YUG/Serbia and Montenegro

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25/06/2003 - Victory imperative for Serbia and Montenegro
11/06/2003 - Serbia and Montenegro out to confirm World League Finals spot
28/05/2003 - Serbia and Montenegro aim for improved performance
21/05/2003 - Serbia and Montenegro name side for World League opener


Yugoslavia - A force to be reckoned with 
When Yugoslavia made their appearance at the qualifications for the European Championships in 1995, no one expected that the team, emerging from years of sanctions that stopped them from competing at international level, would take home the bronze medal. Since then they have solidified their position as one of the world's best teams and their clear aim for their sixth appearance at the World League is to take the title. The depth of the side is best remembered by recalling that their determination, legendary fighting spirit and skill gave them the biggest prize of all - the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, a feat they repeated one year later when they took the European title in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Yugoslavia took the bronze medal at last year's World League, their best performance in five appearances, and finished fourth at the World Championship when France denied them a podium place. more Story by Novica Saric of the Serbia and Montenegro Volleyball Federation. Pic: Yugoslavia Vs Italy at the 2002 World League.

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Serbia and Montenegro - Pool C (Scroll down for Spanish)

Although anecdotes exist to indicate that Volleyball had already appeared in this Balkan country as early as 1918, there is documented proof that in 1924, Californian William Whiland officially introduced the game in 1924. More than two decades later, the Yugoslav Volleyball Federation, which has now become the Volleyball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro, was one of the 14 FIVB founding members. The national team has participated in international competitions since 1951, when on that occasion they finishing fifth at the European Championship. In 1956 the Yugoslavs contested their first World Championship in France, placing tenth. Yugoslavia have qualified six times for World Championships, achieving their best result, the silver, in 1998 in Japan. Last year in Argentina they finished fourth after France deprived them of the bronze medal. But it is at the Olympic tournaments that Yugoslavia has really shown what they are capable of. They placed sixth in Moscow (1980), improving at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta to win the bronze, and finally, triumphing in Sydney 2000, the result of the team's hard work under the guidance of the tranquil-natured, but steady handed coach Zoran Gajic. It was Gajic who took the talented team and made them soar high into the ranks of the world elite and following one second place and four bronze medals at European championships, Gajic's squad claimed the European title in 2001 in the Czech Republic, which they will defend in Germany this year.
The Olympic champions stayed in the limelight last year reaching the World League finals and with Ivan Miljkovic and Andrija Geric shining bright they overwhelmed Italy in the match to determine the bronze medal for their first podium in this elite competition. Yugoslavia had finished fourth in the two previous editions of the World League. The team, now under the guidance of Veselin Vukovic, will contest the 2003 edition under their new name, Serbia and Montenegro. The team, currently third on the FIVB World ranking, will play the Netherlands, Cuba and China in Pool C.

Squad: Jokanovic (Tourcoing Lille , FRA); Vasic (Crvena Zvezda Galax, YUG); Majdak (Budvanska Rivijera Budva, YUG); Janic (Vojvodina Novolin Novi Sad, YU); Mitrovic (Partizan Mobtel Beograd, YUG); Boskan (Iraklis Thessaloniki, GRE) ; Mester (Copra Ventaglio Piacenza, ITA); Mijic (Budvanska rivijera Budva, YUG); Grbic N. (Asystel Milano, ITA); Grbic V. (PAOK Thessaloniki, GRE); Perosevic (Budvanska rivijera Budva, YUG); Geric (Icom Latina, ITA); Vujevic (Icom Latina, ITA); Miljkovic (Lube Banka Macerata, ITA); Ilic (Buducnost Podgorica, YUG); Knezevic (Vojvodina Novolin Novi Sad, YU); Markovic (Budvanska rivijera Budva, YUG); Vusurovic. 

Prize Money
Serbia and Montenegro Total Prize money US$
3 979 500
Overall Standings for Serbia and Montenegro
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
5 78 46 32 59.0

Serbia y Montenegro - (Spanish)
Aunque las anécdotas indican que el voleibol ya había aparecido en este país balcánico en el temprano 1918, hay pruebas documentadas que recién en 1924 el californiano William Whiland oficialmente introdujo este deporte. Más de dos décadas después, la Federación Yugoslava de Voleibol, la cual hoy se ha convertido en la Federación de Serbia y Montenegro, fue una de las 14 fundadoras de la FIVB. El equipo nacional ha participado en competencias internacionales desde 1951, cuando en esa ocasión terminó en quinto lugar durante el Campeonato Europeo. En 1956 los yugoslavos participaron en su primer Campeonato Mundial en Francia, quedando décimos. Yugoslavia ha clasificado seis veces a los Campeonatos Mundiales, siendo su mejor resultado una medalla de plata en Japón 1998. El año pasado en Argentina terminaron en cuarta posición luego de ser privados de la medalla de bronce por Francia. Pero es en los torneos olímpicos donde Yugoslavia ha demostrado realmente lo que es capaz de hacer. Se ubicó sexto en Moscú (1980), mejorando en los Juegos Olímpicos de Atlanta 1996 para ganar la medalla de bronce, y finalmente triunfando en Sydney 2000, fruto del trabajo realizado por el equipo al mando del tranquilo pero firme técnico Zoran Gajic. Fue Gajic quien tomó a esta talentosa escuadra y la hizo rugir en la cima de los rankings de la élite mundial, que incluyen un segundo lugar y cuatro medallas de bronce en los Campeonatos Europeos. Luego el equipo de Gajic reclamó el título europeo en el 2001 en la República Checa, corona que defenderán este año en Alemania. Los campeones olímpicos se mantuvieron al tope el año pasado alcanzando la final de la Liga Mundial, con sus estelares Ivan Miljkovic y Andrija Geric brillando frente al triunfo sobre Italia, que determinó la medalla de bronce y su primera subida al podio en esta prestigiosa competencia. Yugoslavia habìa concluido en cuarto lugar en las dos ediciones previas de la Liga Mundial. El equipo, ahora bajo la conducción de Veselin Vukovic, competirá en el edición 2003 con su nuevo nombre Serbia y Montenegro. La escuadra, actualmente tercera en el ranking mundial de la FIVB, actuará ante Holanda, Cuba y China en la Serie C.