Sport

Sport in Serbia revolves mostly around team sports: football, basketball, water polo, volleyball, handball, and, more recently, tennis. The two main football clubs in Serbia are Red Star Belgrade and FK Partizan, both from capital Belgrade. Red Star is the only Serbian and former Yugoslav club that has won a UEFA competition, winning the 1991 European Cup in Bari, Italy. The same year in Tokyo, Japan, the club won the Intercontinental Cup. Partizan was the first team from Eastern Europe, which played in final of European Cup in 1966. Partizan is the first club from Serbia to take part in the UEFA Champions League group stages subsequent to the breakup of the Former Yugoslavia. The matches between two rival clubs are known as “Eternal Derby” (Serbian: Вечити дерби, Večiti derbi).

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Belgrade Arena, one of the largest sport venues in Europe

Serbia was host of EuroBasket 2005. FIBA considers Serbia national basketball team the direct descendant of the famous Yugoslavia national basketball team. KK Partizan was the European champion in 1992 with curiosity of winning the title, although playing all but one of the games (crucial quarter-final game vs. Knorr) on foreign grounds; FIBA decided not to allow teams from Former Yugoslavia play their home games at their home venues, because of open hostilities in the region. KK Partizan was not allowed to defend the title in the 1992–1993 seasons, because of UN sanction. Players from Serbia made deep footprint in history of basketball, having success both in the top leagues of Europe and in the NBA. Serbia is one of the traditional powerhouses of world basketball, winning various FIBA World Championships, multiple Eurobaskets and Olympic medals (albeit as FR Yugoslavia).

 

 

novak-djokovic-sNovak Djokovic, Current ranking No. 2 (September 13, 2010)

Serbian capital Belgrade hosted the 2006 Men’s European Water Polo Championship. The Serbia national water polo team was previously known as the Yugoslavia national water polo team. After becoming independent, Serbia have won 2006 European championship, finished as runner-up in 2008, won bronze medal at 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing and won the 2009 World championship held in Rome. VK Partizan won 6 titles of European champion and it is the second best European team in history of water polo.

Serbia and Italy were host nations at 2005 Men’s European Volleyball Championship. The Serbia men’s national volleyball team is the direct descendant of Yugoslavia men’s national volleyball team. After becoming independent, Serbia won bronze medal at 2007 Men’s European Volleyball Championship held in Moscow.

Serbian tennis players Novak Đoković, Ana Ivanović, Jelena Janković, Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjić and Janko Tipsarević are very successful and led to a popularisation of tennis in Serbia. In 2010 Serbia has become the 13th nation to win the Davis Cup title after completing a 3-2 victory over France.

Milorad Čavić and Nađa Higl in swimming, Olivera Jevtić, Dragutin Topić in athletics, Aleksandar Karakašević in table tennis, Jasna Šekarić in shooting are also very popular athletes in Serbia.

A Serbian Formula One team, Stefan Grand Prix, has attempted to obtain an entry for the 2010 Formula One season.

Serbia’s hosting sport events record:
HOSTED:
EuroBasket 2005
2005 Men’s European Volleyball Championship
2006 Men’s European Water Polo Championship
2006 Women’s European Water Polo Championship
2007 Table Tennis European Championships
2007 European Judo Championships
2009 Summer Universiade
2010 Karate World Championships
2010 Davis Cup World Group final
Will host:
2011 Women’s European Volleyball Championship
2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship
2012 European Men’s Handball Championship
2013 World Women’s Handball Championship
Potentially host:
2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships (candidature submitted)
Annually:
Belgrade Marathon
Serbia Open Tennis ATP World Tour 250 series
Tour de Serbie (Cycling)

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