In the last ten years, Serbian football gave an unusually large number of quality defensive players who play with great success in the best European leagues. Most of them, however, currently play in the Premier League.
The top of the list definitely belongs to the Manchester United’s captain Nemanja Vidic. This 31-year-old has played 260 games in his six years in Man United, scoring 19 goals. In the club’s all star list selections, he’s been often named as one of the best defenders of Manchester United of all time.
Young Matija Nastasic plays for the rival club in this English city. The 19-year-old has earned full trust of the coach Roberto Mancini. He is part of the starting line-up in Manchester City from the season’s start, and most English football fans agree that Nastasic will rule the football fields for many years to come.
Another name from the blue Manchester, in charge of protecting the goal from the left, but also a very good attacker, is Aleksandar Kolarov. Nicknamed the “Serbian Roberto Carlos”, Kolarov joined City from Lazio in July 2010. Despite playing at left-back, the 24 year-old Serb has reputation for spectacular goals.
Then there is Branislav “2 goals” Ivanovic. “Bane” is a Serbian footballer and the captain of the Serbian National football team who plays for Chelsea. He is a versatile defender who can operate as a right full back or as a right sided centre back. Ivanović’s two goals against Liverpool in the Champions League 2008 – 2009 made him an instant fan favourite among Chelsea supporters with the nickname Branislav “two goals” Ivanović announced before games.
Beside all these names that incite respect, it is becoming certain that another Serbian defensive player will soon move to the Old Blighty. Neven Subotic, the star of Borussia Dortmund, has been on multitude of occasions brought in connection with many clubs in England. Even though he has a contract with the German champion until 2016, it is not impossible that the Dortmund “Millionaires” will let Subotic go in exchange for a hefty reimbursement.