Serbia men's national volleyball team

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Association Serbian Volleyball Federation
Confederation CEV
Head coach Nikola Grbić
FIVB ranking 10 (as of August 2016)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 6 (First in 1980)
Best result Gold medal.svg Gold: 2000
World Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1956)
Best result Silver medal world centered-2.svg Silver: 1998
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1965)
Best result Bronze Bronze: 2003
European Championship
Appearances 25 (First in 1951)
Best result Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 2001, 2011
Serbia men's national volleyball team
Medal record
Representing  Yugoslavia /  Yugoslavia /  Serbia and Montenegro /  Serbia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team
World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1998 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Italy
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Japan
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Japan
World League
Gold medal – first place 2016 Krakow
Silver medal – second place 2003 Madrid
Silver medal – second place 2005 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 2008 Rio de Janeiro
Silver medal – second place 2009 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 2015 Rio de Janeiro
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Belo Horizonte
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Rome
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Córdoba
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2001 Czech Republic
Gold medal – first place 2011 Austria/Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 1997 Netherlands
Bronze medal – third place 1975 Yugoslavia
Bronze medal – third place 1979 France
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Greece
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Austria
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Italy/Serbia and Montenegro
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Denmark/Poland
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1963 Naples Team
Gold medal – first place 1967 Tunis Team
Gold medal – first place 1971 İzmir Team
Gold medal – first place 1975 Algiers Team
Gold medal – first place 1979 Split Team
Silver medal – second place 1991 Athens Team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Almería Team

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 in Summer Olympic 2000 Sydney winner gold medal and Bronze medal 1996 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] In 2011 Serbia became European champion and in 2016 the champion of FIVB World League. The Victory in the FIVB World League was Serbia's first the team where nicknamed the "Million Dollar Boys" because that was the prize money set for the champions, Marko Ivovic was crowned MVP of the tournament while Srecko Lisinac was chosen as the Best Middle Blocker. [2] Traditionally Serbia is one of Volleyballs powerhouse nations.

Serbia's most proud moment came at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when under the name Yugoslavia it won Olympic gold, Italy was a heavy favorite, having 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 thru Group B undefeated and won their quarter-final match over Australia. But in the semis, 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 the medalists came from the same pool, this time Group B.[3]

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 (with Belgium, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Uruguay and the United States). From 13 February 1949, the Volleyball Federation became an independent sports organization. Two years later, at the European Championships for seniors held in Paris, came the first medal for our sport - women's volleyball team of Yugoslavia won the bronze medal.This success is repeated with the mens seniors in 1975 when our country for the first time in history hosted the biggest European competition in men's and women's competition. Our volleyball team in the last match of the Final Group Bulgaria won 3: 0 in the crowded hall of "pioneer" in Belgrade and won the bronze medal, so decorating the perfect organization of the championship in our country. An Olympic Gold Medalist, Two Time European Champions and FIVB Volleyball World League Champion it is safe to say that Volleyball is a popular/major and successful sport in Serbia with a proud history. [4]


Serbia team in 2008 Olympic

Olympic Games[edit]

World Championship[edit]

World Cup[edit]

European Championship[edit]

Serbia fans in 2009 world league
1993 — qualified but was barred from participating due to UN sanctions

World Grand Champions Cup[edit]

  • Japan 2001Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze medal

World League[edit]

Okolić, Kovačević, Katić, Stanković Captain sports.svg, Ivović, Jovović, Nikić, Dokić, Luburić, Brđović, Majstorović, Podraščanin, Rosić, Lisinac. Head coach: Grbić


Current squad[edit]

Squad for 2015 European Championship:

Head coach: Serbia Nikola Grbić
Assistant: Italy Camillo Placi
No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2015 club
1 Kovačević, NikolaNikola Kovačević 14 February 1983 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) France Paris Volley
2 Kovačević, UrošUroš Kovačević 6 May 1993 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in) Italy Blu Volley Verona
4 Petrić, NemanjaNemanja Petrić 28 July 1987 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 333 cm (131 in) 320 cm (130 in) Italy Pallavolo Modena
7 Stanković, DraganDragan Stanković (C) 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 Treia
8 Ivović, MarkoMarko Ivović 22 December 1990 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
9 Jovović, NikolaNikola Jovović 13 February 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 315 cm (124 in) Italy Vero Volley Monza
14 Atanasijević, AleksandarAleksandar 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 Safety Perugia
15 Starović, SašaSaša Starović 19 October 1988 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 321 cm (126 in) Greece P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki V.C.
16 Brđović, AleksaAleksa Brđović 29 July 1993 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
17 Majstorović, NevenNeven Majstorović 17 March 1989 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 315 cm (124 in) Serbia OK Partizan
18 Podraščanin, MarkoMarko Podraščanin 29 August 1987 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 343 cm (135 in) 326 cm (128 in) Italy Sir Safety Perugia
19 Rosić, NikolaNikola Rosić 5 August 1984 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 315 cm (124 in) Romania Tomis Constanța
20 Lisinac, SrećkoSrećko Lisinac 17 May 1992 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 335 cm (132 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
22 Okolić, AleksandarAleksandar Okolić 26 June 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 347 cm (137 in) 320 cm (130 in) Serbia OK Crvena Zvezda
Current head coach - Grbić.

Coach History[edit]

Notable Player[edit]

Ivan Miljković The most notable player Serbia national volleyball team with 200 national games.

Kit providers[edit]

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

Period Kit provider
2000– Asics


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