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Team manager VUJACIC Milan
Head coach KOLAKOVIC Igor
Assistant coach BULATOVIC Zeljko
Doctor MARTINOVIC Ljuban
Therapist / trainer JOKSIMOVIC Sasa
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  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Branimir Peric Peric 26.05.1981 198 90 335 320 Tiscali Cagliari (ITA)
2   Dejan Bojovic Bojovic 03.04.1983 198 96 360 345 Toray Arrows (JPN)
3 Novica Bjelica Bjelica 09.02.1983 202 97 343 324 Copra Piacenza (ITA)
4   Bojan Janic Janic 11.03.1982 198 83 345 322 Trefl Pilka Siatkowa (POL)
5 Aleksandar Mitrovic Mitrovic 24.09.1982 195 93 350 324 Halk Bankasi SK Ankara (TUR)
6   Nikola Kovacevic Kovacevic N. 14.02.1983 193 78 350 340 Calzedonia Verona (ITA)
7 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 Trefl Pilka Siatkowa (POL)
9 Vlado Petkovic Petkovic V. 06.01.1983 198 97 325 318 Shahrdari Urmia SC (IRN)
10   Nemanja Dukic Dukic 23.04.1983 194 87 345 330 Buducnost PB Podgorica (MNE)
11 Milos Nikic Nikic 31.03.1986 194 79 350 330 Gubernia Nizhniy Novgorod (RUS
C 12   Andrija Geric Geric 24.01.1977 203 101 350 323 Panathinaikos (GRE)
13 Tomislav Dokic Dokic 27.02.1986 204 97 355 325 Foinikas SC Syros Isleand (GRE
14   Ivan Miljkovic Miljkovic 13.09.1979 206 104 354 333 Fenerbahce Istabul (TUR)
15 Sasa Starovic Starovic 19.10.1988 207 89 335 321 Andreoli Latina (ITA)
16   Ivan Ilic Ilic M. Ivan 19.12.1976 194 85 330 315 Aon HotVolleys Vienna (AUT)
17 Dejan Radic Radic 06.11.1984 200 95 360 340 Vojvodina NS Seme (SRB)
18   Marko Podrascanin Podrascanin 29.08.1987 203 100 354 332 Sir Safety Perugia (ITA)
L 19 Nikola Rosic Rosic 05.08.1984 192 85 330 320 S.C.M.U. CRAIOVA (ROU)
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

No team in the world has stirred the waters of Volleyball in the last ten years more than the Team of Yugoslavia. When Yugoslavia appeared in the qualification rounds for the European Championships in 1995, no one expected the team to finish third after many years of sanctions in the sports.

It seems, after all, that this third place was only the beginning of brilliant results. Not even the oldest of Volleyball fans can recall when one team defeated Italy and Russia in the semi-finals and finals.

But that is only a fact evoking the power, the will, and the quality of the Yugoslav Team. Led from the bench by a professionally tranquil Zoran Gajic, and on the court by the sure moves of the Grbic Brothers, the fatal services of Vujevic, elected best server in the last World Championships, the stopping blocks of Geric and Mešter, and in attack the devastating spikes of one of the best young Volleyball players in the world, Ivan Miljkovic, the Yugoslav Team stands at the very top of the world Volleyball.

In 2002, Veselin Vukovic replaced Zoran Gajic on the bench. In the 2003 World League- for the first time with its new name – Serbia and Montenegro lost in the final against Brazil.

In 2005, Serbia and Montengro had the great honour of organising the World League Finals. In the incredible final in front of 18'140 spectators in the Belgrade Sports Hall, the host was beaten by Brazil. Ivan Miljkovic was nominated MVP and best server of the tournament, thus becoming the first player in the World League history to be crowned MVP four times (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005).

The 2006 World Championships was the last competition played by the National team of Serbia & Montenegro. Starting from January 1st, 2007 the National Team of SERBIA will try to keep on with this great success (15 medals in 11 years).

  Igor Kolakovic replaced Ljuba Travica on the bench of the “Blue Team” just before the 2006 World Championships, after assisting him for three years.

Kolakovic was born on June 4, 1965, in Podgorica, where he actually started his playing and coaching career. He played for the VC “Buducnost” of Podgorica and “Partizan” of Belgrade from 1979 until 1997, when he became Head Coach of the Podgorica Team. He played as a setter, and in 1997 he was one of the most experienced players in the team.

As VC “Buducnost” was looking for a coach, Kolakovic accepted this challenge and practically came to sit on the bench right from the court.

- Setter is practically the ideologist of the game and we usually say he is the coach on the court. I accepted the offer and never regretted it. There is a significant difference between being on the court and on the bench. On the court, you are a player who gives all to the team. As a coach, you do not think of yourself, you think of the team as a whole. It is a more complex job, way of thinking, as you must consider everything: organization of training, matches, competitions, events…, explained simply Kolakovic.

It is worth noting that Igor’s wife, Sandra, is the coach of the Serbian Women’s National Handball Team, and former handball National Team player.

- We often speak about sport in general, but neither Sandra nor I discuss just volleyball or handball. We do exchange our experiences, but do not go into the details of each sport.

From his playing career, he stresses the two double crowns (Championships and Cup), he won with VC “Partizan”, "because of the way we lived, worked, played, had fun”. His specific emotions, when speaking of his coaching career are related to the first of the two titles on the bench of his VC “Buducnost”. In the National Team of Serbia and Montenegro he spent three years as Assistant Coach to Ljubomir Travica.

- The quality of this Team is that they all respond when they are called to take part in National Team events. It is obvious that in other sport the cult of "playing for the National Team" slowly disappears. To this moment, no volleyball player ever refused to play for the National Team, so that, together with the players' and everyone else's to win all these trophies, that is the greatest quality of the “Blue Team” – continues Kolakovic.

The debut on the bench of the same “Blue Team” for Kolakovic was in the World Championships in Japan, and he will continue with his work in 2007 and 2008.

- The challenge is enormous and the aims are always the highest possible when we are speaking of the National Team of Serbia. It would be absolutely extraordinary if we entered the contest for a medal in the next competititions - realistically added Kolakovic.

- In our C Pool, except for Egypt, there are teams from the very top of world volleyball, like Russia and Cuba. In my opinion, our group is quite fitting, but we will try to reach the Final Six tournament. – explained Kolakovic.