Serbia NT 2019

  • Yes I blocked you......but since you posted on Serbian NT I wanted to see who posted so I just clicked and it was you. I still have you blocked lol.

    Liesss! You can already see the name of the user when you see a blocked post, you don't need to click on the post.

    "I read all your messages but I still have blocked you" :lol:

  • I have ask to Serbian friends.

    As you may know there is conflict between Polish players and coach. President of Polish Federation said yesterday such words:

    In the dispute between the players and the coach, the association stood firmly on the side of the coach. What if the volleyball players signed under the letter do not want to play in the squad?

    President: We are not going to force anyone. Don't you want to play in the frame? It's hard, there are a few young players who can get a chance. Maybe it needs to be done like in the women's team of Serbia, where a few years ago there was also a rebellion against coach Zoran Terzic. The association threatened volleyballers with the withdrawal of certificates and the rebellion was ended. Terzić is still leading the team with great success.

    Is it true? I heard about conflict between Terzić and Spasojević or Djerislo, but nothing like that. Can you confirm and give some details?

  • There was never anything public, much less official about it. There were rumours that things were pretty bad after London and it's not really a secret a lot of people wanted Terzić gone, but from what I understand, it had more to do with the staff (some of which got replaced, team manager included) and the internal struggle for power within the federation and less with the players themselves. I don't doubt that some of them wanted the coach to changed, but I doubt it was 90% of the team. There were in fact some rumours that certain players (Rašić, Ognjenović) would quit IF Terzić got replaced.

  • IMO, the situation is very different.

    Terzić did/does have issues with individual players, not an actual rebellion of the whole team. Furthermore, unlike the Polish girls, Spasojević (and others) weren't forced to publicly outright speak against Terzić (even if the conflicts were public knowledge).

    Also, Terzić at that point already had big successes with the NT in his CV, so the federation had reason to put their trust in him. Nawrocki doesn't.

    I don't think the president of the Polish federation is right to make the comparison at all.

  • Highlights of Jovana's interview• "Before the start of national team season , I decided to miss it for personal reasons. My decision was first notified to the president of the Federation, Zoran Gajic, by phone ... After that, my club hosted Fenerbahce in Champions League, so on that occasion I spoke with the coach, who I informed of my decision. Then, in my estimation, there was nothing problematic. And after all, I personally met with the President of the federation in Belgrade and once again I felt his maximum support". _______________________________________________________Besides, you didn't want to talk to the press at first. "At that moment, I thought the most important thing was team's peace. I didn't want to make any scandals, girls had difficult tasks ahead of them and didn't need any additional stories about me. I've been waiting here for five-six months and I just want to tell you what really happened".___________________________________________ And where did this "famous" email end up? "After all, I received an email from the Federation to appear at the beginning of the preparations in May..Then, I replied to this email and wrote that both coach and president were informed that I was missing this season, ”Stevanovic says.

    After all, what next? “Nothing! My only wish was to tell the truth, so that there would be no more empty stories and lies, because it was no good to anyone. I wanted to miss one summer and go back to national team in 2020. To talk now about how much I love the national team and my country is superfluous. The only thing I know at this point is that my return to the national team is unrealistic, although the desire still exists. I wish the team all the luck, I will encourage them at the Olympic Games as well, because I know how much all the girls want to win gold, ”Jovana adds.

  • Those highlights didn't include the most important thing: when asked what's the exact reason why she wanted to skip this season, she said it's because she's not happy with her status on the NT and that her communication with Terzić is bad. Or in other words, she's not happy that Veljković had taken her place as a starter. So: gurl, bye.

    Also, she admits that Terzić never agreed with her decision to skip the NT season. He just didn't say anything, which made her think he's OK with it. :rolleyes:

  • The whole interview (in Serbian) is here:…-Nisam-otisla-mejlom.html

    I'm actually rather impressed the journalist had the guts to ask her all the real questions, like why she didn't want to play or what was Terzić's reaction and how the whole thing went down exactly.

    There's no doubt that Terzić was being super shady putting her on the spot like he did, but come to think about it, he never actually said he didn't know why she didn't want to play. He just said she was invited, didn't show up, and he didn't want to comment on it any further. That certainly is somewhat cynical, but with her reasons for not wanting to play this summer, she doesn't come out of this story looking good either, IMO.

  • I like Stevanovic as a player a lot but i must agree with probably Terzic mind that she does not deserve yet to skip a national team season on her own desicion. She was playing in the national team since 2015 and she can not compare herself with Rasic, Zivkovic and Malesevic whic played for national team since 2009.

    Terzic simply have a logic that if you refuse to play for national team without agreement with him, since that refuse, for you in national team have not space anymore and i am fine with that. And one more important thing which is not likeable for me is what she said about her status in national and JoanaBG translate that in true language. That is shameful, player like Veljkovic stay with national team for many years ago although ste did not always be a starter(actually usualy was not be a starter).

  • Kinda dumb for her to skip the NT season for that reason because Rasic skipped it as well so she actually would have got her chance to play and prove why she deserves to be a starter, meanwhile Mina Popovic showed up and showed why she should be in the roster for the OG. Honestly, she’s never played that great for the NT so I don’t see why she thinks she should be picked before Veljkovic.

