The heirs to the Yugoslavia national team still struggle to live up to the legacy of "The Plavi".
Serbia, one of seven national teams created after the break-up of Yugoslavia, are yet to make it past the group stage at a World Cup.
Yugoslavia, which disappeared from the world football map in 2003 after a decade of wars, twice reached the World Cup semi-finals and were twice a European Championship runner-up.
Serbia coach Slavoljub Muslin did forge some consistency that had previously eluded the team, topping their European qualifying group after they failed to reach the 2014 tournament.
Then Muslin was fired in October last year, after a clash of opinions with the federation, disrupting World Cup preparations.
Here's a closer look at the Serbia team:
Mladen Krstajic, a former national team defender and Bundesliga veteran, is in closer alignment with the federation's wishes for faster integration of the players who won the under-20 World Cup in 2015.
Krstajic was first brought in as a caretaker after Muslin's shock dismissal, despite having never held a previous coaching position. But he calmed nerves in March with a convincing 2-0 victory over Nigeria in a friendly
"(It) shows the criticism we've heard was premature," Krstajic said. "Players displayed character, worked hard, and demonstrated what this national team can do. Now we have to get on with the hard work that's in front of us."