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Serbia & 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 where he saw his side finish fourth behind Italy, France and Russia. A wildcard helped Travica and Serbia and Montenegro reach the World Cup and this is where he showed his 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 one year into his new role
he is starting to put all his tricks into use.

His preparation for the Olympics included resting some of his big stars during the 2004 World League. Now is the
time to see if he can work his magic to make those stars fire in Athens in an effort to collect consecutive gold medals.