The Football Association of Serbia organizes all activities around men, women, and youth teams at amateur and professional level. There are 2,770 clubs and 120,194 registered players in Serbia. The Superliga, Serbian First League and the Serbian Cup are the three main competitions.
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The Serbian National football team qualified for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. The captain of this team is Dušan Tadić.
Let’s look at the history of the Serbian teams. Branislav Ivanović is the player with the most appearances for Serbia, with 105 matches, while Aleksandar Mitrović is the all-time top scorer with 44 goals. The highest Fifa ranking was sixth, while the lowest was the 101st rank. In March 2022, Serbia is ranked 25th, and the team is going to the World Cup.
The biggest win Serbia accomplished was a win with five goals difference. However, they managed to do this multiple times. They defeated Azerbaijan (2007), Bulgaria (2008) and Wales (2012) by 6-1. Beating Romania (2009) and Russia (2020) 5-0 are the other wins with a difference of 5 goals. The biggest defeat was a 5-0 loss versus Ukraine in 2019.
Some of the most popular players in the Serbian national team are Strahinja Pavlović, who is a very talented defender. Filip Kostić, Aleksandar Mitrović, and Dušan Tadić are very popular as well.
The Serbian player of the year award was given to Dušan Tadić three times. This is a record because another player has never done this before. He won the prize in 2016, 2019 and 2021. He played for Southampton the first time he won, and the other two times he played for Ajax.
Nemanja Vidić had the honour to win Serbian Footballer of the year in 2005 and 2008. Dejan Stanković did it twice as well, in 2006 and 2010. Branislav Ivanović is the first player to win it twice in a row (2012 and 2013). Nemanja Matić did it in the following years (2014 and 2015). In 2020 there was no award for the best Serbian player of the year. So, when Tadić won the award in 2019 and 2021, you could say he won it twice in a row.
It is remarkable to see the players who won this award were Premier League players eight of the 17 times. The Russian Premier League, Serie A and Eredivisie had a player winning this prize twice, while Chelsea is the club with the most Serbian Award winners. Four times a player of Chelsea won the award of best Serbian footballer.