The Serbia and Montenegro national football team (Serbian: Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije i Crne Gore / Фудбалска репрезентација Србије и Црне Горе) was a national football team that represented the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. It was controlled by the Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro. For 11 years, it was known as the FR Yugoslavia national football team (Fudbalska reprezentacija SR Jugoslavije / Фудбалска репрезентација СР Југославије) when the two countries were called the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, until February 2003, when the name of the country was changed to Serbia and Montenegro. In 2006, Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia, with the result that the country's football team was renamed as the Serbia national football team on 28 June 2006 with the Montenegro national football team created to represent the renewed state of Montenegro.
|Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006) |
FR Yugoslavia (1992–2003)
|Nickname(s)||Plavi / Плави|
|Association||Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006) |
Football Association of Yugoslavia (1992–2003)
|FIFA code||SCG (2003–2006) |
|Highest||6 (December 1998)|
|Lowest||101 (December 1994)|
|Highest||4 (June 1998)|
|Lowest||39 (June 2006)|
| Brazil 2–0 FR Yugoslavia |
(Porto Alegre, Brazil; 23 December 1994)
as Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)
Serbia and Montenegro 2–2 Azerbaijan
(Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro; 12 February 2003)
Last international as FR Yugoslavia
France 2–0 FR Yugoslavia
(Saint-Denis, France; 20 November 2002)
Ivory Coast 3–2 Serbia and Montenegro
(Munich, Germany; 21 June 2006)
| Faroe Islands 1–8 FR Yugoslavia |
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 6 October 1996)
| Argentina 6–0 Serbia and Montenegro |
(Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 16 June 2006)
|Appearances||2 (first in 1998)|
|Best result||Round of 16: 1998|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 2000|
Although the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was formed on 28 April 1992, its teams were banned from all international sporting events, including football. Consequently, the national team did not play its first match as a new country until 23 December 1994, a 2–0 friendly defeat to Brazil in Porto Alegre. This was the first ever team composed of Serbian and Montenegrin players exclusively, while Slobodan Santrač, a former Yugoslavia national team player, was named the team's first ever manager. The next match was played only three days later, a 1–0 loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires.
On 31 March 1997, the team recorded its first official win in history, a 1–0 friendly against Uruguay, simultaneously marking the team's first ever home match, played at Stadion Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, and the first ever goal scored, courtesy of Savo Milošević. Slightly more than one year later, the team recorded its first ever win in a FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament in its first match in such a tournament, a 3–1 win over the Faroe Islands. Shortly after, the team also recorded its biggest win in history, once again against the Faroe Islands, 8–1. Yugoslavia finished second in Group 6, just behind Spain, meaning it had to go through the play-off system in order to qualify. Yugoslavia was paired up with Hungary, and what was believed would be a tough matchup turned out to be an easy win for Yugoslavia, 7–1 in Budapest and 5–0 in Belgrade, for an aggregate score of 12–1. This was enough to secure Yugoslavia its first ever World Cup appearance as a new country.
The 1998 World Cup seeding had Yugoslavia ranked in the 21st position, but the Yugoslav national team went to France as one of the shadow favourites for the World Cup. The New York Times stated Yugoslavia could easily be a semi-finalist in that year's World Cup. The justification for such an estimation was partially found in the names of the Yugoslav players, members of great European teams and proven footballers. The draw put the team in Group F alongside Germany, the United States and Iran. Yugoslavia won its first match 1–0 against Iran thanks to a goal from defender Siniša Mihajlović. The next match was a draw for Yugoslavia; after leading Germany 2–0, last game's hero, Mihajlović, scored an unlucky own goal following a German free-kick, and Oliver Bierhoff equalised at 2–2 with only about ten minutes to the match. Nonetheless, Yugoslavia responded in the next match against the United States and won 1–0 due to an early goal in Nantes. Yugoslavia finished second in Group F, for despite finishing level on points with Germany, Germany finished first via a superior goal difference.
