The lack of money has taken a toll on Serbian clubs as only one out of seven teams, four in Women’s and three in Men’s competition, that gained the right to compete in European Cups in the 2019/20 season will actually participate.
These seven teams from Serbia that were eligible for taking part in European Cups in accordance with the placement in top divisions and national cups at the end of the last season are: in Women’s competition – Železničar Lajkovac (CEV Champions League), Crvena zvezda Belgrade (CEV Cup), and Jedinstvo Stara Pazova and Vizura (CEV Challenge Cup); in Men’s competition – Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (CEV Champions League), Crvena zvezda Belgrade (CEV Cup), and MOK Spartak Subotica (CEV Challenge Cup).
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad, who won the title in the Serbian Men’s Championship, will be the only Serbian representatives in Europe next season. They applied for competing in the CEV Champions League and will play the Qualifications. Other six teams gave up on participating due to financial reasons.
This is a huge blow for such a big volleyball nation like Serbia, one-time Olympic Games and FIVB World League winners (Men’s national team), four-time CEV EuroVolley gold medalists (Men’s and Women’s national team two times each), and one-time FIVB World Championship winners (Women’s national team).
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