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Serbia and Montenegro

The squad has a record of winning all the matches since summer 2003. Letting only one goal during the qualifiers, the team has proved that they have the strongest defense among all the present European teams.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST

FIFA world ranking 46
Coach Ilija Petkovic
Group C Argentina, Serbia & Montenegro, Côte d'Ivoire,  Netherlands
Previous appearances N/A
Key player Nemanja Vidic
Odds 66/1

Serbia and Montenegro played under the banner of Yugoslavia as late as 1990. They are making their debut in World Cup soccer after having acquired the status of an independent team.

The team is on a high since they have won all the matches since summer 2003, the same year when Ilija Petkovic took over as the new coach of the team.

The squad has an incredible defence - the best in Europe - as they let only one goal during the qualifiers. They managed to remain above Spain in their group with a total of six wins and four draws.

Serbia and Montenegro have a couple of international names among their squad. The team has worked together to bring effective results in the recent past and is expected to continue with the same in Germany.


Goalkeepers: Dragoslav Jevric, Oliver Kovacevic, Vladimir Stojkovic

Defenders: Goran Gavrancic, Ivica Dragutinovic, Nemanja Vidic, Nenad Djordjevic, Dusan Basta, Mladen Krstajic, Milan Dudic

Midfielders: Dejan Stankovic, Igor Duljaj, Ognjen Koroman, Albert Nadj, Ivan Ergic, Zvonimir Vukic, Predrag Djordjevic, Sasa Ilic

Forwards: Savo Milosevic, Mateja Kezman, Danijel Ljuboja, Mirko Vucinic, Nikola Zigic.