Vladimir Vujasinović

Vladimir Vujasinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Вујасиновић; pronounced [ʋlǎdimiːr ʋujasǐːnɔʋit͡ɕ]; born 14 August 1973) is a Serbian professional water polo head coach and former player. He currently serves as head coach of VK Novi Beograd.

Vladimir Vujasinović
Personal information
Born 14 August 1973 (1973-08-14) (age 48)
Rijeka, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Club information
Current team VK Novi Beograd (as head coach)
Senior clubs
Years Team
Primorje Rijeka
Crvena Zvezda Jupeks
CN Barcelona
Partizan Bambi
AS Roma Pallanuoto
Pro Recco

During his playing career, he won two Olympic bronze medals (FR Yugoslavia team at 2000 Olympics and Serbia team at 2008 Olympics), an Olympic silver medal (Serbia and Montenegro team at 2004 Olympics), and numerous other titles. He has been named best water polo player in the world several times. In 2003 he was pronounced the best athlete of Serbia and Montenegro, and in 2005 the Olympic Committee of Serbia and Montenegro declared him to be the best sportsman.[1] Vujasinović has played 341 matches for his country and scored 391 times. In 2011, his then club VK Partizan won the National Championship and National Cup of Serbia, LEN Euroleague (his fourth overall), LEN Super Cup (his third overall), Eurointer League and Tom Hoad Cup.

Early lifeEdit

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


As playerEdit

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 coachEdit

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, a feat nobody before him did.


As playerEdit

Neptunes WPSCEdit

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 RaiffeizenEdit

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.

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

As coachEdit

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.

In 2016, Vujasinović signed a three-year contract with Italian Pro Recco, but stayed there for two seasons, until June 2018.[2][3]

On July 1, 2019, he was named a new head coach of VK Novi Beograd.[4]



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


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The most successful athletes". waterpoloserbia. 2005. Archived from the original on 2010-08-20.
  2. ^ "Pro Reko i Vladimir Vujasinović prekinuli saradnju". vaterpolovesti.com (in Serbian). 12 June 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Vladimir Vujasinović okupio prvi tim Pro Reka". waterpolopartizan.rs (in Serbian). 23 July 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  4. ^ "VELIKI POVRATAK VELIKOG ASA Vlada Vujasinović novi trener VK Novi Beograd". blic.rs (in Serbian). Tanjug. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2021.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Serbia and Montenegro / Serbia captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by   The Best Athlete of Serbia and Montenegro
Succeeded by