Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling has praised the consistent showing of Nemanja Matic since his move from Chelsea earlier in the summer. The Serbia international has been hailed for his ability to shield the backline while gaining a firm control at the heart of the midfield. Speaking on the United Review, Smalling said: “He can do everything. You want to give him the ball because he’s able to find the attacking players very quickly, but he’s also able to break things up and we couldn’t ask for anyone better in the middle.
“The fact he’s got good experience of the Premier League and Champions League is great for us and we were always confident it wouldn’t take him too long to settle in. But I think he’s definitely surpassed that because he’s been one of our main players and has been fit for every game which has been brilliant.”
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Luka Milivojevic is confident that Crystal Palace can help his World Cup dreams, particularly with the ongoing revolution at the Premier League side. With Roy Hodgson in charge, Palace are launching a serious bid to retain their top flight status. The midfielder skippered the side to victory over the weekend where they defeated Burnley.
The result ensured Palace are five points above the danger zone where they had spent most of the first half of the season. Palace had one of the worst starts by any side in the league and it seemed certain that Milivojevic’s World Cup dream would go away. However, the revolution means he stands a very strong chance of making it into the Serbia squad once more – bringing happiness to the hundreds of fans who support him, and have bought tickets through www.1st4footballtickets.com for the World Cup Finals. Continue reading MILIVOJEVIC –PALACE CAN HELP
Serbia’s national team coach Slavoljub Muslin has claimed that Newcastle United forwardAleksandar Mitrovic appears to be happier while playing with the national team and other than under Rafa Benitez.
The Serbian was one of the big signings for Newcastle when he made the € 21 million switch from Anderlecht in the summer of 2015. However, he has been unable to make much of an impact at the club. In his first season at Newcastle, he came up with a return of nine goals in 34 league appearances and ended up saying the club getting relegated to the Championship.
He was expected to score more number of goals in the Championship due to the lower quality of opposition but this was not the case as he only came in with four goals from 25 appearances. It was clear that he had lost his first-team spot at Newcastle, as he featured in only 11 matches from the start. Rafa Benitez was not happy with the signing and it was starting to makeMitrovic’s life difficult at the club. Prior to coming to Newcastle,Mitrovic had scored 36 goals in two seasons withAnderlecht. Continue reading Mitrovic Likes Playing for National Team than Newcastle, Claims Muslin
Torino forward Adem Ljajic has been brought back into the national team forward of Serbia for the upcoming match with Ireland.
Serbia have been able to establish a sizeable advantage in the group D, as they have been top of the table ahead of the Republic of Ireland. Even though there is no points advantage for Slavoljub Muslin’s team, the goal difference over Ireland is a major positive going into the business end of the World Cup qualification process. Serbia only have to contend with four matches in order to reach the finals of the World Cup. The national team will regard this to be a major success.
Among the biggest challenges for Serbia would be Ireland, who are one of the opponents in the qualifying games in September. Muslin has decided to bring in a strong set up in order to overcome Ireland, and one of the names to feature in the squad is Torino forwardLjajic. The 25-year-old was a surprise omission from the squad despite being one of the quality options available for the manager. Continue reading Adem Ljajic Recalled to Serbia Squad for Ireland Test
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.
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