SER­BIA (20)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

SER­BIA are looking for­ward to the 2010 World Cup mix­ing hope that it fi­nally has a "real team", with fear of an­other huge dis­ap­point­ment.

Ser­bia qual­i­fied di­rectly for the tour­na­ment, but it did the same four years ago, then as Ser­bia-Mon­tene­gro, only to be cast out af­ter the open­ing stage with three hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feats. That dis­as­ter was fur­ther ag­gra­vated when Ser­bia failed to qual­ify for the fi­nals of Euro and again em­bar­rassed it­self, in the Olympic Games, pro­vok­ing an boy­cott of the na­tional team by its fans.

But un­der coach Radomir An­tic, this could the tour­na­ment for stars like Manch­ester United's Ne­manja Vidic and In­ter Mi­lan's mid­fielder De­jan Stankovic to shine.

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