Serbia men's national water polo team

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Serbia
Waterpolo Association of Serbia.jpg
Nickname(s) Delfini
(The Dolphins)
Association Water Polo Association of Serbia
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Dejan Savić
Asst coach Goran Canković
Captain Vanja Udovičić
Most caps Dejan Savić (444)
Top scorer Aleksandar Šapić (981)
FINA code SRB
Olympic Games
Appearances 5 (first in 1998)
Best result 1 1988
World Championships
Appearances 7
Best result 12009
World League
Appearances 6 (first in 2003)
Best result 1 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1979)
Best result 1 2006, 2010
European Championship
Appearances 8 (first in 2002)
Best result 1 2003, 2006, 2012
Mediterranean Games
Appearances 2 (first in 2009)
Best result 1 (2009)
Serbia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Representing  Yugoslavia /  Yugoslavia /  Serbia and Montenegro /  Serbia
Olympic Games


Silver 2004 Athens Team competition
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team competition
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team competition
Bronze 2012 London Team competition
World Championship


Gold 2005 Montreal Team competition
Gold 2009 Rome Team competition
Silver 2001 Fukuoka Team competition
Silver 2011 Shanghai Team competition


Bronze 1998 Perth Team competition
Bronze 2003 Barcelona Team competition
European Championship


Gold 2001 Budapest Team competition
Gold 2003 Kranj Team competition
Gold 2006 Belgrade Team competition
Gold 2012 Eindhoven Team competition


Silver 1997 Seville Team competition
Silver 2008 Málaga Team competition


Bronze 2010 Zagreb Team competition
FINA World League
Gold 2005 Belgrade Team competition
Gold 2006 Athens Team competition
Gold 2007 Berlin Team competition
Gold 2008 Genova Team competition
Gold 2010 Niš Team competition
Gold 2011 Firenze Team competition
Gold 2013 Chelyabinsk Team competition
Gold 2014 Dubai Team competition
Silver 2004 Long Beach Team competition
Bronze 2009 Podgorica Team competition
World Cup


Gold 2006 Budapest Team competition
Gold 2010 Oradea Team competition


Bronze 2002 Belgrade Team competition
Mediterranean Games


Gold 2009 Pescara Team competition


Bronze 2005 Almería Team competition

The Serbia men's national water polo team represents Serbia in international water polo competitions and is controlled by the Water Polo Association of Serbia. The Olympic Committee of Serbia and Yugoslavia declared the water polo team for the best male sports team of the year nine times with the first time in 2001, then seven times in a row from 2003 to 2009 and the last one in 2011.

European Championship[edit]

2012 Eindhoven[edit]

On 16 January, Serbia water polo team beat Spain 8–5[1] in an excellent first game at the start of the European Championship. This was a match between two great rivals who played in the finals at the World Championships in Rome. On 17 January, Serbian water polo players as expected got the second triumph. "The Dolphins" selection won against Germany with a score 13–12 in a very hard match. Pijetlović was the man who made the difference scoring four goals for his team including the final for 13–11 which got Serbia the victory. On 19 January Serbs defeated the defending European champions Croatia with 15–12 in a third round game and made a decisive step towards direct placement in the semifinals. Udovičić was the top scorer for his team with three goals. This was a big and hard clash for bouth nations in which Serbs came out as winners. The clash will be also remembered for unsportsmanlike conduct of Dobud who struck Filipović from behind who instantly got the bruising under his eye. On 21 January, Serbia routinely came to the fourth victory at the European Championships in Eindhoven beating Romania 14–5. After the Montenegro and Spain 10–10 tie and Germans 10–9 victory over Croatia, Serbia has qualified for the semifinals. On 23 January, in the last round of group A where Milan Aleksić played his 100th official match for Serbia national team, Serbia lost to Montenegro with 11–7. In a match that in principle didn't mean much to Serbia, it was clear that the absence of motive may be crucial for the final result. On 27 January Serbia defeated the current world champion, Italy, with 12–8 and thus qualified for the finals. It was not revenge for defeat in the final of 2011 Shanghai, it was a simple lesson, which consisted of three phases – solid defense, a wise selection of moves in the attack and forceful implementation. On 29 January Serbia water polo team won its second European title since independence, and "dolphins" won the gold by beating Montenegro 9–8, paying them back for defeat in the 2008 European Championship finals played in Malaga.[2]

Other tournaments[edit]

2012 Samaridis Cup Med 2.png[edit]

Serbia took part in the traditional Samaridis Cup from 9 to 11 January. Selector Dejan Udovičić ordered 16 players who will play in the tournament: Soro, G. Pijetlović, B. Mitrović, Gocić, Udovičić, Ćuk, D. Pijetlović, Nikić, Aleksić, Rađen, Filipović, Prlainović, S. Mitrović, A.Šaponjić, L.Šaponjić and Mandić.

