Serbia men's national volleyball team

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Serbia
Serbia volleyball team.png
Association Volleyball Federation of Serbia
Confederation CEV
Head coach Nikola Grbić
FIVB ranking 11 (as of August 2017)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances 5 (First in 1996)
Best result Gold medal.svg Gold: (2000)
World Championship
Appearances 5 (First in 1998)
Best result Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: (1998)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2003)
Best result Bronze Bronze: (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1995)
Best result Gold medal europe.svg Gold: (2001, 2011)

The Serbia men's national volleyball team is the national team of Serbia. FIVB considers Serbia the inheritor of the records of SFR Yugoslavia (1948–1991) and Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006). Serbia won gold at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and bronze at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The Yugoslav Olympic Committee declared the national volleyball team to be the best male team of the year in 2000, and the Olympic Committee of Serbia did the same in 2010 and 2013.[1]

History[edit]

Serbia's most proud moment came at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when under the name Yugoslavia it won Olympic gold. A heavy favourite was team Italy, who won the last three World Championships and the European title in 1995 and 1999, but they had yet to win an Olympic gold medal. They swept through Group B undefeated and won their quarter-final match over Australia. In the semifinals, Serbia & Montenegro (Yugoslavia), runners-up at the 1998 Worlds, and bronze medalists at the 1999 Europeans, triumphed in straight sets, again denying Italy an Olympic gold medal. Serbia & Montenegro had struggled in the pools, finishing only third behind Italy and Russia, but they defeated Russia in straight sets in the final to win the gold medal. As in 1996, all medalists came from the same pool, this time Group B.[2]

Volleyball was brought to Serbia by g. William Viland, a professor of folklore and folk sports from Oakland, California, when the Red Cross held a series of lectures and demonstrations of American sports in Belgrade and Novi Sad. It is believed that his arrival marked the beginning of volleyball in this area, and in 1924 is considered the year when the first volleyball ball came to Serbia. During the period of occupation, between 1941 and 1944, volleyball was played very actively, numerous competitions where held, and more sports clubs/society's had established its volleyball section. The Serbian/Yugoslav Volleyball Federation was founded in 1946 by the Alliance for Physical Education of Yugoslavia. A year later, in 1947, the World Volleyball Federation (FIVB) was founded and the former Yugoslavia was one of the 14 founders. From 13 February 1949, the Volleyball Federation became an independent sports organization. Two years later, at the European Championships held in Paris, the women's volleyball team of Yugoslavia won the bronze medal for the first time. This success was repeated with the men's event in 1975, when Serbia for the first time in history hosted the biggest European competition, both the men's and women's events. The Serbian team in the last match of the final group defeated Bulgaria in the crowded hall of "Pioneer" in Belgrade and won the bronze medal.[3]

Recent[edit]

In 2011 Serbia became European champion and in 2016 the champion of FIVB World League for the first time, with Marko Ivovic being crowned MVP of the tournament and Srecko Lisinac being chosen as the Best Middle Blocker.[4]

Results[edit]

Serbia team in 2008 Olympic

Olympic Games[edit]

Games Round Position Pld W L SF SA RT Squad
1964 to 1988 Part of Yugoslavia
Spain 1992 Barcelona Suspended
United States 1996 Atlanta Third place 3rd Bronze medal with cup.svg 8 5 3 16 14 1.143 Squad
Australia 2000 Sydney First place 1st Gold medal with cup.svg 8 6 2 21 11 1.909 Squad
Greece 2004 Athens Quarterfinals 5th 6 4 2 13 9 1.444 Squad
China 2008 Beijing Quarterfinals 5th 6 2 4 11 13 0.846 Squad
United Kingdom 2012 London Preliminary round 9th 5 1 4 7 13 0.538 Squad
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Did not qualify
Japan 2020 Tokyo Future events
France 2024 Paris
Total 5/7 1 Title 33 18 15 68 60 1.133

World Championship[edit]

Games Round Position Pld W L SF SA RT Squad
1949 to 1990 Part of Yugoslavia
Greece 1994 Suspended
Japan 1998 Second place 2nd Silver medal with cup.svg 12 10 2 31 10 3.100 Squad
Argentina 2002 Fourth place 4th 9 7 2 22 8 2.750 Squad
Japan 2006 Fourth place 4th 11 8 3 26 13 2.000 Squad
Italy 2010 Third place 3rd Bronze medal with cup.svg 9 6 3 22 13 1.692 Squad
Poland 2014 Second round 9th 9 5 4 18 15 1.200 Squad
ItalyBulgaria 2018 Qualified
Total 6/7 0 Titles 50 36 14 119 59 2.017

World Cup[edit]

World Grand Champions Cup[edit]

  • Japan 2001Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze medal

World League[edit]

Volleyball Nations League[edit]

European Championship[edit]

Serbia fans in 2009 world league

European Games[edit]

Škundrić, Buculjević, Koprivica, Stoilović, Lopar, Čupković, Mitić, Rašić, Petković, Luburić, Kapur, Nikolić, Krsmanović, Radić. Head coach: Reljić

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for 2017 Men's European Volleyball Championship.[6]

Head coach: Nikola Grbić
Assistants: Duško Nikolić, Nedžad Osmankač
No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2016/17 club
1 Aleksandar Okolić 26 June 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 347 cm (137 in) 320 cm (130 in) Germany Berlin Recycling Volleys
2 Uroš Kovačević 6 May 1993 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 320 cm (130 in) Italy Calzedonia Verona
3 Milan Katić 22 October 1993 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 331 cm (130 in) Poland Łuczniczka Bydgoszcz
4 Nemanja Petrić (C) 28 July 1987 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 333 cm (131 in) 320 cm (130 in) Italy Azimut Modena
6 Goran Škundrić 23 November 1987 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 320 cm (130 in) Romania CS Tricolorul Ploiesti
7 Dragan Stanković 18 October 1985 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 343 cm (135 in) 333 cm (131 in) Italy Cucine Lube Civitanova
9 Nikola Jovović 13 February 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 315 cm (124 in) Italy Gi Group Monza
11 Maksim Buculjević 20 September 1991 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 307 cm (121 in) Slovenia ACH Volley
14 Aleksandar Atanasijević 4 September 1991 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 329 cm (130 in) Italy Sir Sicoma Colussi Perugia
16 Dražen Luburić 2 November 1993 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 337 cm (133 in) 331 cm (130 in) Japan JT Thunders Hiroshima
17 Neven Majstorović 17 March 1989 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 325 cm (128 in) France Rennes Volley 35
18 Marko Podraščanin 29 August 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 354 cm (139 in) 332 cm (131 in) Italy Sir Sicoma Colussi Perugia
19 Nikola Rosić 5 August 1984 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 315 cm (124 in) Romania CS Arcada Galați
20 Srećko Lisinac 17 May 1992 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 342 cm (135 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
Current head coach - Grbić.

Coach History[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Ivan Miljković, one of the most notable players

Kit providers[edit]

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Serbia national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000– Asics
DAcapo
2017- Peak Sport Products

Sponsorship[edit]

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Poštanska štedionica and Vip mobile other sponsors: Škoda Auto, Radio Television of Serbia, Žurnal, Srbijagas, Posta, EPS and Blic.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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