15 years ago, with Nikola Grbić as their setter and a young Ivan Miljković, 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 but still winning their 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 after that also the bronze medal match to France (0:3). In Tokyo Serbia and Montenegro suffered two setbacks in the final weekend of the Champs losing first to Brazil in the semi-finals (1:3) and then also the classification match with Bulgaria (1:3). Three years ago as Serbia was debuting under this denomination they won bronze in Rome (see picture) for their second World Championship medal in history. Serbia lost 2:3 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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