Finishing second, Yugoslavia was drawn with the Netherlands in the round of 16. Yugoslavia entered in the match with a sole attacker, but its defensive tactics proved unsuccessful as Dennis Bergkamp put the Netherlands in front in the 38th minute. Immediately following the start of the second half, Yugoslavia pressured the Dutch, who inevitably conceded a header from Slobodan Komljenović. However, the turning point of this match was a penalty awarded to Yugoslavia after Vladimir Jugović was fouled in the penalty area. Predrag Mijatović's shot dazzled Edwin van der Sar, but not the crossbar, and the scoreline remained level at 1–1. In the late seconds of the match, Edgar Davids took a shot from 20 metres out which beat goalkeeper Ivica Kralj, to the disbelief of the Yugoslav players and fans. This marked the end of Yugoslavia's run in the World Cup.
The draw for the Euro 2000 qualifiers saw many eyebrows raised as first-seeded Yugoslavia was drawn in a group alongside Croatia, marking the first matches between the two teams after the breakup of Yugoslavia. The other teams in the group were the Republic of Ireland, Macedonia and Malta. When the qualifiers began, the coach was Milan Živadinović, but in July 1999 he resigned and was replaced by Vujadin Boškov.
The team started with a 1–0 win over Ireland in Belgrade, before beating Malta 3–0 in Ta' Qali. The home fixture against the Maltese followed, but was moved to Thessaloniki, Greece, due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. The team nonetheless won 4–1. The first, highly anticipated match against Croatia took place in Belgrade shortly after the bombing ended, and was interrupted due to a power outage at the beginning of the second half, resuming after 43 minutes and eventually finishing 0–0. A 2–1 defeat against Ireland in Dublin was followed by victories home and away against Macedonia (3–1 and 4–2 respectively), meaning Yugoslavia needed to win its final qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb, or to draw with Ireland failing to beat Macedonia in Skopje, in order to automatically qualify for Euro 2000. As it happened, Ireland conceded an injury-time equaliser, meaning Yugoslavia's 2–2 draw with the Croatians was sufficient for automatic qualification.
The draw for the Euro 2000 final stages placed Yugoslavia in Group C alongside Spain, Norway and another former Yugoslav republic, Slovenia. The Slovenians took a surprise 3–0 lead in the first match at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi, but three goals in six second-half minutes enabled Yugoslavia to secure a 3–3 draw. The team then beat Norway 1–0 in Liège thanks to an early Savo Milošević backheel strike. The final group match, against Spain in Bruges, saw the Yugoslavs take the lead three times, before a Gaizka Mendieta penalty and an Alfonso strike in injury-time secured a dramatic 4–3 win for the Spaniards and top spot in the group. Yugoslavia nonetheless finished second, level on points with Norway but ranked ahead due to their head-to-head victory in Liège. In each of the three matches, Yugoslavia had one player sent off: Siniša Mihajlović, Mateja Kežman and Slaviša Jokanović respectively.
In the quarter-finals, Yugoslavia was once again paired with the Netherlands. However, unlike the last encounter, the co-hosts made easy work of Yugoslavia, winning 6–1 in Rotterdam, with Patrick Kluivert scoring a hat-trick.
One of the few bright spots of Yugoslav team in the whole tournament was Savo Milošević, who finished as the joint top scorer of the tournament, alongside Patrick Kluivert. Both players scored five goals, although Milošević played one less match.
The 2002 World Cup qualifiers marked the first time Yugoslavia failed to qualify for a major tournament ever since its return to "big stage" football after the UN sanctions. The problems began with the major political turmoil in the country as well in the Yugoslav FA, which prompted new head coach Ilija Petković to resign after only one match, a 2–0 away victory against Luxembourg.
