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Euros: Serbia news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

Serbia are still to excel at a major tournament and consistency may again prove an issue at the Euros.

After qualifying behind Hungary, the Eagles have been drawn alongside England, Denmark and Slovenia in Group C in what will be their first European Championship since Serbia became its own country in 2006.

It is a competitive quartet, but the possibility of three sides from any group making it through means the Eagles will fancy their chances of qualifying.

The draw could then open up, but it remains to be seen if Dragan Stojkovic's enigmatic side can finally put together a run that justifies the talent available.

Serbia Euro 2024 fixtures

Serbia v England - 20:00, Sunday 16th June, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Slovenia v Serbia - 14:00, Thursday 20th June, Munich Football Arena, Munich
Denmark v Serbia - 20:00, Tuesday 25th June, Cologne Stadium, Cologne

Serbia Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino), Djordje Petrovic (Chelsea), Predrag Rajkovic (Mallorca).

Defenders: Strahinja Pavlovic (Red Bull Salzburg), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Srdan Babic (Spartak Moscow), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Uros Spajic (Red Star Belgrade), Nemanja Stojic (TSC Backa Topola).

Midfielders: Sasa Lukic (Fulham), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe), Ivan Ilic (Torino), Srdan Mijailovic (Red Star Belgrade), Sergej Milenkovic-Savic (Al Hilal), Dusan Tadic (Fenerbahce), Lazar Samardzic (Udinese), Vejko Birmancevic (Sparta Prague), Filip Kostic (Juventus), Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK), Filip Mladenovic (Panathinaikos), Mijat Gacinovic (AEK Athens).

Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al Hilal), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Luka Jovic (AC Milan), Petar Ratkov (Red Bull Salzburg).

Serbia manager

Dragan Stojkovic

Stojkovic won 84 caps for Yugoslavia and has been in charge of the Serbian national team since 2021.

Stojkovic represented Yugoslavia at two Euros. Incredibly, those tournament appearances came 16 years apart, featuring at France '84 and Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as at two World Cups and two Olympic Games.

After moving into football administration upon retirement, he then coached in Japan at Nagoya Grampus and in China at Guangzhou R&F and has successfully guided his country through the two qualifying campaigns he has overseen.

His mercurial playing style earned him the nickname the 'Maradona of the Balkans', but he has been more pragmatic in his post-playing career, broadly deploying a 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1 formation as national coach to accommodate his attacking players.

Serbia captain

Dusan Tadic

Captain Dusan Tadic is Serbia's record cap holder and is set to retain the armband this summer after also leading his team at the World Cup in Qatar.

The playmaker enjoyed a good spell at Southampton before really kicking on at Ajax, helping them win three Eredivisie titles before departing for Fenerbahce in 2023.

At 35, Tadic will need to lead by example and steering some of his younger colleagues could be a critical part of his role.

Serbia key players

Aleksandar Mitrovic 

Another familiar name to Premier League fans, Aleksandar Mitrovic left Fulham last summer to play in Saudi Arabia.

The Al-Hilal forward is his country's record scorer, netting five times in qualifying and leads a talented yet inconsistent attacking group also featuring Dusan Vlahovic and Luka Jovic.

Playing in Saudi means there might be doubts about his sharpness. Still, after being incredibly raw at Newcastle, he developed into a consistent scoring force at Fulham and will be especially determined to get one over on England.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Perennially linked with the Premier League before swapping Lazio for Al-Hilal, Mitrovic's club colleague Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a hugely impressive figure.

Powerful and skilful, the 29-year-old has the skill set to drive his team from midfield and could partner Tadic in the line behind Mitrovic or play a deeper role in the engine room.

However, like Mitrovic, it will be interesting to see if he needs a game or two to get up to speed.

Nikola Milenkovic

Another player previously tipped for a move to England is Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic, who will relish the chance to test himself against the Three Lions.

The 26-year-old is dominant in the air and astute in the tackle. A towering presence, he should start on either the right or in the centre of a back three. 

Serbia one to watch

Lazar Samardzic

Serbia's emerging star is Lazar Samardzic, who is another who plays his football in Italy.

The Udinese midfielder was linked with Inter, Milan and Napoli in January, while Brighton and others are also keen on bringing him to England.

Stojkovic's pragmatic lilt means Samardzic may have to wait for his minutes but his performances this season mean he is likely to be one of the first players the boss turns to when looking for impact off the bench. 

Serbia All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

2008-2020

Did not qualify

*Results as an independent nation

Serbia's Euro 2024 prospects

As always, Serbia have plenty of talent but the question is whether they can gel as a unit and string a run of performances together.

Hopes were high ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, but they took just one point from their three games as they finished bottom of Group G and they are still to make it out of the groups at a major tournament since becoming a stand-alone nation in 2006.

Their second Group C game against Slovenia could determine whether they make it to the last 16 and the expanded tournament suits a team like the Eagles, who are a tier or two below the elite.

If Mitrovic, Vlahovic, Tadic and Sergej Milikovic-Savic finally gel, they could be among the outsiders to watch in Germany. 

Serbia Euro 2024 odds

  • To Win Outright - 66/1
  • To Reach Final - 25/1
  • To Reach Semi-Final - 9/1
  • To Reach Quarter-Final - 10/3
  • Group Betting - 8/1
  • Group Qualification Yes - 4/7
  • Group Qualification No - 5/4

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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