Serbia men's national volleyball 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 won gold at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and bronze at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Serbia
AssociationVolleyball Federation of Serbia
ConfederationCEV
Head coachSlobodan Kovač
FIVB ranking11 (as of October 2019)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances5 (First in 1996)
Best result Gold: (2000)
World Championship
Appearances5 (First in 1998)
Best result Silver: (1998)
European Championship
Appearances12 (First in 1995)
Best result Gold: (2001, 2011, 2019)

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

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

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

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total
Olympic Games1012
World Championship0112
World Cup0011
World Grand Champions Cup0011
World League1539
European Championship31810
Mediterranean Games0011
Total571426

Results

Olympic Games

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Games Round Position Pld W L SF SA RT Squad
1964 to 1988 Part of Yugoslavia
1992 Barcelona Suspended
1996 Atlanta Semifinals 3rd 8 5 3 16 14 1.143 Squad
2000 Sydney Final 1st 8 6 2 21 11 1.909 Squad
2004 Athens Quarterfinals 5th 6 4 2 13 9 1.444 Squad
2008 Beijing Quarterfinals 5th 6 2 4 11 13 0.846 Squad
2012 London Preliminary round 9th 5 1 4 7 13 0.538 Squad
2016 Rio de Janeiro Did not qualify
2020 Tokyo European qualification
2024 Paris Future events
2028 Los Angeles
Total5/71 Title33181568601.133

World Championship

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Games Round Position Pld W L SF SA RT Squad
1949 to 1990 Part of Yugoslavia
1994 Suspended
1998 Final 2nd 12 10 2 31 10 3.100 Squad
2002 Semifinals 4th 9 7 2 22 8 2.750 Squad
2006 Semifinals 4th 11 8 3 26 13 2.000 Squad
2010 Semifinals 3rd 9 6 3 22 13 1.692 Squad
2014 Second round 9th 9 5 4 18 15 1.200 Squad
2018 Semifinals 4th 12 7 5 24 21 1.142 Squad
2022 Future events
Total6/70 Titles503614119592.017

World Cup

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
1965 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
1995Did not qualify
1999
20033rd place 11922910
2007Did not qualify
20118th place11562023
2015Did not qualify
2019
2021Future event
Total2/7221484933

Squads

World Grand Champions Cup

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
1993Suspended
1997Did not qualify
20013rd place 53297
2005Did not qualify
2009
2013
2017
2021Future event
Total1/753297

World League

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
1990 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
1992 Suspended
1993
1994
1995 Did not enter
1996
19977th place12842915
19986th place144102332
1999 Withdrew
20004th place181264326
20014th place171163923
20023rd place 171164224
20032nd place 171254424
20043rd place 151143720
20052nd place 15873131
20065th place151053226
20079th place12752418
20082nd place 161063924
20092nd place 161153825
20103rd place 161154026
20119th place12752621
20129th place12662724
20138th place10552222
20147th place12752420
20152nd place 16973832
20161st place 131033417
20175th place11652420
Total21/28286176110656470

Squads

Nations League

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
20185th place171163330
201911th place15692836
2020 Qualified
2021
Total2/23217156166

European Championship

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Round Position Pld W L SW SL
1948 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
1993Suspended
1995Semifinals752167
1997Final752167
1999Semifinals532118
2001Final761206
2003Semifinals4th7431711
2005Semifinals761206
2007Semifinals8531813
2009Second Round5th642158
2011Final660185
2013Semifinals752179
2015Quarterfinals7th5321110
2017Semifinals651177
2019Final990276
2021Future event
TotalQualified: 12/13876621223103

Sqauds

European Games

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
2015 Baku 5th 6 2 4 11 9
2019 MinskNot held
2023 KrakówFuture event
Total1/1624119

Mediterranean Games

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

Year Rank Pld W L SW SL
1993Suspended
1997Did not enter
20016th place-----
20053rd place 541136
2009 Did not enter
2013
2018
2021 Future event
2024
Total2/7541136

