Vladimir “Vanja” Grbić (Serbian: Владимир “Вања” Грбић; born December 14, 1970) is a Serbian volleyball player. He is 193 cm and plays as passer-side attacker. He was born in Klek, then in the Socialist Republic of Serbia, Yugoslavia, now in Serbia. He is Nikola Grbić’s brother and currently plays for Fenerbahçe Istanbul in the Turkish volleyball championship.
Association of Serbian National Team Players decided to give the “Fair Play” award for the year 2006 to Vladimir Vanja Grbic.
The decision was made by the Governing Committee of the Association.
In the details of this decision it is cited that Vanja Grbic is the new knight of fair play virtue, who marked Yugoslav, Serbian and world volleyball playing for the national team more than 242 times. Vanja Grbić won the gold medal at the Olympics in 2000, and bronze medal in 1996, silver medal at the World Championship in 1998, and gold (2001), silver (1997), and two bronze medals (1995, 1997) at the European Championships. He was the Best European Player in 2000, and several times the best sportsman of his country. Vanja Grbic is person with high moral standards, man of character, altruist, humanist…
The FIVB, respecting his devotion to the volleyball movement in the widest of all senses, at the Congress held from October 23rd to 25th, 2006, in Tokyo, elected Vanja Grbic in the Commission for the Development of World Volleyball (for the first time in the history an active player gets to be a member of FIVB Commission). Vanja Grbic, from the start of his career, was man who strikes you with his psychophysical strength, volleyball skill, and stability. When most needed, he contributed immensely to the rise of the esteem for Serbian country and Serbian volleyball. Vanja Grbic is truly a loving character in the volleyball world, in the world of sports, and in everyday life. He is the real ambassador of his country, role model for generations of players yet to come.