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Football: UEFA Admits Serbia

The European Football Union, UEFA, has admitted Serbia as a member, one month after Serbia and Montenegro split.

On Wednesday, UEFA gave Serbia the place originally given to the joint-nation for the Euro 2008 qualifying, which begins this September. The announcement was made after a meeting of UEFA's executive committee in Berlin.

The two countries officially became independent on June 5, after a May referendum in Montenegro voted in favor of the split.

The Montenegro Federation is also a candidate to join FIFA and UEFA. Serbia and Montenegro competed together at the recently completed World Cup in Germany. They were eliminated at the group stage after losing all three matches.

Serbia's first fixture will be a friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague August 16. They face Azerbajan September 2 in Belgrade for their first Euro 2008 qualifier.