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Serbia hope to write new chapter in World Champs success story

Serbia after their 2010 World Championship win

Belgrade, Serbia, November 29, 2013 – Serbia will be pulling out all the stops when they take part in the final round of European Confederation qualifiers for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in the Serbian town of Nis from January 3 to 5, 2014 where they will play Portugal, Slovenia, and the F.Y.R. of Macedonia.

Together with Brazil, Serbia is the only team that has made the semi-finals of FIVB World Championships since the 1998 edition in Japan.

Italy and Cuba have achieved this goal twice while Russia, France, Poland, and Bulgaria have all made it to the semis only once since 1998 up to the last edition held in Italy in 2010.

15 years ago, with Nikola Grbic as their setter and a young Ivan Miljkovic, the then Yugoslavia made it to the final of the 1998 World Championship in Japan losing there in straight sets to Italy after beating Cuba in the semis. It was Serbia first medal ever in the competition.

Yugoslavia and then Serbia and Montenegro settled for fourth place at the 2002 and 2006 World Championships held in Argentina and Japan respectively. In Buenos Aires Yugoslavia lost 1-3 to Brazil in the semis and subsequently suffered another defeat in the bronze medal match against France (0-3).

In Tokyo, Serbia and Montenegro suffered two setbacks in the final weekend of the Championship losing first to Brazil in the semi-finals (1-3) and then also the classification match with Bulgaria (1-3).

Three years ago, competing as Serbia, the country won bronze in Rome, taking their second World Championship medal.  Serbia lost 2-3 in a dramatic semi-final with Cuba before edging Italy 3-1 to settle for third place.

This year Serbia won bronze at the CEV Volleyball European Championship in Denmark and also a silver medal at the inaugural U23 World Championship in Uberlandia, Brazil.

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