|File:Bojana Popovic MNE.jpeg|
20 November 1979 |
Niš, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Left back/Playmaker|
|Current club||Budućnost T-Mobile|
|HC Naisa Niš
ŽRK Budućnost T-Mobile
|National team 1|
|1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 2 December 2011
Bojana Popović, née Petrović (Serbian: Бојана Поповић) (born 20 November 1979 in Niš, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian-born Montenegrin handballer. She is rated to be the best female handball player in the world by many, despite not being given an official recognition yet. Having spent last three seasons in Danish club Viborg HK, in July 2010 Popović signed a two-year contract with her former club Budućnost T-Mobile. She is also member of the Montenegrin national team.
Bojana Popović started playing handball at Serbian club HC Naisa Niš when she was eleven years old. She later played for Montenegrin club Budućnost Podgorica for four seasons. In 2002, Popović signed a contract with Danish team Slagelse DT, at that time coached by Anja Andersen. With Slagelse, she experienced great success: three times Champions League winner, EHF Cup winner, three Danish Championship golds and one Danish Cup.
At the end of the 2006/07 season, Popović signed a contract with Viborg HK. Since her arrival at Viborg, she has won two Danish Championship golds and two Danish Cups. In 2009 she won her fourth Champions League title, the first with Viborg.
- Winner 2003 (Slagelse)
- Gold 2003, 2005 and 2007 (Slagelse); 2008, 2009 and 2010 (Viborg)
- Danish Cup
- Winner 2003 (Slagelse); 2007 and 2008 (Viborg)
- Serbian and Montenegrian Championship
- Winner 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 (Buducnost Podgorica)
- Serbian and Montenegrian Cup
- Winner 2000, 2001 and 2002 (Buducnost Podgorica)
- National team
- World Championship 2001
- Bronze medal (Yugoslavia)
- Summer Olympics 2012
- Silver medal
Awards and recognition
Bojana Popović is considered to be the best player in the world by many. She has been chosen Player of the Year by the Danish Handball Federation four times. Popović's individual awards and achievements include:
- Player of the year in Denmark in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008
- Topscorer of the Danish League 2003/04 and 2004/05
- Topscorer of the Champions League in 2004, 2005 and 2007
- "Cup Fighter" (Danish: Pokalfighter) 2008
- Montenegrin Sportperson of the Year: 2012
- "EHF Champions League 2008/09 - Bojana Popovic". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- "Spillerprofiler, damer - Bojana Popovic" (in Danish). Viborg HK A/S. Retrieved 2009-03-31.[dead link]
- "Wall of Fame - Bojana Popovic". Infostrada Sports. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- "team of the decade" (in Danish). europamester.dk. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Bojana Popović potpisala dvogodišnji ugovor" (in Montenegrin). ŽRK Budućnost T-Mobile. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
- Jončić, Saša (21 November 2007). "Popovic experiences Moraca's atmosphere again". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- Bruun, Peter (4 May 2007). "Popovic: Player of the Year". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- Jončić, Saša (24 March 2009). "Successful operation". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- http://vhk.dk/nyheder/nyheder.php?mode=show&ID=2846 "Bojana årets kvindelige håndboldspiller". Viborg HK (in Danish). 10 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21.[dead link]
- "Topscorere siden 1965 - Damer" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-15.[dead link]
- "Golden Goodbye of Top Scorer". European Handball Federation. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "Pokalfightere gennem tiden" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-01.[dead link]
|Montenegrin Sportperson of the Year
(with Katarina Bulatović)