Results and fixtures

Previous matches

DateTimeOpponentResult
2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League
31 May17:00Serbia  1–3  Japan 17–2512–2526–2417–25 72–99P2 Report
1 Jun19:15Serbia  1–3  France 12–2522–2525–2020–25 79–95P2 Report
2 Jun19:00Russia  3–2  Serbia 20–2526–2425–2322–2515–10108–107P2 Report
7 Jun16:40Germany  3–2  Serbia 25–2016–2526–2826–2415–9108–106P2 Report
8 Jun16:10Serbia  3–2  Australia 22–2514–2525–2125–2115–9101–101P2 Report
9 Jun16:10Canada  2–3  Serbia 17–2526–2421–2528–2612–15104–115P2 Report
14 Jun18:00Brazil  2–3  Serbia 25–1722–2525–1720–2512–15104–99P2 Report
15 Jun19:00Portugal  2–3  Serbia 25–2115–2522–2532–309–15103–116P2 Report
16 Jun15:00China  1–3  Serbia 17–2522–2527–2518–25 84–100P2 Report
21 Jun20:20Italy  3–0  Serbia 26–2425–1925–22  76–65P2 Report
22 Jun17:00Poland  3–2  Serbia 32–3021–2525–2119–2515–11112–112P2 Report
23 Jun17:00Argentina  3–0  Serbia 25–1725–2325–18  75–58P2 Report
28 Jun17:00Iran  3–1  Serbia 25–2326–2825–2225–19 101–92P2 Report
29 Jun17:00United States  3–1  Serbia 14–2525–2029–2726–24 94–96P2 Report
30 Jun20:40Serbia  3–0  Bulgaria 25–2325–1225–18  75–53P2 Report
2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament
9 Aug18:00Australia  1–3  Serbia 28–2619–2519–2530–32 96–108P2 Report
10 Aug18:00Serbia  3–0  Cameroon 25–2225–1925–13  75–54P2 Report
11 Aug21:15Serbia  0–3  Italy 16–2519–2519–25  54–75P2 Report
2019 Men's European Volleyball Championship
13 Sep15:00Serbia  3–0  Germany 25–2125–1725–15  75–53Report
15 Sep18:30Serbia  3–0  Slovakia 25–1925–2025–21  75–60Report
16 Sep20:30Spain  1–3  Serbia 25–2119–2519–2520–25 83–96Report
18 Sep20:30Belgium  0–3  Serbia 19–2521–2519–25  59–75Report
19 Sep20:30Serbia  3–0  Austria 25–1625–2225–20  75–58Report
21 Sep17:30Serbia  3–0  Czech Republic 31–2925–2125–18  81–68Report
24 Sep20:30Serbia  3–2  Ukraine 21–2525–2325–2219–2515–9105–104Report
27 Sep21:00Serbia  3–2  France 23–2525–2325–2117–2515–7105–101Report
29 Sep17:30Serbia  3–1  Slovenia 19–2525–1625–1825–20 94–79Report

Forthcoming matches

DateTimeOpponentResult
2020 European Olympic Qualification Tournament
5 Jan13:30France   Serbia   0–0 
6 Jan14:00Netherlands   Serbia   0–0 
8 Jan14:30Serbia   Bulgaria   0–0 

Team

Current squad

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
1Aleksandar Okolić26 June 19932.05 m (6 ft 9 in)93 kg (205 lb)347 cm (137 in)325 cm (128 in) PAOK Thessaloniki
2Uroš Kovačević6 May 19931.97 m (6 ft 6 in)90 kg (200 lb)355 cm (140 in)338 cm (133 in) Trentino
4Nemanja Petrić (C)28 July 19872.03 m (6 ft 8 in)96 kg (212 lb)350 cm (140 in)320 cm (130 in) Belogorie
5Lazar Ćirović26 February 19922.01 m (6 ft 7 in)88 kg (194 lb)348 cm (137 in)329 cm (130 in) Padova
6Nikola Peković6 March 19901.76 m (5 ft 9 in)77 kg (170 lb)305 cm (120 in)300 cm (120 in) Partizan
7Petar Krsmanović1 June 19902.05 m (6 ft 9 in)101 kg (223 lb)354 cm (139 in)349 cm (137 in) Surgut
8Marko Ivović22 December 19901.94 m (6 ft 4 in)89 kg (196 lb)365 cm (144 in)330 cm (130 in) Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
9Nikola Jovović13 February 19921.97 m (6 ft 6 in)82 kg (181 lb)335 cm (132 in)315 cm (124 in) Ziraat Ankara
14Aleksandar Atanasijević4 September 19912.02 m (6 ft 8 in)99 kg (218 lb)360 cm (140 in)338 cm (133 in) Perugia
16Dražen Luburić2 November 19932.02 m (6 ft 8 in)90 kg (200 lb)337 cm (133 in)331 cm (130 in) Halkbank Ankara
17Neven Majstorović17 March 19891.93 m (6 ft 4 in)90 kg (200 lb)335 cm (132 in)325 cm (128 in) Craiova
18Marko Podraščanin29 August 19872.04 m (6 ft 8 in)101 kg (223 lb)358 cm (141 in)340 cm (130 in) Perugia
20Srećko Lisinac17 May 19922.05 m (6 ft 9 in)90 kg (200 lb)370 cm (150 in)350 cm (140 in) Trentino
21Vuk Todorović23 April 19981.90 m (6 ft 3 in)80 kg (180 lb)315 cm (124 in)305 cm (120 in) Vojvodina

Coach History

Notable players

Kit providers

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

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

References

  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. Serbia celebrates "Million Dollar Boys"
  4. Serbia triumph with EuroVolley men’s crown too!
  5. "Team Roster – Serbia". CEV. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
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