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Famous people from Serbia

Here is a list of famous people from Serbia. Curious if anybody from Serbia made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Novak Djokovic

Tennis Player

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 2 and was formerly ranked World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Djokovic has won six Grand Slam singles titles and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 101 weeks. He is the first Serbian player, male or female, to rank No. 1 for more than 100 weeks and/or win multiple Grand Slams. He is the first Serbian male player to win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. By winning three Grand Slam titles in 2011, Djokovic became the sixth male player and the first male or female Serbian player in the Open Era to win three Grand Slams in a calendar year. He is the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. By reaching the 2012 French Open final, he became the ninth player in the Open Era to reach the final of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments and became only the fifth to do so consecutively. Amongst other titles, he won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and 2012 and was on the Serbian team which won the 2010 Davis Cup. He also won the Bronze medal in men's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He has won 16 Masters 1000 series titles, breaking a single-season record with five titles in 2011. This places him fourth on the list of Masters 1000 winners since its inception in 1990.

Ana Ivanovic

Tennis Player

Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008. As of August 12, 2013, she is no. 15 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings for singles and unranked in doubles. She beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open, has qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships twice and has won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011. Competing as a professional since 2003, she has won 11 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title. As of 2013, Ivanovic has career earnings of over 10.3 million US$. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time, and was also included on the list of Top 100 Greatest Players Ever by reporter Matthew Cronin. Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zurich Open, where she qualified and narrowly was beaten by Venus Williams in the second round in two tiebreak sets. By the age of 18 Ivanovic had already defeated established players, such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, and Amélie Mauresmo, the last of whom she defeated in the 2005 French Open on her way to reaching the quarterfinals of only her second Grand Slam tournament. She also has defeated many other past and present top players including, among others, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Dinara Safina, Martina Hingis, Jelena Janković, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, and Victoria Azarenka. When on form Ivanovic is known for her aggressive style of play and impressive forehand, described by Petrova as, "the best out there."

Constantine the Great

Monarch

Constantine the Great, also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine, was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. Constantine was the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius, a Roman army officer, and his consort Helena. His father became Caesar, the deputy emperor in the west in 293. Constantine was sent east, where he rose through the ranks to become a military tribune under the emperors Diocletian and Galerius. In 305, Constantius was raised to the rank of Augustus, senior western emperor, and Constantine was recalled west to campaign under his father in Britannia. Acclaimed as emperor by the army after his father's death in 306, Constantine emerged victorious in a series of civil wars against the emperors Maxentius and Licinius to become sole ruler of both west and east by 324. As emperor, Constantine enacted many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms to strengthen the empire. The government was restructured and civil and military authority separated. A new gold coin, the solidus, was introduced to combat inflation. It would become the standard for Byzantine and European currencies for more than a thousand years. The first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, Constantine played an influential role in the proclamation of the Edict of Milan, which decreed religious tolerance throughout the empire. He called the First Council of Nicaea in 325, at which the Nicene Creed was professed by Christians. In military matters, the Roman army was reorganised to consist of mobile field units and garrison soldiers capable of countering internal threats and barbarian invasions. Constantine pursued successful campaigns against the tribes on the Roman frontiers—the Franks, the Alamanni, the Goths, and the Sarmatians—even resettling territories abandoned by his predecessors during the turmoil of the previous century.

Monica Seles

Tennis Tournament Champion

Monika Seleš is the former Yugoslav world no. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was born and raised in Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States. In 1990, at the age of 16, Seles became the youngest-ever French Open champion. She went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday and was the year-end World No. 1 in 1991 and 1992. However, on April 30, 1993 she was the victim of an on-court attack, when a man stabbed her in the back with a 9-inch-long knife. Seles did not return to tennis for over two years. Though she enjoyed some success after rejoining the tour in 1995, including a fourth Australian Open success in 1996, she was unable to consistently reproduce her best form. She played her last professional match at the 2003 French Open, but did not officially retire until February 2008.

Jelena Janković

Tennis Player

Jelena Janković is a professional tennis player from Serbia. Janković is a former World No. 1 in singles, in the months following her finals appearance at the 2008 US Open. Janković's career highlights include winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008 and the aforementioned appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open. She is formerly coached by her brother Marko. As of 7 October 2013, Janković is ranked No. 8.

Rita Ora

Dance-pop Artist

Rita Sahatçiu Ora is a British singer-songwriter and actress. Her debut studio album, Ora, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, and spawned the number-one singles "R.I.P." and "How We Do". After reaching the peak position as a featured act on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now", Ora became the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012. Ora has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She was nominated for three awards at the 2013 BRIT Awards, including the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.

Daniel Nestor

Tennis Player

Daniel Mark Nestor, CM is a Serbian-born Canadian professional tennis player from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In his career thus far he has won 81 men's doubles titles, including a Gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, the ATP World Tour Finals four times, and eight Grand Slam men's doubles titles. In addition, Nestor won the 2007 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Elena Likhovtseva. Nestor also won the 2011 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Katarina Srebotnik and the 2013 Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Kristina Mladenovic. His 81 doubles titles make him the third most decorated champion among active doubles players, and fourth all time. He and the Bryan Brothers are the only players in tennis history to have won all four Grand Slams, all of the Masters Series events, the Year End Championships and Olympic gold medal in doubles at least once. He was named ATP Doubles Team of the Year in 2002 and 2004 and 2008. He became the World No. 1 ranked doubles player in the world in August 2002. Nestor's career-high singles ranking is World No. 58, which he reached in August, 1999.

