Serbia men's national water polo team

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Nickname(s) Delfini
(The Dolphins)
Association Water Polo Association of Serbia
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Dejan Savić
Asst coach Goran Čanković
Captain Živko Gocić
Most caps Dejan Savić (444)
Top scorer Aleksandar Šapić (981)
Olympic Games
Appearances 17 (first in 1936)
Best result 1st 1968, 1984, 1988
World Championships
Appearances 14 (first in 1973)
Best result 1st 1986, 1991, 2005, 2009
World League
Appearances 13 (first in 2003)
Best result 1st 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
World Cup
Appearances 12 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st 1987, 1989, 2006, 2010, 2014
European Championship
Appearances 27 (first in 1927)
Best result 1st 1991, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014
Appearances (first in 2009)
Best result 1st 1959, 1963, 1971, 1979, 1983, 1997, 2009
Serbia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Representing  Yugoslavia /  Yugoslavia /  Serbia and Montenegro /  Serbia
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Team
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Team
Gold 1988 Seoul Team
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team
Silver 1956 Melbourne Team
Silver 1964 Tokyo Team
Silver 1980 Moscow Team
Silver 2004 Athens Team
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team
Bronze 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold 1986 Madrid Team
Gold 1991 Perth Team
Gold 2005 Montreal Team
Gold 2009 Rome Team
Silver 2001 Fukuoka Team
Silver 2011 Shanghai Team
Bronze 1973 Belgrade Team
Bronze 1978 Berlin Team
Bronze 1998 Perth Team
Bronze 2003 Barcelona Team
European Championship
Gold 1991 Athens Team
Gold 2001 Budapest Team
Gold 2003 Kranj Team
Gold 2006 Belgrade Team
Gold 2012 Eindhoven Team
Gold 2014 Budapest Team
Silver 1954 Turin Team
Silver 1958 Budapest Team
Silver 1962 Leipzig Team
Silver 1977 Jönköping Team
Silver 1985 Sofia Team
Silver 1987 Strasbourg Team
Silver 1989 Bonn Team
Silver 1997 Seville Team
Silver 2008 Málaga Team
Bronze 1950 Vienna Team
Bronze 1966 Utrecht Team
Bronze 1970 Barcelona Team
Bronze 1974 Vienna Team
Bronze 2010 Zagreb Team
FINA World League
Gold 2005 Belgrade Team
Gold 2006 Athens Team
Gold 2007 Berlin Team
Gold 2008 Genova Team
Gold 2010 Niš Team
Gold 2011 Firenze Team
Gold 2013 Chelyabinsk Team
Gold 2014 Dubai Team
Silver 2004 Long Beach Team
Bronze 2009 Podgorica Team
World Cup
Gold 1987 Thessaloniki Team
Gold 1989 Berlin Team
Gold 2006 Budapest Team
Gold 2010 Oradea Team
Gold 2014 Almaty Team
Silver 1981 Long Beach Team
Silver 1991 Barcelona Team
Bronze 1979 Belgrade Team
Bronze 2002 Belgrade Team
Mediterranean Games
Gold 1959 Beirut Team
Gold 1963 Naples Team
Gold 1971 Izmir Team
Gold 1979 Split Team
Gold 1983 Casablanca Team
Gold 1997 Bari Team
Gold 2009 Pescara Team
Silver 1967 Tunis Team
Silver 1975 Algiers Team
Silver 1991 Athens Team
Bronze 2005 Almería Team

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. They are considered to be one of the world's best team in the history of water polo, having won 11 Olympic, 10 World Championship, 20 European Championship, 10 FINA World League, 9 FINA World Cup, and 11 Mediterranean Games medals.

They are the best of all national sports teams of Serbia, having won more titles than any other team in Serbia's history.

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]

2014 Budapest[edit]

Serbia defended their title in the 2014 Championship held in Budapest 14–27 July 2014. After a bad start in the group, having lost to Hungary 6–8 and tied with Croatia 8–8, they secured the second place by defeating Spain 8–6. After a routine victory over Greece in the quarterfinals, the semifinal match with Montenegro was an uphill struggle: Serbia came from behind after losing 5–1 in the second quarter, to win by 10–9 in the end[3] and meet Hungary in the finals. By contrast, the domestic team had an easy path to the finals, having scored all victories thus far. However, in the finals they succumbed to the expectations and got crushed by increasingly self-confident Serbian team, who led by 7–2 by the halftime and securely brought the match to an end, with the final score of 12–7.[4] Gojko Pijetlović was elected the best goalkeeper of the tournament.


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]

This squad represented Serbia on 2014 European Water Polo Championship.

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2014 club
1 Pijetlovic, GojkoGojko Pijetlović GK 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 7 August 1983 Romania CSM Oradea
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 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 17 July 1993 Serbia Crvena Zvezda
5 Cuk, MilosMiloš Ćuk D 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 21 December 1990 Hungary Egri VK
6 Pijetlovic, DuskoDuško Pijetlović CF 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 April 1985 Italy Pro Recco
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 Greece Olympiacos
10 Filipovic, FilipFilip Filipović D 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 2 May 1987 Serbia VK Radnički Kragujevac
11 Prlainovic, AndrijaAndrija Prlainović D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 28 April 1987 Italy Pro Recco
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 Egri VK
Head coach: Dejan Savić



Gold medals[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.


  1. ^ "Serbia beats Spain at start of EC". 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Serbia 2012 European champions". 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Serbian water polo team beats Montenegro in semi-final match". Tanjug. 26 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Serbia crowned European water polo champion". Tanjug. 28 July 2014. 

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