Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team

Serbia U21
Nickname(s) Orlići (The Young Eagles)
Association Football Association of Serbia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Radovan Ćurčić
Captain Slobodan Medojević
FIFA code SRB
First colours
Second colours
First international
Serbia and Montenegro FR Yugoslavia 1-0 Malta 
(Zrenjanin, June 1, 1996)
(as "Serbia")
 Czech Republic 0-1 Serbia Serbia
(Kroměříž; 15 August 2006)
Biggest win
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia-Montenegro 9-0 San Marino 
(Belgrade; October 12, 2004)
(as "Serbia")
Serbia Serbia 8-0 Hungary 
(Belgrade; 7 September 2008)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1978)
Best result Runners-up (Twice: 2004 and 2007)

The Serbia national under-21 football team (Serbian: Mлaдa рeпpeзeнтaциja Cpбиje, Mlada reprezentacija Srbije) is the national under-21 football team of Serbia and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia.

This team is for Serbian players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s, as Milan Smiljanić, Gojko Kačar and Miralem Sulejmani have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). Nikola Drinčić is a currently Montenegrin international and former Serbia U21 player.

History

The Yugoslav U21 team represented Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until the country dissolved in 1992. In 1996 an under-21 team representing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia began playing. The FR Yugoslavia (and the team) changed name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003.

In 2006 Serbia and Montenegro separated, with its governing body converting into the Football Association of Serbia. The Serbian under-21 team has assumed Serbia and Montenegro's place in the qualifying round for the UEFA U-21 Championship 2007, whilst Montenegro was not able to compete internationally at U21 level until a Montenegrin FA was established.

Competition history

As FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro

The senior team played its first match in December 1994. The U21s' first competitive matches were in the qualification stage of the 1998 competition.

The under-21 team failed to qualify for the first three UEFA Under-21 competitions it entered, but were runners-up in the 2004 tournament. In their final championship, taking place in Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro qualified for semifinals, where they lost on penalties to Ukraine.

For the period prior to 1992, please see the Yugoslavia national under-21 football team.

As Serbia

Serbia's under-21 national team qualified for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in the Netherlands, in June 2007, after a remarkable two game play-off against Sweden. After a shocking 3–0 loss at home, Serbia overturned the result two weeks later, defeating Sweden 5–0, and advancing to the final tournament. Serbia's 2007 U21 Championship campaign was very successful, as they finished in second place, losing the final to the hosts, by a score of 4–1. On their way to the final, they defeated Italy (1–0), Czech Republic (1–0) and Belgium (2–0). The only other loss, besides the final, was the 3rd group game against England (0–2), which was a meaningless game for the Serbian team, as they had already qualified for the semi-finals.

Competitive record

The Serbian Football Association is deemed the direct successor to both SFR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro by FIFA, and therefore the inheritor to all the records of the defunct nations.

Players

Players born in 1992 or later are eligible for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Current squad

The following players have been called up to participate in a friendly match against Northern Ireland U21 and Cyprus U21 on the 11 and 15 of October 2013.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Marko Dmitrović (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Hungary Újpest FC
12 1GK Nikola Perić (1992-02-04) 4 February 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Serbia Voždovac
22 1GK Đorđe Lazović (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Javor
5 2DF Matija Nastasić (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 21) 9 0 England Manchester City
16 2DF Aleksandar Pantić (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 22) 8 1 Spain Villarreal
15 2DF Uroš Ćosić (1992-10-24) 24 October 1992 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Pescara
20 2DF Uroš Vitas (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Serbia Rad
4 2DF Uroš Spajić (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 France Toulouse FC
2 2DF Petar Golubović (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Serbia OFK Beograd
15 2DF Filip Stojković (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Čukarički
19 3MF Nemanja Petrović (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Serbia Partizan
19 3MF Luka Milunović (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 21) 15 3 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
10 3MF Filip Đuričić (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 22) 12 3 Portugal Benfica
11 3MF Darko Brašanac (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Serbia Partizan
21 3MF Aleksandar Kovačević (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
4 3MF Srđan Mijailović (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Turkey Kayserispor
12 3MF Nemanja Radoja (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Serbia Vojvodina
14 3MF Filip Kostić (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Groningen
9 4FW Aleksandar Mitrović (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 19) 3 2 Belgium Anderlecht
17 4FW Lazar Marković (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Portugal Benfica
18 4FW Uroš Đurđević (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Serbia Rad
23 4FW Aleksandar Pešić (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Jagodina
16 4FW Nikola Stojiljković (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Čukarički

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Lazar Ćirković (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Serbia Rad v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2013
DF Slobodan Lalić (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Serbia Hajduk v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2013
DF Marko Petković (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 21) 7 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
DF Nikola Aksentijević (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Serbia Partizan v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
DF Lazar Ćirković (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Serbia Rad v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
DF Slobodan Lalić (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Serbia Voždovac v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
DF Nikola Antić (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia Rad v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
MF Filip Malbašić (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 21) 8 2 Serbia Partizan v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2013
MF Marko Poletanović (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia Vojvodina v.  Israel, 6 February 2013
MF Uroš Radaković (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Bologna v.  Israel, 6 February 2013
MF Mile Savković (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Serbia BSK Borča v.  Israel, 6 February 2013
MF Nikola Trujić (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Serbia Napredak Kruševac v.  Israel, 6 February 2013
MF Miloš Jojić (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 22) 8 2 Serbia Partizan v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
MF Goran Čaušić (1992-05-05) 5 May 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Turkey Eskişehirspor v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
MF Andrej Mrkela (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Serbia Spartak v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
MF Marko Poletanović (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia Vojvodina v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013
FW Đorđe Despotović (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 22) 12 0 Belgium KSC Lokeren v.  Macedonia, 14 September 2013

Coaches

Dates Name
2013– Serbia Radovan Ćurčić
2010–2012 Serbia Aleksandar Janković
2010 Serbia Tomislav Sivić (caretaker)
2009–2010 Serbia Ratomir Dujković
2007–2009 Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević
2006–2007 Serbia Miroslav Đukić
2005–2006 Serbia and Montenegro Dragan Okuka
2004–2005 Serbia and Montenegro Milorad Kosanović
2002–2004 Serbia and Montenegro Vladimir Petrović
2000–2002 Serbia and Montenegro Nikola Rakojević
1998–2000 Serbia and Montenegro Milovan Đorić

See also

External links

  • Football Association of Serbia (Serbian)
  • Transfermarkt profile

References

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