These nations last met in a European Olympic Qualification tournament on 12 January 2008, when Serbia beat the Netherlands 3-0 in the semi-finals.
On 5 January 2000, Yugoslavia claimed a straight-set victory over the Netherlands in the 2000 European Olympic Qualification tournament.
The last time the Netherlands beat Serbia in a world level major competition (World Championship, World League, Olympic Games, Grand Champions Cup, World Cup and Volleyball Nations League) was on 25 May 2003, when they beat Serbia and Montenegro 3-1 in the 2003 World League.
The Netherlands are hoping to qualify for their seventh Olympic Games, and in their first since 2004. The Netherlands won Olympic gold in 1996 and silver in 1992.
The Netherlands' last two Olympic participations (2000, 2004) both came after qualifying in an Intercontinental Olympic Qualification tournament.
This century, the Netherlands lost in the final of the 2004 European Olympic Qualification tournament (3-0 loss against Russia), while finishing third in 2000 and 2008. They did not compete in 2012 and 2016.
The Netherlands finished second in their group in last year's Intercontinental Olympic Qualification tournament in Rotterdam, losing to the United States after beating South Korea and Belgium.
Serbia lost their opening encounter during the CEV Tokyo Volleyball Olympic Qualification 2020 in straight sets against France.
Serbia (and predecessors) could miss out on back-to-back Olympic Games for the first time since 1984-1992 (3 times).
Serbia appeared in each of the last three European Olympic Qualification tournaments. They won the tournament in 2008, finished joint-third in 2012 and took fifth place in 2016.
Nemanja Petric (14) and Alexander Atanasijevic (12) reached double figures in scoring against France.
Srecko Lisinac (3) had the most blocks off all players in Serbia's match against France.
First RefereeSusana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVAESPSecond RefereeEpaminondas GEROTHODOROSGRE
Volleyball fans have ‘nicknamed’ the iconic Max-Schmeling-Halle ‘Germany’s Volleyball temple’. Actually, it is much more than just that – since this venue has played host to an impressive number of major international competitions as well, such as the 2002 FIVB Women’s World Championship, 2003 EuroVolley Men, 2013 EuroVolley Women, as well as the historic CEV Champions League Volley 2019 Super Finals back in May – to name only a few highlights. The Hall also plays as hosts to the Berlin Recycling Volleys, Germany's most decorated volleyball club with 10 Bundesliga titles and a CEV cup title in 2015/2016. The arena is located at Am Falkpl. 1, 10437 Berlin, Germany and holds up to 12,000 spectators. Capacity: 8533
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- All Time
- Birth Date: 2/5/1992
- Birth Place: Sliedrecht
- Height: 201 cm
- Birth Date: 5/29/1993
- Birth Place: Schiedam
- Height: 197 cm
- Birth Date: 1/24/1990
- Birth Place: Renswoude
- Height: 200 cm
- Birth Date: 9/18/1991
- Birth Place: Nijverdal
- Height: 204 cm
- Birth Date: 6/7/1993
- Birth Place: Schoonhoven
- Height: 187 cm
- Birth Date: 11/17/1990
- Birth Place: Voorschoten
- Height: 202 cm
- Birth Date: 3/19/1986
- Birth Place: Lochem
- Height: 190 cm
- Birth Date: 12/31/1989
- Birth Place: Eindhoven
- Height: 201 cm
- Birth Date: 5/21/1998
- Birth Place: Smallingerland
- Height: 193 cm
- Birth Date: 5/7/1991
- Birth Place: Rijssen
- Height: 199 cm
- Birth Date: 11/23/1991
- Birth Place: Reading
- Height: 203 cm
- Birth Date: 4/28/1990
- Birth Place: THE NETHERLANDS
- Height: 192 cm
Nikola JOVOVIC close-up
Nimir ABDEL AZIZ serves
Serve of Srecko LISINAC
Aerial view of the game
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Serbia recovers with a straight-setter over Netherlands
Serbia rebounded from Sunday’s straight-set loss to France with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-17) straight-set win over the Netherlands on Monday. With setter Nikola Jovovic doing a great job both in distributing Serbia’s attacks and from the serving line, the southern European side quickly broke away with a 9-4 lead and then kept pace to cruise to a 25-18 first-set win, despite the impeccable spiking of Thijs Ter Horst on the other side of the net. In the second set, the Dutch fortress held up only through 6-6, after which Aleksandar Atanasijevic and his teammates gained control and built nicely to another 25-18 close. Nine points in a row, with Nemanja Petric behind the serving line, flipped the score from a 6-2 Dutch lead to an 11-6 Serbian advantage in the third set, a blow the Netherlands could no longer recover from. Even with some sub-ins on the court, captain Petric, also perfect in attack, led Serbia to a 25-17 win. He became the best scorer of the match with 15 points to his name.
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of THE NETHERLANDS compared to SERBIA.
THE NETHERLANDS number of service aces compared to SERBIA
Errors leading to points of THE NETHERLANDS, next to those from SERBIA
Nemanja Petric, Serbia's Captain: “We made a great start today and were really aggressive on the service. All players had a great concentration and focus on the field. It is great to have a free day tomorrow because it is Christmas in Serbia. Of course we will need it to prepare for Bulgaria. This is an important game for us; they are a great team with a lot of strong players.”