Slobodan Milošević

Military Commander

Slobodan Milošević was a Serbian and Yugoslav politician who was the President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. Among his supporters, Milošević was known by the nickname of "Sloba". He also led the Socialist Party of Serbia from its foundation in 1990. His presidency was marked by the breakup of Yugoslavia and the subsequent Yugoslav Wars. In the midst of the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, Milošević was charged with war crimes including genocide, and crimes against humanity in connection to the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Milošević resigned the Yugoslav presidency amid demonstrations, following the disputed presidential election of 24 September 2000. He was arrested by Yugoslav federal authorities on 31 March 2001 on suspicion of corruption, abuse of power, and embezzlement. The initial investigation into Milošević faltered for lack of evidence, prompting the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić to extradite him to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to stand trial for charges of war crimes instead. Milošević conducted his own defense in the five-year long trial, which ended without a verdict when he died in his prison cell in The Hague on 11 March 2006. Milošević, who suffered from heart ailments and hypertension, died of a heart attack. The Tribunal denied any responsibility for Milošević's death, and stated that he had refused to take prescribed medicines and medicated himself instead. In February 2007, the International Court of Justice ruled separately in the Bosnian Genocide Case that there was no evidence linking Serbia and Milošević to genocide committed by Bosnian Serbs in the Bosnian war. However, the Court did find that Milošević and others in Serbia had committed a breach of the Genocide Convention by failing to prevent the genocide from occurring and for not cooperating with the ICTY in punishing the perpetrators of the genocide, in particular General Ratko Mladić, and for violating its obligation to comply with the provisional measures ordered by the Court.

Janko Tipsarević

Tennis Player

Janko Tipsarević is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 23 as of 9 September 2013. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 8, achieved on 2 April 2012. In his career, he has won four ATP World Tour titles, two Futures, and nine tournaments in the ATP Challenger Series. Tipsarević also won the 2001 Australian Open Junior title. Tipsarević has achieved two victories over a World No. 1 player, having defeated compatriot Novak Djokovic twice. He also has thirteen victories against other players in the top 10: four wins against Tomáš Berdych, and one each against Fernando González, Mikhail Youzhny, David Ferrer, James Blake, Gaël Monfils, Andy Murray and Juan Mónaco. He holds victories over former World No. 1 players Carlos Moyá, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero & Andy Roddick. His best results at a Grand Slam have been reaching the quarterfinals at the US Open in 2011 & 2012.

Marina Abramović

Visual Artist

Marina Abramović is a New York-based performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the "grandmother of performance art." Abramović's work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Viktor Troicki

Tennis Player

Viktor Troicki is a Serbian professional tennis player. He has Russian and Serb ethnic roots. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Tver and Rostov-on-Don to Serbia in 1917. He won his first ATP singles title at the 2010 Kremlin Cup, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round and Marcos Baghdatis in the final. He also won an ATP doubles title with Christopher Kas at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open. However, his biggest achievement was winning the deciding rubber in Serbia's Davis Cup final against France in 2010, which eventually lifted Troicki to his career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in June 2011.

Nemanja Vidić

Soccer

Nemanja Vidić is a Serbian footballer who captains English club Manchester United. He was part of the Serbian national team from 2002 to 2011. After establishing himself at Red Star Belgrade during the early 2000s, Vidić moved to Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2004. He further increased his reputation when he was part of the "Famous Four" Serbian national team defence that conceded just one goal during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. He would later sign for Manchester United for around £7 million in January 2006 before establishing a prominent defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand the following season and earning a reputation for defensive consistency and awareness. Vidić has collected a host of honours in his United career, including three consecutive Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Club Cup, three League Cup medals, as well as being included in three consecutive PFA Team of the Year sides from 2007 to 2009. In the 2008–09 season, he helped United to a record-breaking run of 14 consecutive clean sheets and was awarded the Barclays Player of the Season. He also collected both the club's Fans' and Players' Player of the Year awards. At the start of the 2010–11 season, Vidić was selected as the new team captain of Manchester United. He collected his second Premier League Player of the Season award in 2010–11.

Branislav Ivanović

Soccer

Branislav Ivanović is a Serbian footballer and the captain of the Serbia national football team who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. He is a versatile defender who can operate as a right full back or as a right sided centre back. He started his career in Serbia, playing for Remont, FK Srem and OFK Beograd, where he earned his first cap for Serbia, before moving to Russia to play for Lokomotiv Moscow. After two years in Moscow he moved to Chelsea. He played for Serbia at their first international tournament as an independent country, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Ivanović was selected as the right-back of the season for the 2009–10 Premier League season as Chelsea won the league title and the 2010 FA Cup Final. In 2012 he was part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League, playing a pivotal role in their win against FC Barcelona in the Semi-finals, however a yellow card in that game meant he missed the final. The following year Chelsea again reached a final in Europe, this time winning the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final with Ivanović scoring a stoppage time header to win the match.

Dejan Stanković

Soccer

Dejan Stanković is a retired Serbian association football player. He captained the Serbian national football team until 2011, when he announced his retirement from international football. He is an attacking midfielder who can also play out wide on the wings or track back in a defensive midfield role. "Deki", as he is nicknamed, is best known for his effective, accurate passing, versatility and creativity as well as his ability to score goals from long distance. On 13 June 2010 Stanković became the first player to have represented three different national teams in the FIFA World Cup: FR Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia. Stanković grew up in Zemun, a municipality of Belgrade. Both of his parents, Borislav and Dragica, have strong football backgrounds. Stanković began playing football for FK Teleoptik, based in his neighbourhood of Zemun. When spotted by Red Star cadet squad coach Branko Radović, however, 14-year-old Dejan transferred to Red Star Belgrade's youth system.

