Serbia enter this World Cup as an independent nation for the first time after nine previous tournaments as the former Yugoslavia, and one in unison with Montenegro in 2006. The team will be keen to banish memories of the last World Cup where they were thumped 6-0 by Argentina in the group stages.
A repeat of that looks unlikely, however, after finishing ahead of France during qualification with a team that includes stars such as Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, Chelsea's Bransilav Ivanovic and Inter Milan's Dejan Stankovic. The astute leadership of manager Radomir Antic has also played a part after weaving the established players in amongst members of the under-21 team that reached the final of the 2007 European Championship.
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