Milovan Đorić took over the team, but under his leadership, the team managed only two draws, 1–1 at home against Switzerland and 1–1 away against Slovenia. In both matches, the opponents equalized in late stages of the match). Yugoslavia then lost 0–1 at home to Russia, marking the nation's first home defeat in official matches. After Đorić's resignation, a three-man commission consisting of Dejan Savićević, Vujadin Boškov and Ivan Ćurković took over the coaching duties, until Savićević ultimately took over on his own. The team managed to bounce back with a draw in Russia and a win in Switzerland, but failed to defeat Slovenia in the penultimate game, thus finishing their qualifying group in third position.
After Savićević's disastrous spell as head coach, the country went under a political transformation, and Ilija Petković became the newly named Serbia and Montenegro's new coach. Initially, the team under his lead experienced dragging failure in the Euro 2004 qualifiers while competing for the first time as Serbia and Montenegro. Despite drawing both matches against group favourites and eventual group winners Italy, and winning both matches against group runners-up Wales, Serbia and Montenegro failed to qualify, mostly due to an embarrassing 2–2 home draw and 2–1 away loss to Azerbaijan.
However, Serbia and Montenegro qualified for the 2006 World Cup. Serbia and Montenegro began their 2006 World Cup campaign by finishing first with an undefeated record in their qualification group ahead of favourites Spain. The Serbia and Montenegro team also allowed only one goal in its ten matches, the best defensive record out all 51 teams participating in qualification. For the 2006 qualifiers, Serbia and Montenegro was drawn in a group with Spain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and San Marino. Led once again by Ilija Petković, Serbia and Montenegro played some impressive defensive football: the "Famous Four" defence consisting of Nemanja Vidić, Mladen Krstajić, Goran Gavrančić and Ivica Dragutinović, with Dragoslav Jevrić as goalkeeper allowed only one goal in ten matches, finishing first in their group with a 6–4–0 record.
On 3 June 2006, following a referendum, Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia. As the World Cup was about to start, it was decided that the Serbia and Montenegro team that had qualified for the tournament would compete, with the split into separate teams representing the new countries of Montenegro and Serbia to take place once the team was eliminated from the tournament. Thus, the team played in the tournament representing a state that no longer existed. Only one Montenegrin player, goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevrić, was in the squad.
In the group stage of the World Cup, Serbia and Montenegro lost their opening match to joint group favourites the Netherlands 1–0, with Arjen Robben scoring the only goal of the match. They then lost their second match to Argentina 6–0, the side's worst ever international result. With the team's two losses and with Netherlands and Argentina winning both their games, Serbia and Montenegro could no longer qualify for the knockout matches, and was playing for pride alone in their final group match against the Ivory Coast, who had also been mathematically eliminated. Despite having a 2–0 lead for much of the first half, the Elephants managed to come back and win 3–2, leaving Serbia and Montenegro with a disappointing 0–0–3 World Cup run.
A week after Serbia and Montenegro's final match against the Ivory Coast, the Football Association of Montenegro applied for separate membership to UEFA. The Football Association of Serbia was granted Serbia and Montenegro's place in UEFA and FIFA, with the new Serbia national team playing its first match in August 2006 against the Czech Republic. The Montenegro national team played its first international following admittance to UEFA against Hungary in March 2007.
