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Flashback Friday - World Cups

Posted: Fri 30 May 2014

At we have been taking a look at those Blues players who have featured in previous finals. In our final part, we look back at Nikola Zigic's participation at the 2010 World Cup.

Striker Nikola Zigic joined Blues in May 2010 on a four-year deal from Spanish La Liga side Valencia.

Less than a month later he linked up with the Serbian squad for the 2006 World Cup Finals in South Africa.

It was the second time that Zigic had appeared in the finals, having previously represented Serbia and Montenegro before their split, during their 2006 campaign in Germany.

The 2010 finals were the first time that the World Cup had been staged on the African continent and included participants from 32 nations.

Serbia were drawn in Group D alongside Ghana, Germany and Australia. 

They kicked off their campaign on 13 June with a single goal defeat to Ghana at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, with Zigic playing 69 minutes before being substituted.

After the disappointment of losing their opening group game, they returned to winning ways next time out with a 1-0 victory against Germany on 18 June at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Milan Jovanović's goal secured the three points and Zigic completed the full game.

They went into their third group fixture as strong favourites against Australia on 23 June, but somewhat surprisingly they were beaten 2-1 by the Socceroos at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Zigic played 67 minutes. That result saw them finish bottom of their group and bow out of the tournament at the group stage, as they had done four years earlier.

The tournament was eventually won by the reigning European champions Spain, who beat the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, thanks to Andrés Iniesta's goal to earn them their first world title.

You can read the previous piece about Gil Merrick's participation with England in 1954 World Cup here and Mehdi Nafti's involvement with Tunisia in the 2006 World Cup here.
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