Serbia didn’t manage to make it through the group stage in either of the two World Cups they have taken part in. They have only registered two victories, this providing a great motivation for players such as Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic, Jovic and Mitrovic to stand out. They always succumb to pressure on big occasions, but they could be one of the World Cup’s surprises.
Serbia have established themselves as a solid World Cup force since 2010, with Qatar 2022 representing their third appearance from the last four tournaments.
Dragan Stojkovic also becomes the third manager to lead them at a World Cup as their reputation for sacking coaches shows little sign of slowing down.
Serbia impressed during qualification, finishing top of Group A ahead of Portugal. However, they face a battle to make it out of Group G at the tournament, with seasoned campaigners Switzerland and Cameroon aiming to challenge for a last-16 spot, in behind Brazil.
Final Serbia World Cup squad 2022
Stojkovic has delayed the announcement of his squad to ensure key players were given enough time to recover from injuries.
Lazio’s midfielder maestro Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was the key doubt for Stojkovic but the 27-year-old makes the final cut ahead of their curtain raiser in Qatar, against Brazil on November 24.
|RB Salzburg (AUS)
|Werder Bremen (GER)
|Legia Warsaw (POL)
|Red Star Belgrade (SER)
Serbia best player, strengths & weaknesses
All eyes will be on Aleksandar Mitrovic to spearhead Serbia’s World Cup challenge, with the experienced striker one of the highest international goal scorers on display in Qatar.
The Fulham star will be key for Serbia, as his goals have often decided their fate, but Stojkovic is well stocked in midfield, with Nemanja Gudelj and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic forming a strong pairing.
Mitrovic will gather the bulk of the attention in Qatar but his attacking partners represent an ever brighter future than him.
Luka Jovic is starting to resurrect his career in Serie A, following a nightmare at Real Madrid, with Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic one of the most potent strikers in Italian football right now.
There will be a lot of pressure on Milinkovic-Savic to lead Serbia’s midfield, but the Lazio star has struggled to transfer his club form into the international sphere previously, and there is a notable lack of mobility in behind him.
Serbia World Cup group
Brazil look well placed to ease out of Group G, and on into the knockout stages, leaving a likely three-way battle for the other last-16 place.
There is little to separate Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, based on experience, but they will all be confident of having an edge.
Serbia Group G fixtures and match Schedule
|Thurs, Nov. 24
|Brazil vs. Serbia
|Mon, Nov. 28
|Cameroon vs. Serbia
|Al Janoub Stadium
|Fri, Dec. 2
|Serbia vs. Switzerland
He has managed to lead Serbia to World Cup qualification despite his team being in a tough qualifying group. Stojkovic has put together a well-oiled machine who are strong in the final third and at the back
The Juventus forward is heading to the World Cup following a season where he impressed, currently being considered as a world-class striker.
Their attacking line consists of quality players such as Vlahovic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Tadic and Luka Jovic. There are many teams who would be jealous of Serbia’s attacking options.
They have the tendency to tactically struggle when things do not go their way.