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Serbia - Dark Horses?

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Winners of the 2015 World Cup and now the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Andrija Zivkovic, Marco Grujic, Milos Velijkovic and Nemanja Maksimovic are all three years older and wiser. In a group with Costa Rica, Switzerland and Brazil could Serbia be a surprise package during the group stages.

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44 minutes ago, Smiley Culture said:

Would it really be deemed a surprise if they did better than Costa Rica and Switzerland?

Switzerland are usually a safe bet when it comes to playing well in the group stage and then falter at any knockout stage. Then there's Costa Rica who shocked everybody last time.

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Serbia are another side like Ivory Coast, perennial underachievers.

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No chance. They are just like Croatia, good players but no discipline or work ethic. Costa Rica will finish 2nd.

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Don't know about Serbia but Zivkovic might catch the eye of some. Extremely talented player.

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Good individual players, but it's going to be a monumental challenge for Krstajic to make them work as a team... They look pretty good in midfield and upfront, but their defense is not working particularly well, and given their tendency to fall apart completely after going a goal or two down, it might be a huge problem. Still could see them finishing second in the group, if everything goes right. A lot will depend on the outcome of the match against Costa Rica.

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Last friendly against Bolivia today, here's the starting XI:

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Veljkovic sadly still on the bench only, hopes he gets a chance later in the World Cup.

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This proves the Bolivian league is below Championship standards :ph34r:

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5 minutes ago, Kitchen Sales said:

Serbia 3-0 up against Bolivia inside 25 minutes, Mitro with 2.

Could be even higher if it wasn't for Serbia's final pass being so frustrating on many occasions...

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I guess Bolivia aren't used to playing at normal ground levels then

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1 minute ago, Stan said:

I guess Bolivia aren't used to playing at normal ground levels then

Bolivia when they don't play in altitude often sit back the entire match, and are usually very good at it as they are always well positioned. If they concede one its because of a penalty or a poor clearance. When they open themselves up, they massively expose their limitations and get battered. 

They are shithouses, but it just goes to show that even playing them at home in South America isn't easy. They are a tough side to beat when they decide to sit back. Ask us, Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

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2 minutes ago, Blue said:

Bolivia when they don't play in altitude often sit back the entire match, and are usually very good at it as they are always well positioned. If they concede one its because of a penalty or a poor clearance. When they open themselves up, they massively expose their limitations and get battered. 

They are shithouses, but it just goes to show that even playing them at home in South America isn't easy. They are a tough side to beat when they decide to sit back. Ask us, Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

They are sitting back, about 30% of ball control and not a single shot taken, and they still leave way too much space for Serbian players... Serbia should have scored at least two more at this point.

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Just now, nudge said:

They are sitting back, about 30% of ball control and not a single shot taken, and they still leave way too much space for Serbian players... Serbia should have scored at least two more at this point.

Bad game from them then. They are usually consistent at giving other teams little to no space but they have their shockers (like vs Brazil). 

I just looked at their lineup and have most of their key players (Arce, Campos, Raldes) but they are missing both of their 2 best in Chumacero and Marcelo Moreno.

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Just now, Blue said:

Bad game from them then. They are usually consistent at giving other teams little to no space but they have their shockers (like vs Brazil). 

I just looked at their lineup and have most of their key players (Arce, Campos, Raldes) but they are missing both of their 2 best in Chumacero and Marcelo Moreno.

Marcelo Moreno? I remember him, played for us for a few months on loan from Shakhtar :D He was shockingly bad :ph34r:

Meanwhile, it's 4-0, Ivanovic.

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Just now, nudge said:

Marcelo Moreno? I remember him, played for us for a few months on loan from Shakhtar :D He was shockingly bad :ph34r:

Meanwhile, it's 4-0, Ivanovic.

It might be a friendly but I'm loving this. Everyone hates playing Bolivia in South America because at home, you're under the pressure of not getting 3 important points and they just sit back and waste as much time as possible, where as at home they kill you on the break when you're out of air. Hence my laughter.

Marcelo Moreno had his good moments when he was in Brazil, but he's not a great player. He'll get the job done in La Paz and that's it. I think he plays in the second tier of China now xD

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I suppose if you're going to have a last game before a WC better make it a good one and Serbia are definitely doing just that.

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I forgot to mention Nudge, the trick to smashing Bolivia is scoring an early goal - do that and you're home free.

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Haha easiest money ever piling on Serbia.

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every world cup i see the African Nations as literal and figuratively DARK horses.    Senegal in 2002 was good, i hope they'll do well again this year.

 

but back on thread -  Brazil, Swiss, Serbia and Costa Rica.

serbia's qualifying group isn't that strong but the Swiss gave the defending Euro Champions a run for their money in their group.   so, i say, no.   it would be Brazil and the watch makers that would go thru .....

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'Dark horses' is problematic. 'Melanin enriched equus' is far more acceptbale.

  • Haha 4

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4 hours ago, bozziovai said:

every world cup i see the African Nations as literal and figuratively DARK horses.    Senegal in 2002 was good, i hope they'll do well again this year.

 

but back on thread -  Brazil, Swiss, Serbia and Costa Rica.

serbia's qualifying group isn't that strong but the Swiss gave the defending Euro Champions a run for their money in their group.   so, i say, no.   it would be Brazil and the watch makers that would go thru .....

This really is taking the commitment to your adopted nation to a new level :ph34r:. @Cannabis surely approves.

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10 hours ago, RandoEFC said:

This really is taking the commitment to your adopted nation to a new level :ph34r:. @Cannabis surely approves.

oh sheyt !!!!      should we stay in character in the entire forums for this whole World Cup Month ???

ok then ............ Rusky it is all the way till july 15 hahaahah

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Just now, bozziovai said:

oh sheyt !!!!      should we stay in character in the entire forums for this whole World Cup Month ???

ok then ............ Rusky it is all the way till july 15 hahaahah

correct!

Although it looks like you might continue when the tournament is over xD 

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

correct!

Although it looks like you might continue when the tournament is over xD 

nnnnaaaaaaahhhh, after the  WC, i'll revert back to being antartican hahahhaa

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