World Cup 2018 Preview: Serbia

Serbia’s squad boasts a number of first-rate players, the majority of whom play in some of the continent’s top leagues.

Nickname(s): The Eagles

Best Finish: Group stage (2010)

How they qualified: Serbia edged out the likes of Republic of Ireland, Wales, and Austria to top their qualification group, losing only once; a 3-2 thriller in Vienna. Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic top-scored for his country with six goals, including the equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Wales. Southampton’s Dusan Tadic also chipped in by netting four times for his country.

Coach: Vacant

Serbia are currently under the guidance of caretaker coach Mladen Krstajic after they parted company with Slavoljub Muslin, even though he had just guided them into the World Cup.

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Key Man: Aleksandar Kolarov

The 32-year-old played 247 times for Manchester City, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his seven years with the club before he moved to Roma in the summer of 2017. The full-back has enjoyed a stupendous season in the Italian capital and looks like a snip on a three-year-deal which cost Giallorossi only $4 million.

Opening fixtures:

17 June vs Costa Rica

22 June vs Switzerland

27 June vs Brazil

Squad: TBD

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