Đorđe Balašević

Folk rock Artist

Đorđe Balašević is a prominent Serbian singer-songwriter. Balašević started his career in the 1977 as a member of the pop rock band Žetva, before leaving to form the pop rock band Rani Mraz. After releasing two albums, Rani Mraz disbanded, and Balašević started a successful solo career, spanning up to the present. While his initial works were mostly pop rock-oriented, in his later career he often used elements of rock, chanson and folk music, while his lyrics often dealt with romantic, humorous or political- and social-related themes.

Vlade Divac

Basketball Center

Vlade Divac is a retired Yugoslav and Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator. Divac spent most of his career in the NBA. At 7 ft 1 in, he played center and was known for his passing skills. Divac was among the first group of European basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late 1980s and was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors. Divac is one of six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon. Divac was also the first player born and trained outside the United States to play in over 1,000 games in the NBA. On August 20, 2010, Divac was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his play in international competition. Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a humanitarian, helping children in his native country of Serbia, and in Africa. On October 16, 2008, Divac was appointed a government adviser in Serbia for humanitarian issues. On February 24, 2009, he was elected President of the Serbian Olympic Committee for a 4-year term. Divac received a prestigious honor from the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Svetlana Ražnatović

Turbo-folk Artist

Svetlana Ražnatović, known by her stage name Ceca is a Serbian turbo folk singer, and one of the most popular singers in Serbia. She started her career as a folk singer in 1988. Being one of the highest paid artists in the Serbian music industry, she pursues Serbian modern folk-pop-dance music: performing to various types of music, mainly Balkan/Southern European folk or plain pop with ethnographic elements. Due to her enormous popularity, she is sometimes called the Mother of Serbia.

Adem Ljajić

Soccer

Adem Ljajić is a Serbian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Italian club Roma and the Serbia national football team. Ljajić was set to join England's Manchester United from Partizan in January 2010, but they withdrew their option to sign him in December 2009. Instead, he joined Fiorentina for a reported fee of around €8 million in January 2010. In August 2013, after three years in Florence, Ljajić joined Roma for a fee of €11 million, signing a four-year contract.

Mateja Kežman

Soccer

Mateja Kežman is a retired Serbian football striker. He played top-flight football in Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Turkey, France, Russia, Hong Kong and Belarus and has won league championships in five of these countries. Throughout his career he was known for crossing himself on the field, and Serbian magazine NIN even wrote in a playful manner that "Kežman crossed himself more than the Pope". Arguably, he is most well known for his career at PSV Eindhoven, where he amassed numerous awards and world-wide recognition as having the potential to be one of the greatest strikers in the world; in 2003 he was named Dutch Footballer of the Year, and a year later he became the UEFA Cup Top Scorer in 2004. He was subsequently labeled as a flop after his spell at Chelsea, as there were extremely high expectations of him. By the end of his illustrious playing career, he had amassed a record amount of championship medals in the first-tier competitions of five different countries. In international competition, he represented FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro at the UEFA Euro 2000 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Miloš Krasić

Soccer

Miloš Krasić is a Serbian professional football winger who plays for Bastia and the Serbian national team. He represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At one point in his career he was named by FourFourTwo as one of the 100 best players in the world.

Aleksandar Kolarov

Soccer

Aleksandar Kolarov is a Serbian professional association football defender who plays for Premier League side Manchester City and the Serbian national team. Although primarily a left back, Kolarov can also operate anywhere along the left flank and is known for his overlapping runs on the wing and his ball striking ability. He was named Serbian Player of the Year 2011.

Darko Miličić

Basketball Center

Darko Miličić is a Serbian professional basketball player who last played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons as the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft after LeBron James, and ahead of players such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. However, Miličić never received significant playing time during his 2½ seasons with the team and was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2006. After stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks, Miličić was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, then signed a four year contract in the off-season. However, he was released by Minnesota in 2012. He signed with Boston later that year, but was released after playing one regular season game.

Bojana Jovanovski

Tennis Player

Bojana Jovanovski is a Serbian tennis player. As of 24 June 2013, Jovanovski is ranked World No. 37 and is the third highest ranked female Serbian player behind Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Janković. She ended the 2010 season as the youngest player in the top 100. Coached by father Zoran Jovanovski, she has won two WTA Tour singles titles: 2012 Baku Cup and 2013 Tashkent Open, having made her tour debut at the 2010 Malaysian Open, as well as four ITF singles titles. Jovanovski has played for Serbia Fed Cup team since 2009, and reached the final of the competition in 2012.

Nemanja Matić

Soccer Midfielder

Nemanja Matić is a Serbian footballer who plays for Benfica in Primeira Liga, as a midfielder. He also plays for the Serbian national team.

Miloš Teodosić

Basketball Shooting guard

Miloš Teodosić is a Serbian professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the Russian Professional Basketball League. He is 1.96 m tall and can play at either the point guard or shooting guard position, but mainly plays the former.

Atdhe Nuhiu

Soccer

Atdhe Nuhiu is an Austrian footballer of Albanian descent who currently plays for Sheffield Wednesday.

Enki Bilal

Cartoonist

Enki Bilal is a French comic book creator, comics artist and film director.

