Serbia men's national water polo team

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Serbia
Waterpolo Association of Serbia.jpg
Nickname(s)Делфини / Delfini
(The Dolphins)
AssociationWater Polo Association of Serbia
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachDejan Savić
Asst coachStefan Ćirić
Vladimir Vujasinović
CaptainMiloš Ćuk
Most capsDejan Savić (444)
Top scorerAleksandar Šapić (981)
FINA codeSRB
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2016)
World Championships
Appearances11 (first in 1998)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2005, 2009, 2015)
World League
Appearances15 (first in 2003)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1997)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2006, 2010, 2014)
European Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1997)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Europa Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best result4th (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances6 (first in 1997)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (1997, 2009, 2018)
Serbia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Representing  Serbia and Montenegro/ Serbia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Team
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2005 Montreal Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Rome Team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Kazan Team
Silver medal – second place 2001 Fukuoka Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Shanghai Team
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Perth Team
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Barcelona Team
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Budapest Team
FINA World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2006 Budapest
Gold medal – first place 2010 Oradea
Gold medal – first place 2014 Almaty
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Belgrade
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Berlin
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
Gold medal – first place 2010 Niš
Gold medal – first place 2011 Firenze
Gold medal – first place 2013 Chelyabinsk
Gold medal – first place 2014 Dubai
Gold medal – first place 2015 Bergamo
Gold medal – first place 2016 Huizhou
Gold medal – first place 2017 Ruza
Gold medal – first place 2019 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 2004 Long Beach
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Podgorica
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2001 Budapest
Gold medal – first place 2003 Kranj
Gold medal – first place 2006 Belgrade
Gold medal – first place 2012 Eindhoven
Gold medal – first place 2014 Budapest
Gold medal – first place 2016 Belgrade
Gold medal – first place 2018 Barcelona
Silver medal – second place 1997 Seville
Silver medal – second place 2008 Málaga
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Zagreb
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara Team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Tarragona Team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Almeria Team
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2005 Izmir Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Shenzhen Team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Taipei Team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Daegu Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Belgrade Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Kazan Team
2015 world champions on a 2015 Serbian stamp

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 have won gold medals in the Olympics, World and European Championships, World Cup, FINA World League, Mediterranean Games and Universiade, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world.

They are Serbia's most successful national team, having won more titles than all other Serbian national teams combined.[1] In 2016, they became the first team after Hungary to hold titles in all five existing major championships: European Championship, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Olympic Games simultaneously.[2]

Competitive record[edit]

Medals[edit]

Includes matches of Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia.

Updated after 2019 FINA World Championships

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games 1 1 3 5
World Championship 3 2 3 8
World Cup 3 0 2 5
World League 12 1 1 14
European Championship 7 2 1 10
Europa Cup 0 0 0 0
Mediterranean Games 3 0 1 4
Summer Universiade 3 1 2 6
Total 32 7 13 52

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[3]

Head coach: Dejan Savić

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Strajo Rističević GK (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 27)
2 Dušan Mandić FP 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 25) Serbia VK Partizan
3 Viktor Rašović FP 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 26) Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda
4 Sava Ranđelović FP 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) (1993-07-17) 17 July 1993 (age 26)
5 Miloš Ćuk (C) FP 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 28) Croatia HAVK Mladost
6 Đorđe Lazić FP (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 23)
7 Nemanja Vico FP (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 25) Italy Pallanuoto Trieste
8 Nikola Dedović FP (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 29) Serbia VK Partizan
9 Nikola Jakšić FP 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 22) Hungary Ferencvárosi TC
10 Radomir Drašović FP (1997-07-22) 22 July 1997 (age 22) Hungary Szolnoki Vízilabda
11 Ognjen Stojanović FP (1996-04-27) 27 April 1996 (age 23)
12 Strahinja Rašović FP (1992-03-09) 9 March 1992 (age 27) Hungary Egri VK
13 Lazar Dobožanov GK (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995 (age 23)

Coaches[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 Dejan Savić 1994–2008 444 405
2 Aleksandar Šapić 1997–2008 385 981
3 Živko Gocić 2003–present 362 207
4 Slobodan Nikić 2003–present 355 354
5 Igor Milanović 1984–1996 349 540
6 Aleksandar Ćirić 1997–2008 346 201
7 Vladimir Vujasinović 1990–2008 341 391
8 Filip Filipović 2003–present 323 553
9 Petar Trbojević 1997–2006 306 231
10 Danilo Ikodinović 1997–2008 304 299

Statistics accurate as of matches played 29 July 2017

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 Sciences (FON), in Belgrade. Before the Serbian water polo team had joined the action, many other athletes were included. Among them was the world number one in tennis at that time, Novak Djokovic, football and basketball players of Red Star Belgrade, and many others. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to fund "Bitka za Bebe" and enough money was successfully raised to purchase one incubator.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.waterpoloserbia.org/index.php?id=454
  2. ^ "Rulers of all competitions". b92.net. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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