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Legend Grbic named Serbia coach

Nikola Grbic retired as a player last year and is already proving his worth as a coach at Italian club Perugia
Belgrade, Serbia, February 3, 2015 – Former Serbia captain and Olympic champion Nikola Grbić was unveiled as the new coach of the senior men's team on Tuesday, with the 41-year-old saying he is “honoured” to be taking on his new role.

Grbić will take charge of the team once he has finished his duties as coach at Italian club Sir Safety Perugia. 

Serbia face Australia, Brazil and Italy in Pool A of this year’s FIVB Volleyball World League.

A volleyball legend for over a decade, Grbić turned out for Serbia from 1995 to 2010, winning gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as well as bronze four years earlier at Atlanta 1996. He was also on the podium at two FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships, clinching silver at the 1998 edition and bronze in his final match for Serbia at the 2010 tournament in Rome. He was also named Best Setter at the same competition.

Grbić also celebrated success in the World League, winning silver four times and bronze twice as well as gold, silver and four bronze medals at the European Championships.

"Of course, I am very honoured to have this opportunity with the national team of Serbia,” Grbić said following the appointment. “It is also a great obligation. I am beginning my career as a head coach and there is a lot more to learn.”


The former player retired from volleyball last season, winning the Russian championship with Zenit Kazan. He then took the reins at Perugia, who currently sit fourth in the Italian Superlega. He also led them to qualification for the next round of the CEV Champions League, topping Pool G with five wins from six.

“I played for very long time, but this is something completely different,” he admitted. “Now, as a coach, I have to think about many more things. But I was fortunate enough to work with the world’s best coaches during my career, so this helps me a lot. 

“As for the national team, I know these guys, and I think that this is an advantage. I played with many of them, they are good guys, real professional athletes, so I will not have any problems in that sense. 

“Now, I have to review the calendar for this year, and I have to speak with coaches of our younger teams. I am not in Serbia right now, so I do not have a clear picture of our young prospects. One thing is certain, though, as a player I always aimed for the highest goals, and as a coach I am no different.”



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