Serbia have enjoyed a brilliant run since 2015, culminating in their incredible 3-2 win over Italy in the final of the 2018 FIVB World Championship at Yokohama to claim a historic gold medal.
Their amazing run began in 2015 when they won silver at the FIVB World Cup and then reached the gold medal match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where in an exhilarating final the Balkan side gave China a real run for their money but eventually lost in four sets and had to settle for an unprecedented silver medal. However, they topped their Rio success with gold at the 2017 European Championship, beating the Netherlands in the final.
Prior to Rio 2016, Serbia's best Olympic performance came at the Beijing 2008 Games, where they finished in fifth place. The team’s only other appearance was at the London 2012 Games, where they finished in eleventh place.
Before their amazing feat last year, Serbia had won bronze at the 2006 World Championship, but finished eighth in 2010 and seventh in 2014.
On a continental level, Serbia won European Championship silver in 2007 and gold in 2011. More recently, they won bronze in 2015 and the gold for a second time in last year’s Championship. Serbia also hold a European bronze from 1951 as Yugoslavia.
Serbia competed in the last seven consecutive editions of the FIVB World Grand Prix, after their first appearance in 2011. They immediately reached the podium, winning bronze in their first attempt. Another bronze followed in 2013 and a third in 2017 year when they beat China in the third place playoff in Nanjing.
Serbia finished pool play of the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in second place and made it through to the Final Six. However, they missed out on the medals matches and ranked 5th overall.