Nikola Žigić

Soccer

Nikola Žigić is a Serbian footballer who plays for English club Birmingham City as a centre forward. At 2.02 m, Žigić is among the tallest professional players in the world. Žigić started his career in the youth academy at AIK Bačka Topola in 1991, and joined the senior side in 1998. During his time at the club, he scored 68 goals in 76 league matches, before leaving in 2001 for Mornar. He spent one season at Mornar, scoring 15 goals in 23 league games, before switching to Kolubara in 2002, scoring 3 goals in 8 league games. A brief spell at Spartak Subotica in 2003 followed, where he scored 14 goals in 11 league games. He joined First League of Serbia and Montenegro side Red Star Belgrade in 2003, and made 110 appearances for them, scoring 71 goals. A move to Spain in August 2006 followed, with Žigić joining La Liga side Racing Santander. He spent a single season at Santander, scoring 11 goals in 33 games, before signing for La Liga side Valencia in August 2008. He scored 14 goals in 46 games, but was rarely the first choice striker, and he spent most of the 2008–09 season on loan to Racing Santander, scoring 13 goals in 19 games during his second spell at the club. Žigić joined current club Birmingham City in May 2010.

Dirty South

Remixer

Dragan Roganović, better known by his stage name Dirty South is a Grammy-nominated, Serbian-Australian DJ, remixer and record producer based in Melbourne.

Milan Jovanović

Soccer Midfielder

Milan Jovanović is a Serbian footballer who last played for Belgian club Anderlecht. He represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Dragan Stojković

Soccer Midfielder

Dragan Stojković, also known under the nickname Piksi is a Serbian former footballer. He is manager of J. League side Nagoya Grampus. Stojković was long time captain of the Yugoslavia national football team and Red Star Belgrade, and is considered one of the best players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. He is one of the five players to be awarded the title Star of the Red Star. He is widely considered to have never shown his true potential in Europe as injury prevented him from establishing himself at Marseille over the long term. Despite this, there is general consensus among critics that he displayed extraordinary ability throughout his career in spite of his chronic injuries, being most renowned in Japan. Usually a playmaker, Stojković was especially famed for his vision, technique and passing ability.

Valon Behrami

Soccer

Valon Behrami is a Swiss footballer who plays as a midfielder for Napoli. His previous clubs include Stabio, Chiasso, Lugano, Genoa, Verona, Lazio, West Ham United and Fiorentina. Behrami has been capped at international level by the Switzerland national team. He was born in Titova Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia and emigrated to Switzerland as a child with his parents.

Željko Obradović

Basketball Player

Želimir “Željko” Obradović is a Serbian professional basketball head coach for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He is also a former professional basketball player. He is generally considered one of the best European coaches ever, having won eight Euroleague titles with four different clubs. In addition to his success at the club level, he has won major trophies as Serbian national basketball team head coach, such as the 1997 FIBA European Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

Lorik Cana

Soccer Midfielder

Lorik Cana is a Kosovo-born Albanian footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A side S.S. Lazio and is captain of the Albania national football team. He can also play as a defensive midfielder or midfielder.

Nikola Karabatić

Handball Player

Nikola Karabatić is a French handball player. With the French national handball team, he won two gold medals in Summer Olympics, two gold medals in World Championship and also two gold medals in European Championship. In 2011, he won L'Équipe Champion of Champions.

Marko Jarić

Basketball Shooting guard

Marko Jarić is a Serbian professional basketball player. He is married to Brazilian model Adriana Lima, with whom he has two daughters.

Željko Joksimović

Singer

Željko Joksimović or often credited Zeljko Joksimovic is a Serbian singer, composer and producer. He is one of the most popular and respected artists from the Balkans. He is also very well valued elsewhere in Eastern and Central Europe. He can play 12 different musical instruments including accordion, piano, guitar, and drums. Joksimović is multi-lingual, being fluent in Greek, English, Russian, Polish and French as well as his native Serbian. He has a career as a solo pop artist and at the same time he is a prolific composer for other singers. He can be called a master of The Balkan Ballads for having written four of the most famous: "Lane moje" "Lejla" "Oro" and "Nije ljubav stvar". He also composes music for films, television series and theater shows. He represented Serbia and Montenegro in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Lane moje", placing second. He represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan and finished third.

Decius

Monarch

Trajan Decius, was Roman Emperor from 249 to 251. In the last year of his reign, he co-ruled with his son Herennius Etruscus until they were both killed in the Battle of Abrittus.

Vuk Stefanović Karadžić

Scientist

Vuk Stefanović Karadžić was a Serbian philologist and linguist who was the major reformer of the Serbian language. He deserves, perhaps, for his collections of songs, fairy tales, and riddles to be called the father of the study of Serbian folklore. He was also the author of the first Serbian dictionary in his new reformed language. He was well known abroad and familiar to Jacob Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and historian Leopold von Ranke. Vuk was the primary source for Ranke's Serbische Revoluzion, written in 1829.

Jelena Karleuša

Turbo-folk Artist

Jelena Karleuša Tošić, professionally known under her maiden name Jelena Karleuša and initials JK, is a Serbian pop singer, and former columnist. She rose to fame with her debut turbo-folk album Ogledalce, and has since gained popularity in all of the former Yugoslavia. She is married to football player, Duško Tošić, with whom she has two daughters.

