FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018 - Men's teams Overview - Serbia

Team profile

After five silver medals, Serbia finally made history in 2016, winning their first FIVB World League gold medal with a straight-sets win over Brazil in the final at Krakow's Tauron Arena. They failed to repeat the feat in 2017, bowing out after the final round of pool play.
Between 2003 and 2015, Serbia appeared in five World League finals, losing 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, before France ended their hopes at the final stage in 2015.
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 won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, after a bronze at Atlanta 1996, but failed to qualify to the Rio 2016 Games for the first time in a quarter of a century.
A gold at the FIVB World Championship still eludes Serbia, although they have won a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze in 2010. However, they are not short of continental success, having been crowned European champions twice, in 2001 and 2011. 


Grbić Nikola

Grbić Nikola

Before moving to a coaching career, Nikola Grbic played as a setter and helped lead Yugoslavia to an Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta 1996, followed by gold at Sydney 2000 and a European Championships title in 2001 (in addition to several other medals in most major international competitions). He took charge of the Serbian National Team in 2015, and immediately led them to silver at the 2015 FIVB World League, followed by gold in the same competition a year later. In 2017, he led Serbia to bronze at the European Championships. He currently also coaches Blu Volley Verona in the Italian League during the club season. As a player he was named ‘Best Setter’ at the 2003 FIVB World Cup, the 2009 FIVB World League and the 2010 FIVB World Championships.


  • Team Manager Janić Bojan
  • Assistant coach Osmankač Nedžad
  • Second Assistant Coach Nikolić Duško
  • Doctor Martinović Ljuban
  • Physiotherapist Vuković Dejan


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
2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 2 3.000 183 159 1.150
2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 3 1.666 183 169 1.082
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 0.000 115 153 0.751