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Filip Filipović (water polo)

Filip Filipović (Serbian Cyrillic: Филип Филиповић; born 2 May 1987) is a Serbian water polo player. He was a member of the Serbia men's national water polo teams that won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a gold medal in 2016. He also held the world title in 2009 and 2015 and the European title in 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2016. He was named Most Valuable Player at the 2011 World Championships. He was also voted as the male water polo "Athlete of the Year" in 2011 and 2014 by the FINA magazine.[3] At the club level he plays for Pro Recco in Italy and won the 2010 LEN Euroleague and the LEN Supercup with them.[4]

Filip Filipović
Filip Filipović Rio 2016.jpg
Filipović at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 32)
Belgrade, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia[1]
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Weight101 kg (223 lb)
Country Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)
 Serbia (2006–)
SportWater polo
ClubPro Recco

Club careerEdit

Pro ReccoEdit

In February 2010. Filip and his Pro Recco teammate Udovičić were guests in Soria. They played an all-stars humanitarian match between Italy and the selection of foreigners playing in the Italian championship, and all proceeds from the match went to charity – to help Haiti, the victims of the recent devastating earthquake. Caps of all players were offered for sale at a symbolic price of 30 euros. It was confirmed on 29 June 2011 that Filip and his teammates from Pro Recco will play in Adriatic Water polo League.[5]

2011–12 season

In the second round of the Adriatic League, on 24 September, Filipović scored his first goal against Koper Rokava in a 16–4 home win.[6] On 1 October 2011. Filipović scored two goals in the Adriatic League, in a 10–7 third round away win against Jug CO.[7] On 15 October Filipović scored a goal in the fifth round of the Adriatic League, in a 15–8 home win against Primorje EB.[8] On 22 October Filipović scored two goals in the first round of the Euroleague Group in an easy 13–5 win over Spartak Volgograd. On 29 October, in the Adriatic League seventh round 13–9 home win against Mladost, Filipović scored two goals.[9] On 26 November Filipović scored a goal in the Euroleague third round, in a 10–8 win against Jadran Herceg Novi. Filipović scored two goals on 3 December in a humiliating 21–0 defeat over POŠK in the twelfth round of the Adriatic League.[10] In the thirteenth round on 10 December, Filipović scored another two goals against Mornar Split in a 20–8 away win.[11] On 8 February 2012. in the fifth round of the Euroleague, Filipović scored two goals in a 15–7 win against CN Marseille. 3 days later he scored another two goals but in the Adriatic League fifteenth round 9–8 home win against Jug CO.[12] He scored one more in a win over Primorje EB by 13–6 on 18 February, in the sixteenth round.[13] On 25 February, in the last round of the Euroleague group stage, Filipović was the top scorer in the 18–7 away win against Spartak Volgograd with five goals.[14] Four days later, Filipović scored another five goals but in the Adriatic League fourteenth-round game behind, in a 21–5 easy home win over Mornar BS.[15] On 3 March Filipović scored two goals in a 12–7 Adriatic League away win against Mladost, the second goal was his 20th so far.[16]


National careerEdit

Filip finally scored his first two goals on 17 January at the European Championship against Germany in the second game which the Serbs won by a score of 13–12. On 19 January, in the third game of the tournament, Filipović scored two goals in a big 15–12 victory against rivals and defending European champions Croatia. He will also remember the match for the unsportsmanlike conduct of Croat Nikša Dobud who deliberately struck him from behind, resulting in serious bruising underneath Filipović's right eye. Filipović responded by scoring two goals against the Croatians and waving the Serbian three-finger salute at the Croatian bench. On 27 January Filipović scored three goals in a semifinal 12–8 victory over Italy. Filip Filipović won the 2012 European Championship on 29 January. He scored a goal in the final against Montenegro which his national team won by 9–8.[17] This was his third gold medal at the European Championships.


Filip has played for the Serbia and Montenegro / Serbia national team more than 190 times and has scored more than 260 goals. He has 19 medals with his national team but the most notable are the gold and silver medals from the World Championships in 2009 Rome and 2011 Shanghai as also the bronze medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[1]


VK Partizan
Pro Recco
VK Radnički Kragujevac


Personal lifeEdit

Filipović is left-handed. He is married to Sanja and has one son.[3]


  1. ^ a b Filip Filipović Archived 6 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Filip Filipović Archived 15 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c d e Filip Filipović Archived 19 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Craig Lord: Germany Back On Top In European Vote. Retrieved on 11 August 2016.
  5. ^ Pro Recco u Triglav Jadranskoj ligi. Vaterpolo Magazin (29 June 2011)
  6. ^ "Pro Recco 16–4 Koper Rokava". hvs. 24 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Jug CO 7–10 Pro Recco". hvs. 1 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Pro Recco 15–8 Primorje EB". hvs. 15 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Pro Recco 13–9 Mladost". hvs. 29 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Pro Recco 21–0 POŠK". hvs. 3 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Mornar BS 8–20 Pro Recco". hvs. 10 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Pro Recco 9–8 Jug CO". hvs. 11 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Primorje EB 6–13 ro Recco". hvs. 11 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "PALLANUOTO, SAVONA E RECCO REGINE DI COPPA". liguria notizie. 27 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Pro Recco 21–5 Mornar BS". hvs. 29 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Mladost 7–12 Pro Recco". hvs. 3 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Serbia 2012 European champions. Retrieved on 11 August 2016.
  18. ^ "LEN Awards 2018". LEN. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Živko Gocić
Serbia captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by
  Vanja Udovičić
Most Valuable Player of
Water Polo World Championship

Succeeded by
  Dénes Varga
Preceded by
  Vanja Udovičić
  Dénes Varga
FINA Water Polo Player of the Year
Succeeded by
  Josip Pavić
Preceded by
  Duško Pijetlović
Swimming World Magazine
Water Polo Player of the Year

Succeeded by
  Márton Vámos