Serbia 2022 World Cup squad list, schedule and latest odds
Serbia will have the opportunity to battle their demons from 2018 after being drawn against two of their group stage opponents from Russia – Brazil and Switzerland.
The draw could prove to be an edgy coincidence for Fifa, as Serbia’s game against Switzerland was arguably the most controversial of the tournament, due to a number of the Swiss team’s players having a legacy. Kosovar, and due to relations between Serbia and the host country, a strongly pro-Serbian crowd.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their winning goals with the Albanian “double-headed eagle” gesture, and each received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs from the FIFA disciplinary panel.
But with a point to prove, Serbia could still be a force in Group G, likely dropping Switzerland for second place.
Coach Dragan Stojkovic, a Serbian footballing legend, was appointed ahead of qualifying after the team failed to qualify for the Euro 2020 final, and he oversaw an impressive run for the crew. Serbia enter the competition after a solid qualifying campaign, where they finished top of their group, forcing group favorites Portugal into the play-offs.
Serbia squad for the 2022 World Cup
World Cup teams are usually officially announced around six weeks before the start of the World Cup. This year, the World Cup will take place from November 21 to December 18.
That being said, Serbia can claim a number of international stars who will no doubt make an appearance in Qatar, including captain Dusan Tadic, who plays for Ajax, Filip Kostic of Eintracht Frankfurt, Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Who is likely to be the star name in the team?
It must be Mitrovic, Serbia’s all-time top scorer. With 46 international goals to his name, Mitrovic enjoys cult support in his home country, having played for the national team since 2014.
As things stand, Mitrovic will travel to Qatar in fine form, having scored early on Premier League opponents who didn’t think he could translate his Championship goalscoring prowess into the top flight.
What are Serbia’s matches?
Serbia plays in Group G, and will face Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon.
All GMT times.
November 24: Brazil vs Serbia, Lusail Iconic Switzerland, 7pm
November 28: Cameroon vs Serbia, Al Wakrah Sports Complex, 10 a.m.
December 2: Serbia v Switzerland, Stadium 974, 7 p.m.