|Šapić in April 2008.|
|President of New Belgrade municipality|
27 June 2012
|Preceded by||Nenad Milenković|
|President of the DS branch for the city of Belgrade|
2011 – 8 Jun 2013
|Preceded by||Dragan Đilas|
|Succeeded by||Balša Božović|
June 1, 1978 |
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Independent (2014–)
Democratic Party (2006–2014)
Aleksandar "Aca" Šapić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Шапић - Аца; born 1 June 1978 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a Serbian politician and a retired water polo player. Currently, he's the president of the municipality of New Belgrade.
At 1.88m and 100 kg during his playing days, and a professional career that lasted from 1993 until 2009, he's considered by many to be one of the greatest water polo players of all time. As an instrumental part of the Serbia and Montenegro national water polo team, Šapić won gold at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal. He also won three Olympic medals: a bronze medal in Beijing 2008, silver medal in Athens 2004, along with a bronze from Sydney 2000.
Water polo club career
Šapić started playing water polo at the age of 8. After going through all the age groups at VK Crvena Zvezda, Šapić transferred to VK Partizan in December 1991 after his previous club's pool in New Belgrade was closed down. In his first year at Partizan he made his senior debut at only 13 years of age.
After year and a half in black-and-white part of Belgrade, he went back to Red Star for the 1992/93 season as an established national team player.
Next seven seasons Šapić spent in VK Bečej where he won six Yugoslav league titles and six Yugoslav Cups. He also led the team to the 1999/00 European Champions League title, scoring 5 goals in the final versus Zagreb's HAVK Mladost. He was also that year's Champions League best scorer with 39 goals on the season. 
After Bečej got dissolved due to financial difficulties, Šapić moved to Italian league in late summer 2001 and spent three seasons with Camogli.
In the summer of 2004 Šapić switched teams again, going this time to Savona. He led the club to the Italian league title in his first season.
In 2005/06 Šapić was already one of top five paid players in the sport when towards the end of the season Russian water polo club Shturm offered him $300,000 per season (huge sum of money in water polo terms), which would make him the single best paid player in the world. 
At the end of 2005/06 season, powerhouse Savona, featuring Šapić, Tamás Kásás, Bogdan Rath and Viktor Jelenić, made it to LEN Champions League Final Four in Dubrovnik but lost 8-9 in a tense semi-final to host VK Jug.
As of the end of 2005/06, Šapić is the holder of another significant record. From 1995 on (11 straight seasons and counting), Šapić was always the league's top scorer in whichever team or league he was playing.
Clubs he played for
- 1991–1992 Partizan Belgrade
- 1992–1994 Crvena Zvezda Jupeks
- 1994–2001 Bečej Naftagas
- 2001–2004 RN Camogli
- 2004–2006 RN Savona
- 2006–2009 Šturm 2002
At the 2003 European Championships in Kranj, Slovenia, Šapić turned in another star performance, scoring Serbia-Montenegro's winning goal in the final versus Croatia. He also scored the most goals at the championships (24).
In total Šapić played 385 official matches for the national team, and scored an absolute record 981 goals.
He was the top scorer in the European Champions League in 2000 and 2003, and was the leading goal scorer in the 2000 Olympic Games with 18 goals.
In late April 2005, during LEN Cup final second leg match between Šapić's club at the time Savona and one of his former teams, VK Partizan, he got into an altrecation with the visiting fans. He reacted to their taunts and verbal abuse as he exited the pool after the match. 
- National Cup of Yugoslavia (1): 1991–92
VK Crvena Zvezda
- National Championship of Yugoslavia (1): 1992–93
VK Bečej Naftagas
- National Championship of Yugoslavia (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
- National Cup of Yugoslavia (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
- LEN Euroleague (1): 1999–2000
Rari Nantes Camogli
- Coppa COMEN (1): 2002–03
Rari Nantes Savona
- National Championship of Russia (2): 2007–08, 2008–09
- LEN Cup (1): 2007–08
- National Championship of Yugoslavia Top Scorer (6): 1995-96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
- Serie A1 Top Scorer (5): 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
- National Championship of Russia Top Scorer (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- LEN Euroleague Top Scorer (2): 1999–2000, 2002–03
- Olympic Games Top Scorer (3): 2000 Sydney:2004 Athens : 2008 Beijing
- Best Sportsman by OCS (1): 2004
- World Championship MVP (1): 2005 Montreal
- World Championship Top Scorer (2):2003 Barcelona : 2005 Montreal
- European Championship Top Scorer (3): 2003 Kranj, 2006 Belgrade, 2008 Málaga
- FINA World Cup Top Scorer (1): 2006 Budapest
- Serbia's sport association "May Award" : 2008
Šapić joined the Democratic Party (DS) in January 2006 while still an active water polo professional. The party was in opposition at the time on the national level, although it held power locally in the city of Belgrade. The public announcement of the 27-year-old Šapić, at the time the World and European champion as well as the Olympic silver medalist with Serbia-Montenegro, joining a political party had a significant resonance in the Serbian media.
After retiring from water polo in early May 2009, Šapić devoted himself fully to politics. Right away in November he became one of the assistants to Belgrade mayor Dragan Đilas, one of the most influential and powerful individuals within DS.
One year later in June 2012, following the general election, Šapić was named the president of New Belgrade municipality.
In 2005, Šapić married Ivana Šljukić his girlfriend of few years, and the widow of slain mobster Sredoje Šljukić. In June 2009, their separation became public.
Šapić had a memorable part in the popular 2004 Serbian movie Kad porastem biću Kengur. He played the role of the local neighbourhood bully and gangster named Gangula.
- VATERPOLO: Odoše i Šapić i Ćirić!; MTS Mondo, 15 October 2008.
- Šapić kandidat za igrača decenije; B92, 25 January 2010.
- Šapić novi predsednik DS u Beogradu;MTS Mondo, 3 July 2011
- Šapić predsednik Opštine N. Beograd;B92, 28 June 2012
- Aleksandar Šapić: Kraj petogodišnje idile, Story, 6 July 2009
- Serbian Olympic Committee (Serbian) (English)
- VATERPOLO: Šapić "osušio" kapicu, MTS Mondo, 12 May 2009.
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Water Polo World Championship
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