Serbian White Eagles – CSL 2016 Champions
Top row, from left to right: Milan Čančarević (head coach), Darryl Gomez, Mirko Medić, Mark Janković, Dragorad Milićević, Dan Pelc and Nikola Budalić (captain).
Bottom row: Aleksandar Braletić, Uroš Stamatović, Nenad Stojčić, Miloš Šćepanović and Miloš Vučinić.
The Serbian White Eagles were established in 1968 (although earlier believed to be in 1970) under the name of Serbia and the club was based in Hamilton, Ontario for some time. In these beginnings, the club was a semi-professional club in the National Soccer League, until 1980. In 1980, the Serbian White Eagles withdrew from the league, becoming an amateur club in the process. They remained such until February 2006, when they joined the CSL, becoming the most successful expansion club in the league’s history. The legendary Dragoslav Šekularac was brought in as head coach along with Stevan Mojsilović as first assistant. The Serbian White Eagles were embraced by the Serbian Canadian community and have averaged the highest attendance of any team in the CSL. In the past, the club has had an organized supporters following. In 2009, the club introduced a red jersey (blue was the secondary jersey in years previous).
In 2008, the Serbian White Eagles outlasted Trois-Rivières Attak over a rain-drenched 120 minutes and penalty kicks to win the Canadian Soccer League championship.
At the 2009 final game, playing a man short for most of the second half, Trois-Rivieres Attak took the game into overtime, then penalty kicks to win the CSL Championship at the BMO Field in Toronto on October 10, 2009. The game was scoreless through 90 minutes, then 30 minutes of overtime before Trois-Rivieres outscored the Toronto-based Serbian Eagles 3-2 in the penalty kick decider. The game was a repeat of the 2008 final when these two teams met in a thriller won by Serbian White Eagles, also with penalty kicks. Serbian White Eagles won the International Division under coach Rafael Carbajal, changing to coach Dušan Prijić for the play-offs part of the season.