Serbia men's national volleyball team

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Serbia
Serbia volleyball team.png
Association Volleyball Federation of Serbia
Confederation CEV
Head coach Slobodan Kovač
FIVB ranking 11 (as of October 2019)
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)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1995)
Best result Gold medal europe.svg Gold: (2001, 2011, 2019)

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]

2011 - present[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]

After two bronze medal 2013 and 2017, Serbia become European shampion again in 2019 with Uroš Kovačević being crowned MVP of the tournament.[5]

Medals[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total
Olympic Games 1 0 1 2
World Championship 0 1 1 2
World Cup 0 0 1 1
World Grand Champions Cup 0 0 1 1
World League 1 5 3 9
European Championship 3 1 8 10
Mediterranean Games 0 0 1 1
Total 5 7 14 26

Results[edit]

Serbia team in 2008 Olympic

Olympic Games[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Games Round Position Pld W L SF SA RT Squad
1964 to 1988 Part of Yugoslavia
Spain 1992 Barcelona Suspended
United States 1996 Atlanta Semifinals 3rd Bronze medal with cup.svg 8 5 3 16 14 1.143 Squad
Australia 2000 Sydney Final 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
France 2024 Paris Future events
United States 2028 Los Angeles
Total 5/7 1 Title 33 18 15 68 60 1.133

World Championship[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Games Round Position Pld W L SF SA RT Squad
1949 to 1990 Part of Yugoslavia
Greece 1994 Suspended
Japan 1998 Final 2nd Silver medal with cup.svg 12 10 2 31 10 3.100 Squad
Argentina 2002 Semifinals 4th 9 7 2 22 8 2.750 Squad
Japan 2006 Semifinals 4th 11 8 3 26 13 2.000 Squad
Italy 2010 Semifinals 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
Italy Bulgaria 2018 Semifinals 4th 12 7 5 24 21 1.142 Squad
Russia 2022 Future events
Total 6/7 0 Titles 50 36 14 119 59 2.017

World Cup[edit]

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
1965 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
Japan 1995 Did not qualify
Japan 1999
Japan 2003 3rd place Bronze medal with cup.svg 11 9 2 29 10
Japan 2007 Did not qualify
Japan 2011 8th place 11 5 6 20 23
Japan 2015 Did not qualify
Japan 2019
Japan 2021 Future event
Total 2/7 22 14 8 49 33

Squads[edit]

World Grand Champions Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
Japan 1993 Suspended
Japan 1997 Did not qualify
Japan 2001 3rd place Bronze medal with cup.svg 5 3 2 9 7
Japan 2005 Did not qualify
Japan 2009
Japan 2013
Japan 2017
Japan 2021 Future event
Total 1/7 5 3 2 9 7

World League[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
1990 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
Italy 1992 Suspended
Brazil 1993
Italy 1994
Brazil 1995 Did not enter
Netherlands 1996
Russia 1997 7th place 12 8 4 29 15
Italy 1998 6th place 14 4 10 23 32
Argentina 1999 Withdrew
Netherlands 2000 4th place 18 12 6 43 26
Poland 2001 4th place 17 11 6 39 23
Brazil 2002 3rd place Bronze medal with cup.svg 17 11 6 42 24
Spain 2003 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg 17 12 5 44 24
Italy 2004 3rd place Bronze medal with cup.svg 15 11 4 37 20
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg 15 8 7 31 31
Russia 2006 5th place 15 10 5 32 26
Poland 2007 9th place 12 7 5 24 18
Brazil 2008 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg 16 10 6 39 24
Serbia 2009 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg 16 11 5 38 25
Argentina 2010 3rd place Bronze medal with cup.svg 16 11 5 40 26
Poland 2011 9th place 12 7 5 26 21
Bulgaria 2012 9th place 12 6 6 27 24
Argentina 2013 8th place 10 5 5 22 22
Italy 2014 7th place 12 7 5 24 20
Brazil 2015 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg 16 9 7 38 32
Poland 2016 1st place Gold medal with cup.svg 13 10 3 34 17
Brazil 2017 5th place 11 6 5 24 20
Total 21/28 286 176 110 656 470

