Call me crazy, but I don't pay much attention to results in pre-World Cup friendlies, including Serbia's head-scratching 1-0 loss to New Zealand on Saturday. I actually predicted that Serbia would win Group D in print long before injuries knocked Germany's Michael Ballack and Ghana's Michael Essien out of the World Cup -- and I still feel good about that call. The Serbs won their qualifying group, beating out France, and they have a fearsome back line that includes Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) and Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea). A potent attack featuring Milan Jovanovic and Milos Krasic will make life tough on opposing defenses, and Serbia has a wily veteran in midfielder Dejan Stankovic. The Serbs are my sleeper pick to make the semifinals.
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