Overview

Team profile

After five unsuccessful bids at gold which resulted in as many silver medals, Serbia finally made history in 2016, winning their first FIVB World League gold medal with a straight-set win over Brazil in the final at Krakow’s Tauron Arena. Previously, between 2003 and 2015 they appeared in five finals and lost on each occasion. In 2003, 2005 (both times participating as Serbia and Montenegro) and 2009 their tormentors were Brazil, while in 2008 the United States beat them 3-1, before France shut them out in 2015.

Several standout players earned individual awards during this era, including Ivan Miljkovic, who remains the only player to be named the World League’s MVP four times. Serbia won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, after a bronze at Atlanta 1996, but failed to qualify to the Rio 2016 Games for the first time in a quarter of a century.

A gold at the FIVB World Championships still eludes Serbia, though they have won a silver in 1998 and a bronze in 2010. Nonetheless, they have been crowned European champions twice in 2001 and 2011.

Coach

Grbić Nikola

Grbić Nikola

After leading Yugoslavia and the Serbia to an Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta 1996 followed by gold at Sydney 2000 and the European Championship title in 2001 (in addition to several other medals in most major international competitions) the 46-year-old setter moved on to a coaching career, taking charge of the Serbia National Team in 2015, which he led to the gold medal at the 2016 FIVB World League, following a silver in 2015. He currently also coaches Calzedonia Verona in the Italian League during the club season. As a player he has been named Best Setter at the 2003 FIVB World Cup, the 2009 FIVB World League and the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

Staff

  • Team Manager Sretenović Bogdan
  • Assistant coach Nikolić Duško
  • Second Assistant Coach Osmankač Nedžad
  • Doctor Martinović Ljuban
  • Physiotherapist Bukorović Petar

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Argentina
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bulgaria
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serbia
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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