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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.

Aug 11, 2013

Red Star’s opening day jinx strikes again

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Two late goals gave Javor Ivanjica a shock 4-2 home win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Sunday as the 1991 European champions continued their routine of losing the opening game of the season.

Red Star’s fourth successive opening day defeat piled the pressure on their Slovenian coach Slavisa Stojanovic after they were also eliminated by Ukrainians Chernomorets Odessa in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.

Aug 11, 2013

Soccer-Red Star’s opening day jinx strikes again

BELGRADE, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Two late goals gave Javor Ivanjica a shock 4-2 home win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Sunday as the 1991 European champions continued their routine of losing the opening game of the season.

Red Star’s fourth successive opening day defeat piled the pressure on their Slovenian coach Slavisa Stojanovic after they were also eliminated by Ukrainians Chernomorets Odessa in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.

Aug 8, 2013

Soccer-Police probe fan snatching Partizan captain’s armband

By Zoran and Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Serbia’s Interior Ministry is to investigate an incident in which a Partizan Belgrade fan tore the captain’s armband off striker Marko Scepovic after a Champions League match.

The leader of a die-hard fans’ group vaulted over a barrier and pulled off the armband after the Serbian champions were beaten 1-0 by Bulgaria’s Ludogorets at home in a third qualifying round, second leg match on Tuesday.

Aug 2, 2013

Soccer-Serbia should learn from the youngsters, says Drulovic

BELGRADE, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The Serbian national team and the country’s troubled clubs should take a leaf from the book of the Balkan nation’s under-19 side following their shock Euro 2013 victory, coach Ljubinko Drulovic told Reuters.

Serbia, who squeezed into the eight-nation tournament in Lithuania as underdogs, beat France 1-0 in Thursday’s final after finishing top of their group and beating a much-fancied Portugal side on penalties in the semi-finals.

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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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      1999
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