World Soccer - - Contents - By Vladimir No­vak

Key dates

The sea­son runs from July 21 to April 5, fol­lowed by an­other seven games in two play-off groups to de­cide the ti­tle, Euro­pean places and rel­e­ga­tion. The Bel­grade der­bies are sched­uled for Au­gust 26 and De­cem­ber 13.

Ma­jor coach­ing changes

Miroslav Du­kic took charge of ti­tle hold­ers Par­ti­zan for a sec­ond stint in charge, while Red Star ap­pointed Vladan Milo­je­vic. Vo­jvo­d­ina sacked Ra­doslav Batak af­ter the Europa League qual­i­fiers and hired Ne­nad Vanic, who took Me­ta­lac down last term.

Cham­pi­onship Chal­lengers

As ever there are only two con­tenders for the ti­tle: arch-ri­vals Par­ti­zan and Red Star, with Par­ti­zan favourites to re­tain their crown.

rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers

Macva Sabac and Ze­mun will do well to avoid an in­stant re­turn to the sec­ond tier, while Bo­rac and Rad­nik could also be bat­tling to avoid the two rel­e­ga­tion spots.

one to watch

One-time Par­ti­zan youth winger Ne­manja Radon­jic joined Red Star af­ter fail­ing to play a sin­gle game for Roma.

sign­ing of the sum­mer

At € 1.65m, Guinean at­tack­ing mid­fielder Sey­douba Soumah be­came Par­ti­zan’s big­gest ever trans­fer af­ter scor­ing 23 goals for Slo­van Bratislava last sea­son.

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