Aleksandar Šapić

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Aleksandar Šapić
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President of New Belgrade municipality
Assumed office
27 June 2012
Preceded by Nenad Milenković
President of the DS branch for the city of Belgrade
In office
2011 – 8 Jun 2013
Preceded by Dragan Đilas
Succeeded by Balša Božović
Personal details
Born (1978-06-01) June 1, 1978 (age 39)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Political party Independent (2014–)
Democratic Party (2006–2014)
Medal record
Men's water polo
Representing  Serbia and Montenegro
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2005 Montreal
Silver medal – second place 2001 Fukuoka
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Perth
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Barcelona
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2001 Budapest
Gold medal – first place 2003 Kranj
Gold medal – first place 2006 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 1997 Seville
Silver medal – second place 2008 Málaga
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Barcelona
FINA World League
Gold medal – first place 2005 Belgrade
Gold medal – first place 2006 Athens
Gold medal – first place 2007 Berlin
Gold medal – first place 2008 Genova
Silver medal – second place 2004 Long Beach
FINA World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2006 Budapest
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Belgrade
Mediterranean Games
Silver medal – second place 1997 Bari

Aleksandar Šapić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Шапић; born 1 June 1978) and he is current president of New Belgrade municipality.

He was officially declared the best scorer in ex Yugoslavia and he is still considered to be one of the best water polo players ever. Since 2012 he has been the president of New Belgrade municipality. He is married, father of two sons.

He speaks Russian, Italian and English.

Water polo career[edit]

He started playing water polo in 1984, in WC Crvena Zvezda where he played for all young categories teams. He transferred to WC Partizan in 1991, not yet fourteen he made his senior debut in 1992. He returned to WC Crvena Zvezda in 1993 and he continued his career in WC Bečej starting 1994]]. In 2001 he left to Italy, WC Camogli, where he spent three seasons and after that he transferred to WC Rari Nantes Savona. He left Italy in 2006 when he went to Russian waterpolo club Shturm 2002 where he signed contract that made him the best paid player in water polo history.[1]

He finished his professional water polo career in 2009.

Club career[edit]

During his brilliant club career he won 21 trophies of which 9 National Championship (6 he won in SRY, 2 in Russia and 1 in Italy). He also won National Cups 9 times (7 National Cups of SRY and 2 National Cups of Russia). He once won LEN Euroleague and twice LEN CUP.[2]

In the period 1996-2009 he was the leagues's top scorer fourteen times in a row, 6 times in SRY, 5 times in Italy and 3 times in Russia. During his club career he scored 1.694 goals, most of the number 924 he scored for clubs in SRY, in italian league he scored 494 times and in Russia 276 times.[3]

Club titles (21)[edit]

  • 9 National Championships - 6 SRY, 2 Russia, 1 Italy
  • 9 National Cups- 7 SRY, 2 Russia
  • 2 LEN Cups
  • 1 LEN Euroleague

14 consecutive top-scorer titles 1996-2009[edit]

  • 6 times in SRY league
  • 5 times in Italian league
  • 3 times in Russian league

Number of scored goals[edit]

  • SRY (Crvena zvezda, Becej) - 924
  • Italy (Camogli, Rari Nantes Savona) - 494
  • Russia (Shturm 2002) - 276

National team career[edit]

For the national team of Yugoslavia he made his debut in December 1995 when he was only seventeen. He played for the national team until 2008. At the very beginning of his national team career with team of Yugoslavia he won two European Championships, 1995 in Eslingen and 1996 in Istanbul. He was the best player and top-scorer at both Championships.

First big competition he took part in, when he was 18 years old, were Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996. He is one of few sportsmen playing team sport who took part in Olympic Games, winning one silver and two bronze medals.[4]

With national team of Yugoslavia, later Serbia and Montenegro and finally Serbia he played in 22 sports tournaments, won 20 medals, of which 5 are from European Championships, 4 from World Championships and 3 from Olympic Games. The mos shining medals from the World Cup he won two times, from World League tournaments he has 5 medals and he won gold medal in the Mediterranean Games in Bari in 1997.

For the national team he scored 981 goals, 2 times he was top-scorer of the Olympic Games, 4 times he was top-scorer of the World Championship and he was 4 times top-scorer of the European Championship. He was 4 times top-scorer of the World League tournaments and he won this title 2 times in the World Cup tournaments.

During his career in national team he was chosen in ideal team of the tournaments he played 8 times, 3 times he was part of the national team of European and World Championships and 2 times he was part of the Olympic Games team.

