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Serbia national under-21 football team

Serbia U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Орлићи
(The Young Eagles)
Association Football Association of Serbia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Tomislav Sivić
Captain Nemanja Maksimović
First international
Romania 0–2 Yugoslavia
(Bucharest, 31 March 1940, friendly)
Biggest win
Serbia and Montenegro 9–0 San Marino 
(Novi Sad, 12 October 2004)
Biggest defeat

 France 7–0 Yugoslavia
(Reims, 16 November 1985)

Records of biggest win/defeat are for competitive matches only
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1978)
Best result Winners (1): 1978

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 Matija Nastasić, Filip Đuričić, Lazar Marković, and Aleksandar Mitrović 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 1
  • Competition history 2
    • As FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro 2.1
    • As Serbia 2.2
  • Competitive record 3
    • European Under-21 Championship record 3.1
    • Olympic Games record 3.2
  • Players 4
    • Current squad 4.1
    • Recent call-ups 4.2
  • Coaches 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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.

     Champions       Runners-Up       Third Place       Fourth Place


Current squad

The following players have been called up to participate on the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification.[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Stefan Čupić (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 1 0 OFK Belgrade
1GK Filip Manojlović (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 0 0 Bežanija
1GK Boris Radunović (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 1 0 Atalanta
2DF Miloš Veljković (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 7 0 Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Petar Golubović (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 2 0 Pistoiese
2DF Milan Gajić (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 2 0 Bordeaux
2DF Srđan Babić (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 1 0 Real Sociedad
2DF Vukašin Jovanović (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 3 0 Red Star
2DF Darko Lazić (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 0 0 Anzhi Makhachkala
2DF Bojan Nastić (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 0 0 Vojvodina
2DF Nemanja Antonov (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 2 0 Grasshopper
3MF Marko Pavlovski (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 2 0 Mouscron
3MF Saša Zdjelar (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 2 0 Olympiacos
3MF Nemanja Maksimović (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 2 0 Astana
3MF Marko Grujić (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 3 0 Red Star
3MF Mijat Gaćinović (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 1 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
3MF Saša Lukić (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 1 0 Partizan
3MF Srđan Plavšić (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 2 0 Red Star Belgrade
3MF Andrija Luković (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 1 2 PSV Eindhoven
4FW Aleksandar Čavrić (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 4 0 Genk
4FW Ognjen Ožegović (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 2 3 Vojvodina
4FW Fejsal Mulić (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 2 1 1860 München

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months, that are still eligible to represent Serbia at youth level.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Predrag Rajković (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 1 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014
DF Aleksandar Filipović (1994-12-20)20 December 1994 (aged 20) 1 0 Jagodina 2015 UEFA European U-21 Championship Team
MF Sergej Milinković Savić (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 3 2 Lazio v.  Lithuania, 8 September 2015
MF Andrija Zivković (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 2 0 Partizan v.  Northern Ireland, 9 September 2014


Dates Name
2015– Tomislav Sivić
2015 Mladen Dodić
2013–2014 Radovan Ćurčić
2010–2012 Aleksandar Janković
2010 Tomislav Sivić (caretaker)
2009–2010 Ratomir Dujković
2007–2009 Slobodan Krčmarević
2006–2007 Miroslav Đukić
2005–2006 Dragan Okuka
2004–2005 Milorad Kosanović
2002–2004 Vladimir Petrović
2000–2002 Nikola Rakojević
1998–2000 Milovan Đorić
1996–1998 Milan Živadinović

See also


  1. ^ Džin iz Nemačke debituje za mladu reprezentaciju Srbije (Serbian)

External links

  • Football Association of Serbia (Serbian)
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