The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Serbian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Serbian Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Serbian Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 72.79, Radomir Antić is the most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 34 different languages on wikipedia.
Radomir Antić (Serbian Cyrillic: Радомир Антић, pronounced [rǎdomiːr âːntitɕ]; 22 November 1948 – 6 April 2020) was a Serbian professional football manager and player. Following a 17-year playing career as a defender, most of which he spent playing at Partizan, with whom he won the Yugoslav First League, Antić moved into coaching. He was one of only two men to have managed both Barcelona and Real Madrid, long-time bitter rivals (the other one is Enrique Fernández Viola). With Atlético Madrid, Antić won the double, conquering both La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the 1995–96 season. He is the only man to have coached Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid.
With an HPI of 70.76, Bora Milutinović is the 2nd most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.
Velibor "Bora" Milutinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Велибор Бора Милутиновић; born 7 September 1944) is a Serbian retired professional football manager and player. He has managed at five editions of the FIFA World Cup, tied for the record alongside Brazilian manager Carlos Alberto Parreira, but did so in five consecutive World Cups with different teams: Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990), the United States (1994), Nigeria (1998), and China (2002). He is also the first manager to take four teams beyond the first round – all but China – earning the nickname of Miracle Worker, first given to him by Alan Rothenberg, then president of the United States Soccer Federation. In total Milutinović has managed eight national football teams.
With an HPI of 70.49, Dragan Džajić is the 3rd most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.
Dragan Džajić (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Џајић; born 30 May 1946) is a Serbian former footballer. Džajić is widely considered to be one of the best footballers to emerge from the former Yugoslavia, and one of the greatest left wingers of all time. Džajić was known for his crosses, passes, dribbling with great pace, natural technique and his left footed free kicks. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Serbia and Montenegro by the Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
With an HPI of 68.08, Vujadin Boškov is the 4th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Vujadin Boškov (Serbian Cyrillic: Вујадин Бошков, pronounced [ʋujǎdin bǒʃkoʋ]; 16 May 1931 – 27 April 2014) was a Serbian footballer and manager. A midfielder, he played 57 matches for the Yugoslav national team. He experienced his greatest success as a coach in 1990, when he won the European Cup Winners' Cup with Sampdoria. He also reached the European Cup final in 1981 with Real Madrid and 1992 with Sampdoria. He also won the Yugoslav First League as technical director and the La Liga, the Copa del Rey twice, the Serie A and the Coppa Italia twice as a coach. Throughout his career as a football manager, he stood out both for his many successes, as well as due to his unique sense of humour and memorable ironic comments, which were used to dissolve tension during post-match interviews; these led him to become a popular figure with football fans during his time in Italy.FC Vujadin Boškov, Vojvodina's training facility in Veternik, was named after him in 1996 and in February 2022, he was posthumously admitted to the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
With an HPI of 67.58, Vladica Popović is the 5th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.
Vladimir "Vladica" Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Bладимиp "Bлaдицa" Пoпoвић; 17 March 1935 – 10 August 2020) was a Serbian professional footballer and manager. The biggest success in his coaching career was winning the Intercontinental Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991. Born in Zemun, Popović started playing at local side Jedinstvo but his talent was spotted while he was still very young and giants Red Star Belgrade brought him to their youth team where he will later play for more than a decade becoming team captain and also regular member of the Yugoslav national team. He was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics.Popović began coaching football in Venezuela in the 1970s, leading Portuguesa FC, Caracas F.C. and Deportivo Italia. He also managed Colombian sides Deportivo Cali and Millonarios as well as the Peru national football team.
With an HPI of 67.37, Velibor Vasović is the 6th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
Velibor Vasović (Serbian Cyrillic: Велибор Васовић; 3 October 1939 – 4 March 2002) was a Serbian footballer and manager, also one of the legendary players of Partizan Belgrade and Ajax and one of greatest defenders of his generation. A sweeper who could play in midfield, Vasović was renowned for his defensive positioning, never-say-die attitude and tactical awareness.
With an HPI of 67.08, Rajko Mitić is the 7th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
Rajko Mitić (Serbian Cyrillic: Рајко Митић, pronounced [rǎːjko mǐːtitɕ]; 19 November 1922 – 29 March 2008) was a Serbian footballer, coach, executive and journalist. Mitić is considered one of the most important players in the history of Red Star Belgrade as he is the first out of only five players to have been awarded the Zvezdina zvezda. In December 2014, Red Star Stadium, the principal stadium in Serbia, was officially renamed after him.
With an HPI of 65.23, Miloš Milutinović is the 8th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Miloš Milutinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Милош Милутиновић; 5 February 1933 – 28 January 2003) was a Serbian professional footballer and manager from Yugoslavia. Milutinović is regarded as one of the most talented players in his country's history and one of the most talented wingers/forwards of all time, being nicknamed Plava čigra (The Blond Buzzer) for his skills.
With an HPI of 63.84, Todor Veselinović is the 9th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Todor "Toza" Veselinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Тодор "Тоза" Веселиновић, pronounced [tôdor ʋeselǐːnoʋitɕ]; 22 October 1930 – 17 May 2017) was a Serbian footballer and coach. He was one of the most renowned goalscorers in Yugoslavian history. Veselinović was the last surviving member of Yugoslavia's 1954 World Cup squad. He also won a silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics.
With an HPI of 63.67, Dejan Stanković is the 10th most famous Serbian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.
Dejan Stanković (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Станковић, Serbian pronunciation: [dějan stǎːŋkoʋitɕ], born 11 September 1978) is a Serbian professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade. He captained the Serbia national team from 2007 until 2011, when he announced his retirement from international football. Stanković began his career at Red Star Belgrade, before joining Lazio in 1998. He spent more than five years with the latter club before joining Inter Milan, where he remained until his retirement in 2013. Stanković is renowned for being the only man to represent three nations at FIFA World Cups – Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Serbia.
Pantheon has 183 people classified as soccer players born between 1906 and 2000. Of these 183, 153 (83.61%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Bora Milutinović, Dragan Džajić, and Dejan Stanković. The most famous deceased soccer players include Radomir Antić, Vujadin Boškov, and Vladica Popović. As of October 2020, 46 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Lajos Szűcs, Silvester Takač, and Zdravko Rajkov.
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