Polish volleyball players celebrate their second European championship in history. Nikola Grbic’s players defeated the favored Italians 3-0. The Serb, who is usually famous for his calmness and composure, did not hide his great emotion after the success. In conversations with the media, he revealed the private reasons behind his tears.
The Polish national volleyball team followed suit. She added the European Championship to her 2023 Nations League gold. The White and Reds became the best team on the Old Continent for the second time in history. Nikola Grbic had the opportunity to taste victory in this event as a competitor in 2001. After 22 years, he got another chance. This time he had a strong reason for an unexpectedly emotional reaction.
Nikola Grbic explains the tears after the European Championship final
Since Nikola Grbic joined the Polish national team, the team brings home a medal from every event. So far, it was bronze in the 2022 Nations League, silver in the 2022 World Championships, gold in VNL 2023, and now also gold in the European Championships 2023. On the way to success in Italy, the White and Reds defeated the Belgians, Serbs, Slovenians, and finally the hosts in the knockout phase. tournament.
For many Polish fans, September 16 is associated with the anniversary of the death of Arkadiusz Gołaś. The Polish center died in an accident in 2005, just after the European Championships held in Rome. For Nikola Grbic, this day also brings sad memories. While everyone was celebrating his success, the Serb first kept a straight face, and later tears could be seen on his face. In an interview with Przegląd Sportowy Onet, he explained that the case was related, among other things, to the anniversary of his father’s death.
– It was the 15th anniversary of my father’s death and that was the main reason that brought tears. Moreover, memories of the European Championships in 2001, when I won the title as a player, came back. I’m not one of those people who cries often, but there were a lot of emotions, said Grbic.
Poles will fight for tickets to the Olympic Games
The last time Poles won European Championship gold was in 2009. The White and Reds will soon compete in the next tournament. At the turn of September and October, they will fight for tickets to the Olympic Games in Paris.