Episode 49 – Serbian Football with Milos Dusanovic

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The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by Milos Dusanovic, host of the Serbian Football Show podcast, the man behind @SerbianFooty on Twitter and lifelong Orlovi fan, to dive into the rich footballing history of Serbia (formerly Serbia & Montenegro and Yugoslavia).

Icebreaker:

An image synonymous with the Serbian national team, as well as the main component of the Serbian Football Show’s logo is the double-headed eagle. On that note and considering the phrase ‘two heads are better than one’, the group consider who they would choose as close company in a scenario where somebody else’s head had to be attached to their own bodies.

On Milos’ Serbian Football Journey and Serbian Football Culture in General:

According to Milos, he’s been a fan of football, and moreover Serbian football, for as long as he can remember; it’s part of the DNA of being a Serbian. He has fond memories of successful Serbian club football on the continental scene from his childhood but also remembers the times when political turmoil meant the exclusion of the national side from competitions for years at a time.

As for his experiences running the @SerbianFooty account and hosting the Serbian Football Show, Milos is grateful for the support from the global Serbian football community. He has met Serbia fans from all around the world, from all walks of life and even many with no familial ties to the proud footballing nation.

When it comes to the culture of the fans, it’s well known that Serbians are passionate in their support and again, this is something that Milos puts down to the Serbian DNA. Through the highs and lows their supporters are notorious for making themselves heard. On a more serious and problematic subject, Milos gives his thoughts about some of the high profile instances of racist abuse; an issue that is sadly still prevalent within the beautiful game of football and of course not confined solely to Serbia by any means.

On the Serbian National Team and Serbian Domestic Football:

Whilst Serbia won’t be competing at the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament (set to be held in 2021), Milos is confident that after a solid start to their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup, the Orlovi should be capable of making an impact in Qatar if they can book a place in the tournament.

The days of Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro aren’t necessarily a distant memory for many but nonetheless where the current national team are concerned as far as selection policy, the pool of players from which Serbia can call upon is smaller than it has been in the past. Milos gives his thoughts on where the national side may be if players from Montenegro were eligible for the Serbia team and also explains the blurred lines between Serbian and Montenegrin citizenship that may lead to footballing disputes between the countries for years to come.

The domestic football scene in Serbia leaves much to be desired as far as competition, with Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade having monopolized the Serbian Superliga since it’s reformation in 2006. In particular, this season has seen Red Star Belgrade further consolidate upon their dominance of the league. Milos doesn’t see a whole lot changing in that regard any time soon.

21st Century Serbian Team Builder:

The group select a starting eleven of the best Serbian footballers since the turn of the millennium.

GK: Predrag Rajković
RB: Branislav Ivanović
CB: Nemanja Vidić
CB: Neven Subotić / Siniša Mihajlović
LB: Aleksandar Kolarov
RM: Dušan Tadić
CM: Dejan Stanković
CM: Nemanja Matić
LM: Milan Jovanović
ST: Aleksandar Mitrović
ST: Nikola Žigić

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