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 6 (first in 1996)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2016)
World Championships
Appearances 9 (first in 1998)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2005, 2009, 2015)
World League
Appearances 13 (first in 2003)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1997)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2006, 2010, 2014)
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1997)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances 5 (first in 1997)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2013)
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 Sidney 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
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
Silver medal – second place 1997 Seville
Silver medal – second place 2008 Málaga
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Zagreb
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
Silver medal – second place 2004 Long Beach
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Podgorica
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
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara Team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Almeria 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. FINA considers Serbia the inheritor of the records of Serbia and Montenegro. They are one of the world's best teams in the history of water polo, having won: 1 Olympic, 3 World Championship, 6 European Championship, 3 World Cup, 10 FINA World League, 2 Mediterranean Games gold medals. Current Serbia's team is widely considered to be the best in the history of the game.

They are the best of all national sports teams of Serbia, having won more titles than any other Serbian national team. In 2016, they became the first team to concurrently hold titles in all of the major championships in which they compete: the European Championship, the World Championship, the World Cup, the World League, and the Olympic Games.

Competitive record[edit]

Medals[edit]

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games 1 1 3 5
World Championship 3 2 2 7
European Championship 6 2 1 9
World League 10 1 1 12
World Cup 3 0 1 4
Mediterranean Games 2 0 1 3
Total 25 6 9 40

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Position
1936 to 1988 Part of Yugoslavia
as  FR Yugoslavia
Spain 1992 Barcelona Banned
United States 1996 Atlanta 8th
Australia 2000 Sydney Bronze medal icon.svg
as  Serbia and Montenegro
Greece 2004 Athens Silver medal icon.svg
as  Serbia
China 2008 Beijing Bronze medal icon.svg
United Kingdom 2012 London Bronze medal icon.svg
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Gold medal icon.svg
Total 6/7

World Championship[edit]

2015 world champions on a 2015 Serbian stamp
Year Position
1973 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
as  FR Yugoslavia
Italy 1994 Rome Banned
Australia 1998 Perth Bronze medal icon.svg
Japan 2001 Fukuoka Silver medal icon.svg
as  Serbia and Montenegro
Spain 2003 Barcelona Bronze medal icon.svg
Canada 2005 Montreal Gold medal icon.svg
as  Serbia
Australia 2007 Melbourne 4th
Italy 2009 Rome Gold medal icon.svg
China 2011 Shanghai Silver medal icon.svg
Spain 2013 Barcelona 7th
Russia 2015 Kazan Gold medal icon.svg
Total 9/10

European Championship[edit]

Year Position
1950 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
as  FR Yugoslavia
United Kingdom 1993 Sheffield Banned
Austria 1995 Vienna Didn't participate
Spain 1997 Seville Silver medal icon.svg
Italy 1999 Florence 7th
Hungary 2001 Budapest Gold medal icon.svg
as  Serbia and Montenegro
Slovenia 2003 Kranj Gold medal icon.svg
as  Serbia
Serbia 2006 Belgrade Gold medal icon.svg
Spain 2008 Malaga Silver medal icon.svg
Croatia 2010 Zagreb Bronze medal icon.svg
Netherlands 2012 Eindhoven Gold medal icon.svg
Hungary 2014 Budapest Gold medal icon.svg
Serbia 2016 Belgrade Gold medal icon.svg
Total 10/12

FINA World League[edit]

Year Position
as  FR Yugoslavia
Greece 2002 Patras Didn't participate
as  Serbia and Montenegro
United States 2003 New York 4th
United States 2004 Long Beach Silver medal icon.svg
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 Belgrade Gold medal icon.svg
Greece 2006 Athens Gold medal icon.svg
as  Serbia
Germany 2007 Berlin Gold medal icon.svg
Italy 2008 Genoa Gold medal icon.svg
Montenegro 2009 Podgorica Bronze medal icon.svg
Serbia 2010 Niš Gold medal icon.svg
Italy 2011 Florence Gold medal icon.svg
Kazakhstan 2012 Almaty Didn't participate
Russia 2013 Chelyabinsk Gold medal icon.svg
United Arab Emirates 2014 Dubai Gold medal icon.svg
Italy 2015 Bergamo Gold medal icon.svg
China 2016 Huizhou Gold medal icon.svg
Total 13/15

FINA Water Polo World Cup[edit]

Year Position
1979 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
as  FR Yugoslavia
Greece 1993 Athens Banned
United States 1995 Atlanta Didn't participate
Greece 1997 Athens 7th
Australia 1999 Sydney 5th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 2002 Belgrade Bronze medal icon.svg
as  Serbia and Montenegro
Hungary 2006 Budapest Gold medal icon.svg
as  Serbia
Romania 2010 Oradea Gold medal icon.svg
Kazakhstan 2014 Almaty Gold medal icon.svg
Total 6/8

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Year Position
1959 to 1991 Part of Yugoslavia
as  FR Yugoslavia
France 1993 Languedoc-Roussillon Banned
Italy 1997 Bari Silver medal icon.svg
Tunisia 2001 Tunis 4th
as  Serbia and Montenegro
Spain 2005 Almeria Bronze medal icon.svg
as  Serbia
Italy 2009 Pescara Gold medal icon.svg
Turkey 2013 Tunis 6th
Total 5/6

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Serbian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] view · talk

Head coach: Dejan Savić

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2016 club
1 Pijetlović, GojkoGojko Pijetlović GK 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 7 August 1983 Romania CSM Oradea
2 Mandić, DušanDušan Mandić D 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 16 June 1994 Italy Pro Recco
3 Gocić, ŽivkoŽivko Gocić (c) D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 22 August 1982 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
4 Ranđelović, SavaSava Ranđelović CB 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 17 July 1993 Italy AN Brescia
5 Ćuk, MilošMiloš Ćuk D 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 21 December 1990 Hungary Eger
6 Pijetlović, DuškoDuško Pijetlović CF 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 25 April 1985 Italy Pro Recco
7 Nikić, SlobodanSlobodan Nikić CF 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 25 January 1983 Hungary Orvosegyetem
8 Aleksić, MilanMilan Aleksić CB 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 13 May 1986 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
9 Jakšić, NikolaNikola Jakšić CB 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 17 January 1997 Serbia Partizan
10 Filip Filipović D 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 2 May 1987 Italy Pro Recco
11 Prlainović, AndrijaAndrija Prlainović D 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 April 1988 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
12 Mitrović, StefanStefan Mitrović D 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 29 March 1988 Hungary Ferencváros
13 Mitrović, BranislavBranislav Mitrović GK 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 30 January 1985 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

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. ^ "Odredjena reprezentacija za Rio" [Team for Rio decided] (in Japanese). Water polo association of Serbia. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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