Nikola Rađen

Nikola Rađen (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Рађен, pronounced [nǐkɔla râd͡ʑɛn]) (born 29 January 1985) is a Serbian water polo player who plays for Serbian club Crvena zvezda. He was a member of the Serbia men's national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won with Serbia the 2009 World Championship as well as the 2012 Eindhoven European Championship. Rađen has also won 2 LEN Euroleagues with his former clubs Partizan Raiffeisen (2011) and VK Crvena zvezda (2013).

Nikola Rađen
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Nikola Rađen, 31.05.2017.
Personal information
Born (1985-01-29) 29 January 1985 (age 37)
Sombor, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 121 kg (267 lb)
Position Defender
Handedness Right
Club information
Current team Crvena zvezda (men's water polo)
Senior clubs
Years Team
Partizan Raiffeisen
NC Chios
Crvena zvezda
CSM Digi Oradea
WPC Dynamo Moscow
Crvena zvezda
AEK Athens
Crvena zvezda
National team
Years Team
 Serbia and Montenegro

National careerEdit

2012 EindhovenEdit

On 16 January, at the European Championship Rađen scored in the first game two goals in an 8–5 win against Spain. After next two games without goals, on 21 January in the fourth match, Rađen scored his third goal of the tournament for his national team in a routine victory against Romania 14–5. Nikola Rađen 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.[1] This was his first gold medal at the European Championships.



VK Partizan

  • LEN Champions League (1): 2010–11
  • National Championship of Serbia (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • National Cup of Serbia (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Eurointer League (2): 2010, 2011

VK Crvena Zvezda


CSM Digi Oradea

Dynamo Moscow

  • National Cup of Russia (2): 2017–18, 2018–19

Failed drug testEdit

On May 15, 2015, Serbian media published that Rađen was tested positive for cocaine after the World League game between Serbia and Spain, held on February 17, 2015.[3] The penalty for such doping violation is 4 years of not participating in any kind of sport events. On May 18, 2015, he was officially temporary suspended by FINA due to continued investigation into his positive doping results to cocaine metabolites.[4][5] Furthermore, two days later, Olympiacos, the club with whom he was under the contract, terminated the contract for violating the terms of it.[6] On August 24, 2015, he was officially suspended on a 4-year period by FINA for positive doping results; from tests taking place on February 17, and nearly two months later, on April 15.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2012-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Παναθηναϊκός-Ολυμπιακός 10-18. 9 May 2015. (in Greek).
  3. ^ N., V. (18 May 2015). "FINA još ćuti, Rađen čeka kaznu". (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "ADAS: FINA suspendovala Rađena". (in Serbian). Antidoping Agencija Srbije. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ "VSS: Rađen privremeno suspendovan". (in Serbian). 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Olimpijakos otpustio Rađena". (in Serbian). 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Nikola Radjen, Serbian Water Polo Player And Olympic Medalist, Suspended For Four Years By FINA Doping Panel". 24 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.

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