Montenegro national handball team

The Montenegro national handball team represents Montenegro in international handball competitions. The national team was formed in 2006 shortly after Montenegro became independent.

Montenegro
Information
NicknameZlatni lavovi
(The Golden Lions)
AssociationHandball Federation of Montenegro
CoachZoran Roganović
Assistant coachSlobodan Acimov
Brano Božović
Vladan Krasavac
Most capsMladen Rakčević (52)
Colours
Home
Away
Results
World Championship
Appearances1 (First in 2013)
Best result22nd (2013)
European Championship
Appearances4 (First in 2008)
Best result12th (2008)
Last updated on Unknown.

Montenegro played their first official match on 3 January 2007 in Vantaa and beat Finland (28:26).

Since then, Montenegro have qualified for five big competitions – once for the World Cup (2013) and for the European Championship in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

History and records

The national side first appeared in the Euro 2008 Qualifiers, which started in January 2007. After the great success in the qualifying matches, Montenegro participated at the European Championship 2008, where they finished in the second group phase.
A year later, Montenegro failed to qualify for the World Championship 2009 and after that, there was a crisis in the results of national team.
From 2012, results improved. After a surprise win against Sweden in the qualifiers, Montenegro qualified for the World Championship 2013.
In June 2013, Montenegro eliminated Germany in the final round of qualifiers for the European Championship 2014. At the Championship, Montenegro was eliminated in the first phase.
Two years later, the Montenegrin team appeared at the European Championship 2016, but was eliminated after the first phase of the competition, without any win in three matches. Same result, Montenegro made on European Championship 2018.

National team matches

TournamentMatchesWinsDrawsLossGFGA
World Championship7106179204
European Championship150114357441
Qualifying matches EC/WC603162316511710
OVERALL823274321872355

Updated: Apr 21, 2019

Records

Largest victory
41:27,  Montenegro Finland, 6 January 2007, Budva
Largest defeat
39:23,  Poland Montenegro, 24 January 2011, Stavanger
Highest home attendance
5,985,  Montenegro Denmark 32:31, 10 April 2019, Podgorica
Highest away attendance
11,835,  Denmark Montenegro 37:26, 13 April 2019, Copenhagen

Competitive record

World Championship

The national team of Montenegro made their first appearance at the World Cup in 2013, from their 3rd qualifying attempt. Their first World Cup match was played on 12 January 2013 against Argentina in Granollers, Spain.

World Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
2009Did not qualify2101
20112101
201322nd71066501
2015Did not qualify2101
20172002
/ 20192011
Total710614817

European Championship

Debut on the European Championship, Montenegrin national team made after first attempt.
They participated at the Euro 2008 and made successful appearance in their first match against Russia (25:25). They qualified for the Main Phase of the European Championship.
Their second appearance was in 2014, after Montenegro sensational eliminated Germany during the qualifiers. At the tournament, Montenegro lost all three games, with elimination after the first phase.
Montenegro hoped for a better result in 2016, but it was pretty much deja vu from two years ago as they once again lost all three games and finished in last place in their group, as well as last place in the tournament claiming 16th place out of 16 teams.

European Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
200812th60158710
2010Did not qualify8404
20126105
201416th30036402
201616th30036312
201816th30036231
// 2020Qualified6312
Total1501144624616

Team

Current squad

Squad for the 2018 European Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Dragan Đukić

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Rade Mijatović (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 1.92 m 54 2 Meshkov Brest
7 RB Stefan Čavor (1994-11-03) 3 November 1994 1.98 m 21 45 HSG Wetzlar
8 P Vuk Lazović (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 1.99 m 4 2 Dunărea Călărași
9 CB Žarko Pejović (1986-01-25) 25 January 1986 1.91 m 25 14 Gorenje Velenje
11 LW Igor Marković (1981-12-16) 16 December 1981 1.83 m 52 116 Komlói Bányász
12 GK Mile Mijušković (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 1.92 m 16 0 BM Benidorm
13 RW Mirko Radović (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 1.86 m 30 21 Ceglédi KKSE
14 LW Miloš Vujović (1993-07-05) 5 July 1993 1.81 m 27 52 Tatabánya KC
15 RW Igor Radojević (1990-06-25) 25 June 1990 1.91 m 7 1 Eger-Eszterházy SzSE
16 GK Nebojša Simić (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 1.94 m 20 0 MT Melsungen
18 P Nebojša Simović (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 1.99 m 4 0 Dabas KC
20 LB Stevan Vujović (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 1.90 m 25 46 Dobrogea Sud
21 LB Vasko Ševaljević (1988-06-21) 21 June 1988 1.93 m 40 188 Tremblay-en-France
24 LB Miloš Božović (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 1.99 m 19 48 Tatabánya KC
25 RW Marko Lasica (1988-05-30) 30 May 1988 1.88 m 32 31 Politehnica Timișoara
32 CB Božo Anđelić (1992-03-16) 16 March 1992 1.86 m 16 17 Metalurg Skopje
90 P Nemanja Grbović (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 1.84 m 39 81 Ceglédi KKSE
93 RB Vladan Lipovina (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 1.98 m 21 47 TV Hüttenberg
Uniforms

1st: red/red (GK: yellow)

2nd: white/white (GK: red)

3rd: black/black (GK: blue)

Technical staff

  • Coach: Zoran Roganović
  • Assistant Coach: Milorad Davidović
  • Team Official: Petar Kapisoda
  • Physiotherapist: Bojan Milošević
  • Physiotherapist: Bojan Vlaisavljević

Head coaches

Since independence, Montenegro was led by six different coaches.

Coach From To Record* Championship
MWDLWin %
Pero MiloševićOctober 2006June 2007 8 7 1 0 087.50 None
Ranko PopovićAugust 2007November 2009 16 5 1 10 031.25 EC 2008
Kasim KamenicaNovember 2009April 2010 2 1 0 1 050.00
Miodrag PopovićApril 2010March 2011 4 1 0 3 025.00
Zoran KastratovićMay 2011February 2014 24 10 0 14 041.67 WC 2013, EC 2014
Ljubomir ObradovićMarch 2014November 2016 13 4 1 8 030.77 EC 2016
Dragan ĐukićNovember 2016July 2018 11 3 3 5 027.27 EC 2018
Zoran RoganovićAugust 2018 4 1 1 2 025.00

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

Notable former players

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