Serbia World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgONE TO WATCHAleksandar Mitrovic has his critics, but as he showed on loan at Fulham this season, he is a fearsome striker when on song.Built like a bull, Mitrovic was prolific at Belgian side Anderlecht before struggling under Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. His 12 goals in 2018 signalled a dramatic return to form and led Fulham to the Premier League.With 13 goals in 35 international appearances, Mitrovic could be the difference between the knockout rounds and an early exit for Serbia.FIXTURESSunday, June 17: COSTA RICA v Serbia (Samara Arena, Samara) – kick-off 13:00Friday, June 22: Serbia v SWITZERLAND (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) – kick-off 19:00Wednesday, June 27: Serbia v BRAZIL (Spartak Stadium, Moscow) – kick-off 19:00KITS Serbia will take part in their second World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com take an in-depth look at the Group E nation…MANAGERLeading the Eagles into their second World Cup as an independent nation is Mladen Krstajic.The former centre-back, with 59 caps to his name, took over from Slavoljub Muslin after his predecessor presided over the successful qualifying campaign.Krstajic spent the vast majority of his career in Germany with Werder Bremen and Schalke, bookended by spells at Partizan Belgrade. Five years after retiring, he was appointed as a national team backroom coach, taking the top job permanently in December 2017.CAPTAINTwo-time Premier League winning left-back Aleksandar Kolarov leads an experienced Serbian squad in Russia.Kolarov, now in Italy with Roma, is joined in the backline by fellow ex-Premier League star Branislav Ivanovic, with both key for their country at either end of the field.Kolarov’s dead ball ability will have opposition goalkeepers trembling as he stands over the ball, and his crossing proficiency should work wonders for star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic’s aerial threat.KEY PLAYERFew players will draw more attention from scouts this summer than Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The dynamic midfielder is already linked with Manchester United, who have been quoted transfer fees approaching £100m by current club Lazio.It is easy to forget Milinkovic-Savic, born in Spain, has only two caps for Serbia, as comparisons of his playing style with past greats, ranging from Zinedine Zidane to Yaya Toure, flood in.His 12 Serie A goals in 2017/18 led all midfielders, but were not quite enough to secure Champions League football for Biancocelesti. 4 RECORD IN QUALIFYINGSerbia topped a group including Ireland, Wales and Austria in qualifying, losing just once. Aleksandar Prijovic’s goal at home to Georgia sealed their place in the final game, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONThe Serbs travel to Austria to complete their World Cup preparation, facing South American non-qualifiers Chile and Bolivia in Graz. An eight day gap follows before Costa Rica lie in wait on June 17 in Samara.BASE CAMPRoyal Falke Resort and Spa, KaliningradPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4last_img

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