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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Serbia

This year
# EU
Croatia switches to the euro and enters Europe's passport-free zone
It is now the 27th nation in the passport-free Schengen zone.
Last year
# Western Balkans
Serbs start removing barricades in easing of tensions in Kosovo
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced removal of the barricades following calls by the EU and the US to de-escalate tensions.
# Western Balkans
Tension soars as Kosovo shuts main border crossing with Serbia
The EU and the US have called on both countries to “refrain from provocations, threats, or intimidation”.
# Western Balkans
Serbia places troops on Kosovo border in ‘full state of combat alert readiness’
It was not immediately clear what the order meant on the ground as Serbian troops have been on alert for a while on the border with Kosovo.
# Swiss on a roll
Switzerland progress to last-16 with thrilling, ill-tempered win over Serbia
Remo Freuler’s goal was decisive in a 3-2 win.
# disciplinary action
Fifa investigate Serbia over 'hateful' dressing room flag
The flag showed independent Kosovo as being part of Serbia, with the slogan, ‘There will be no surrender.’
# Group by Group Guide
Group G Preview: Brazil set out as favourites, Serbia in the running as Dark Horses
Next in our World Cup series is Group G, featuring Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon.
# australian open
Serbia prosecutors argue Djokovic didn't use fake test in bid to enter Australia
Prosecutors have rejected suggestions that Djokovic used a fake positive test to try to reach the Australian Open last month.
# Belgrade
Novak Djokovic lands in Serbia after deportation from Australia
His arrival came as France’s sports ministry said a new law requiring vaccination to enter sports venues would have no exceptions.
# cryptocurrency
Kosovo seizes hundreds of cryptocurrency mining devices
Police “confiscated 272 different anti-miner devices used for the production of Bitcoin”, a statement said.
# Novak Djokovic
Djokovic lawyers say positive Covid-19 test cleared way for vaccine exemption
Djokovic has won a legal reprieve from deportation, but it’s unclear whether he will be able to play in the January 17-30 Australian Open.
# Tennis
Novak Djokovic has been ‘crucified’ and is ‘prisoner’ in Australia, says father
The Serbian is awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the decision by the Australian Border Force (ABF) to cancel his entry visa and deport him.
All time
# Qualifiers
Hat-trick for Ronaldo as Portugal hammer Luxembourg and Serbia defeat Azerbaijan
A 5-0 win for Portugal tonight.
# Reaction
'If that game was behind closed doors, we'd have lost it'
Stephen Kenny hailed the influence of the returning crowd as Ireland somehow stole a point against Serbia.
# familiar scoreline
Hapless Serbia own-goal and Bazunu heroics earn Ireland late draw
A truly hilarious own-goal earned Ireland their best result of the qualification campaign to date.
# Team news
Omobamidele makes full debut as Kenny makes four changes for Serbia clash
Troy Parrott is among those to drop out of the starting side.
# Selection
Aaron Connolly to miss Serbia game with injury
Ronan Curtis is also out.
# Preview
Ireland's desperately-needed win looking unlikely against high-flying Serbia
Ireland are on the cusp of mathematical elimination, with their manager under increasing pressure.
# discussion
'He got his team selection wrong and I worry that he got it wrong for the wrong reasons'
The Republic of Ireland’s draw with Azerbaijan was dissected on the latest episode of The Football Family.
# Bullish
Stephen Kenny 'not concerned' with reports his job is on the line and comes out fighting ahead of Serbia game
The Irish manager was in bullish mood as the pressure intensifies.
# Flying it
Serbia storm to 4-1 win over Luxembourg to move nine points clear of Ireland
Serbia are scrapping it out with Portugal to qualify out of Ireland’s group.
# Mitros On Fire
Mitrovic the hero again with two goals as Serbia grab late win over Azerbaijan
Serbia are top of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier group.
# Late Drama
Ronaldo goal for Portugal controversially ruled out in thrilling draw with Serbia
The other game in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying group this evening finished level.
# brave but beaten
Committed Ireland start World Cup campaign with defeat in Serbia
Stephen Kenny’s side fell to a 3-2 loss in Belgrade.
# Preview
Kenny's Ireland looking more uncertain than ever as World Cup campaign gets underway
An injury-ravaged and unproven Ireland side go to Serbia for their opening World Cup qualifier tonight.
# Selection
Troy Parrott among the four Irish players to miss out on squad for Serbia qualifier
Stephen Kenny has named his 23-man squad for tonight’s game.
# Team news
Aaron Connolly and James McClean 'undercooked' but available in Serbia
Stephen Kenny has also confirmed that Mark Travers will start in goal tomorrow night.
# opposition view
New Serbian manager 'can't accept' being inferior to Ireland
Dragan Stojkovic has been speaking about his plans for the upcoming World Cup qualification campaign, which begins against Ireland next week.
# Enter the Dragan
Stojkovic appointed new Serbia boss ahead of next month's clash with Ireland
The sides will begin their respective World Cup qualification bids in Belgrade on 24 March.
# Scots can
Penalty-shootout triumph sends Scotland to a first major tournament since 1998
The Scots are off to the Euros after getting the better of Serbia in tonight’s play-off final in Belgrade.
# Belgrade
British citizen among 71 people arrested in Serbia after protesting government response to Covid-19
There have been protests for four consecutive nights in several Serbian cities.
# Serbia
Belgrade human rights centre asks for investigation into Serbia's Covid-19 figures
The Serbian president is accused of contributing to the spike in deaths and new cases after he lifted lockdown ahead of an election.
# Lockdown
Serbia reintroduces lockdown after highest daily Covid-19 death toll
The country’s president said a curfew will probably last from 6pm on Friday until 5am on Monday.
# In hot water
Real Madrid striker Jovic could face criminal charges after allegedly breaking quarantine to party
The 22-year-old has apologised after he was blasted by the Serbian prime minster.
# coygig
Ireland book friendly in Serbia to follow next month's Euro 2021 qualifier against Germany
Vera Pauw’s side will play two away games in four days.
# Peter Handke
'Scandalous': Outrage after Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Slobodan Milosevic defender
Peter Handke was a vocal defender of the Serbs during the bloody collapse of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
# On The Sideline
'There is no problem' - Matic denies rift with Man United boss Solskjaer
The Old Trafford side’s midfielder has only played 22 Premier League minutes this season, but he claims there is no issue with the manager
# worrying times
Ronaldo forced off early with injury as Portugal held to second successive draw
The captain of the reigning European champions was replaced after 30 minutes with a thigh issue.
# low point
'Danke 5-13-17' - Germany fans pay tribute to axed Bayern Munich trio in Serbia draw
Leon Goretzka rescued a 1-1 draw for Joachim Löw’s side.
# Sleeping conditions
Hotel mattress could be to blame for Marcelo's World Cup injury
The Real Madrid full-back was forced off early in Brazil’s win over Serbia yesterday due to back spasms.