Serbia men's national water polo team

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Serbia
Waterpolo Association of Serbia.jpg
Nickname(s) Delfini
(The Dolphins)
Association Water Polo Association of Serbia
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Dejan Savić
Asst coach Žarko Petrović
Uroš Stevanović
Captain Živko Gocić
Most caps Dejan Savić (444)
Top scorer Aleksandar Šapić (981)
FINA code SRB
Olympic Games
Appearances 5 (first in 1996)
Best result 2nd (2004)
World Championships
Appearances 9 (first in 1998)
Best result 1st 2005, 2009, 2015)
World League
Appearances 14 (first in 2003)
Best result 1st (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1997)
Best result 1st 2006, 2010, 2014)
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1997)
Best result 1st 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016)
Appearances (first in 2009)
Best result 1st 1997, 2009)
Serbia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Representing Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)/ Serbia
Olympic Games
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 Fukoka Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Shanghai Team
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Perth Team
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Barcelona Team
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2001 Budapest Team
Gold medal – first place 2003 Kranj Team
Gold medal – first place 2006 Belgrade Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 Eindhoven Team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Budapest Team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Belgrade Team
Silver medal – second place 1997 Seville Team
Silver medal – second place 2008 Málaga Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Zagreb Team
FINA World League
Gold medal – first place 2005 Belgrade Team
Gold medal – first place 2006 Athens Team
Gold medal – first place 2007 Berlin Team
Gold medal – first place 2008 Genova Team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Niš Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Firenze Team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Chelyabinsk Team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Dubai Team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Bergamo Team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Huizhou Team
Silver medal – second place 2004 Long Beach Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Podgorica Team
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2006 Budapest Team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Oradea Team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Almaty Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Belgrade Team
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara Team
Bronze medal – third place 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 one of the world's best teams in the history of water polo, having won 4 Olympic, 4 World Championship, 9 European Championship, 12 FINA World League, 3 FINA World Cup, and 2 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 Málaga.[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.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

This squad represented Serbia at the 2016 Men's European Water Polo Championship.

No. Name Date of birth Position L/R Height Weight Club
1 Pijetlović, GojkoGojko Pijetlović 7 August 1983 Goalkeeper R 194 cm (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) Romania CSM Oradea
2 Mandić, DušanDušan Mandić 16 June 1994 L 202 cm (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) Italy Pro Recco
3 Gocić, ŽivkoŽivko Gocić 22 August 1982 Wing R 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) Hungary Szolnok
4 Ranđelović, SavaSava Ranđelović 17 July 1993 Point R 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) Italy AN Brescia
5 Ćuk, MilošMiloš Ćuk 21 December 1990 Wing R 191 cm (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) Hungary Eger
6 Pijetlović, DuškoDuško Pijetlović 25 April 1985 Centre Forward R 192 cm (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) Italy Pro Recco
7 Nikić, SlobodanSlobodan Nikić 25 January 1983 Centre Forward R 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) Turkey Galatasaray
8 Aleksić, MilanMilan Aleksić 13 May 1986 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) Hungary Szolnok
9 Jakšić, NikolaNikola Jakšić 17 January 1997 Driver R 197 cm (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (200 lb) Serbia Partizan
10 Filipović, FilipFilip Filipović 2 May 1987 Wing L 196 cm (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) Italy Pro Recco
11 Prlainović, AndrijaAndrija Prlainović 28 April 1988 Wing R 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) Italy Pro Recco
12 Mitrović, StefanStefan Mitrović 29 March 1988 Wing R 195 cm (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) Hungary Szolnok
13 Mitrović, BranislavBranislav Mitrović 30 January 1985 Goalkeeper R 201 cm (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) Hungary Eger

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 Igor Milanović 1984–1996 349 540
4 Aleksandar Ćirić 1997–2008 346 201
5 Vladimir Vujasinović 1990–2008 341 391
6 Živko Gocić 2003–present 332 193
7 Slobodan Nikić 2003–present 330 318
8 Petar Trbojević 1997–2006 306 231
9 Danilo Ikodinović 1997–2008 304 299
10 Filip Filipović 2003–present 271 441

Statistics accurate as of matches played 8 August 2015

Honours[edit]

Gold medals[edit]

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 Scihences (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 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Serbia beats Spain at start of EC". tanjug.rs. 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Serbia 2012 European champions". waterpoloworld.com. 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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