Squads[edit]

Serbia fans in 2009 world league

Nations League[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
France 2018 5th place 17 11 6 33 30
United States 2019 11th place 15 6 9 28 36
Italy 2020 Qualified
United States 2021
Total 2/2 32 17 15 61 66

European Championship[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Round Position Pld W L SW SL
1948 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
Finland 1993 Suspended
Greece 1995 Semifinals Bronze medal with cup.svg 7 5 2 16 7
Netherlands 1997 Final Silver medal with cup.svg 7 5 2 16 7
Austria 1999 Semifinals Bronze medal with cup.svg 5 3 2 11 8
Czech Republic 2001 Final Gold medal with cup.svg 7 6 1 20 6
Germany 2003 Semifinals 4th 7 4 3 17 11
ItalySerbia and Montenegro 2005 Semifinals Bronze medal with cup.svg 7 6 1 20 6
Russia 2007 Semifinals Bronze medal with cup.svg 8 5 3 18 13
Turkey 2009 Second Round 5th 6 4 2 15 8
AustriaCzech Republic 2011 Final Gold medal with cup.svg 6 6 0 18 5
PolandDenmark 2013 Semifinals Bronze medal with cup.svg 7 5 2 17 9
BulgariaItaly 2015 Quarterfinals 7th 5 3 2 11 10
Poland 2017 Semifinals Bronze medal with cup.svg 6 5 1 17 7
BelgiumFranceNetherlandsSlovenia2019 Final Gold medal with cup.svg 9 9 0 27 6
2021 Future event
Total Qualified: 12/13 87 66 21 223 103

Squads[edit]

European Games[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
Azerbaijan 2015 Baku 5th 6 2 4 11 9
Belarus 2019 Minsk Not held
Poland 2023 Kraków Future event
Total 1/1 6 2 4 11 9

Mediterranean Games[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
France 1993 Suspended
Italy 1997 Did not enter
Tunisia 2001 6th place - - - - -
Spain 2005 3rd place Bronze medal with cup.svg 5 4 1 13 6
Italy 2009 Did not enter
Turkey 2013
Spain 2018
Algeria 2021 Future event
Italy 2024
Total 2/7 5 4 1 13 6

