Nikola Kovacevic confident about Serbia’s chances in 2014 World League
Kovacevic has recorded 95 caps with the Serbian national team in the World League claiming two silver medals in 2008 and 2009, and one bronze in 2010. Kovacevic is expected to play his 100th game in the upcoming edition of the FIVB’s premiere event.
Kovacevic’s resume also includes a gold medal from the 2011 European Championship, two bronze medals from the 2007 and 2013 editions of that same competition, as well as another bronze from the 2010 FIVB Volleyball World Championship held in Italy.
Kovacevic is a two-time Olympian, he played in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. After spending his career in Greece, Poland and Russia, he recently returned to Italy joining forces with the team of Calzedonia Verona, which is mentored by triple world champion Andrea Giani.
“The core of the team has not changed,” Kovacevic says about the upcoming World League where Serbia will play home and away matches with Russia, Bulgaria and USA. “However, our young players are a lot more experienced now because they have played quality matches with their clubs this season. This means we can rely 100% on them as well.
“For this reason I think we can improve on our result from last year,” added Kovacevic. “We are in a very strong Pool, so we have a tough challenge ahead. But we are the bronze medallists from the last European Championship and so we are not afraid of anyone. I hope that many fans will come to support us in our home matches and that we will not disappoint them.”