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
Nickname(s)Делфини / Delfini
(The Dolphins)
AssociationWater Polo Association of Serbia
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachDejan Savić
Asst coachStefan Ćirić
Vladimir Vujasinović
CaptainMiloš Ćuk
Most capsDejan Savić (444)
Top scorerAleksandar Šapić (981)
FINA codeSRB
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best result (2016)
World Championships
Appearances11 (first in 1998)
Best result (2005, 2009, 2015)
World League
Appearances15 (first in 2003)
Best result (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1997)
Best result (2006, 2010, 2014)
European Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1997)
Best result (2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Europa Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best result4th (2018)
Mediterranean Games
Appearances6 (first in 1997)
Best result (1997, 2009, 2018)
Serbia men's national water polo team
Medal record
Representing  Serbia and Montenegro/ Serbia
Olympic Games
2016 Rio de JaneiroTeam
2004 AthensTeam
2000 SydneyTeam
2008 BeijingTeam
2012 LondonTeam
World Championship
2005 MontrealTeam
2009 RomeTeam
2015 KazanTeam
2001 FukuokaTeam
2011 ShanghaiTeam
1998 PerthTeam
2003 BarcelonaTeam
2017 BudapestTeam
FINA World Cup
2006 Budapest
2010 Oradea
2014 Almaty
2002 Belgrade
2018 Berlin
FINA World League
2005 Belgrade
2006 Athens
2007 Berlin
2008 Genova
2010 Niš
2011 Firenze
2013 Chelyabinsk
2014 Dubai
2015 Bergamo
2016 Huizhou
2017 Ruza
2019 Belgrade
2004 Long Beach
2009 Podgorica
European Championship
2001 Budapest
2003 Kranj
2006 Belgrade
2012 Eindhoven
2014 Budapest
2016 Belgrade
2018 Barcelona
1997 Seville
2008 Málaga
2010 Zagreb
Mediterranean Games
1997 BariTeam
2009 PescaraTeam
2018 TarragonaTeam
2005 AlmeriaTeam
Summer Universiade
2005 IzmirTeam
2011 ShenzhenTeam
2017 TaipeiTeam
2003 DaeguTeam
2009 BelgradeTeam
2013 KazanTeam

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 after Hungary to hold titles in all five existing major championships: European Championship, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Olympic Games simultaneously.[2]

Competitive record

Medals

Includes matches of Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia.

Updated after 2019 FINA World Championships

CompetitionTotal
Olympic Games 1135
World Championship 3238
World Cup 3025
World League 121114
European Championship 72110
Europa Cup 0000
Mediterranean Games 3014
Summer Universiade 3126
Total3271352

Team

Current squad

Roster for the 2019 World Championships.[3]

Head coach: Dejan Savić

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1Strajo RističevićGK (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992
2Dušan MandićFP2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 VK Partizan
3Viktor RašovićFP1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 Szolnoki Vízilabda
4Sava RanđelovićFP1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) (1993-07-17) 17 July 1993
5Miloš Ćuk (C)FP1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 HAVK Mladost
6Đorđe LazićFP (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996
7Nemanja VicoFP (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 Pallanuoto Trieste
8Nikola DedovićFP (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 VK Partizan
9Nikola JakšićFP1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 Ferencvárosi TC
10Radomir DrašovićFP (1997-07-22) 22 July 1997 Szolnoki Vízilabda
11Ognjen StojanovićFP (1996-04-27) 27 April 1996
12Strahinja RašovićFP (1992-03-09) 9 March 1992 Egri VK
13Lazar DobožanovGK (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995

Coaches

Most appearances and goals

Professional friendly and competitive matches only where Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and now Serbia were represented.

Name Years Matches Goals
1Dejan Savić1994–2008444405
2Aleksandar Šapić1997–2008385981
3Živko Gocić2003–present362207
4Slobodan Nikić2003–present355354
5Igor Milanović1984–1996349540
6Aleksandar Ćirić1997–2008346201
7Vladimir Vujasinović1990–2008341391
8Filip Filipović2003–present323553
9Petar Trbojević1997–2006306231
10Danilo Ikodinović1997–2008304299

Statistics accurate as of matches played 29 July 2017

Philanthropy

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.

References

  1. https://www.waterpoloserbia.org/index.php?id=454
  2. "Rulers of all competitions". b92.net. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. "2019 World Championships roster" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
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