Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Serbia, when competing as that nation. For much of modern sporting history, Serbia has been part of other nations. Serbia has existed until the early 1900s when the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was created. In 1991 Yugoslavia slit up and the independent countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Serbia-Montenegro were formed. Serbia declared independence from Montenegro in 2006, and again Serbia competed on the world stage under that name.
Just like many other countries, Serbian national sport is "Football" or as it's called in the US "Soccer". Sport in Serbia revolves mostly around team sports. Among the most popular sports in Serbia are football, basketball, water polo, volleyball, handball and tennis. The two main football clubs in Serbia are Red Star Belgrade and FK Partizan, both from capital Belgrade.
Aleksandar Čanović is a Serb football goalkeeper who plays for BSK Borča in the Serbian First League. He previously played for Red Star Belgrade, FK Pobeda, FK Vojvodina, FK BASK Beograd, FK Voždovac, FK Rad, BSK Borča, Dinamo Minsk, Ermis Aradippou, Birkirkara and BregalnicaŠtip. Čanović was part of the Serbian and Montenegrin 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, finishing fourth in Group C behind gold-medal winners Argentina, Australia and Tunisia.
Serbia was host of Euro Basket 2005. FIBA considers Serbia national basketball team the direct descendant of the famous Yugoslavia national basketball team. KK Partizanwas the European champion in 1992 with curiosity of winning the title, although playing all but one of the games (crucial quarter-final game vs. Knorr) on foreign grounds; FIBA decided not to allow teams from Former Yugoslavia play their home games at their home venues, because of open hostilities in the region.
Among other the recent sports hosted by Serbia are the following: 2014 European Rowing Championships, 2013 World Women's Handball Championship, 2013 Davis Cup World Group final, 2013 European Individual Chess Championship for Women, 2012 European Women's Handball Championship. It started hosting international games since 2005.
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Popular sports of Serbia
- Football (Soccer), Tennis, Basketball, Water polo, Volleyball, Handball
Serbia Sporting Success
Great athletes from Serbia
- Novak Djokovic (Tennis)
Serbia Sports trivia
- Novak Djokovic won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year 2012.
Serbia at major events
Past sporting events hosted in Serbia
- 1973 World Swimming Championships Belgrade
- 1978 AIBA World Championships (men) in Belgrade, Serbia
- 2005 Euro Basket
- 2012 European Women's Handball Championship.
- 2013 World Women's Handball Championship
- 2013 Davis Cup World Group final
- 2013 European Individual Chess Championship for Women
- 2014 European Rowing Championships
- 2021 IBA World Championships (men) in Belgrade, Serbia
- 2022 18th IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championship in Belgrade, Serbia