World Championship[edit]

  • 1998 – bronze medal – top scorer - ideal team
  • 2001 – silver medal- top scorer - ideal team
  • 2003 – bronze medal – top scorer
  • 2005 – gold medal- MVP and top scorer - ideal team
  • 2007 – 4th place

European Championship[edit]

  • 1997 –silver medal
  • 2001 –gold medal –top scorer- ideal team
  • 2003 - gold medal - MVP - ideal team
  • 2006 - gold medal – top scorer - ideal team
  • 2008 – silver medal- top scorer

Olympic Games[edit]

  • 1996 – 8th place mesto
  • 2000 – bronze medal-top scorer- ideal team
  • 2004 – silver medal - top scorer - ideal team
  • 2008 –bronze medal

World League[edit]

  • 2004 - silver medal - top scorer
  • 2005 - gold medal – top scorer
  • 2006 – gold medal
  • 2007 - gold medal – top scorer
  • 2008 - gold medal – top scorer

World Cup[edit]

  • 2002 – bronze medal - top scorer
  • 2005 - gold medal – top scorer

Mediterranean Games[edit]

  • 1997 – gold medal

Number of scored goals[edit]

  • National team (SRY, SMne, Serbia) - 981[5]
  • Number of goals scored in career – 2675

Top scorer[edit]

  • 2 times top scorer Olympic Games
  • 4 times top scorer European Championship
  • 4 times top scorer World League
  • 2 times top scorer World Cup

Ideal team[edit]

  • 8 times chosen in ideal team (OG, WC, EC)

Sports organizations[edit]

Besides his full of trophies water polo career, he gave his contribution to Serbian sport through engagement in sports organizations. He was the president of waterpolo club Crvena zvezda from 2003 to 2004.

After finishing his career as player in Italian club Rari Nantes Savona for the club he continued working as sports manager for European competitions in the period 2006-2014.

Honours and awards[edit]

Thanks to his brilliant sports career he is bearer of great number of sports and community honours, among others, in 2000 he was named the best sportsman of AP Vojvodina. He was decorated twice, first in 2001 and then in 2004, with Nemanja decoration of the first degree on the basis of representing our country and its citizens.

In 2004 he was awarded the best sportsman in Serbia in the choice of the Olympic Committee of Serbia and Montenegro, only one year later, 2005 he was declared laureate of October award of City of Belgrade. More than a decade he was considered to be one of the best water polo players in the world, and in 2005 he officially was declared the best water polo player in the world.

The most important sports and community honour given traditionally every year by Serbian sports federation to sportsman, sports federations and experts who left mark in the history of Serbian sports with their results and affirm our country around the world , May award , was given to him in 2008.

In 2010 he was named third best sportsman in 21st century by FINA.

In October 2016 Charter was delivered to him for contribution to development and work of Sports Academy as an award for the best student of this institution since its establishment.


He graduated in 2003, he received his master degree in 2009 and he defended his PhD dissertation in 2012, in the field if industrial management.[6]

Charity work[edit]

He is founder of a humanitarian foundation –Be Humane that is founded on April 9th 2014. Be Humane raises funds in order to help children, adults, institutions and organizations from Serbia. Be Humane in a very short time became one of the most relevant and most trusted humanitarian foundations in the region and its aim is to help curing and ensuring needed therapy for children at first place.[7]

Since it was founded until today, with help of Be Humane more than 1 million of euros was raised. Thanks to that great number of users help was supplied with therapy and send to proper medical treatment. In February 2016 Aleksandar Šapić donated all the medals he won in his water polo career and they are being sold in auction, money raised in this humane action will be donated for curing and therapies of Be Humane users.[8]

He received numerous awards for community service and humanitarian work. With those awards many institutions in Serbia showed respect and gratitude to him for everything he did in the field of humanitarian work as active sportsman and he continued doing, even in more intense and responsible way, after he is retired from water polo.

Political career[edit]

He was assistant of the Mayor from 2009 to 2012. He was elected the president of New Belgrade municipality in 2012 and he was reelected in 2016. He is still the president of the biggest municipality in Belgrade.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married, father of two sons. He lives and works in Belgrade.

Interesting facts[edit]

In movie Kad porastem biću kengur he had role of Gangula, he is remembered for even today. He was lucky to have role in the movie that marked Serbian kinematography and eventhough it was filmed in 2004 it is still very popular.[10]

He took part in humanitarian tv programme Dance with stars.


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  4. ^ "Aleksandar Šapić". Sports reference. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Šapić kandidat za igrača decenije; B92, 25 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Aleksandar Šapić". Istinomer. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Oficial cite". Humanitarian Foundation "Budi human - Aleksandar Šapić". Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Aleksandar Šapić igra da drugi pobijede". Aljazzera Balkans. Retrieved 2 June 2017. (in Serbian)
  9. ^ "Predsednik opštine". Gradska opština Novi Beograd. Retrieved 2 June 2017. (in Serbian)
  10. ^ "Aleksandar Sapic". IMDb. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Italy Roberto Calcaterra
Most Valuable Player of
Water Polo World Championship

Succeeded by
Spain Guillermo Molina