Serbia men's national water polo 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. They have won gold medals in the Olympics, World and European Championships, World Cup, FINA World League, Mediterranean Games and Universiade, making them one of the most successful men's water polo teams in the world.

Serbia
Flag of Serbia.svg
FINA codeSRB
Nickname(s)Делфини / Delfini
(The Dolphins)
AssociationWater Polo Association of Serbia
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachDejan Savić
Asst coachStefan Ćirić
Vladimir Vujasinović
CaptainFilip Filipović
Most capsDejan Savić (444)
Top scorerAleksandar Šapić (981)
FINA ranking (since 2008)
Current1 (as of February 2020)
Highest1 (2009–11, 2014–present)
Lowest4 (2013)
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2016)
World Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1998)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2005, 2009, 2015)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1997)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2006, 2010, 2014)
World League
Appearances15 (first in 2003)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
European Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1997)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Europa Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best result4th (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances6 (first in 1997)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1997, 2009, 2018)
Media
Websitewaterpoloserbia.org
Logo of the Water Polo Association of Serbia
2015 world champions on a 2015 Serbian stamp

They are Serbia's most successful national team, having won more titles than all other Serbian national teams combined.[1] In 2016, they became the first team to hold titles in all five existing major championships: European Championship, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Olympic Games simultaneously.[2]

Competitive recordEdit

MedalsEdit

Includes matches of Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia.

Updated after the 2020 European Championship

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 1 1 3 5
World Championship 3 2 3 8
World Cup 3 0 2 5
World League 12 1 1 14
European Championship 7 2 1 10
Europa Cup 0 0 0 0
Mediterranean Games 3 0 1 4
Summer Universiade 3 1 2 6
Total 32 7 13 52

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2020 Men's European Water Polo Championship.[4]

Head coach: Dejan Savić

No Name Pos. L/R Date of birth Height Weight Caps Club
1 Gojko Pijetlović GK R (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 37) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 260   CSM Oradea
2 Dušan Mandić W L (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 26) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 187   Pro Recco
3 Nikola Dedović W R (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 28) 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 18   Spandau 04
4 Sava Ranđelović CB R (1993-07-17) 17 July 1993 (age 27) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 155   Orvosegyetem SC
5 Miloš Ćuk D R (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 29) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 195   HAVK Mladost
6 Duško Pijetlović CF R (1985-04-25) 25 April 1985 (age 35) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 325   Szolnok
7 Nemanja Vico CF R (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 25) 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 37   Trieste
8 Milan Aleksić CB R (1986-05-13) 13 May 1986 (age 34) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 254   CN Atlètic-Barceloneta
9 Nikola Jakšić CB R (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 23) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 120   Ferencváros
10 Filip Filipović (C) W L (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 33) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 360   Pro Recco
11 Andrija Prlainović W R (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 33) 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 317   Orvosegyetem SC
12 Stefan Mitrović D R (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 32) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 250   Olympiacos
13 Branislav Mitrović GK R (1985-01-30) 30 January 1985 (age 35) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 175   Orvosegyetem SC

CoachesEdit

Most appearances and goalsEdit

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 Živko Gocić 2003–present 362 207
4 Slobodan Nikić 2003–present 355 354
5 Igor Milanović 1984–1996 349 540
6 Aleksandar Ćirić 1997–2008 346 201
7 Vladimir Vujasinović 1990–2008 341 391
8 Filip Filipović 2003–present 323 553
9 Petar Trbojević 1997–2006 306 231
10 Danilo Ikodinović 1997–2008 304 299

Statistics accurate as of matches played 29 July 2017

PhilanthropyEdit

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 Sciences (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 Djokovic, football and basketball players of Red Star Belgrade, and many others. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to fund "Bitka za Bebe" and enough money was successfully raised to purchase one incubator.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.waterpoloserbia.org/index.php?id=454
  2. ^ "Rulers of all competitions". b92.net. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. pp. 4, 14, 25, 40, 48. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 European Championships roster" (PDF). wp2020budapest.microplustiming.com. p. 14. Retrieved 14 January 2020.

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