Overview

Team profile

Serbia

Despite their undeniable success in the World League, Serbia are yet to take the title. Between 2003 and 2009 they appeared in four 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. 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's recent record is not so impressive and they have not progressed from the Intercontinental Round for the last four years, finishing third in Pool B behind USA and Russia in 2014.


Last summer Serbia finished level-ninth at the World Championship. Before that, they consistently won medals at other international events, including bronzes at the 2010 World Championship and 2003 World Cup, but their crowning glory came competing as Yugoslavia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Having won bronze four years earlier in Atlanta, their campaign took an early blow when they lost their opening two matches, but they bounced back to win all three remaining group games. After defeating Netherlands in the quarterfinal and Italy in the semi, they trounced Russia 3-0 in the final.

Coach

Grbic Nikola

Grbic Nikola

Nikola Grbic was named Serbia's men's team coach in February 2015, just five months after he began coaching. Before taking up coaching, Zrenjanin-born Grbic had a storied international playing career as one of the top setters in the world. He won two Olympic Games medals with Yugoslavia, helping the team to win gold in 2000 and bronze in 1996. Grbic also won silver with Serbia in the 2008 World League and bronze at the 2010 World Championships. He was named European Player of the Year in 2007 and inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2013. Along with coaching his native country, Grbic is also the head coach of Italian club team Sir Safety Perugia.

Staff

  • Team Manager Lukac Laslo
  • Assistant coach Placi Camillo
  • Doctor Martinovic Ljuban
  • Physiotherapist Nikolic Vladimir

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
Poland
2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 5 4 1.250 204 190 1.073
2
Serbia
2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 5 5 1.000 210 206 1.019
3
Italy
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 5 0.800 184 202 0.910

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