Serbia hope to write new chapter in World Champs success story
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.
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.