Montenegro national handball team

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Montenegro
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Information
Nickname Lavovi (eng. Lions)
Association Handball Federation of Montenegro
Coach Ljubomir Obradović
Assistant coach Stevo Nikočević
Goran Simić
Most caps Igor Marković (50)
Colours
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Home
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Away
Results
World Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2013)
Best result 22nd, 2013
European Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2008)
Best result 12th, 2008
Infobox last updated on: Unknown.

The Montenegro national handball team represents Montenegro in international handball competitions. The national team was formed in 2006 recently after the Montenegrin independence.

Montenegro played their first official match at 3 January 2007 in Vantaa and won against Finland (28:26).

Until today, Montenegro qualified for three big competitions – once for the World Cup (2013) and twice for the European Championship (2008, 2014).

The head coach is Ljubomir Obradović.

History and records[edit]

The national side first appeared in the Euro 2008 Qualifiers, which started in January 2007. After the great success in the qualifying matches, Montenegro participated at the Euro 2008, where they participated in the second group phase. Year later, Montenegrin players didn't succeed to qualify for World Championship 2009 and after that, there was a crisis in the results of national team.

New era of great results for Montenegro started at 2012. After surprisingly win against Sweden in the qualifiers, Montenegro placed for the World Championship 2013. In June 2013, Montenegro sensational eliminated Germany in the final round of qualifiers for the Euro 2014. At the Euro 2014, Montenegro was eliminated in the first phase.

National team matches[edit]

Tournament Matches Wins Draws Loss GF GA
World Championship 7 1 0 6 179 204
European Championship 9 0 1 8 215 262
Qualifying matches EC/WC 42 25 1 16 1194 1199
OVERALL 58 26 2 30 1588 1665

Records[edit]

Largest victory
41:27,  Montenegro Finland, 6 January 2007, Budva
Largest defeat
36:21,  Slovakia Montenegro, 12 June 2011, Košice
Highest home attendance
4,000,  Montenegro Sweden 20:18, 17 June 2012, Podgorica
Highest away attendance
8,100,  Slovakia Montenegro 36:21, 12 June 2011, Košice

World Championship record[edit]

National team of Montenegro made their first appearance on the World Cup at 2013, from their 3rd qualifying attempt. First World Cup match, Montenegro played at 12 January 2013 against Argentina in Granollers.

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
Croatia 2009 Did not qualify
Sweden 2011 Did not qualify
Spain 2013 Preliminary Round 22nd 7 1 0 6 179 203 −24
Qatar 2015 Did not qualify
Total Qualified: 1/4 7 1 0 6 179 203 −24

European Championship record[edit]

Debut on the European Championship, Montenegrin national team made after first attempt.

They participated at the Euro 2008 and made successful appearance in their first match against Russia (25:25). They qualified for the Main Phase of the European Championship.

Their second appearance was in 2014, after Montenegro sensational eliminated Germany during the qualifiers. At the Championship, Montenegro loses all three games, with elimination after the first phase.

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
Norway 2008 Main Round 12th 6 0 1 5 149 188 −39
Austria 2010 Did not qualify
Serbia 2012 Did not qualify
Denmark 2014 Preliminary Round 16th 3 0 0 3 66 84 −18
Total Qualified: 2/4 9 0 1 8 215 262 −57

Fixtures and results[edit]

During the 2014, Montenegro played matches on the European Championship 2014, World Cup 2015 qualifiers and European Championship 2016 qualifiers. Below is the list of recent and upcoming games of Montenegrin national handball team.

Date Event Match Res Town Att
13 January 2014 EC 2014  Montenegro
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 Sweden 21:28 Brøndby 2,400
15 January 2014 EC 2014  Montenegro
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 Croatia 22:27 Brøndby 2,700
17 January 2014 EC 2014  Montenegro
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 Belarus 23:29 Brøndby 3,500
8 Jun 2014 WCQ  Montenegro
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 Belarus 28:27 Podgorica 2,000
15 June 2014 WCQ  Belarus
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 Montenegro 30:24 Minsk 7,500
October 2014 ECQ  Serbia
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 Montenegro 25:21 Belgrade 7,000
October 2014 ECQ  Montenegro
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 Iceland 25:24 Bar 2,300
April 2015 ECQ  Israel
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 Montenegro
April 2015 ECQ  Montenegro
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 Israel

Players and coaches[edit]

Players[edit]

Almost 50 different players participated for Montenegro national handball team from 2007 until today. Among former players of Montenegro, there are Alen Muratović, Petar Kapisoda, Draško Mrvaljević, Goran Đukanović, Vladimir Osmajić, Goran Stojanović, Blažo Lisičić, Marko Dobrković and others.

