The Serbian national team for the World Cup 2018 tournament finds itself in what appears to be a very hostile setting in Group E. Serbia will face off the Selecao- Brazil, Costa Rica and Switzerland to make it through the group stage. This makes many people believe that Serbia may be last in the groups oblivious to their ability. It is worth noting that Serbia qualified for the world cup 2018 after thrashing Georgia 1-0 in their last qualifying match.
This was a lucky moment for the Serbians after the 3-2 lost to Austria had perhaps crippled their dreams to get into the World Cup. The team is currently at position 35 in the FIFA rankings and will be aiming to display flawless skills and talent to go up the scale.
Despite the fact that the final squad is yet to be named, we can foresee Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov going to Russia without a doubt. He solely netted six goals in the World Cup Qualifying matches including two crucial equalizers in the two draws with Wales. He also dispatched Ireland with the goal that made Serbia revive their hopes of getting to Russia.
Having been Serbia’s captain since 2012, Branislav Ivanovic recently reached a century of caps for his national team. He managed to win the UEFA Champions League and three English Premier League titles with Chelsea before going to Russia to play for Zenit St Petersburg.
Not to say the least, the likes of Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic and Aleksandar Mitrović, who play their trade in England must make massive contributions if Serbia are to make out of the group phase.
The History of Serbia at the World Cup
This is Serbia’s second World Cup appearance since entering the qualifiers as a single nation for 2010. They did make it to South Africa, yet failed to progress further from the group phase. In 2010, the team stun everyone with a 1-0 win over Germany. However, the defeats to Australia and Ghana abruptly ended their journey at the global stage.
Final Verdict: “Serbia can sprung a few surprises”
Early this year, Mladen Krstajic, the former Serbian center back was appointed as the head coach. Amidst acute pessimism citing that he doesn’t have the needed experience, many people are eager to see what he will be able to deliver in Russia.
Due to the pressure that the Serbian team may have in their group stage matches, we can only hope the best for them. We should not forget that they are capable of pulling off amazing stuns against seemingly high rated teams. Evidently, the rest of the teams in Group E might have a hard time trying to put Serbia down!