What do I think of when someone says Serbia? SPORTS

31 Jan

Serbia is a small country but they are tough, determined and very competitive  when it comes to athletics! Serbia is a nation of athletes. The most popular sports are soccer, basketball, tennis, water polo, handball and volleyball. It seems that every young person I know is involved in some sport. Their national teams have had lots of success in each of the following….

Basketball…… Serbia is known throughout the world as a basketball powerhouse… There is a saying that says “Canadians invented basketball but the Yugoslavs perfected it”  Serbia  boasts over 20+ former and current NBA players… including:

Vlade Divac– former LA Laker favorite

Predrag Stojakovic– three time NBA all-star and Dallas Maverick

and current greats like Vladimir Radmanovic, Darko Milicic-the 2nd pick in the 2003 NBA draft behind Lebron James and Aleksandar Pavlovic.

If you group Yugoslavias medals in with Serbia.. They have 5 Gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in the FIBA World championship…. one of their most memorable wins was defeating the USA “NBA star filled ” team  in Indianapolis in 2002. They also hold 8 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals in the European Baskeball championships and 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze in Olympic competition. And who knows where Serbia could be now  had it not been for them being restricted from playing for a few years  during the 90’s as punishment for their involvement in the wars.

Waterpolo…..Serbia is also known throughout the world as a dominate force in waterpolo…. Serbia won the 2006 European championship,and again this year! They were the runner up in 2008. They won they won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics and won the 2009 World Championship!

Handball…..Serbia is also a force in handball. Prior to visiting Serbia… i knew nothing about handball! I have grown to love the sport! It is very exciting and full of action. Serbia has won two bronze medals in the World Handball Championships and one silver in this years European Championship and a bronze in years past.

Volleyball….. Serbia is also one of the top world players in volleyball. They won the bronze in the 2007 European Championship and the gold in 2011! They will be a force for many years to come!!

Tennis……Tennis, tennis, tennis….. I bet you have never heard of Novak Djokovic! :)… He is the #1 tennis player in the world and a Serbian icon! He has brought pride to every corner of Serbia and is a helping to squash the former, media generated image of Serbians. He became a tennis pro in 2003 and carries a career record of 401-111 and holds 29 titles … the most recent was the longest match in Grand Slam history at the Australian Open in a 5 hr and 53 min victory over Nadal.  WE ALL LOVE DJOKOVIC!

Soccer or “football” …. Last but not least in popularity is soccer or “football” as it is known in Serbia and most places throughout the world. The two most popular teams are Partizan and Red Star. I have yet to experience a soccer match in Serbia. I am petrified of the “hooligans” or the PASSIONATE fans of both teams. Many fights, brawls, yelling matches , etc … erupt over this sport!!! I have been told its not safe to wear red and white or black and white when wandering the streets in Belgrade and Novi Sad.  It seems that half of the country likes Partizan and half the country likes Red Star… I stay out our it for my own safety! :)… Red Star was founded in 1945 as the “United alliance of anti-facist youth” and Partizan was “the club of Yugoslav Peoples Army.” When the play each other it is known as the “ETERNAL DERBY.”  The Partizan fans are known as “gravediggers” while the Red Star fans have been known to be called “Delije or Cigani” the latter meaning GYPSIES. Since 2008 Partizan has dominated the derby winning by a score of 8-1 with one tie…


Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Through my eyes


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16 responses to “What do I think of when someone says Serbia? SPORTS

  1. Marko Milankovic

    January 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Hello Charles. Great post. Also, voleyball GOLD MEDAL in 2000 Olympic games. (Atalanta if I am correct). In water polo only medal that is missing is gold at the Olympics. So the boys are going for it in London this year!
    Honestly, in handball we were not on the map in the last ten years. Mainly because of the poor management in handball federation. (my opinion) But we are back now. We still need to qualify for the Londan. It will be very hard.
    Basketball, now we are in slow streak national team wise, but will be back. Partizan is doing great in the Euro ligue and matches are great to see. Atmosphere is fantastic and thing to feel it live.
    You wrote correctly about Pedja and Divac but forgot one before them. PISTOL Pety Marovich. Grandfather and father immigrate from Serbia to US. Great player and one of the first showmans in the history of the game. Peter cames from serbian name Petar (holy man that gards door of heaven in Orthodox Serbian religion).
    Soccer (football) even most popular is suffering the most. We did not qualify for the Euro 2012 and in the last WC did not came out of the group stage. Not good. Again poor management in the federeation and a lot of problems.
    Sports is only thing in our country which is good. Everything else is spoiled by bad politicians and evil money hungry individuals. Unfortunately, those people are rushing in sports as well, with only goal to earn money by esploiting others. If honest people do not raise soon against their tirrany any time soon, sports will be destroyed, and we will have nothing to cheer for!

    • cather76

      February 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      hey buddy.. thanks a million… wow.. i appreciate the info. i will have to update it.. you are the best…

  2. downthelines

    January 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Nice article, I just posted something about serbia and tennis. tell me what you think:

    • cather76

      January 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      thanks mate… you are the best.. .let me read yours…

  3. Rade ParadoxGentleman

    February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    btw charles, it`s only “Delije” not Cigani!!! Remmember that!

    • cather76

      February 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I have had manyyyyyyyyyyy of my buddies tell me its both and also another one that means RAT…

  4. БелиОраоСрбија

    February 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    My advice to you is not to get into sides with red star & partizan, you can only dig a hole for yourself.

  5. Rade ParadoxGentleman

    February 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Thats what Grobari call Delije, its not official name of fan or anything… they call us baceuse they want to upset us 😀

    • Marko Milankovic

      February 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Covek lepo napise o SRPSKOM sportu, a ti mesas navijacka sranja. Da izvines na izrazu. Koga uopste zanima ko su ovi a ko oni. Podrzavam i postujem tvoje misljenje, nazalost ovde mu nije mesto.

    • cather76

      February 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      ohhhh.. gotcha.. thanks for your info.. you are always full of good info…

  6. Olgita

    February 26, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Serbia is going to take over the whole sports world some day 🙂 But I think your title should be “When we think of Serbia, we think Novak Djokovic.” No doubt, he is the most famous Serb of today. Wouldn’t it be amazing if he won all Grand Slams this year. Go Nole!

    • cather76

      February 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      hahaha..great point!! I agree!!! thanks for reading!

  7. Lauren

    March 6, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Charles, just want to show you there is an NHL player of Serbian descent, who won the Stanley Cup last year with the Bruins, Milan Lucic. He brought the cup to a Serbian church in Canada. Here is the youtube video.

    • cather76

      March 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      wow.. that is awesome!!! i had not heard of him.. thanks for your comment!

  8. Bogi

    October 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Red Star was European and World football champion back in 1991. Probably the hardesta achievement of them all!

    Just to say that you are doing fantastic thing for my country, all the best!

    • cather76

      October 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      🙂 thanks for reading…


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