  • I don`t believe the problem is that she lost the starting spot. Terzic probably did the same thing he did with Brakocevic, he went ahead and started with Veljkovic without letting Stevanovic know it before hand. Let`s not forget Terzic lied about Malagurski`s injury in the past as well. I do think he`s not good in communicating.

    And she talked with him in person, is not even like she called or texted. She showed him respect and he should have told her right there what he was thinking. But I feel like he simply did not care, and was like "whatever".

    It is like getting demoted at your job, without your boss talking with you before hand. But least this is my point of view. I just hope they can resolve this somehow, and this should come from Terzic.

    I don`t agree that she`s never played great. I think she has always got the job done and did she was supposed to....block and serve. With Boskovic/Mihajlovic their middles job mainly is to block. Mina Popovic did amazing this summer, but Stevanovic is still a stronger blocker.

  • Yes she talked to him in real, but she does not aks them for skip the season she said to him that she will not play this season. Terzic does not admit that. Actually he simply never call she to join national team.

    She can not make decision when she play when she does not play for national team, she make decision that she will not play this season, Terzic make decision that he will not call her anymore because that move.

    She could make a deal with him actually try to make a deal but she must not just to say him that she make a deceision not to play, she can actually but she must geat ready to consequence.

  • What Joana said (and what I have been telling since early summer); she is pissed that Veljkovic has taken over her place in the starting lineup (it started in 2017, but it became really obvious in 2018), and that's why she decided to strike back at Terzic in a passive-agressive way by skipping this year. This interview is nothing more than trying to put out the PR fire (no doubt she has heard the rumours spreading of her motives), and present herself in a more positive light.

  • Why the hell should Terzic ask permission of Stevanovic to let Veljkovic play?:what: Veljkovic has been in the NT way earlier than Stevanovic and the decision over who will be starter is totally up to trainer. Starting spot is not any player's permanent property

  • Why the hell should Terzic ask permission of Stevanovic to let Veljkovic play?:what: Veljkovic has been in the NT way earlier than Stevanovic and the decision over who will be starter is totally up to trainer. Starting spot is not any player's permanent property

    It is not asking permission. .....Just letting her know the reason of why he would start with Veljkovi. This way Stevanovic will know what she needs to improve on her game.

  • It is not asking permission. .....Just letting her know the reason of why he would start with Veljkovi. This way Stevanovic will know what she needs to improve on her game.

    I agree. He should've explained that to her.. I remember reading Mc Cutcheon told Harmotto if she wants to make the roster in London she had to improve her serve.. so she did. When the practice was over she was practicing alone, improving her serve

  • You guys are assuming he didn't tell her anything. In fact, it was already apparent Stefana had precedence over Jovana back in 2017, but the absence of Milena for much of that summer masked that fact (rest assured, not to Jovana herself, who would have been all too aware of the situation). However, in 2018, that could no longer be avoided, and it became clear to everyone that Jovana is now a bench player. Only THEN did she start to make trouble, and to conveniently "pause for a year" (after only 4 years in NT!). So this is not something that has arisen only this year.

    If I may conjecture, I think the reason that Stevanovic is acting with this much entitlement is that, AFAIK, she is only one of 3 players in the history of Serbian female volleyball to immediately get starting position the very first year in NT, and to keep it beyond that first year (the other two are, of course, Boskovic and Mihajlovic, although Brankica would probably not have been the starter if everyone was healthy in 2012). Furthermore (and this is an even bigger conjecture, which I freely admit might be reaching), the year she joined, 2015, is the year Serbian NT really exploded, and started regularly getting medals from all the big competitions. That may have even further inflated her own self-importance.

    In this, she stands in sharp contrast to her rival Stefana, who spent her first 9 years in NT being almost always the 3rd MB. She didn't mind, and patiently waited for her opportunity to become an established starter, helping in the meantime from the bench, which should make one even less sympathetic toward Stevanovic's antics.

  • I believe that Terzic said every time when he have any impression about player skills and what they needs to improve. Certainly something that is known about Terzic is he appreciates the effort of the players and everyone gets a chance, but of course he always chosses team for which he thinks will bring the best possible result at that very moment. That is the poent of the team the result of the team as team not every individual for himself.

    Results of Serbian national team they speak for themselves. Maybe Terzic is not the most sympatic of the world but he certainly does not owe an explanation why some is playing before was Stevanovic or someone else. She did not have to make all the drama, she obviously want to skip the season to rest and i completly understand that but that is not way for deserve the spot in the team like Serbia and she does not have an extra right(everyone is worl hard and everyonw want a rest). If she does not understand that in that case team Serbia does not need her.

  • That was not my point. Veljkovic together with Antonijevic has been my favorite Serbian player since forever.. and I am really happy she's starting over Stevanovic. Also I might be one of the few who called Jovana out on never playing as exeptional for the NT as she was for Pomi (her club then). So actually I think Stefana's starting position is very much deserved