Nikola Grbić

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Nikola Grbić
Nikola Grbić 2016.jpg
Grbić, coach of Serbian national team, at a press conference during World League in Tehran in July 2016.
Personal information
Nationality Yugoslavian
Born (1973-09-06) September 6, 1973 (age 44)
Klek, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Spike 346 cm (136 in)
Block 320 cm (126 in)
College(s) BK University - Management in Sports
Coaching information
Current team Serbia
Calzedonia Verona
Previous teams coached
Sir Safety Perugia
Calzedonia Verona
Volleyball information
Position Setter
Gik Banat
Vojvodina Novi Sad
Gabeca Montichiari
TNT Traco Catania
Gabeca Montichiari
TNT Alpitour Cuneo
Sisley Treviso
Asystel Milano
Copra Piacenza
Itas Diatec Trentino
Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo
Zenit Kazan
National team
Serbia and Montenegro

Nikola Grbić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Грбић; born 6 September 1973) is a Serbian professional volleyball coach and former player. He has been a member of Yugoslavia in 1995–2003, Serbia and Montenegro in 2003–2006 and Serbia in 2006–2010, gold medalist of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000, bronze medalist of the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, also participant of the Olympic Games (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing), multimedalist of the World Championships, European Championships and World League, a double Italian Champion (2008, 2010), Russian Champion (2014), head coach of Serbia men's national volleyball team and Calzedonia Verona. He was named European Player of the Year in 2007 and inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2013.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Grbić was born in Klek, SR Serbia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He has older brother Vladimir, who is also former professional volleyball player. From 2006, he is married with Stanislava and they have two sons who practice volleyball.

Career as player[edit]


After the embargo was lifted in 1994, Nikola Yugoslavian national team career resumed at a time when he transferred to Italian club team Gabeca Montichiari, which started a 13-year career playing for eight different Italian teams and resulting in eight league titles from 1994 to 2013. He won two Championship titles in Italy (2008 Trentino - 2010 Cuneo), and one in Russia (2014 Zenit Kazan). He also won two CEV Euro Champions League titles (2000 Sisley - 2009 Trentino).[2]

National team[edit]

He started with senior national team in 1991, when he was 18 years old.Then, for two years (1992-1994) wasn't playing because of international embargo.He was a captain of his national team in 1999–2010. In 1996 Yugoslavia, including Grbić, won bronze medal of the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996. Nikola was honored as the European Championship Best Setter in 1997 as Yugoslavia earned the silver medal. In 1998 Yugoslavia on Volleyball at the World World Championship won a silver medal. At the next Olympics his team achieved gold of the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney. Yugoslavia went on to capture the 2000 Olympic Games gold-medal with a dominating three-set win over Russia in the finals. They beat Russia in final match (3-0).[3] Again, in 2010, with Serbia his team won a bronze medal. Nikola career was not over following Beijing as he helped Serbia win bronze at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Italy where he was named Best Setter of the tournament. Nikola career was not over following Beijing as he helped Serbia win bronze at the World Championship.[4][5]

Career as coach[edit]

In May 2014 he became head coach of Italian club Sir Safety Perugia.[6] On February 3, 2015 Grbić was announced new head coach of Serbia men's national volleyball team.[7][8] Nikola in the first step winner Silver medal at 2015 FIVB World League. In next year Serbia with powerful presence winner Gold medal 2016 FIVB World League. Serbia had lost their five previous appearances in World League final including three times to Brazil and last year’s against France, now after five silver medals and three bronze, in 2016 year won first Gold medal.[9]

Sporting achievements[edit]



CEV Champions League[edit]
CEV Cup[edit]
CEV Cup Of The Cups[edit]
CEV European Supercup[edit]
CEV Top Teams Cup[edit]
National championships[edit]





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