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Montenegro women's national handball team

The Montenegro national handball team represents Montenegro in international handball competitions. Team was formed in 2006, and started playing in IHF and EHF competitions during the same year.
Montenegro played their first official match in November 2006 in Cheb and won against Bulgaria (32:28).
Women's handball team is among most successful national teams of Montenegro. They won Montenegro's first ever Olympic medal in 2012 by reaching the final. Same year, Montenegro was a champion of Europe.

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NicknameZlatne lavice (Golden lionesses)
AssociationHandball Federation of Montenegro
CoachPer Johansson
CaptainJovanka Radičević
Most capsJovanka Radičević (134)
Most goalsJovanka Radičević (709)
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Home
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Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (First in 2012)
Best result2nd (2012)
World Championship
Appearances4 (First in 2011)
Best result6th (2017)
European Championship
Appearances5 (First in 2010)
Best result1st (2012)
Last updated on Unknown.
Montenegro women's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 Serbia
Mediterranean Games
Silver medal – second place 2018 Tarragona Team

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HistoryEdit

With the strong tradition in women's handball, Montenegrin team is formed at 2006, soon after independence. Strong base of Montenegrin team was ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica, a club with numerous European trophies, which produced many famous Montenegrin players.

2006–2011Edit

Montenegrin women's team started playing in official competitions since 2006.[1] First games they played on qualifying tournament for World Championship 2007 in Cheb, but finished at the second place with four wins and one defeat. Year later, Montenegro didn't succeed to qualify for European Championship 2008, after defeat in playoffs against Croatia. Same result Montenegro made at qualifiers for World Championship 2009, with defeats in the playoff against Sweden.
First significant success, Montenegro made at 2010. After qualifiers without any defeat, the team participated on European Championship 2010. At the end, Montenegro finished as a sixt-placed team and Montenegrin-side Bojana Popović was the third scorer of Championship with 46 goals.
For the first time, Montenegro played on World Championship at 2011. After passed group stage, Montenegrin team was eliminated by Spain in Round of 16.

Olympic silver and European gold (2012)Edit

Best year in the history of Montenegrin team was 2012. In August, Montenegro won silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In December, Montenegro became champion of Europe at European Championship 2012 in Belgrade.
At Summer Olympics 2012, Montenegro passed group with two defeats, but in elimination matches won against France and Spain. On final match, Montenegrin team was defeated by Norway (23:26). With the second place on tournament in London, women's handball team won the first Olympic medal for Montenegro since independence. Montenegrin players Bojana Popović and Katarina Bulatović were elected in the All-star Olympic Games team by IHF.[2] Two players were top-scorers of Olympic tournament – Bulatović with 53 goals and Popović with 46.
At 2012 European Women's Handball Championship in Serbia, Montenegro won its first title on one of mayor handball championships. The team made score 5–0–1 in two group phases. In semifinals, in front of 13,000 spectators, Montenegro defeated home-side Serbia (27:26). In the big final, Montenegro again met Norway and won gold medal with win 34:31. Montenegrin players Katarina Bulatović and Jovanka Radičević were in All-star team. With 56 goals, Katarina Bulatović was the top-scorer of championship.
Both medals, in London and in Belgrade, Montenegro won with head coach Dragan Adžić.

2013–presentEdit

After two successes in 2012, Montenegro was among main favourites before 2013 World Women's Handball Championship. But, after good performance in the group-phase, Montenegrin team was eliminated by Denmark in Round of 16.
Montenegro made significant result on 2014 European Women's Handball Championship. After good performances in both groups, the team played in semifinals, but defeated against Spain. At the end, Montenegro finished as a fourth-placed team.
Best result on World Championship Montenegro made at 2015. After great performances in groups, with notable win against Hungary (32:15), Montenegro eliminated Angola in Round of 16. But, on quarterfinals, Norway defeated Montenegro (26:25). That was the first performance of Montenegro in the quarterfinals of World Championship.
At their second participation on Summer Olympics, Montenegro disappointed in Rio de Janeiro 2016. With five defeats on group stage, Montenegro finished as a last-placed team without any single point.
After Olympic tournament, Montenegro made big changes in the team, with many new young players, produced in ŽRK Budućnost. First main competition for new generation was 2016 European Women's Handball Championship, where Montenegro was the youngest team. With one win and two defeats, the team finished at 13th position.
In November 2017, Handball Association of Montenegro stated that new head coach of national team will be Per Johansson instead Dragan Adžić, who served in team for seven years. As a coach, Adžić led Montenegro on nine big international competitions, with gold on European Championship 2012 and silver on Summer Olympics during the same year.
With new head coach, Montenegro finished sixth on World Championship 2017, with the same number of wins and loses (3-1-3). Next year, they played on European Championship in France, but didn't succeed to with ambition to play in semifinals. After six games in two phases, Montenegro finished tournament at ninth position.

Competitive recordEdit

Montenegrin national team participated in every international competition, including Summer Olympics, World Championship and European Championship. Here is a List of official matches of the Montenegro women's handball team.

Tournament Matches Wins Draws Loss
Olympic Games 13 4 1 8
World Championship 28 15 2 11
European Championship 32 20 0 12
Qualifying matches EC/WC/OG 60 48 5 7
OVERALL 133 87 8 38

Olympic GamesEdit

During the past, Montenegro participated at two editions of Summer Olympics (2012, 2016).
In London 2012, women's handball team won first olympic medal for Montenegro since independence.

Olympic Games Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
  2012 2nd 8 4 1 3 3 3 0 0
  2016 11th 5 0 0 5 3 2 1 0
Total 13 4 1 8 6 5 1 0

World ChampionshipEdit

Montenegro participated on three World Championships.
After failed to qualify for championships 2007 and 2009, they participated on three consecutive tournaments (2011, 2013, 2015). Best result Montenegro made at 2015 and 2017, when they played in the quarterfinals.

World Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
  2007 Did not qualify 5 4 0 1
  2009 7 5 1 1
  2011 10th 6 3 0 3 2 2 0 0
  2013 11th 6 4 0 2 DNP
  2015 8th 9 5 1 3 2 1 1 0
  2017 6th 7 3 1 3 2 1 0 1
  2019 Qualified
Total 28 15 2 11 18 13 2 3

European ChampionshipEdit

Montenegro has participated in five European Championships.
After failed to qualify for European Championship 2008, they participated on tournaments 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Montenegro was European champion 2012 and semifinalist from 2014.

European Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
  2008 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2
    2010 6th 7 4 0 3 6 5 1 0
  2012 1st 8 7 0 1 6 5 0 1
    2014 4th 8 5 0 3 6 5 1 0
  2016 13th 3 1 0 2 6 5 0 1
  2018 9th 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 0
Total 32 20 0 12 36 30 2 4

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2019 World Women's Handball Championship – European qualification.

Head coach: Per Johansson

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Marina Rajčić (1993-08-24) 24 August 1993 (age 25) 1.78 m 111 1   ŽRK Budućnost
4 RW Jovanka Radičević (1986-10-23) 23 October 1986 (age 32) 1.69 m 148 802   ŽRK Budućnost
9 LB Đurđina Jauković (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 22) 1.85 m 53 160   ŽRK Budućnost
10 CB Anđela Bulatović (1987-01-15) 15 January 1987 (age 32) 1.75 m 87 75   ŽRK Budućnost
15 RB Andrea Klikovac (1991-05-06) 6 May 1991 (age 28) 1.80 m 66 30   CSM București
16 GK Ljubica Nenezić (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 22) 1.79 m   Gloria Bistrița
23 RW Dijana Ujkić (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 23) 1.72 m 25 25   Măgura Cisnădie
27 RB Sanja Premović (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 (age 26) 1.82 m 26 4   ŽRK Budućnost
40 GK Anastasija Babović (2000-12-13) 13 December 2000 (age 18) 1.78 m   ŽRK Budućnost
77 LW Majda Mehmedović (1990-05-25) 25 May 1990 (age 29) 1.69 m 107 270   ŽRK Budućnost
P Bobana Klikovac (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 24) 1.81 m   SCM Craiova
80 CB Jelena Despotović (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 25) 1.83 m 69 52   RK Krim
96 LW Itana Grbić (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 (age 22) 1.69 m 38 41   CSM București
32 RB Katarina Bulatović (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 34) 1.90 m 84 455   Győri Audi ETO KC

Current staffEdit

  •   Head Coach: Per Johansson
  •   Assistant Coach: Adrian Vasile
  •   Goalkeeping Coach: Novak Ristović
  •   Fitness Coach: Adrian Vasile
  •   Physiotherapist: Bojan Milošević
  •   Physiotherapist: Mitar Vujović
  •   Head of Delegation: Arijan Efović

Head coachesEdit

Since independence, Montenegro was led by three different coaches. During the first years, head coach was Nikola Petrović. After him, Montenegro was led by Gyula Zsiga and then by Dragan Adžić, who was most successful head coach of Montenegrin team.

Coach From To Record* Championship
M W D L Win %
  Nikola Petrović 2006 2008 11 8 0 3 072.73 None
  Gyula Zsiga 2008 2010 13 10 2 1 076.92 None
  Dragan Adžić 2010 2017 92 59 5 28 064.13 EC 2010 (6th); WC 2011 (10th); OG 2012 (2nd); EC 2012 (1st); WC 2013 (11th); EC 2014 (4th); WC 2015 (8th); OG 2016 (11th); EC 2016 (13th)
  Per Johansson 2017 17 10 1 6 058.82 WC 2017 (6th); EC 2018 (9th)

* Data is only for official matches (qualifiers, European Championship, World Championship, Olympic Games).

Notable former playersEdit

OpponentsEdit

Since independence, Montenegro played official games against 38 different teams. The only national team against which Montenegro never win a game is Brazil.
Below is the list of performances of Montenegro national handball team against every single opponent.

Opponents' country G W D L
  Angola
4
3
0
1
  Azerbaijan
2
2
0
0
  Belarus
2
1
0
1
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1
1
0
0
  Brazil
3
0
1
2
  Bulgaria
2
2
0
0
  China
1
1
0
0
  Croatia
6
2
0
4
  Czech Republic
6
5
0
1
  Denmark
8
4
0
4
  Dominican Republic
1
1
0
0
  DR Congo
1
1
0
0
  Finland
1
1
0
0
  France
8
2
0
6
  Germany
3
2
0
1
  Greece
1
1
0
0
  Great Britain
3
3
0
0
  Hungary
3
2
0
1
  Iceland
5
3
1
1
  Italy
3
3
0
0
  Japan
3
2
0
1
  Netherlands
2
2
0
0
  North Macedonia
2
2
0
0
  Norway
5
1
0
4
  Poland
8
8
0
0
  Portugal
3
2
1
0
  Romania
5
2
1
2
  Russia
9
4
2
3
  Serbia
5
4
1
0
  South Korea
1
1
0
0
  Slovakia
6
5
0
1
  Slovenia
4
4
0
0
  Spain
6
3
0
3
  Sweden
5
2
1
2
   Switzerland
1
1
0
0
  Tunisia
2
2
0
0
  Turkey
1
1
0
0
  Uruguay
1
1
0
0
OVERALL
133
87
8
38

Last update: April 2019.

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