Draža Mihailović

Military officer

Dragoljub "Draža" Mihailović was a Yugoslav Serb general during World War II. A staunch royalist, he retreated to the mountains near Belgrade when the Germans overran Yugoslavia in April 1941 and there he organized bands of guerrillas known as the Chetnik Detachments of the Yugoslav Army. The organisation is commonly known as the Chetniks, although the name of the organisation was later changed to the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland. Founded as a royalist/nationalist Serb resistance movement, it was the first Yugoslav resistance movement to be formed, followed shortly by Josip Broz Tito's Partisans. Initially, the two groups operated in parallel, but by late 1941 began fighting each other in the attempt to gain control of the area following the end of the war. Many Chetnik groups collaborated or established modus vivendi with Axis powers. After the war, Mihailović was tried and convicted of high treason and war crimes by the authorities of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, and executed by firing squad. The nature and extent of his responsibility for collaboration and ethnic massacres remain controversial.

Marko Dević

Soccer Midfielder

Marko Dević or Marko Devich is a Ukrainian footballer of Serbian descent who plays for Metalist Kharkiv as an attacking midfielder and a second striker. He began his career in Serbia with Zvezdara. He also played for Serbian clubs FK Železnik, FK Radnički Jugopetrol, FK Voždovac, before moving to Ukraine in 2005 to play for Volyn Lutsk. He spent two seasons at Volyn and after they were relegated he joined Metalist Kharkiv. He was the top scorer in the 2007-08 Ukrainian Premier League with 19 goals in 27 appearances. Up to date he is the all-time leading goalscorer of Metalist Kharkiv.After spending six seasons with the club, he joined the Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk for the 2012-13 season. He won the first honour of his career on his debut for the club, helping Shakhtar to the 2012 Ukrainian Super Cup. In June 2008, at the age of 24, he became a naturalized Ukrainian citizen. He made his debut for the national team on 19 November 2008 in a friendly match against Norway.

Miralem Sulejmani

Soccer Midfielder

Miralem Sulejmani is a Serbian professional footballer player who plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal, as a winger or forward. When he signed for Ajax in 2008, he became the most expensive football player to have ever been purchased by a Dutch club. Over the course of seven seasons he amassed Eredivisie totals of 137 games and 44 goals.

Dušan Basta

Soccer

Dušan Basta is a Serbian professional football player who plays for Italian Serie A club Udinese. He often plays as a right fullback. Basta was a non-playing member of the Serbia and Montenegro squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Vladimir Stojković

Soccer

Vladimir Stojković is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for FK Partizan and the Serbian national team, as a goalkeeper. During his career he played for the two biggest clubs in his country, Red Star Belgrade and Partizan, but also represented teams in five other countries, notably with Sporting Clube de Portugal who loaned him several times for the duration of his contract. A Serbian international on nearly 50 occasions, Stojković appeared in the 2010 World Cup.

Dejan Bodiroga

Basketball Player

Dejan Bodiroga is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. Listed at 2.05 m and 110 kg, he mainly played the small forward position. His versatility however, would often allow him to assume a point forward role, as well as both guard positions. A Euroleague icon of the early part of the 2000s, Bodiroga proved himself to be a symbol of excellence by lifting consecutive Euroleague trophies with Panathinaikos and Barcelona, winning the Euroleague Final Four MVP both times. Among many other awards, Bodiroga was named to the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors and the Euroleague 2001–10 All-Decade Team. Bodiroga led Yugoslavia to two FIBA World Cup titles in 1998 and 2002, earning MVP honors in the former. In addition, he won three FIBA EuroBasket gold medals and a bronze, as well as an Summer Olympic Games silver medal in 1996.

Marko Pantelić

Soccer

Marko Pantelić is a retired Serbian footballer who played as a striker. He represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Miroslav Đukić

Soccer

Miroslav Đukić is a Serbian retired footballer who played as a sweeper, and the current coach of Valencia CF. He spent 14 years of his professional career in Spain, notably at the service of Deportivo de La Coruña and Valencia, amassing La Liga totals of 368 games and 11 goals, and winning six major titles for the two clubs combined. Đukić represented Yugoslavia in one World Cup and one European Championship. After retiring he embarked in a managerial career, at both club and international level.

Aca Lukas

Turbo-folk Artist

Aleksandar Vuksanović, known by his stage name Aca Lukas is a popular Serbian folk singer. He started performing various music genres, from jazz to Gypsy. Aca started mixing them into special potpourris that became his trademark in years to come. His appearance was an overnight success. After "Hogar" and "Lukas", he moved on to the next stage by playing with rock singer Viktorija. Then he started a solo career. His first big hit was song called "Pesma od bola". Then he continued with other hits "Kafana na Balkanu", "Bele ruže" and many more. In 2003, he was arrested in police action "Sablja" because he possessed a non-reported gun. He was having drug and gambling problems that removed him from scene for two years. He made a comeback in 2006. He won 1st prize on "II Axal Grand Festival" in 2008. with song called "Upali svetlo". Nowadays, Lukas is renowned artist in Serbia and has some discographic success. His first concert in Belgrade Arena was on his birthday in front of more than 25,000 people. He has since had another two successive concerts in Belgrade Arena on March 11, 2010. and April 11, 2010. in front of altogether almost 50,000 people.

Marco Huck

Professional Boxer

Marco Huck is a German professional boxer of Bosniak ethnicity born in Sjenica, Serbia. He is the WBO Cruiserweight Champion.

Danko Lazović

Soccer

Danko Lazović is a Serbian footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club Zenit St. Petersburg as a second striker or a winger.

