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Serbia

Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: Belgrade
  • Population: 10m
  • Languages: Serbian, Albanian, Hungarian
  • Team Nickname: "Beli Orlovi" - The White Eagles
  • Official Team Web Site (in Serbian - click here for English version)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: 4th (1930, 1962)*
  • Best European Championship Performance: 2nd (1960, 1968)*
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 49 (May 2017)
* The Serbian FA are regarded by Fifa as the "direct descendents" of the former Yugoslavia, and the former state of Serbia & Montenegro, and therefore in Fifa's eyes have inherited these nations' records, achievements and honours.

Ideas for a Serbian Themed Party

If you're watching a Serbia game with your friends, there are plenty of ideas to help you turn the event into a Serbian themed football party.

Although Fifa regards Serbia as a "direct descendent" of the former Yugoslavia, independent Serbia is the among world's newest international sides, only having been established after the 2006 World Cup. Serbia entered the 2006 World Cup as part of the Serbia & Montenegro team, failing to qualify for the finals. However, they had more success in 2010, reaching the finals in South Africa and even beating Germany in the group stage; however, this was not enough for them to get through to the knockout stages.

The culture of Serbia has been influenced by many other nations over the centuries, which given its geographical location should come as no surprise. Over the years the influences of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Christianity, Islam and Communism have all been felt in the nation.

Serbia Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Serbian shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for red, white and blue table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Serbia Party Decorations Ideas, visit our European Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in red, blue and white will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a Serbian Themed Party

Serbia's traditional cuisine shows influences from local central European neighbours, and also Italy. This is mixed with a large influence from Turkey, Albania, Greece and the Middle East, bringing in pita breads, moussaka, kebabs and Turkish style breads, pastries and sweets. Dishes such as goulash and other stews are also common. Many regard Cevapcici as the national dish.

It's also fair to say - without any disrespect - that the cuisine of Serbia is not too dissimilar to that of its near neighbours and other former Yugoslavian states, such as Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania and Croatia, so we will include "regional" recipes here where appropriate. Other recipes from these nations can be found on each country's individual page.

Just try some of these next time you are throwing a Serbian football party:

Savoury Recipes

Sweet Recipes

Drink for a Serbian Themed Party

Serbia - like its near neighbours - produces wine, beer and brandy. The brandy is called "Rakija", and varieties produced from grapes and pears are available. However, the most popular in Serbia - and often regarded as the national drink - is plum brandy, or Slivovitz.
Of the locally produced beers, "Jelen" is the best known and most widely available brand. Serbian wine production is a long-standing tradition; Serbia produces both reds and whites, although sadly neither is easy to get hold of outside the region.

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