1998 WC Home
1998 WC Away
Euro 2000 Home
2006 WC Home
2006 WC Away
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification Record|
|1966||Did Not Qualify||6||3||1||2||10||8|
|1974||2nd Group Stage||7th||6||1||2||3||12||7||Squad||7||5||2||2||8||4|
|1978||Did Not Qualify||4||1||0||3||6||8|
|1986||Did Not Qualify||8||3||2||3||7||8|
|1994||Banned ||Disqualified from qualification due to UN sanctions|
Note that the RSSSF pages are still slightly outdated with regard to the renaming of the last Yugoslavia and the succession issues.Dejan Savićević
Dejan Savićević (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Савићевић, pronounced [dějan saʋǐːtɕeʋitɕ]; born 15 September 1966) is a Montenegrin former football player who played as an attacking midfielder. Since 2004 he has been the president of the Montenegrin Football Association (FSCG).After beginning his career with Budućnost Titograd, Savićević moved to Red Star Belgrade, and was a part of the team that won the 1990–91 European Cup, before joining Italian club A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles and the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, among other trophies. He later returned to Red Star for half a season in 1999, before ending his career with Rapid Wien in 2001. At international level, he represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and, after his retirement from playing, coached the Serbia and Montenegro national team between 2001 and 2003. Following an illustrious professional playing career that lasted 18 seasons, as well as a short and unsuccessful head coaching stint during the early 2000s, he has turned to administrative matters – becoming, during the summer of 2004, the president of the Montenegrin FA.Ilija Petković
Ilija Petković (Serbian Cyrillic: Илија Петковић, pronounced [ǐlija pětkoʋitɕ]; born 22 September 1945) is a retired Serbian footballer and coach and current chairman of OFK Beograd. Since the early 1990s he has been a football manager, his most notable appointment being with the Serbia and Montenegro national football team.Ivan Ćurković
Ivan Ćurković (Serbian Cyrillic: Иван Ћурковић, pronounced [ǐʋan tɕǔːrkoʋitɕ]; born 15 March 1944) is a former Croatian and naturalized Serbian footballer, who played as a goalkeeper for Velež Mostar, Partizan and Saint-Étienne.
Ćurković was a goalie of outstanding quality who played for AS Saint-Étienne during the 1970s and early 1980s and was instrumental in the successful runs of Saint-Étienne's football club to the top of the French League and to the finals of the European Cup in the 1975–76 season. He played alongside French legend Michel Platini from 1978 to 1981.
Later during his career, he served as the president of FK Partizan and the Serbian Olympic Committee and has also worked as co-manager of the Serbia and Montenegro national football team.List of foreign Süper Lig players
This is a list of foreign players that have played in the Süper Lig. The following players:
have played at least one Süper Lig game for the respective club.
have not been capped for the Turkey national team on any level.
have been born in Turkey and were capped by a foreign national team. This includes players who have dual citizenship with Turkey.In bold: players that played at least one Süper Lig game in the current season, and the clubs they've played for.List of foreign football players in the Netherlands
This is a list of foreign players in the Eredivisie, which commenced play in 1956. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:
Have played at least one Eredivisie game. Players who were signed by Eredivisie clubs, but only played in lower league, cup and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.
Are considered foreign, i.e., outside the Netherlands, determined by the following:A player is considered foreign if he is not eligible to play for the national teams of the Netherlands.More specifically,
If a player has been capped on international level, the national team is used; if he has been capped by more than one country, the highest level (or the most recent) team is used. These include Dutch players with dual citizenship.
If a player has not been capped on international level, his country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from Dutch parents or moved to the Netherlands at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched his nationality to another nation.Clubs listed are those for which the player has played at least one Eredivisie game—and seasons are those in which the player has played at least one Eredivisie game. Note that seasons, not calendar years, are used. For example, "1992–95" indicates that the player has played in every season from 1992–93 to 1994–95, but not necessarily every calendar year from 1992 to 1995. Therefore, a player should always have a listing under at least two years — for instance, a player making his debut in 2011, during the 2011–12 season, will have '2011–12' after his name. This follows general practice in expressing sporting seasons.
In bold: players who have played at least one Eredivisie game in the current season (2016–17), and the clubs they have played for. They include players who have subsequently left the club, but do not include current players of an Eredivisie club who have not played an Eredivisie game in the current season.Milan Dudić
Milan Dudić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Дудић; born 1 November 1979) is a retired Serbian football defender.Milan Živadinović
Milan Živadinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Живадиновић, pronounced [mǐlan ʒiʋadǐːnoʋitɕ]; born 15 December 1944) is a Serbian former football player and coach, most recently as manager of Myanmar. He is the scout for Ghana footballers for Southeast Europe.Milovan Đorić
Milovan Đorić (Serbian Cyrillic: Mилoвaн Ђopић; born 6 August 1945) is a Serbian football manager and former player. He is often referred to as Bata Đora.
