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Serbia and Montenegro

Ljubomir Travica
 

 

 
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Ljubomir Travica has been the coach of the Serbia and Montenegro menís team since taking over from Veselin Vukovic just after the World League in 2003. They were big shoes to fill after Serbia and Montengro finished second in that tournament under Vukovic, when the 2000 Olympic champions lost a sensational final in five sets to Brazil. But Travica has done an excellent job, maintaining a high level of play this giant of world Volleyball brings to the international stage.

Travicaís first appointment was the European Championship in Germany in September 2003 where he saw his side finish fourth behind Italy, France and Russia. A wildcard helped Travica and Serbia and Montenegro reach the 2003 World Cup and this is where he showed hi
s shrewd coaching style to lead the Blue Team to third place and an Olympic qualification spot.

Having coached in Italy for many years, Travica has a fine coaching background and two years into his new role he is starting to put all his tricks into use.

H
is preparation for the Olympics last year included resting some of his big stars during the 2004 World League, yet Serbia and Montenegro still claimed the bronze medal.

After a disappointing Olympics campaign when the defending champs were knocked out by Russia in the quarterfinals, now is the time to see if Travica can work some more of his magic to make some new names and seasoned stars fire in 2005.


World League results (not including 2005)
Travica Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %
15 11 4 73.33