Vladimir Grbić

Vladimir "Vanja" Grbić (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Грбић Вања; born 14 December 1970) is a former Serbian volleyball player. He is 193 cm and played as passer-side attacker. He is Nikola Grbić's brother and a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Vladimir Grbić
Vladimir Grbić.jpg
Personal information
Full nameVladimir Grbić
Born (1970-12-14) 14 December 1970 (age 49)
Klek, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)
Spike360 cm (140 in)
Block350 cm (140 in)
National team
 FR Yugoslavia
 Serbia and Montenegro


With the national volleyball team of FR Yugoslavia, he won a gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal in 1996 at Atlanta.[1]

Yugoslav Olympic Committee declared Grbić the best sportsman of the year in 1996 and 2000,[2] and in the 1999 and 2000, he received a Golden Badge, award for best athlete in Yugoslavia.

In December 2010, he briefly considered making a comeback to the sport at the age of 40 due to an offer from Iran. Grbić visited the country in late December but came back disatisifed saying that terms promised to him were not met and ended up not signing the contract. Vladimir and Nikola's father Miloš Grbić was also into volleyball and was a team member Yugoslavia. Vladimir's wife Sara Grbić-Peković dealt with karate.[3] Vladimir played in a total of 242 matches for his National Team until his retirement in 2009 at the age of 38. Vladimir Grbić was known for his powerful attacks and precision passing on the volleyball court, but was a true sportsman representing Yugoslavia and then Serbia with the highest of moral standards and his exceptional character.


Club Country From To
Mladost Zagreb   Yugoslavia 1990 1991
Vojvodina Novi Sad   Yugoslavia 1991 1992
Antonveneta Padova   Italy 1992 1995
Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo   Italy 1995 1997
São Paulo   Brazil 1997 1998
Roma Volley   Italy 1998 2001
Osaka Blazers   Japan 2001 2002
P.A.O.K.   Greece 2002 2003
Dynamo Moscow   Russia 2003 2004
Andreoli Latina   Italy 2004 2007
Fenerbahçe Istanbul   Turkey 2007 2009

External linksEdit


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20191129074902/http://www.espn.com/oly/summer00/news/2000/0930/794098.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 20, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Niša od angažmana Vanje Grbića u Iranu[permanent dead link];Blic, 31 December 2010
Preceded by
Dejan Bodiroga
  The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
1999, 2000
Succeeded by
Aleksandar Šoštar
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Igor Milanović
Flagbearer for   FR Yugoslavia
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Dejan Bodiroga
(for   Serbia and Montenegro)