Spain have qualified for the last four of the ongoing European Under-21 Championship after defeating Serbia by the slimmest of margins in Bydgoszcz.
The game started slow as the favourites took their time to settle into the encounter.
Serbia started well, remaining ambitious but Spain continued to control the game. After the first 38 minutes, Spain sealed their possession with a goal. Skipper Denis Suarez scored after combining with Alvaro Odriozola and Inaki Williams.
Spain seemed to calm as the game wore on, with Serbia struggling to trouble them. Serbia were out of the tournament in any case so the game proceeded on slowly.
Suarez tried getting another but keeper Manojlovic kept denying him. In the final ten minutes, Serbia sought for an equalizer for pride sake but the Spanish side fought them off. Eventually, Spain kept all nine points from the group stage as they look to appear in the final on Tuesday. Spain are set to play Italy – who defeated Germany 1-0 to lead their group.
The 1-0 scoreline is a controversial one as it helped Germany excel above Slovakia as best runners-up. Slovakia were behind England in Group A but their six points meant they would progress. However, the scoreline in the Italy-Germany game ended such hopes. Continue reading EURO U21: SPAIN QUALIFY FOR LAST FOUR
Serbia international Nemanja Matic has emerged as a potential transfer target for Juventus following their debacle at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League final last weekend.
The Old Lady were humiliated by a 4-1 scoreline at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff with Zinedine Zidane’s men managing to dominate the proceedings in midfield.
According to Calciomercato, Matic has been identified as a suitable option to bolster the Old Lady ranks during this summer’s transfer window. Max Allegri had looked into a proposed deal for the Serbian last year, but Chelsea managed to keep hold of his services after Antonio Conte assured him of regular first-team action.
Matic therein earned a regular spot alongside N’Golo Kante in midfield and managed to start 30 out of the club’s 38 league games as they secured the Premier League crown for the fifth time in their history. In spite of this, the Serbian enforcer faces an uncertain future beyond the summer with Conte keen on recruiing a new midfielder with a more robust personality. Continue reading Serbian Midfielder on Juventus Radar
Partizan have started the playoffs on a brilliant note with a 3-1 victory over CrvenaZvezda in Serbia.
Both sides met on Tuesday where Partizan shocked the leaders of the Serbian football SuperLiga. There were the runners up and a strong contender but many seemed to favour their opponents.
Partizan took the lead in the 21st minute as Leonardo da Silva Souza was on target. The game continued in that manner until their ‘eternal rival’ equalized in the 48th minute through a partnership of John Jairo Ruiz and Richmond Boakye.
The game slowed down compared to the explosive start. It was until Leandro Tawamba broke through the wall of the Red Star to get the second for Partizan that the game warmed up again. Leonardo got his brace in the 79th minute when he scored from a fast counter attack. PetarDjurickovic got an assist as they made it 3-1.
The victory see both sides settle for 40 points each but with Red Star ahead due to a superior goal difference. There are still six games left this term and many things can still happen. Continue reading PARTIZAN WIN ROUND ONE IN LEAGUE PLAYOFF
The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) through its general secretary, Theo Van Seggelen has issued warnings to professional footballers not sign contracts with clubs in Serbia when their transfer window opens later this month.
The World football players’ union released figures showing that 68 per cent of players plying their trade in Serbia do not receive their salaries on time, while 89 per cent of the players transferred for a fee are pressured into moving.
Surprisingly, the Serbian Football Association dismissed arbitrators from a panel that rules on disputes between clubs and players, giving footballers a less chance of receiving fair treatment.
Under FIFA regulations, the panel known as the National Dispute Resolution Chamber should be made up equally of arbitrators appointed by clubs and players. The SFA, in an unprecedented unilateral decision by its “urgency committee”, has dismissed the arbitrators chosen by the Serbian Players Union and appointed officials with links to the biggest clubs, Red Star and Partizan Belgrade, as the chamber’s chairman and vice-chairman, who typically will have the casting vote in disputes.
The Football Association has increased the fees players must pay to start action against clubs and ordered all cases opened under the previous dispute resolution chamber to start again the new regime. Continue reading FIFPro WARNS SERBIA
Chelsea have been attracting the best players as a top club but many more prospects are increasingly declaring their intent to feature at Stamford Bridge. Serbia defender Vukasin Jovanovic is no exception.
The 20-year old player, who is currently on loan at Bordeaux, revealed that he is keen on moving to the Premier League to play for the Blues
. Jovanovic whose parent club is Zenit St Petersburg said:
“I would like to play in England, against the biggest teams in the planet. I want to play in the Champions League. What club? Chelsea.”
The player is set to link up with a former Chelsea star player in Branislav Ivanovic when he moves back to his parent club at the end of the year. Continue reading SERBIAN JOVANOVIC WANTS TO PLAY FOR CHELSEA
FIFPro has advised professional football players not to sign with Serbian club sides when their transfer window opens in January, claiming that 68 percent of players in the country do not get their salaries on time while a higher chunk of the players get pressured to transfers.
Continue reading FIFPRO: DON’T SIGN WITH SERBIAN CLUBS
The Serbian Football Association has recently been attempting to lure Bojan Krkic to the Serbian national side as they have been exploring the possibility of recruiting the Spanish player but FIFA has denied their request.
Continue reading Bojan Krkic will not be performing for the Serbian national side
If Wales plan on keeping their World Cup dream alive, then they should not think of slipping up against Serbia in their upcoming match next month.
This was the position of Ben Davies, Tottenham’s defender in an interview. Just recently, Wales drew, narrowly getting away with a point in their 1-1 draw against Georgia at the Cardiff City Stadium. This pushed Wales down the group table from the top to third in Group D.
Serbia are currently leading the group with Republic of Ireland following behind and Wales coming in at the rear with a 2 point margin difference.
Continue reading NO ROOM FOR SLIP-UP AGAINST SERBIA – DAVIES
The Serbian national football team failed to qualify to the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2008 and 2012 edition of the UEFA Euro’s.
It’s clear that in recent times they have been struggling to make their presence felt at the international stage and recently, a new manager was selected that can hopefully change things around for the national side.
Continue reading Slavoljub Muslin has to guide Serbia through the World Cup qualifiers
The Republic of Ireland have recalled six players ahead of the encounter against Oman and Serbia, the BBC reports.
The squad list would see many common names, aside six players who missed out on participating for Ireland in the Euro 2016 games in France.
Continue reading IRELAND RECALL SIX FOR OMAN AND SERBIA FIXTURES