Matija Nastasić

Soccer

Matija Nastasić is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Manchester City and the Serbia national football team. He plays as a centre back. He is known for his excellent passing range, speed, and composure.

Zoran Tošić

Soccer

Zoran Tošić is a Serbian footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow and the Serbian national team, primarily as a left winger. He has built a reputation as an excellent free-kick specialist and a tricky dribbler. Tošić began his career with his local side Proleter Zrenjanin. He then joined Budućnost Banatski Dvor, who then merged with Proleter to form Banat Zrenjanin. A year later, he signed for Serbian giants Partizan, for whom he played for two years before a high-profile move to Manchester United of England. After he struggled to break into the Red Devils first-team, he was sent on a six-month loan to German side Köln in January 2010, and was then transferred to CSKA Moscow of Russia that summer.

Fatmire Bajramaj

Soccer Midfielder

Fatmire "Lira" Bajramaj is a German footballer with Albanian ethnicity. She plays as an attacking midfielder for 1. FFC Frankfurt and the German national team. She placed 3rd in 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or competition, an annual award given to the world's best player.

Thomas Nagel

Philosopher

Thomas Nagel is an American philosopher, currently University Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he has taught since 1980. His main areas of philosophical interest are philosophy of mind, political philosophy and ethics. Nagel is well known for his critique of reductionist accounts of the mind, particularly in his essay "What Is it Like to Be a Bat?", and for his contributions to deontological and liberal moral and political theory in The Possibility of Altruism and subsequent writings. Continuing his critique of reductionism, he is the author of Mind and Cosmos, in which he argues against a reductionist view, and specifically the neo-Darwinian view, of the emergence of consciousness.

Lazar Marković

Soccer

Lazar Marković is a Serbian footballer who plays for Primeira Liga side Benfica and the Serbia national football team as a striker or a winger. He was described by Andrea Stramaccioni as a player with exceptional qualities and impressive acceleration.

Tomislav Nikolić

Politician

Tomislav Nikolić has been the President of Serbia since 31 May 2012. He is also the founder of the Serbian Progressive Party, and he led the party until his election as President. In the 2012 presidential election, he was elected to a five-year term as President in a second round of voting. Born in Kragujevac. Nikolić was previously a long-time member and MP of the Serbian Radical Party. He served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia from 1998 to 1999 and Deputy Prime Minister of FR Yugoslavia in the coalition government from 1999 to 2000. Nikolić was the Radical Party's deputy leader from 2003, and he briefly served as the President of the National Assembly of Serbia in 2007. In 2008 he resigned following a disagreement with party leader Vojislav Šešelj regarding Serbia's relations with the European Union, as Nikolić became in favor of Serbia's accession to the EU, a move that was staunchly opposed by Šešelj and his faction. Nikolić then formed the Serbian Progressive Party, which several SRS members joined. Nikolić ran for the President of Yugoslavia in the 2000 elections and placed third. He also ran four times for the President of Serbia. In 2003 he garnered the most votes, but the election was cancelled due to low turnout, while in 2004 and 2008 he placed second behind Boris Tadić. In 2012, he won the runoff against Tadić to become President of Serbia.

Tony Dovolani

Dancer

Driton "Tony" Dovolani is an Albanian professional ballroom dancer, instructor and judge based in New York City. He is known for his involvement in the American version of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Dovolani also portrayed a Latin bad boy in the hit film Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching actress Jennifer Lopez.

Hashim Thaçi

Politician

Hashim Thaçi is the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed and partially recognised Republic of Kosovo, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, and the former political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a paramilitary organisation which was active during the Kosovo War.

Peter II of Yugoslavia

Politician

Peter II of Yugoslavia, also known as Peter II Karađorđević, was the third and last King of Yugoslavia and the last reigning member of the Karađorđević dynasty, founded early in the 19th century. Peter II was the eldest son of King Alexander I and Queen Maria; his godfather was George VI of the United Kingdom.

Ivica Dačić

Politician

Ivica Dačić is a Serbian politician who has been the Prime Minister of Serbia since July 2012. He is the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia, and from 2008 to July 2012 he served as First Deputy Prime Minister, as well as Minister of Internal Affairs. Dačić graduated from the University of Belgrade in 1989, and joined the Socialist Party in 1991. He quickly rose the ranks in the party, becoming the spokesman in 1992, under mentor and President of Serbia and FR Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević. Following the Bulldozer Revolution and ousting of Milošević, Dačić became a member of the main board, and finally became party leader in 2006. He has worked to reform the party from its former policies, and has proclaimed a pro-EU path.

Radomir Antić

Soccer

Radomir Antić is Serbian football manager. He was a Serbian former football defender and former football manager for the Serbian national team. Following a 17-year playing career he found his true calling in coaching. He is the only individual who has managed FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atlético Madrid. Additionally, Antić is one of only two men to have managed both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, long-time bitter rivals. He holds both Serbian and Spanish citizenship.

Vujadin Boškov

Soccer

Vujadin Boškov is a retired Serbian football player and coach. Boškov was born in the village of Begeč near Novi Sad, Serbia. He played with FK Vojvodina for most of his career. He also became a playing member of the Yugoslavia national team, and was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1952 Olympic football tournament. In 1961 he moved to Italy to play for Serie A club Sampdoria for one season, before accepting a stint as a player/coach at Swiss side Young Boys. Boškov then returned to the club that made him as a player – FK Vojvodina – and coached it for 7 seasons winning one Yugoslav league championship in 1965–66. He soon developed a successful international coaching career with stints in Dutch Eredivisie, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, and Swiss league. Arguably his greatest achievement as a coach came in 1991, when he steered Sampdoria to the Serie A scudetto. The following season, he got them to the European Cup final, where they lost 1–0 to Barcelona at Wembley.

