Finally Serbia have finally qualified for the World Cup 201 after failing to qualify for three big events. Although failing from different major events, they have finished as group winner during the qualifying round of World Cup 2018. After failing, the officials of Serbian Football Federation fired their national team coach Slavoljub Muslin on the behalf of his 3-4-3 system that was considered as too much defensive, but yet they scored 20 goals.
Serbia World Cup Friendlies 2018
Serbia played against Morocco on 23rd March, 2018 which they failed to win, while they defeated Nigeria by 2-0 on 27th March, 2018.
- 23rd March – Morocco (lost 2-1)
- 27th March – Nigeria (won 2-0)
Serbia Schedule FIFA World Cup 2018
Serbia would face three different dangerous teams of its group. Their inauguaral match of World Cup is scheduled to be played on 17th June, 2018 against Costa Rica, while Switzerland and Brazil on 22nd and 27th, 2018.
- 17th June – Costa Rica
- 22nd June – Switzerland
- 27th June – Brazil
Mladen Krstajic – Serbia Coach – World Cup 2018
After the sacking of Musliln, Mladen Krstajic was appointed as head coach of Serbian team for the FIFA World Cup 2018. He is coaching for the first time as he has no back ground as coach, but as centre-back player as profession. He is also working with a Chineese Football Club called Guangzhou R&F and he is expected to divert his full time attention to the Serbian team.
Official Squad of Serbia – Line Ups – World Cup 2018
Despite being out of form, Dusan Tadic still managed to keep his position stable for the World Cup. Aleksandar although not working well for his clube Manchester City, but he has scored total 6 goals in the qualifying campaign.
- Goalkeepers – Marko Dmitrovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Vladimir Stojkovic
- Defenders – Dusan Basta, Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nikola Maksimovic, Matija Nastasic, Ivan Obradovic, Antoinio Rukavina, Dusko Tosic, Milos Veljkovic
- Midfielders – Marko Grujic, Filip Kostic, Adem Ljajic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic
- Forwards – Aleksandr Mitrovic, Aleksandr Prijovic
Vladimir Stojkovic was quite effective in the World Cup qualifying round showing his professional skills and experience in resisting the opposition’ attacks. While on the other side, Nemanja Matic is also back in the squad playing at central figure in midfield.
Majit Gacinovic who has played extremely well in his early ages. He was part of teams who won 2013 Under-19 Euro Cup and World Cup 2015 Under-20. Now he is going to make his debut for the team in World Cup 2018.