Dejan Savić

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Dejan Savić
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Savić coaching Serbia at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1975-04-24) 24 April 1975 (age 43)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Water polo information
Current club Serbia (2012–present)
Club career
YearsTeams
1989–1998
1998–2000
2000–2001
2001–2003
2003–2005
2005–2010
2010–2011
Partizan
Barcelona
Atlètic-Barceloneta
Florentia
Pro Recco
Sintez
Crvena Zvezda
National team career

Dejan Savić (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Савић) (born 24 April 1975) is a former Yugoslavian and Serbian water polo player who played for two Olympic bronze medal squads, one for FR Yugoslavia at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the other for Serbia at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and one Olympic silver medal squad for Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Savić started training with the Partizan water polo club at the age of five and he debuted for the first team (seniors) at the age of thirteen, while still a pupil in elementary school. His last club was VK Crvena Zvezda where he was team captain. He retired from active playing at the end of the 2010/11 season. At international level, Savić represented FR Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia, in 444 matches and scored 405 goals. He is the most capped player in Serbian water polo. He began coaching VK Crvena Zvezda in 2011, and also became head coach of the Serbia men's national water polo team in autumn 2012.

Club career as coach[edit]

Crvena Zvezda[edit]

In 2011, after finishing his long playing career, Savić remained with his club Crvena Zvezda in the position of head coach.

National career[edit]

As player[edit]

Savić made his debut for the national team in 1994, during a time of sanctions for Yugoslavia, following All-Star selections in a tournament in Italy. He became the standard no. five (wing) player for the team almost without a break over the whole of his national career. Holding the record for the highest number of matches played (444), and also being a highly successful scorer (405 goals), he is considered to be among the true legends of Serbian sports. During his career, from a player in charge of sifting the opposing networks,[clarification needed] he developed into the strongest pillar of Serbia's defense in front of the goal. With his power and imagination, he was a prominent member of the team. From 1997, Savić was part of the Yugoslav/Serbian water polo team in every competition in which they won a medal. In a duel with Montenegro at the 2008 Olympic Games, he was one of the players most responsible for Serbia's triumph when they won the bronze medal that year. Savić played his last match with the national team in China in 2011.

As coach[edit]

Savić was named as head coach of the Serbian National team after Dejan Udovičić left the position in 2012. Under Savić's leadership, the national team won the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 World Championship, three European Championships (2014, 2016 and 2018), and five World League titles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017). In little over twelve months, between August 2015 and August 2016, the Serbian National team won consecutively all four of the biggest titles in Water Polo – the 2015 World Championship, the 2016 European Championship, the 2016 World League, and the 2016 Olympic Games – an unprecedented achievement.

Honours[edit]

As player[edit]

VK Partizan[edit]

  • National Championship of Yugoslavia: 1994–95
  • National Cup of Yugoslavia: 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
  • LEN Cup: 1997–98
  • LEN Supercup: 1991
  • LEN Cup Winners' Cup: 1990
  • Mediterranean Championship: 1989

CN Barcelona[edit]

CN Atlètic-Barceloneta[edit]

Rari Nantes Florentia[edit]

Pro Recco[edit]

Sintez Kazan[edit]

  • National Championship of Russia: 2006–07
  • National Cup of Russia: 2004–05, 2009–10
  • LEN Cup: 2006–07

As coach[edit]

VK Crvena Zvezda[edit]

  • National Championship of Serbia: 2012–13 and 2013–14
  • National Cup of Serbia: 2012–13 and 2013–14
  • Regional A2 League: 2017/18
  • LEN Champions League: 2012–13
  • LEN Supercup: 2013–14

Individual honours[edit]

It was announced on 1 June 2010 that Dejan Savić won the national sports award, which includes lifetime monthly fees. Savić was honored for winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Savić dobio nacionalno priznanje". na dlanu. 16 June 2010.

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