Radosav Petrovic may be one of the lesser-known members of the Serbian squad, but that is down to inexperience rather than talent. Coach Radomir Antic is one fan of the towering defensive midfielder who, at 20 years old, won his senior international debut last year.
Petrovic, who shares his birthplace, the small town of Ub, with Yugoslavia legend Dragan Djazic, started out at local side Jedinstvo in 2006, before joining Radnicki Obrenovac the following year.
It quickly became apparent that the 1.93m player was a big fish in a small pond. Partizan took note and tied him to a five-year contract ahead of the 2008/09 season.
Petrovic quickly excelled in the black and white stripes, helping the Belgrade team complete a league and cup double in his first 12 months at the club.
Firm in the tackle and predictably good in the air, Petrovic graduated from his nation’s U-21 side into the Antic’s full squad and impressed on his debut in a 3-1 win away to South Africa in a friendly.