Most matches for Montenegrin national team played Igor Marković, Zoran Roganović and Mladen Rakčević. Most goals for Montenegrin national team scored Draško Mrvaljević, Zoran Roganović and Mladen Rakčević.

Most capped players[edit]

Five most capped players in Montenegrin national team (As of 1 February 2014)

Player Games
Igor Marković 49
Zoran Roganović 46
Mladen Rakčević 45
Draško Mrvaljević 40
Rade Mijatović 40

Top scorers[edit]

Five all-time top scorers on the official games of Montenegrin national handball team (As of 1 February 2014)

Player Goals
Draško Mrvaljević 176
Zoran Roganović 160
Mladen Rakčević 137
Fahrudin Melić 133
Igor Marković 125

Coaching history[edit]

Coach From To Record* Championship
M W D L Win %
Montenegro Pero Milošević October 2006 June 2007 8 7 1 0 87.50 None
Montenegro Ranko Popović August 2007 November 2009 16 5 1 10 31.25 Euro 2008
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kasim Kamenica November 2009 April 2010 2 1 0 1 50.00 None
Montenegro Miodrag Popović April 2010 March 2011 4 1 0 3 25.00 None
Montenegro Zoran Kastratović May 2011 February 2014 24 10 0 14 41.67 WC 2013, Euro 2014
Serbia Ljubomir Obradović March 2014 4 2 0 2 50.00

* Data is only for official matches (qualifiers, European Championship, World Championship). For more information, there is a List of official matches of the Montenegro handball team

Current squad[edit]

There are mostly players from the foreign leagues in the national team of Montenegro. Only three members of national team are playing in domestic league – all of them are in the national champion Lovćen Cetinje.

This is the squad which played at the 2014 European Championship.

Head coach: Ljuboir Obradović

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Rade Mijatović (1981-06-30)30 June 1981 (aged 32) 1.92 m 36 1 RK Metalurg Skopje
2 P Mladen Rakčević (1982-02-10)10 February 1982 (aged 31) 1.79 m 43 131 A.E.K. Athens H.C.
3 LB Vuko Borozan (1994-04-09)9 April 1994 (aged 19) 2.03 m 3 1 RK Karlovac
5 CB Mirko Milašević (1985-07-27)27 July 1985 (aged 28) 1.96 m 36 24 Billère Handball
7 RB Vladan Lipovina (1993-03-07)7 March 1993 (aged 20) 2.01 m 3 3 BM Ciudad Encantada
11 LW Igor Marković (1981-12-16)16 December 1981 (aged 32) 1.83 m 48 117 RK Lovćen
13 RW Mirko Radović (1990-06-15)15 June 1990 (aged 23) 1.86 m 11 3 RK Lovćen
14 LW Miloš Vujović (1993-09-05)5 September 1993 (aged 20) 1.81 m 8 2 RK Lovćen
16 GK Nebojša Simić (1993-01-09)9 January 1993 (aged 21) 1.92 m 15 0 HK Malmö
17 P Nemanja Grbović (1990-04-26)26 April 1990 (aged 23) 1.83 m 20 22 RK Crvena zvezda
18 CB Žarko Pejović (1986-01-25)25 January 1986 (aged 27) 1.91 m 19 15 HT Tatran Prešov
20 CB Stevan Vujović (1990-04-07)7 April 1990 (aged 23) 1.90 m 27 50 Sélestat Handball
21 LB Vasko Ševaljević (1988-06-21)21 June 1988 (aged 25) 1.93 m 24 114 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf
22 RB Ivan Perišić (1990-04-24)24 April 1990 (aged 23) 1.90 m 10 5 Ceglédi KKSE
23 CB Bogdan Petričević (1989-09-06)6 September 1989 (aged 24) 1.94 m 7 4 Valence Handball
24 RB Marko Simović (1987-02-19)19 February 1987 (aged 26) 1.93 m 16 25 Çankaya Bel. Ankara
25 RW Marko Lasica (1988-04-30)30 April 1988 (aged 25) 1.88 m 24 15 SC Pick Szeged

Uniforms 1st: red/red (GK: yellow)

2nd: white/white (GK: red)

3rd: black/black (GK: blue)

Notable former players[edit]

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