Đorić last coached in 2011 when he was head coach of the Serbia U17 national team. He resigned after public outrage at Serbia bowing out in the group stage of that year's under-17 championship.Miroslav Savić
Miroslav Savić (Serbian Cyrillic: Mиpocлaв Caвић ; born 20 April 1973 in Banja Luka) is a former Serbian footballer who played as a defender.Radoslav Samardžić
Radoslav Samardžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Радослав Самарџић; born October 17, 1970 in Karavukovo) is a retired Serbian football striker.Saša Ilić (footballer, born 1972)
Saša Ilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Саша Илић, pronounced [sâʃa ǐːliːt͡ɕ] or [îːliːt͡ɕ]; born 18 July 1972) is a retired Serbian-Australian football goalkeeper.Serbia and Montenegro national football team results
This is an incomplete list of the Serbia and Montenegro national football team matchesgoutam kumar meherSerbian Football Coach of the Year
Serbian Football Coach of the Year (Serbian: Српски тренер године, Srpski trener godine) is an annual award given from Football Association of Serbia to the best football coach of the year. Originally it has been awarded the Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro. On the same occasion is also given an award for Serbian Player of the Year.Serbian Footballer of the Year
The Football Association of Serbia Golden Boot (Serbian: Златна лопта Фудбалског савеза Србије, Zlatna lopta Fudbalskog saveza Srbije) is an annual award given to players and coaches who are adjudged to have been the best of the year in Serbian football. The award has been presented since 2005.Slobodan Santrač
Slobodan Santrač (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Сантрач, pronounced [slobǒdan sântraːtʃ]; 1 July 1946 – 13 February 2016) was a Yugoslav and Serbian football manager and player. He is the all-time top scorer of the Yugoslav First League with a total of 218 goals, as well as the top scorer in the history of OFK Beograd. After finishing his playing career, Santrač was manager of numerous clubs and national teams. He reached the knockout stage with FR Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.Vujadin Boškov
Vujadin Boškov (Serbian Cyrillic: Вујадин Бошков, pronounced [ʋujǎdin bǒʃkoʋ]; 16 May 1931 – 27 April 2014) was a Serbian footballer and coach.
Throughout his career as a football manager, he stood out both for his many successes, as well as due to his unique sense of humour and memorable ironic comments, which were used to dissolve tension during post-match interviews; these led him to become a popular figure with football fans during his time in Italy.Vuk Rašović
Vuk Rašović (Serbian Cyrillic: Вук Рашовић; born 3 January 1973) is a Serbian former footballer.Yugoslavia national football team
The Yugoslavia national football team represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1941, until 1929 as Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes), and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1943–1992, until November 29, 1945 as Democratic Federal Yugoslavia, 29 November 1945–1963 as Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia) in association football. It enjoyed success in international competition. In 1992, during the Yugoslav wars, the team was suspended from international competition as part of a United Nations sanction. In 1994, when the boycott was lifted, it was succeeded by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia national football team.
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The Yugoslavia national under-20 football team (Serbo-Croatian: Omladinska reprezentacija Jugoslavije) represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at the FIFA World Youth Championship and various friendly youth tournaments in the period between the mid-1970s and the country's dissolution in the early 1990s. It was a feeder team to the Yugoslavia national under-21 football team (which was itself formed following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976). However, since FIFA employs the Under-20 format for the World Youth Championship ever since its inception in 1977, the Under-20 selection was only occasionally formed to compete specifically at the tournament, in addition to a handful of other less official friendly tournaments which employ the same age format.
The team which would compete at the World Championship essentially consisted of players who had earlier participated in the UEFA Junior Tournament, which was the European Under-18 championship (held annually from 1957 to 1984 and then bi-annually from 1986 to 1992) and which doubled as the European qualifying tournament for the World Championship.
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|Republic of Ireland||2||1||0||1|
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