Serbia are the biggest underachievers in Euro 2016 qualifying

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On a weekend of real underdog spirit kicking the European Championships into life at an already early stage, with the likes of Wales and Iceland massively overachieving, just who hasn't exactly performed at their highest possible level?

There are a number of them really. The likes of Bosnia and Holland, both of whom were top seeds in the qualifying draw, have so far performed well below their level.

One team that is capable of a much higher standard is Serbia. Not only have they not lived up to their full potential, they've also slid from 20th in the world rankings at the start of the qualifiers to a lowly 66th.


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And poor form it is, as the quality is most certainly there. Boasting an abundance of top Premier League talent with players such as Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksander Kolarov and Nemanja Matic all at their disposable.

That's not all either. The likes of Lazar Markovic, Dusan Tadic and Aleksandar Mitrovic also provide Premier League quality in abundance.

So, bags of Premier League quality conjoined with consistent players from all over Europe's top divisions, in a group where the most challenging opponents appear to be Portugal and not that much else, you'd expect them to at least be serious contenders?

Well, not exactly, Serbia have played six games in their group, losing five, drawing one and winning the other; a 2-0 win over Armenia which they just picked up just three days ago.

Horror show

A horror show for a squad capable of so much more, taking into account that one of those losses was a forfeit, even if they somehow won that match, they would be on 7 points.

A massive four points behind Albania, a team who's best player appears to be ex-Sunderland midfielder, Lorik Cana.

Though Albania deserve their place as their steady rise up the FIFA rankings dictates, it's mind boggling considering the lack of quality in their squad compared to that of Serbia's. When pundits say it's a team game, they are of course right.

This may be the reason for Serbia's lack of results to show their talented squad. Or perhaps they lack a certain playing style to suit the strengths of the players.

Either way, on paper it is pretty surprising looking at Serbia's lowly table position.


Radovan Circic needs to find a formula, a certain style that suits the towering figure heads, Matic, Mitrovic, Ivanovic etc.

And despite putting up a sturdy fight in their 2-1 defeat away to Portugal - a heavy defeat at home to Denmark and dropping points away to Armenia scream a lack of consistency.

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