On 9 January, in the first round of the Samaridis Cup which is held on the Greek island of Chios, Serbia men's water polo team lost to Spain with 11–10.[3] Serbia had the last attack for the equalizer when unfortunate Prlainović hit the post with 14 seconds before the end of the game. On 10 January, Serbia defeated the selection of Montenegro with 7–6, in the second round of the Samaridis Cup.[4] Although it was a preparatory match for the upcoming European championship, the players of both teams were not spared. Serbian team came out victorious mostly due to the excellent game with one player less, because the Montenegrins were able to implement only one of six attacks with a numerical advantage. This match was also special because Serbias Vanja Udovičić scored his 300th goal for the national team. On 11 January Serbia beat in the final round the local selection Greece with 8–3. They finished the tournament in the second place. The tournament winner on the Greek island of Chios was Montenegro, which beat Spain 10–6, and won the Cup thanks to better goal difference than Serbia. Slobodan Soro was named for the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Dušan Mandić scored his first ever goal for the national team.

Players[edit]

Most appearances and goals[edit]

Professional friendly and competitive matches only where Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and now Serbia were represented.

Name Years Matches Goals
1 Serbia Dejan Savić 1994–2008 444 405
2 Serbia Aleksandar Šapić 1997–2008 385 981
3 Serbia Igor Milanović 1984–1996 349 540
4 Serbia Aleksandar Ćirić 1997–2008 346 201
5 Serbia Vladimir Vujasinović 1990–2008 341 391
6 Serbia Petar Trbojević 1997–2006 306 231
7 Serbia Danilo Ikodinović 1997–2008 304 299
8 Serbia Vanja Udovičić 2002–2013 259 317
9 Serbia Slobodan Nikić 2003–present 246 198
10 Serbia Živko Gocić 2003–present 245 128

Statistics accurate as of matches played 29 January 2012

Current squad[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2012 club
1 Pijetlovic, GojkoGojko Pijetlović GK 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 7 August 1983 Hungary Ferencvárosi
2 Mandic, DusanDušan Mandić D 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 16 June 1994 Serbia Partizan
3 Gocic, ZivkoŽivko Gocić D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 22 August 1982 Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda SC
4 , Sava RanđelovićSava Ranđelović CB 17 July 1993 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
5 Cuk, MilosMiloš Ćuk D 16 June 1994 Serbia VK Partizan
6 Pijetlovic, DuskoDuško Pijetlović CF 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 April 1985 Russia Sintez Kazan
7 Nikic, SlobodanSlobodan Nikić CF 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 25 January 1983 Turkey Galatasaray Waterpolo
8 Aleksic, MilanMilan Aleksić CB 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 13 May 1986 Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda SC
9 Raden, NikolaNikola Rađen CB 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 29 January 1985 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
10 Filipovic, FilipFilip Filipović D 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 2 May 1987 Serbia Radnički
11 Prlainovic, AndrijaAndrija Prlainović D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 28 April 1987 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
12 Mitrovic, StefanStefan Mitrović D 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 29 March 1988 Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda SC
13 Mitrovic, BranislavBranislav Mitrović GK 30 January 1985 Hungary Debreceni Cívis Póló Vízilabda SE
Head coach: Dejan Savić

Latest Olympic squad[edit]

The following is the Serbian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5] view · talk

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2012 club
1 Soro, SlobodanSlobodan Soro GK 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 23 December 1978 Serbia VK Partizan
2 Saponjic, AleksaAleksa Šaponjić D 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 4 June 1992 United States CA Golden Bears
3 Gocic, ZivkoŽivko Gocić D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 22 August 1982 Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda SC
4 Udovicic, VanjaVanja Udovičić CB 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 12 September 1982 Serbia Radnicki
5 Mandic, DusanDušan Mandić D 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 16 June 1994 Serbia VK Partizan
6 Pijetlovic, DuskoDuško Pijetlović CF 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 April 1985 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
7 Nikic, SlobodanSlobodan Nikić CF 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 25 January 1983 Turkey Galatasaray Waterpolo
8 Aleksic, MilanMilan Aleksić CB 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 13 May 1986 Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda SC
9 Raden, NikolaNikola Rađen CB 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 29 January 1985 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
10 Filipovic, FilipFilip Filipović D 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 2 May 1987 Serbia Radnički
11 Prlainovic, AndrijaAndrija Prlainović D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 28 April 1987 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
12 Mitrovic, StefanStefan Mitrović D 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 29 March 1988 Serbia VK Partizan
13 Pijetlovic, GojkoGojko Pijetlović GK 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 7 August 1983 Hungary Ferencvárosi
Head coach: Dejan Udovičić

Coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

Gold medals[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

On 25 December 2011, Serbia's water polo team was included in a humanitarian action "Bitka za Bebe" ("the Battle for the Babies") playing an exhibition match with the team of the Faculty of Organizational Scihences (FON), in Belgrade. Before the Serbian water polo team had joined the action, many other athletes were included. Among them was the best tennis player in the world, Novak Đoković, football and basketball players of Red Star Belgrade, and many other's. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to fund "Bitka za Bebe" and the money was successfully collected to purchase one incubator.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Serbia beats Spain at start of EC". tanjug.rs. 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Serbia 2012 European champions". waterpoloworld.com. 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Serbia suffers defeat in Samaridis Cup opener". tanjug.rs. 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Serbia outplays Montenegro". tanjug.rs. 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Serbia team roster". london2012.com. 20 July 2012. 

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