Montenegro women's national handball team

The Montenegro women's national handball team is the national team of Montenegro. It is governed by the Handball Federation of Montenegro and takes part in international handball competitions.

Montenegro
Information
NicknameZlatne lavice (Golden lionesses)
AssociationHandball Federation of Montenegro
CoachPer Johansson
Assistant coachNovak Ristović
Adrian Vasile
CaptainJovanka Radičević
Most capsJovanka Radičević (159)
Most goalsJovanka Radičević (874)
Colours
Home
Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (First in 2012)
Best result2nd (2012)
World Championship
Appearances5 (First in 2011)
Best result5th (2019)
European Championship
Appearances5 (First in 2010)
Best result1st (2012)
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Montenegro women's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
2012 LondonTeam
European Championship
2012 Serbia

History

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.

2006–2011

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)

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 semi-finals, 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–present

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 semi-finals, 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 losses (3–1–3). Next year, they played on European Championship in France, but didn't succeed to with ambition to play in semi-finals. After six games in two phases, Montenegro finished tournament at ninth position.

Competitive record

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.

TournamentMatchesWinsDrawsLoss
Summer Olympic Games13418
World Championship3722213
European Championship3220012
Qualifying matches EC/WC/OG604857
Overall14294840

Olympic Games

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
20122nd84133300
201611th50053210
Total134186510

World Championship

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
2007Did not qualify5401
20097511
201110th63032200
201311th6402DNP
20158th95132110
20176th73132101
20195th97022101
Total3722213201424

European Championship

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 semi-finalist from 2014.

European Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
2008Did not qualify6402
20106th74036510
20121st87016501
20144th85036510
201613th31026501
20189th63036600
Total3220012363024

Team

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 World Women's Handball Championship.[3][4]

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 1.78 m 119 2 ŽRK Budućnost
4 RW Jovanka Radičević (1986-10-23) 23 October 1986 1.69 m 159 874 ŽRK Budućnost
9 LB Đurđina Jauković (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 1.85 m 64 198 ŽRK Budućnost
15 RB Andrea Klikovac (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 1.74 m 77 48 CSM București
16 GK Ljubica Nenezić (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 1.79 m 27 0 Gloria Bistrița
20 RB Nikolina Knežević (2000-07-02) 2 July 2000 1.74 m 5 2 ŽRK Budućnost
23 RW Dijana Ujkić (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 1.72 m 36 36 Măgura Cisnădie
27 RB Sanja Premović (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 1.76 m 37 5 ŽRK Budućnost
32 RB Katarina Bulatović (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 1.86 m 94 473 Győri ETO KC
34 P Tatjana Brnović (1998-11-09) 9 November 1998 1.83 m 32 57 ŽRK Budućnost
43 GK Marta Batinović (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 1.84 m 11 0 SCM Râmnicu Vâlcea
55 LW Dijana Mugoša (1995-10-22) 22 October 1995 1.69 m 14 8 RK Podravka
66 P Ema Ramusović (1996-11-28) 28 November 1996 1.84 m 58 49 ŽRK Budućnost
77 LW Majda Mehmedović (1990-05-25) 25 May 1990 1.69 m 118 314 ŽRK Budućnost
80 LB Jelena Despotović (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 1.83 m 80 85 Debreceni VSC
90 CB Milena Raičević (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 1.78 m 153 478 ŽRK Budućnost
96 CB Itana Grbić (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 1.69 m 49 48 CSM București

Current staff

  • 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 coaches

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
MWDLWin %
Nikola Petrović20062008 11 8 0 3 072.73 None
Gyula Zsiga20082010 13 10 2 1 076.92 None
Dragan Adžić20102017 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 Johansson2017 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 players

Opponents

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
4
3
0
1
 Iceland
5
3
1
1
 Italy
3
3
0
0
 Japan
4
3
0
1
 Kazakhstan
1
1
0
0
 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
6
3
1
2
 Russia
10
4
2
4
 Senegal
1
1
0
0
 Serbia
6
5
1
0
 South Korea
1
1
0
0
 Slovakia
6
5
0
1
 Slovenia
4
4
0
0
 Spain
7
3
0
4
 Sweden
6
3
1
2
  Switzerland
1
1
0
0
 Tunisia
2
2
0
0
 Turkey
1
1
0
0
 Uruguay
1
1
0
0
OVERALL
142
94
8
40

Last update: April 2019.

See also

References

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