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Montenegro women's national handball team

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Montenegro
Shirt badge/Association crest
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
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)
Last updated on Unknown.

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.

History

Montenegro's women's national handball team was formed in 2006, shortly after Montenegro gained independence. It was founded upon ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica, a club with numerous European trophies, which produced many famous Montenegrin players.

2006–2011

Montenegro has been playing in official competitions since 2006.[1] They played for the first time during the qualifying tournament for the 2007 World Women's Handball Championship in Cheb, where they finished second with four wins and one defeat. A year later, Montenegro did not qualify for the 2008 European Women's Handball Championship after a defeat in the playoffs against Croatia. The same result occurred at qualifiers for the 2009 World Women's Handball Championship in China, as Montenegro lost to Sweden in the playoffs.

Montenegro's first significant success came in 2010. After passing the qualifiers without any defeats, the team participated in the 2010 European Women's Handball Championship in Denmark and Norway. Montenegro finished in sixth place, with 46 goals from Montenegro's Bojana Popović.


For the first time, Montenegro played at the IHF World Women's Handball Championship in 2011. After passing the group stage, Montenegro was eliminated by Spain in the round of 16.

Olympic silver and European gold (2012)

On August 11, 2012, Montenegro won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In December 16, 2012, they became champions at the 2012 European Women's Handball Championship in Belgrade.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Montenegro passed the group round with two defeats but won elimination matches against France and Spain. In the final match, Montenegro was defeated by Norway 23–26. With their second place title, Montenegro won the first Olympic medal for Montenegro since their country became independent. Bojana Popović and Katarina Bulatović were prominent players on the team during this tournament.

At the 2012 European Women's Handball Championship in Serbia, Montenegro won its first title at a major handball championship. In the semi-finals, Montenegro defeated Serbia 27–26. In the finals, Montenegro defeated Norway 34–31, winning the championship. The players Katarina Bulatović and Jovanka Radičević played significant roles in the team's victory. With 56 goals, Bulatović was the top scorer of the championship.

Montenegro won both medals, in London and in Belgrade, with head coach Dragan Adžić.

2013–present

After two successes in 2012, Montenegro was eliminated by Denmark in the round of 16 at the 2013 World Women's Handball Championship.


Montenegro did well in the 2014 European Women's Handball Championship. After making it to the semi-finals, the team was defeated by Spain. In the end, Montenegro finished in fourth place.

Montenegro made significant strides in the 2015 World Women's Handball Championship. After a notable win against Hungary 32–15, Montenegro eliminated Angola in the round of 16. However, in the quarterfinals, Norway defeated Montenegro 26–25. That was the first performance of Montenegro in the quarterfinals of a World Women's Handball Championship.

At their second appearance in the Summer Olympics, Montenegro did not perform as well, in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With five defeats during the group stage, Montenegro finished in nearly last place.


After the Olympics, Montenegro made big changes to the team and recruited many new young players produced by ŽRK Budućnost. The first main competition for the newly formed team was at the 2016 European Women's Handball Championship, where Montenegro had the youngest team. With one win and two defeats, the team finished in 13th place.

In November 2017, The Handball Federation of Montenegro stated that the new head coach of the national team would be Per Johansson instead of Dragan Adžić, who had served the team for seven years. As a coach, Adžić led Montenegro to nine big international competitions, winning gold during the 2012 European Championship and silver during the Summer Olympics the same year.

With a new head coach, Montenegro finished sixth in the 2017 World Women's Handball Championship, with equal wins and losses, 3-1-3. The next year, they played at the 2018 European Women's Handball Championship in France but did not succeed. After six games, Montenegro finished the tournament in ninth place.

Competitive record

The Montenegrin national team has participated in many international competitions, including the Summer Olympics, World Championship and European Championship.

Tournament Matches Wins Draws Loss
Summer Olympic Games 13 4 1 8
World Championship 37 22 2 13
European Championship 32 20 0 12
Qualifying matches EC/WC/OG 60 48 5 7
Overall 142 94 8 40

Olympic Games

Montenegro has participated in two Summer Olympics (2012 and 2016). In 2012, the women's handball team won the first Olympic medal for Montenegro since their independence.

Olympic Games Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
United Kingdom 2012 2nd 8 4 1 3 3 3 0 0
Brazil 2016 11th 5 0 0 5 3 2 1 0
Japan 2020 TBD TBD
Total 13 4 1 8 6 5 1 0

World Championship

Montenegro has participated in five World Championships. After failing to qualify for championships 2007 and 2009, they have participated in five consecutive tournaments. The best results Montenegro had were in 2015 and 2017, when they played in the quarterfinals.

World Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
France 2007 Did not qualify 5 4 0 1
China 2009 7 5 1 1
Brazil 2011 10th 6 3 0 3 2 2 0 0
Serbia 2013 11th 6 4 0 2 DNP
Denmark 2015 8th 9 5 1 3 2 1 1 0
Germany 2017 6th 7 3 1 3 2 1 0 1
Japan 2019 5th 9 7 0 2 2 1 0 1
Spain 2021 To be determined TBD
Denmark/Norway/Sweden 2023
Germany/Netherlands 2025
Hungary 2027
Total 37 22 2 13 20 14 2 4

European Championship

Montenegro has participated in seven European Championships. After having failed to qualify for the European Championship 2008, they have participated in all subsequent tournaments.Montenegro was the European champion in 2012 and a semi-finalist in 2014 and will co-host the 2022 edition along with Slovenia and North Macedonia.

European Championship Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W D L Pld W D L
North Macedonia 2008 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2
Denmark Norway 2010 6th 7 4 0 3 6 5 1 0
Serbia 2012 1st 8 7 0 1 6 5 0 1
Croatia Hungary 2014 4th 8 5 0 3 6 5 1 0
Sweden 2016 13th 3 1 0 2 6 5 0 1
France 2018 9th 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 0
Denmark/Norway 2020 Qualified Cancelled
Slovenia/North Macedonia/Montenegro 2022 Qualified as co-host Qualified as co-host
Austria/Hungary/Switzerland 2024 To be determined TBD
Total 32 20 0 12 36 30 2 4

Team

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 World Women's Handball Championship.[2][3]

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 (age 26) 1.78 m 119 2 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost
4 RW Jovanka Radičević (1986-10-23) 23 October 1986 (age 33) 1.69 m 159 874 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost
9 LB Đurđina Jauković (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 23) 1.85 m 64 198 France Brest Bretagne
15 RB Andrea Klikovac (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 29) 1.80 m 77 48 Romania CSM București
16 GK Ljubica Nenezić (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 23) 1.79 m 27 0 Romania HC Dunărea Brăila
20 RB Nikolina Knežević (2000-07-02) 2 July 2000 (age 20) 1.83 m 5 2 Romania CSU Danubius Galați
23 RW Dijana Ujkić (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 24) 1.72 m 36 36 Romania SCM Gloria Buzău
27 RB Sanja Premović (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 (age 27) 1.82 m 37 5 Romania HC Dunărea Brăila
32 RB Katarina Bulatović (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 35) 1.90 m 94 473 Hungary Győri ETO KC
34 P Tatjana Brnović (1998-11-09) 9 November 1998 (age 21) 1.84 m 32 57 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost
43 GK Marta Batinović (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 (age 30) 1.88 m 11 0 Romania SCM Râmnicu Vâlcea
55 LW Dijana Mugoša (1995-10-22) 22 October 1995 (age 24) 1.69 m 14 8 Croatia RK Podravka
66 P Ema Ramusović (1996-11-28) 28 November 1996 (age 23) 1.87 m 58 49 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost
77 LW Majda Mehmedović (1990-05-25) 25 May 1990 (age 30) 1.69 m 118 314 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost
80 LB Jelena Despotović (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 26) 1.83 m 80 85 Hungary Debreceni VSC
90 CB Milena Raičević (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 30) 1.78 m 153 478 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost
96 CB/LW Itana Grbić (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 (age 23) 1.69 m 49 48 Montenegro ŽRK Budućnost

Current staff

  • Sweden Head Coach: Per Johansson
  • Romania Assistant Coach: Adrian Vasile
  • Montenegro Goalkeeping Coach: Novak Ristović
  • Romania Fitness Coach: Adrian Vasile
  • Montenegro Physiotherapist: Bojan Milošević
  • Montenegro Physiotherapist: Mitar Vujović
  • Montenegro Head of Delegation: Arijan Efović

Head coaches

Since independence, Montenegro has been led by three different coaches. During the first years, the head coach was Nikola Petrović. After Petrović, Montenegro was led by Gyula Zsiga and then by Dragan Adžić, who was the most successful head coach.

Coach From To Record* Championship
M W D L Win %
Montenegro Nikola Petrović 2006 2008 11 8 0 3 072.73 None
Hungary Gyula Zsiga 2008 2010 13 10 2 1 076.92 None
Montenegro Dragan Adžić 2010 2017 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)
Sweden Per Johansson 2017 30 21 1 8 070.00 WC 2017 (6th); EC 2018 (9th);WC 2019 (5th)

* Data are 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 has never played is Brazil. Below is the list of the performances of Montenegro national handball team against every single opponent.

Opponent 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
8
6
0
2
 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
7
4
1
2
  Switzerland
1
1
0
0
 Tunisia
2
2
0
0
 Turkey
1
1
0
0
 Uruguay
1
1
0
0
OVERALL
144
95
8
41

Last update: April 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.eurohandball.com/ech/women/2016/teams/010925/Montenegro
  2. ^ "Johanson objavio konačan spisak za Japan". rscg.me. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  3. ^ 2019 World Women's Handball Championship squad

External links

This page was last edited on 16 July 2020, at 21:46
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