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Sep 7, 2013

Soccer-Subotic puts Serbia on hold after World Cup failure

BELGRADE, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Serbia defender Neven Subotic has temporarily quit international soccer to enhance his club career after Friday’s 1-1 home draw with Croatia ended his country’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

“I told (Serbia) coach (Sinisa) Mihajlovic that I will not be available for the remaining matches in 2013 because I want to step up individual work at my club with the objective of improving my performances,” Subotic, the Borussia Dortmund player, said on Saturday.

Sep 6, 2013

Soccer-Croatia hold Serbia in highly-charged 1-1 draw

BELGRADE, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Bitter Balkan rivals Serbia and Croatia fought out a pulsating 1-1 draw in a charged World Cup Group A qualifier after both teams had a player sent off in front of 40,000 raucous fans.

The result secured at least a top-two finish for the Croatians, who have 17 points from eight games ahead of their crunch Oct. 11 home game against Belgium, who sit on 22 points after a 2-0 win in Scotland.

Sep 6, 2013

Soccer-Serbia hold Croatia to draw in highly-charged qualifier

BELGRADE, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Serbia and their bitter Balkan rivals Croatia battled out a pulsating 1-1 draw in a highly-charged World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday played under tight security amid fears of crowd trouble.

The result knocked the Serbians out of contention for a berth in next year’s tournament in Brazil and secured at least a top-two finish for the Croatians, who host Belgium next month in a crunch clash in the race for an automatic berth in the finals.

Sep 5, 2013

Croatia coach Stimac looking for Balkan birthday treat

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Doing the double over bitter Balkan rivals Serbia would be the perfect birthday present for Croatia coach Igor Stimac when the teams meet in an emotionally-charged World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday.

Stimac, who turns 46 on the day of the game, steered the Croatians to a 2-0 win over Serbia in the reverse fixture in Zagreb and said he expected the same kind of mature performance from his men in the cauldron of Red Star Belgrade’s Marakana stadium.

Sep 5, 2013

Soccer-Croatia coach Stimac looking for Balkan birthday treat

BELGRADE, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Doing the double over bitter Balkan rivals Serbia would be the perfect birthday present for Croatia coach Igor Stimac when the teams meet in an emotionally-charged World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday.

Stimac, who turns 46 on the day of the game, steered the Croatians to a 2-0 win over Serbia in the reverse fixture in Zagreb and said he expected the same kind of mature performance from his men in the cauldron of Red Star Belgrade’s Marakana stadium.

Sep 2, 2013

Serbia must prove worthy of respect says captain Ivanovic

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Inconsistent Serbia must prove to their fans that they are worthy of respect and support when they meet Balkan foes Croatia at home in a key World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday, team captain Branislav Ivanovic said.

Disappointed with Serbia’s poor run, which left their chances of snatching a playoff berth hanging by a thread, fans have often jeered the national team during home games. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and FA head Tomislav Karadzic have also come under pressure to step down.

Sep 2, 2013

Soccer-Serbia must prove worthy of respect says captain Ivanovic

BELGRADE, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Inconsistent Serbia must prove to their fans that they are worthy of respect and support when they meet Balkan foes Croatia at home in a key World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday, team captain Branislav Ivanovic said.

Disappointed with Serbia’s poor run, which left their chances of snatching a playoff berth hanging by a thread, fans have often jeered the national team during home games. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and FA head Tomislav Karadzic have also come under pressure to step down.

Sep 1, 2013

Matic back for Serbia’s crunch qualifiers

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia have recalled Nemanja Matic for the World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales but coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said the midfielder was not guaranteed his first competitive start in international football.

Matic, who has made five appearances for his country, last played for Serbia in June 2012 and pulled out of the national team in December after falling out with Mihajlovic who said the Benfica playmaker did not fit his 4-2-3-1 formation.

Sep 1, 2013

Soccer-Matic back for Serbia’s crunch qualifiers

BELGRADE, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Serbia have recalled Nemanja Matic for the World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales but coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said the midfielder was not guaranteed his first competitive start in international football.

Matic, who has made five appearances for his country, last played for Serbia in June 2012 and pulled out of the national team in December after falling out with Mihajlovic who said the Benfica playmaker did not fit his 4-2-3-1 formation.

Aug 12, 2013

Warriors-bound Nedovic targets Euro success

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian Nemanja Nedovic is thrilled to be heading to the NBA with the Golden State Warriors but says he is first focused on bringing glory to his national team in next month’s European Championship.

The Warriors plucked the versatile guard from relative obscurity in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft and will be closely watching his progress at the tournament in Slovenia.

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      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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