Vladimir Vujasinović

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Vladimir Vujasinović
Personal information
Born August 14, 1973 (1973-08-14) (age 43)
Rijeka, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia

Vladimir Vujasinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Вујасиновић; pronounced [ʋlǎdimiːr ʋujasǐːnɔʋit͡ɕ]; born 14 August 1973) is a former Serbian water polo player, who has a 2000 Summer Olympics bronze medal (FR Yugoslavia team), 2004 Summer Olympics silver medal (Serbia and Montenegro team), and numerous other titles. Vujasinović was named best player in the world several times. In 2003 he was declared for the best athlete of Serbia and Montenegro, and in 2005 the Olympic Committee of Serbia and Montenegro declared him for the best sportsman.[1] Vladimir played 341 matches for his county and scored 391 times. In 2011, Partizan won the National Championship and National Cup of Serbia, LEN Euroleague (his fourth overall), LEN Supercup (third overall), Eurointer League and Tom Hoad Cup.

Early life[edit]

Vujasinović was born 14 August 1973, in Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia (modern Croatia), to ethnic Serb parents hailing from Ivoševci village near Knin. He grew up in Istria.

Career[edit]

As Player[edit]

Vujasinović debuted for the national team in Kotor scoring his first goal against France in an 18–3 win. He was 17 years, three months and 22 days old. From 1995. he was a permanent member of the national team, and a captain since 2003. During this period, Vladimir only missed the 1999 European championship after a doping scandal after the Italian Cup semi-final. In numerous surveys, he was elected as the world's best water polo player on the grounds that he can play equally well in all positions for the team. Forerunner of all-round player, he was a member of all possible ideal setups. He retired from the national team in 2008. Vujasinović is considered to be one of the best players in the history of world water polo. He played for Croatian Primorje, Serbian VK Crvena Zvezda, Spanish Barcelona, Italian A.S. Roma Pallanuoto, Serbian VK Partizan, Italian Pro Recco, Brazilian Fluminense. In summer 2007 he played with Maltese side Neptunes WPSC and helped them retain the Maltese First Division. He was named Most Valuable Player at the 2001 European Championship in Budapest, Hungary. Vujasinović won European Champions League several times with Italian Pro Recco (year 2007 and 2008) and Serbian VK Partizan. He rejoined Partizan Belgrade for the 2008/9 season. He won the Malta Waterpolo Summer League title with Neptunes Emirates (St. Julians, Malta) in August 2010.

As Coach[edit]

Vladimir Vujasinović named as assistant coach of Serbian national team in 2012. With national team, he won 2016 Olympic Games, 2015 World Championship, two European Championships: 2014, 2016 and four World League: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. In 1 year and less than 2 months the Serbian National team had won the four biggest titles in Waterpolo in a row, nobody before him do it.

Club[edit]

As Player[edit]

Neptunes WPSC[edit]

Efforts to strengthen the team and try to retain the championship in 2007 were made immediately after the 2006 season ended. Serbian idol Vlado Vujasinović was snapped up from top Italian side Pro Recco and Sergio Afric’s immediate reaction to the club president was "Abbiamo appena vinto il prossimo campionato!" And how true that was. Vlado turned out to be the toast of the game’s connoisseurs as he managed to bring the best out of his colleagues with his superb marshalling at the back, closing all gaps and his play-making was the platform of Neptunes offensive stints. The final game that wrapped up the championship for Neptunes will go down in the club’s history as the biggest win they ever registered over Sliema – 12–4.

Partizan Raiffeizen[edit]

2011–12 season

On 22 October 2011. Vujasinović scored two goals in the first round of the Euroleague Group, in an 8–9 loss to Szeged Beton VE. On 9 November Vujasinović scored a goal in the second round of the Euroleague Group in the 10–10 tie against TEVA-Vasas-UNIQA. On 26 November Vujasinović scored a goal in a 9–6 Euroleague third round win over ZF Eger in Belgrade. On 30 December Vujasinović won with Partizan the ninth "Tom Hoad Cup" in Perth, defeating in the final the Australian team, Fremantle Mariners 11–9. He led his rejuvenated team to the victory with no Serbia men's national water polo team representatives as a captain. On 15 February 2012. Vujasinović scored his first goal of the Serbian National Championship season, in the second round of the "A League", in an 8–6 win against Crvena Zvezda VET. On 17 February Vujasinović scored in the third round of the "A League", in an easy 14–2 win against ŽAK. On 26 February Vujasinović scored his last two goals in the final round of the Euroleague Group, in which his team lost by 9–8 to Szeged Beton VE and dropped out of the competition. On 1 March he scored two goals against VK Vojvodina in a 10–9 win in the "A League" fourth round.

Clubs he played for[edit]

Vujasinović has additionally had summer league club stints in Malta and Brazil with Neptunes WPSC and Fluminense, respectively.

As Coach[edit]

Vujasinović led VK Partizan from 2013. He won two Serbian league matches and was twice in the semifinal in LEN Champions League. He led the youngest team in LEN Champions League.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

VK Crvena Zvezda

  • National Championship of Yugoslavia (2) : 1991–92, 1992–93

CN Barcelona

AS Roma Pallanuoto

Pro Recco

Neptunes WPSC

  • National Championship of Malta (1) : 2007

PA Fluminense

  • National Championship of Brazil (1) : 2009

VK Partizan

  • National Championship of Serbia (4) : 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • National Cup of Serbia (4) : 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • LEN Euroleague (1) : 2010–11
  • LEN Supercup (1) : 2011–12
  • LEN Cup (1) : 1997–98
  • Eurointer League (2) : 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Tom Hoad Cup (1) : 2011

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The most successful athletes". waterpoloserbia. 2005. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Aleksandar Šoštar
Serbia and Montenegro / Serbia captain
2003–2008
Succeeded by
Vanja Udovičić
Awards
Preceded by
Dejan Bodiroga
( Yugoslavia)
Serbia and Montenegro The Best Athlete of Serbia and Montenegro
2003
Succeeded by
Denis Šefik