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Can the Serbs impress after a poor World Cup?

Group C preview: Serbia

Surprisingly, this is the first time Serbia has qualified on their own for a European Championships despite having featured in three of the last four World Cups. In fact, Serbia were last at a EURO in 2000 when they were a part of Yugoslavia.

On paper, there are some outstanding talents among the squad many of whom have had impressive club careers at the highest level. And yet despite that there is a sense of pessimism among fans especially after a poor 2022 World Cup.

To find out about Serbia, we talked with football analyst and scout Luka Trbović

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

Striker Dušan Vlahović was the 2nd top scorer in Serie A for 23/24 and will be a big threat for all three teams in Group C.

At the previous World Cup, he shared a lot of minutes with Mitrović but he will be the main man at the EUROs and someone from whom the nation expects the most.

Powerful in aerial duels, great hold-up, awesome finishing and excellent free kick; you need to keep an eye on him all the time.


Serbia's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
England
Chelsea
Goalkeeper
Italy
Torino
Goalkeeper
Spain
Mallorca
Defender
Italy
Fiorentina
Defender
Russian Federation
Spartak Moskva
Defender
Italy
Juventus
Defender
Germany
Werder Bremen
Defender
Austria
Red Bull Salzburg
Defender
Spain
Sevilla
Defender
Serbia
TSC Backa Topola
Defender
Serbia
Crvena Zvezda
Defender
Greece
Panathinaikos
Midfielder
Serbia
Crvena Zvezda
Midfielder
Italy
Udinese
Midfielder
Greece
AEK
Midfielder
Spain
Getafe
Midfielder
Saudi-Arabia
Al Hilal
Midfielder
Italy
Torino
Midfielder
England
Fulham
Forward
Austria
Red Bull Salzburg
Forward
Saudi-Arabia
Al Hilal
Forward
Greece
PAOK
Forward
Turkey
Fenerbahçe
Forward
Italy
Milan
Forward
Italy
Juventus
Forward
Czech Rep.
Sparta Praha
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

Despite the small number of U23 players in the EURO team, one name really stands out - Strahinja Pavlović. The RB Salzburg man is a strong, left-footed centre-back who has already made 34 appearances for the senior team at the age of just 23.

Still young, Pavlović has experience from the World Cup, Champions League, and Europa League. This tournament follows a great season with the defender earning a place in the Austrian Bundesliga's Team of the Season.


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Wildcard

Definitely Lazar Samardžić, who decided to represent Serbia instead of his birthplace of Germany. 

Samardžić had some great moments for Udinese last season where he was a key factor in the Zebras avoiding relegation in Serie B after some important strikes. 

The 22-year-old is a natural heir of Serbian captain Dušan Tadić and the whole nation expects that he can make a difference when he comes on from the bench.


Opinion

Serbia went to Qatar with great expectations and returned with a suitcase full of failure and disappointment. 

The manager remained the same but some players will not be travelling to Germany leading to very low expectations among the public, especially because of the poor qualification campaign.

But that's how Serbia is, when you leave with high expectations, it's usually been a big disappointment throughout history so this can be positive and take the pressure off the players. One thing is certain, with Serbia you never know what to expect, which makes this national team even more interesting.


Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1


 



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2024-06-09 15h17m by awalkerson7
As a fan of the Serbian team, I am excited to see our country finally qualify on its own for the European Championships. It's been a long time coming and I have high hopes for our talented squad. Despite some doubts after our performance in the World Cup, I believe our star striker Duan Vlahovi will be a major threat in Group C. Can't wait to see what our team can achieve at the Euros!
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2024-06-09 14h52m by a_12_shawcross
Wow, can't believe Serbia finally made it to the Euros on their own! We've been waiting for this moment for so long. Our squad looks really promising and I have high hopes for our star striker Duan Vlahovi. Let's show the world what we're made of!
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2024-06-09 14h37m by nlawson12
As a fan, it's great to see Serbia finally qualifying for the Euros on their own. We have some amazing talent on our team and I'm excited to see what they can do. Disappointing World Cup aside, I have faith in our players and I'm looking forward to a strong performance in Group C. Can't wait to read more about Serbia in 'The Mighty Delta'!
2024-06-09 14h06m by banderson1976
As a die-hard Serbia fan, I'm excited to see our team finally qualifying on our own for the Euros! We have some amazing talent on our squad, including Vlahovi&
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