Shefki Kuqi

Soccer

Shefki Kuqi is a Finnish from Albanian descent professional footballer. Kuqi plays predominately as a striker. He has spent most of his career in the English football league system, and has played for clubs including Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Swansea City and Oldham Athletic. He has made over 500 career league appearances, scoring almost 150 goals. Kuqi represented the Finland national football team at international level, with eight goals from sixty two appearances. His trademark goal celebration of bellyflopping onto the ground has led to his nickname of the "Flying Finn".

Granit Xhaka

Soccer

Granit Xhaka is a Swiss footballer of Kosovar-Albanian descent who plays as a midfielder for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

Ana Popović

Blues Artist

Ana Popović is a Memphis, Tennessee-based Serbian blues guitarist and singer.

Bojana Novakovic

Actor

Bojana Novakovic is a Serbian Australian actress.

Marija Šerifović

Pop Artist

Marija Šerifović is a singer from Serbia. She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Molitva". Šerifović was born in Kragujevac, Socialist Republic of Serbia, Yugoslavia and is the daughter of Verica Šerifović, also a notable singer. She was also one of the judges on Eurosong to choose the Irish entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and sang Molitva to close the show. She was also a member of the International Jury in Melodifestivalen 2009, the selection for the Swedish entry to Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

Ivo Pogorelić

Classical Artist

Ivo Pogorelić is a Croatian pianist.

Igor Rakočević

Basketball Player

Igor Rakočević is a Serbian professional basketball player who last played for Red Star Belgrade of the Serbian League. He can play at both the point guard and shooting guard positions, but has spent the vast majority of his career playing as a shooting guard. He is 1.94 m tall. He is son of the Serbian basketballer Goran Rakočević who played as point guard for Red Star Belgrade.

Emir Bajrami

Soccer Midfielder

Burim Emir Bajrami is a Swedish footballer of Kosovar-Albanian descent who plays as a midfielder for Panathinaikos, and the Swedish national team.

Emir Bekrić

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Emir Bekrić is a Serbian hurdler who specialises and holds the Serbian national record for the 400 metres hurdles. He is coached by Mirjana Stojanović. In 2013, Bekrić became the first male track and field athlete from Serbia to win a medal at the IAAF Outdoor World Championships.

Dragan Džajić

Soccer

Dragan Džajić is widely considered to have been one of the best Serbian footballers to emerge from former Yugoslavia. Regarded as a preeminent and very proficient left winger. Džajić has been known for his "great crosses and passes, unstoppable dribbling with great pace, natural technique and some of the best left footed free kicks ever seen". Through soccer fanatics, Džajić is viewed as perhaps one of the most underrated players in European football, partly because he played in Yugoslavia. In December 2011 Džajić was named in being part of "the greatest European Championship XI of all time" by Goal.com.

Besart Berisha

Soccer Midfielder

Besart Berisha is a Kosovar-Albanian footballer who plays as a striker for A-League club Brisbane Roar and the Albanian national football team.

Branislav Nušić

Novelist

Branislav Nušić was a Serbian novelist, playwright, satirist, essayist and founder of modern rhetoric in Serbia of Aromanian descent. He also worked as a journalist and a civil servant.

Alex Bogdanovic

Tennis Player

Aleksa Bogdanovic, also known as his British nickname Alex, is a Serbian-British tennis player born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Alex was brought to England by his parents Dušan and Amelija when he was seven and took up tennis as a means of making new friends. Bogdanovic turned professional in 2002. He is the current British No. 7, with a ranking of 272 as of 10 June 2013. His highest ranking is 108, which he achieved on 25 June 2007. Bogdanovic has competed mainly in the Challenger Tour. He qualified for the 2004 US Open, losing in the first round. He received wildcards to Wimbledon every year from 2002 to 2009, losing in the first round each time. Bogdanovic is generally regarded as a player who has never fulfilled his potential. The Times writes that "Bogdanovic has long been regarded as a player too satisfied by failure and in denial of the true facts of tennis life."

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin

Physicist

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D, LL.D., also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian-American physicist and physical chemist. Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication by placing loading coils at predetermined intervals along the transmitting wire. Pupin was a founding member of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics on March 3, 1915, which later became NASA.

Nemanja Nedović

Basketball Shooting guard

Nemanja Nedović is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He is a combo guard, which means he is equally adept both at point guard and shooting guard positions.

Nemanja Bjelica

Basketball Player

Nemanja Bjelica is a Serbian professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He is a 2.09 m tall small forward and he can also play as a point forward.

Charles Simic

Poet

Dušan "Charles" Simić is a Serbian-American poet and was co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for The World Doesn't End, and was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for Selected Poems, 1963-1983 and in 1987 for Unending Blues. He was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007.

Nenad Krstić

Basketball Center

Nenad Krstić is a Serbian professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the Russian Professional Basketball League. Krstić plays the center position and is officially listed at 7 ft 0 in. He is also a captain of the Serbian national basketball team.

Boško Janković

Soccer Midfielder

Boško Janković is a Serbian footballer playing as a midfielder or striker for Verona and the Serbia national football team. He is at his best going forward and is equally at home playing in the centre or either wing. He is an attacking minded player, with the tendency to take long shots and free kicks.

