Belgrade, Serbia, May 21, 2015 - Serbia's outstanding results in recent major international competitions have put the Balkan nation in a group of Europe's most successful volleyball powers, alongside Russia and Italy. Their men's team are set to begin their FIVB Volleyball World League campaign away to Brazil on May 29.
A look at the European rankings reveals that Serbia’s national teams are all in the top six of their respective rankings.
The U18 and U19 women’s national teams both top their age-group charts. The U19s are the reigning European champions, while the U18s won silver at this year’s CEV Volleyball European Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The women’s senior national team are currently placed equal second with Italy in Europe and will compete with the world's best when the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix begins later this year.
Serbia's men's team, on the other hand, will take on Australia, Brazil and Italy in FIVB Volleyball World League Pool A and are third in the European senior men's ranking. Serbia's men's U20s and U19s are both placed sixth in their respective European rankings.
The only other countries with all their national teams in the top sixes in Europe are Russia and Italy. Turkey has five teams in the continent's top sixes, Poland four, Germany and Belgium follow with three as France and Bulgaria have two, while the Czech Republic and the Netherlands both have one.
Serbia's women's teams - senior, U19s and U18s - are all in the top threes of their respective rankings. Turkey and Italy have two each at this level, while Russia and Poland follow with one.
In the men's competitions, only Serbia, Russia, Italy and Poland have all three of their national teams in the top six positions of the European rankings. Turkey, France, Bulgaria and Belgium have two, while Germany has one.
to view the current European rankings for national teams.