Montenegro national handball team

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Montenegro
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Nickname Zlatni lavovi
(The Golden Lions)
Association Handball Federation of Montenegro
Coach Ljubomir Obradović
Assistant coach Milorad Davidović
Most caps Igor Marković (50)
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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 3 (First in 2008)
Best result 12th (2008)
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).

Since then, Montenegro successfully qualified for four big competitions – once for the World Cup (2013) and for the European Championship in 2008, 2014 and 2016.

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

Tournament record[edit]

World Championship[edit]

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

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
Croatia 2009 Did not qualify
Sweden 2011
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[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 tournament, Montenegro lost all three games, with elimination after the first phase.

Montenegro hoped for a better result in 2016, but it was pretty much deja vu from two years ago as they once again lost all three games and finished in last place in their group, as well as last place in the tournament claiming 16th place out of 16 teams.

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
Denmark 2014 Preliminary Round 16th 3 0 0 3 66 84 −18
Poland 2016 Preliminary Round 16th 3 0 0 3 76 90 −14
Total Qualified: 3/5 12 0 1 11 291 352 −71

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

This is the squad for the 2016 European Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Ljubomir Obradović

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Rade Mijatović (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 34) 1.92 m 47 2 Hungary Tatabánya KC
2 LB Božidar Leković (1991-01-04) 4 January 1991 (age 25) 2.02 m 2 0 Romania HCM Constanța
4 RW Fahrudin Melić (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 31) 1.83 m 38 131 France Paris Saint-Germain
5 CB Mirko Milašević (1985-07-27) 27 July 1985 (age 30) 1.95 m 29 66 Romania Dinamo București
7 RB Stefan Čavor (1994-11-03) 3 November 1994 (age 21) 1.97 m 6 8 Hungary Csurgói KK
8 P Vuk Lazović (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 27) 2.00 m 2 1 Germany TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke
10 CB Božo Anđelić (1992-03-16) 16 March 1992 (age 23) 1.86 m 5 2 Hungary Ceglédi KKSE
12 GK Mile Mijušković (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 30) 1.99 m 4 0 Slovenia RK Maribor
13 RW Mirko Radović (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 25) 1.86 m 10 7 France Valence Handball
14 LW Miloš Vujović (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 22) 1.81 m 13 23 Hungary Tatabánya KC
18 P Branko Kankaraš (1988-05-28) 28 May 1988 (age 27) 1.88 m 4 4 France Valence Handball
21 CB Vasko Ševaljević (1988-06-21) 21 June 1988 (age 27) 1.93 m 30 100 France Fenix Toulouse
22 GK Radivoje Ristanović (1982-12-02) 2 December 1982 (age 33) 2.00 m 4 0 Germany HBW Balingen-Weilstetten
23 CB Bogdan Petričević (1989-09-06) 6 September 1989 (age 26) 1.94 m 13 13 France Mulhouse Handball
34 LB Vuko Borozan (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 21) 2.03 m 8 31 Germany TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke
90 P Nemanja Grbović (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 25) 1.83 m 25 27 Hungary Ceglédi KKSE
93 RB Vladan Lipovina (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 22) 2.01 m 7 19 Germany HSG Wetzlar
Uniforms

1st: red/red (GK: yellow)

2nd: white/white (GK: red)

3rd: black/black (GK: blue)

Technical staff[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Players and coaches[edit]

Player statistics[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.

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

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