Serbia legend Brdjovic passes away


Lausanne, Switzerland, December 22, 2015 – The FIVB is sad to report the news of the passing away of Yugoslavia and Serbia legend Dejan Brdjovic, in his apartment in Belgrade on Monday at the age of 49.

He had just returned from Szeczin, where he coached the local club of Espadon in Polish Men’s Division II, to celebrate Christmas with his family.

Born on 21 February 1966 in Kraljevo, Brdjovic began his career in his native Zica, which he then continued in the clubs of Ribnica and Crvena zvezda. He came to his own with Red Star Belgrade, before a stint in Greece, where he led Olympiacos Piraues to league titles in 1993 and 1994 and a national Cup in 1993. He also played in AEK and Orestiada in Greece; in Roma, Milan, Loreto and Lube in Italy; and ended his playing career in 2006 with Radnicki Kragujevac.

Brdjovic had been part as captain of the Yugoslav team that won the bronze medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. He also won a silver and a bronze at the European Championships, a silver at the 1991 Mediterranean Games in Athens, and a gold medal at the 1996 University Games in Zagreb.

Brdjovic had also been part of the first Yugoslav team in the FIVB Volleyball World League in 1997. 

“I still can't believe he's gone,” former Yugoslavia coach Zoran Gajic said. “He was part of the generation that brought our volleyball to the top of the world.”

As a coach Brdjovic led the women's team of Italy's Asystel Novara to third place in the 2008 European Champions League. Last season he coached Azerbaijan's Rabita Baku in the Champions League.

Brdovic is survived by his wife Helen, his son Aleksa, setter of the current Serbia National Team and daughter Aleksandra, who plays for Red Star Belgrade.

A commemoration service for Brdovic will take place on Wednesday, December 23, 10:30 local time in Kraljevo, before his body will be laid to rest at 13:00 in Zica.