BELGRADE – Serbia, Republika Srpska and the Serbian Diaspora is celebrating the Serbian national under-20 football team’s winning the title of world champions on Saturday morning CET.

PHOTO: TANJUG / DRAGAN STANKOVIC
PHOTO: TANJUG / DRAGAN STANKOVIC

The whole nation were on their feet at 7 a.m., preparing to witness a new great feat of the young Serbian players. The broadcast of the U-20 World Cup final that took place in Auckland, New Zealand, was being watched by people in their homes and at pubs and cafes across the country, and the last blow of the referee’s whistle signaling the end of the match signaled also the start of celebrations in the streets in a number of Serbian towns and cities.

PHOTO: TANJUG / SASA PETROVIC
PHOTO: TANJUG / SASA PETROVIC

Most people gathered in downtown Belgrade, supporters thronging the main streets of the capital in cars, on motorbikes and on foot, sounding horns, waving flags, singing songs and chanting “Serbia, Serbia.”

PHOTO: TANJUG / DRAGAN STANKOVIC
PHOTO: TANJUG / DRAGAN STANKOVIC

The ‘Eaglets’, showered with compliments and congratulations from all sides, can hardly wait to get back in Belgrade, which is preparing them a magnificent welcome on Monday.

PHOTO: TANJUG / SASA PETROVIC
PHOTO: TANJUG / SASA PETROVIC

Sports commentators from the region were singing the praises of the way Serbia played. The Bosnian web portal Kliks.ba said, for example, that Serbia’s ‘Eaglets’ had caused a sensation by beating the five-time world champions, and Croatia’s daily Vecernji List said that they had managed to do that that thanks to their great mental strength at crucial moments.

Macedonian daily Vecer emphasized that Serbia had fittingly won the title despite being looked at as an absolute outsider in the final, while Slovenia’s daily Delo said that “the Serbs brought the Brazilians to their knees.”