Luan Krasniqi

Professional Boxer

Luan Krasniqi is a former professional German boxer from a Kosovar Albanian family. He is a former EBU Heavyweight Champion. In April 2006, he was ranked #2 by the WBO, coming before other heavyweight contenders such as Lamon Brewster, Shannon Briggs, and Ruslan Chagaev. In May 2006, he was ranked #1 by the WBO.

Nikola Pašić

Politician

Nikola P. Pašić was a Serbian and Yugoslav politician and diplomat who was the most important Serbian political figure for almost 40 years, leader of the People's Radical Party who, among other posts, was twice a mayor of Belgrade several times Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Serbia and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia He was an important politician in the Balkans, who, together with his counterparts like Eleftherios Venizelos in Greece, managed to strengthen their small, still emerging national states against strong foreign influences, most notably those of Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Russia.

Saša Ilić

Soccer Midfielder

Saša Ilić is a Serbian footballer who is the captain of Partizan. He is an attacking midfielder well known for his creativity and precision passing, as well as his goalscoring ability. After spending almost 20 years at Partizan, both junior and senior teams, Ilić is the second most capped player in the club's history with more than 650 appearances, behind only Momčilo Vukotić. Ilić also represented his country on the international scene, making a total of 37 caps to his name. He represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Miloš Ninković

Soccer Midfielder

Miloš Ninković is a Serbian footballer who plays for Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade. He was one of the key players for the Serbian national football team during their stint at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Ilija Bozoljac

Tennis Player

Ilija Bozoljac is a professional male tennis player from Serbia. On January 29, 2007, Bozoljac achieved his career-high singles ranking of world no. 101.

Justin I

Monarch

Justin I was Byzantine Emperor from 518 to 527. He rose through the ranks of the army and ultimately became its Emperor, in spite of the fact he was illiterate and almost 70 years old at the time of accession. His reign is significant for the founding of the Justinian Dynasty that included his eminent nephew Justinian I and for the enactment of laws that de-emphasized the influence of the old Roman nobility. His consort was Empress Euphemia.

Šaban Šaulić

Folk Artist

Šaban Šaulić is a folk singer from Šabac, Serbia who is successful throughout the whole of the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. He released his debut EP Dajte mi utjehu in 1969 when he was eighteen years old. In 1970, he served the mandatory Yugoslav army service in Bitola, now in the Republic of Macedonia. His wife Gordana, for whom he wrote and released a hit song for his 1985 album Kafanska noć, titled Gordana. Šaban Šaulić was one the biggest-selling artists in Yugoslavia and still is among the top in former Yugoslavia. He has also recorded songs in Macedonian, including a remake of the classic hit Zajdi, zajdi, jasno sonce.

Anica Dobra

Actor

Anica Dobra was born on June 3, 1963 in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. She is a Serbian actress of Serbian and German film.

Gojko Mitić

Actor

Gojko Mitić is a Serbian director, actor, stuntman, and author. He lives in Berlin. He is known for a numerous series of Red Westerns from the GDR DEFA Studios, featuring Native Americans as the heroes, rather than white settlers as in John Ford's Westerns. Beginning with The Sons of the Great Mother Bear, Mitić starred in 12 films of this type between 1966 and 1984. In an attempt to move away from his fame based on these Westerns, Mitić in his later career increasingly sought to appear in other genres, on film, on television and on stage. Among other roles he played Spartacus on stage and presented several TV shows. He also played Karl May's Winnetou in seasons at the "Karl-May-Festspiele" until 2006 in Bad Segeberg near Hamburg, Germany. In one episode he played a role at the German television program Schloss Einstein. Bulgarian punk rock & ska group Hipodil composed a song, Bate Goiko, dedicated to Gojko Mitić. In 2010, he received the Brothers Karić Award in Serbia.

Ibrahim Rugova

Politician

Ibrahim Rugova was the first President of Kosovo, serving from 1992 to 2000 and again from 2002 to 2006, and a prominent Kosovo Albanian political leader, scholar, and writer. He oversaw a popular struggle for independence, advocating a peaceful resistance to Yugoslav rule and lobbying for U.S. and European support, especially during the Kosovo War. He strongly emphasized the heritage of ancient Dardania, the independent kingdom and later province of the Roman Empire that included modern-day Kosovo, to strengthen the country's identity and to promote his policy of closer relations with the West. Owing to his role in Kosovo's history, Rugova has been dubbed "Father of the Nation" and "Gandhi of the Balkans," awarded, among others, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and posthumously declared a Hero of Kosovo. Rugova was born to an Albanian family in Yugoslavia; Yugoslav communists executed his father and grandfather while Rugova was still an infant. He studied literature at the University of Pristina and the University of Paris, and received a doctorate with a dissertation on Albanian literary criticism. As a student, he participated in a civil rights movement for the Albanians, although he formally joined the Communist League of Yugoslavia to secure career advancements. Thereby, he worked as editor of prestigious literary and scholarly publications and research fellow at the Institute of Albanian Studies; in 1988, he was elected president of the Kosovo Writers Union.

Danilo Kiš

Novelist

Danilo Kiš was a Serbian and Yugoslavian novelist, short story writer and poet who wrote in Serbo-Croatian, member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Kiš was influenced by Bruno Schulz, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and Ivo Andrić, among other authors. His most famous works include A Tomb for Boris Davidovich and The Encyclopedia of the Dead.

Petar Sekulovich

Deceased Person

Petar Sekulovich was a steelworker and the father of Karl Malden.