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

Date Time Opponent Result
2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League
31 May 17:00 Serbia  1–3  Japan 17–25 12–25 26–24 17–25   72–99 P2 Report
1 Jun 19:15 Serbia  1–3  France 12–25 22–25 25–20 20–25   79–95 P2 Report
2 Jun 19:00 Russia  3–2  Serbia 20–25 26–24 25–23 22–25 15–10 108–107 P2 Report
7 Jun 16:40 Germany  3–2  Serbia 25–20 16–25 26–28 26–24 15–9 108–106 P2 Report
8 Jun 16:10 Serbia  3–2  Australia 22–25 14–25 25–21 25–21 15–9 101–101 P2 Report
9 Jun 16:10 Canada  2–3  Serbia 17–25 26–24 21–25 28–26 12–15 104–115 P2 Report
14 Jun 18:00 Brazil  2–3  Serbia 25–17 22–25 25–17 20–25 12–15 104–99 P2 Report
15 Jun 19:00 Portugal  2–3  Serbia 25–21 15–25 22–25 32–30 9–15 103–116 P2 Report
16 Jun 15:00 China  1–3  Serbia 17–25 22–25 27–25 18–25   84–100 P2 Report
21 Jun 20:20 Italy  3–0  Serbia 26–24 25–19 25–22     76–65 P2 Report
22 Jun 17:00 Poland  3–2  Serbia 32–30 21–25 25–21 19–25 15–11 112–112 P2 Report
23 Jun 17:00 Argentina  3–0  Serbia 25–17 25–23 25–18     75–58 P2 Report
28 Jun 17:00 Iran  3–1  Serbia 25–23 26–28 25–22 25–19   101–92 P2 Report
29 Jun 17:00 United States  3–1  Serbia 14–25 25–20 29–27 26–24   94–96 P2 Report
30 Jun 20:40 Serbia  3–0  Bulgaria 25–23 25–12 25–18     75–53 P2 Report
2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament
9 Aug 18:00 Australia  1–3  Serbia 28–26 19–25 19–25 30–32   96–108 P2 Report
10 Aug 18:00 Serbia  3–0  Cameroon 25–22 25–19 25–13     75–54 P2 Report
11 Aug 21:15 Serbia  0–3  Italy 16–25 19–25 19–25     54–75 P2 Report
2019 Men's European Volleyball Championship
13 Sep 15:00 Serbia  3–0  Germany 25–21 25–17 25–15     75–53 Report
15 Sep 18:30 Serbia  3–0  Slovakia 25–19 25–20 25–21     75–60 Report
16 Sep 20:30 Spain  1–3  Serbia 25–21 19–25 19–25 20–25   83–96 Report
18 Sep 20:30 Belgium  0–3  Serbia 19–25 21–25 19–25     59–75 Report
19 Sep 20:30 Serbia  3–0  Austria 25–16 25–22 25–20     75–58 Report
21 Sep 17:30 Serbia  3–0  Czech Republic 31–29 25–21 25–18     81–68 Report
24 Sep 20:30 Serbia  3–2  Ukraine 21–25 25–23 25–22 19–25 15–9 105–104 Report
27 Sep 21:00 Serbia  3–2  France 23–25 25–23 25–21 17–25 15–7 105–101 Report
29 Sep 17:30 Serbia  3–1  Slovenia 19–25 25–16 25–18 25–20   94–79 Report
2020 European Olympic Qualification Tournament
5 Jan 13:30 France  3–0  Serbia 25–21 25–21 25–22     75–64 Report
6 Jan 14:00 Netherlands  0–3  Serbia 18–25 18–25 17–25     53–75 Report
8 Jan 14:30 Serbia  2–3  Bulgaria 21–25 26–24 22–25 25–20 13–15 107–109 Report

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Time Opponent Result
2020 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League
    Serbia                 

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Serbian roster in the 2019 European Championship.[6]

Head coach: Slobodan Kovač

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2018–19 club
1 Aleksandar Okolić 26 June 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 347 cm (137 in) 325 cm (128 in) Greece PAOK Thessaloniki
2 Uroš Kovačević 6 May 1993 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 338 cm (133 in) Italy Trentino
4 Nemanja Petrić (C) 28 July 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 320 cm (130 in) Russia Belogorie
5 Lazar Ćirović 26 February 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 329 cm (130 in) Italy Padova
6 Nikola Peković 6 March 1990 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 300 cm (120 in) Serbia Partizan
7 Petar Krsmanović 1 June 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 354 cm (139 in) 349 cm (137 in) Russia Surgut
8 Marko Ivović 22 December 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 365 cm (144 in) 330 cm (130 in) Russia Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
9 Nikola Jovović 13 February 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 315 cm (124 in) Turkey Ziraat Ankara
14 Aleksandar Atanasijević 4 September 1991 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 338 cm (133 in) Italy 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) Turkey Halkbank Ankara
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) Romania Craiova
18 Marko Podraščanin 29 August 1987 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 358 cm (141 in) 340 cm (130 in) Italy Perugia
20 Srećko Lisinac 17 May 1992 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 350 cm (140 in) Italy Trentino
21 Vuk Todorović 23 April 1998 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 315 cm (124 in) 305 cm (120 in) Serbia Vojvodina
Current head coach - Kovač.

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]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Volleyball at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's Volleyball
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Serbia celebrates "Million Dollar Boys"
  5. ^ Serbia triumph with EuroVolley men’s crown too!
  6. ^ "Team Roster – Serbia". CEV. Retrieved 28 September 2019.

External links[edit]