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World League 2010
21st Edition

 SRB / Serbia - Team Composition

Team manager LUKAC Laslo
Head coach KOLAKOVIC Igor
Assistant coach BULATOVIC Zeljko
Doctor MARTINOVIC Ljuban
Therapist / trainer POCEKOVIC Aleksandar
Journalist JAGLICIC Igor
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 F  Nikola Kovacevic Kovacevic N. 14/02/1983 193 78 350 340 Calzedonia Verona (ITA)
  2   Uros Kovacevic Kovacevic 6/05/1993 197 90 340 320 Trentino Volley
  3 Marko Ivovic Ivovic 22/12/1990 194 89 365 330 Lokomotiva Novosibirsk (RUS)
  C 4   F  Bojan Janic Janic 11/03/1982 198 83 345 322 VC Yaroslavich (RUS)
  5 F  Vlado Petkovic Petkovic V. 6/01/1983 198 97 325 318 Shahrdari Urmia SC (IRN)
  6   F  Milos Terzic Terzic 13/06/1987 202 88 340 320 Tours Volleyball (FRA)
  7 F  Dragan Stankovic Stankovic 18/10/1985 205 94 355 330 Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA)
  L 8   Marko Samardzic Samardzic 22/02/1983 190 82 326 310 AS Aris Thessaolini (GRE)
  9 Nikola Jovovic Jovovic 13/02/1992 197 75 335 315 ZIRIATBANK Ankara (TUR)
  10   F  Milos Nikic Nikic 31/03/1986 194 79 350 330 Gubernia Nizhniy Novgorod (RUS
  11 F  Mihajlo Mitic Mitic 17/09/1990 201 89 335 320 Sir Safety Perugia (ITA)
  12   Milan Rasic Rasic 2/02/1985 205 86 340 320 ACH Volley Bled (SLO)
  13 F  Tomislav Dokic Dokic 27/02/1986 204 97 355 325 Foinikas SC Syros Isleand (GRE
  14   Aleksandar Atanasijevic Atanasijevic 4/09/1991 200 92 350 329 Sir Safety Perugia (ITA)
  15 F  Sasa Starovic Starovic 19/10/1988 207 89 335 321 Andreoli Latina (ITA)
  16   Milos Vemic Vemic 8/03/1987 202 90 338 320 VfB Friedrichshafen (GER)
  17 F  Borislav Petrovic Petrovic 6/01/1988 201 96 350 330 Stade Poitevin VB Pro (FRA)
  18   F  Marko Podrascanin Podrascanin 29/08/1987 203 100 354 332 Sir Safety Perugia (ITA)
  L 19 F  Nikola Rosic Rosic 5/08/1984 192 85 330 320 S.C.M.U. CRAIOVA (ROU)
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F Players selected for the final round in Argentina
Team profile

Since claiming the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia and then Serbia and Montenegro) has consistently been in the mix when it comes to medal contenders at international Men's Volleyball events.


Big, strong and fast, the Serbian side plays with a passion that is unrelenting and enjoys playing a game that is heavy on attack.


It is at the Olympics that Yugoslavia really showed what they were capable of over the years. After placing sixth in Moscow (1980), improving to third at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, as a result of the team's hard work under the guidance of the tranquil-natured but steady-handed coach Zoran Gajic, they finally claimed the gold in Sydney 2000.


Veselin Vukovic replaced Gajic just prior to the 2002 World Championship in Argentina, where the Olympic champions finished a creditable fourth. Vukovic continued to lead Serbia and Montenegro through a stunning 2003 World League campaign, when they lost to Brazil in the finals . After failing to come to an agreement with the National Federation, Vukovic quit and was replaced by Ljuba Travica, who guided Serbia and Montenegro to a bronze-medal finish at the 2003 World Cup.


For many years, Serbian Team was led by the sure moves of the famous Grbic Brothers, Vladimir and Nikola, the devastating services of Goran Vujevic (elected best server in the 2006 FIVB World Championships), the stopping blocks of Andrija Geric and Djula Mešter, and in attack, the ruthless spikes of one of the best young volleyball players in the world, Ivan Miljkovic.


In 2005, Serbia and Montenegro had the great honor of organizing the World League Finals. In an incredible final in front of 18,140 spectators in the Belgrade Sports Hall ARENA, the hosts were eventually beaten by Brazil.


The year 2007 marked the first year the boys in blue became known as Serbia, and with a new roster and younger players, the team finished ninth in the World League, its worst-ever result at the event. They made up for the result though, by claiming silver at the 2007 European Championships in Russia.


By 2008, however, Serbia bounced back with some convincing performances, including a silver-medal finish at the 2008 World League, after falling in four sets to USA in the final match, and a respectable fifth at the Beijing Olympics after losing again to eventual champions USA in a gripping five-set quarterfinal.


Four years after the successful Final Tournament in 2005, Belgrade Arena witnessed another record with 22,860 spectators, and the third silver medal for the “Blue Boys” of Serbia.

Coach profile

Igor Kolakovic replaced Ljuba Travica as head coach of Serbia just before the 2006 FIVB World Championships, after assisting him for three years.

Kolakovic was born on June 4, 1965, in Podgorica, where he started his playing and coaching career. He played as a setter for VC Buducnost of Podgorica and Partizan of Belgrade from 1979-1997, after which he became head coach of the Podgorica team.

From his playing career, he remembers most fondly the two double crowns (championship and cup) he won with VC Partizan, "because of the way we lived, worked, played, and had fun," Kolakovic says.

His first of two titles won as coach of VC Buducnost stand out as the most memorable moments of his coaching career so far.

The quality of the (Serbian National) team is that they all respond when they are called to take part in National Team events. It is obvious that in other sports the excitement of playing for the National Team slowly disappears. Until now, none of my players has ever refused to play for the National Team, so that, together with the players' and everyone else's passion for winning all these trophies, seems to be the greatest quality of the 'Blue Team,'" Kolakovic says.


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