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SCG/Serbia and Montenegro

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 finished fifth at the European Championship.

In 1956 the Yugoslavs contested their first World Championship in France, placing 10th and have qualified six times since, achieving their best result, a silver medal, in 1998 in Japan. In Argentina in 2002 they finished fourth after France deprived them of the bronze medal.
But it is at the Olympics that Serbia and Montenegro (formerly 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, as a result of the team's hard work under the guidance of the tranquil-natured, but steady handed coach Zoran Gajic, claiming the gold in Sydney 2000.

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. Just two years later in Germany, however, Serbia & Montenegro relinquished their European crown, ending the competition just outside the medal places in fourth.
That result prompted a change at the helm. 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 the “Blue Team” through a stunning 2003 World League campaign, which included a thrilling final against Brazil, before going down 31-29 in the fifth set, but after failing to come to an agreement with the national federation Vukovic quit and was replaced by Ljubomir Travica who took Serbia and Montenegro to a bronze medal finish at the 2003 World Cup.
With Travica at the helm and with Olympic qualification already in the bag, look out for Serbia and Montenegro to provide more of their power play through the World League as they look to work the combinations ahead of defending their Olympic title.

Prize Money
Serbia and Montenegro Total Prize money US$
5 092 000

Overall Standings for
Serbia and Montenegro
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
6 95 58 37 61.1