FIFA World Cup 2022: Serbia Under Stojkovic to Entertain

With all of its attacking flair, Dragan Stojkovic’s team should amuse. But can they make it to Round 16 for the first time in the FIFA World Cup?

Serbia looks to be an exciting country to watch. Dragan Stojkovic’s team will now be looking to show the rest of the world how good it is after failing to advance to EURO 2020. Progress in Qatar won’t be simple because Brazil, Switzerland, and Cameroon are in Group G. To qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Stojkovic’s team will need to repeat — and possibly even outperform — their pre-tournament solid showings.

Serbia’s qualifying campaign came to a memorable conclusion in Portugal. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 90th-minute goal gave them victory in their group and forced Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal into the playoffs. Serbia is in good shape on paper to compete in Qatar. In addition to having a genuine football legend in charge, Serbia has a talented roster. If Vlahovic, Mitrovic, Kostic, and Tadic are all on the same page, they could be challenging to contain.

The Strategy and Actions of Stojkovic


In terms of international football, Dragan Stojkovic is legendary. He played in Italy in 1990 and France in 1998, making 84 appearances and scoring 15 goals for Yugoslavia between 1983 and 2001.

‘Piksi’ has served in various football-related capacities since hanging up his boots. He has also served as the head coach of Red Star Belgrade and president of the Serbian Football Association (FSS). Stojkovic’s touchline positions, Nagoya Grampus in Japan (2008–2013) and Guangzhou R&F in China PR were in Asia before he assumed the Serbian role. Stojkovic was chosen to lead Serbia on March 3, 2021—coincidentally, his birthday.

Dusan Tadic is a Crucial Player

If there is such a thing as fate, then Dusan Tadic’s tournament must be it. On the first day of Qatar 2022, Ajax’s outstanding playmaker will be 34, and there are many indicators that he will make the most of his background. With six assists through eight Dutch league games this season, Serbia’s captain appears to be at the height of his abilities. It once again solidifies his position as one of the best European creators.

Dusan Vlahovic is Another One to Watch

Although Mitrovic, his strike partner, is unquestionably Serbia’s top scorer (50 goals), the young Juventus forward could be a key player in Qatar. Without a doubt, Vlahovic possesses the necessary traits. He will want to display his incredible skills at the highest level of international football now that he has established himself at Juventus and in Serie A.

The World Cup Record of Serbia

Serbia has never advanced past the World Cup group stage as an independent country. But considering that Serbia was a part of Yugoslavia in the past, things look very different. They placed fourth in the Uruguay 1930 World Cup and the Chile 1962 World Cup. Italy in 1990 was also noteworthy because it took place when the Balkan state was beginning to break apart, and Yugoslavian unity was on display for one of the very last times.

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