance of Serbia in FIFA World Cup qualifier Europe was against Moldova in the seventh round of the competition. A.Mitrovic scored a total of 6 goals for Serbia during the qualifying round.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E
The final draw of FIFA World Cup 2018 has placed Serbia in Group E where Serbia has to play against Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica and qualify for the Knockout stage into the round of Sixteen’s.
The Fixtures for Serbia in Group Stage are:
- Costa Rica – Serbia (Sunday, 17 June)
- Serbia – Switzerland (Saturday, 23 June)
- Serbia – Brazil (Thursday, 28 June)
Players to watch:
Aleksandar Mitrovic Dusan Tadic Branislav Ivanovic
Coach: MLADEN KRSTAJIC