Montenegro men's 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 coachAnton Claesson
Draško Mrvaljević
Most capsVasko Ševaljević (62)
Most goalsVasko Ševaljević (266)
Colours
Home
Away
Results
World Championship
Appearances1 (First in 2013)
Best result22nd (2013)
European Championship
Appearances5 (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 six big competitions – once for the World Cup (2013) and for the European Championship in 2008, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

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. Finally, on European Championship 2020, Montenegro made historical victory against Serbia (22-21), but failed to qualify to the second round of tournament.

National team matches

TournamentMatchesWinsDrawsLossGFGA
World Championship7106179204
European Championship181116427525
Qualifying matches EC/WC623362317021752
OVERALL873574523082491

Updated: February 29, 2020

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
2021Cancelled
/ 2023TBDTBD
// 2025
2027
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
// 202018th31026312
/ 2022 Qualified6303
2024 To be determinedTBD
Total1811165227619

Team


Current squad

Squad for the 2020 European Men's Handball Championship.[1][2][3]

Head coach: Zoran Roganović

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
2 LW Filip Vujović (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 25) 1.85 m 8 12 Frigoríficos del Morrazo
3 CB Aleksandar Glendža (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 25) 1.97 m 9 5 Slovenj Gradec
4 LW Aleksandar Bakić (2000-09-03) 3 September 2000 (age 20) 1.94 m 16 15 RK Komovi
7 RB Stefan Čavor (1994-11-03) 3 November 1994 (age 26) 1.96 m 50 88 HSG Wetzlar
8 P Vuk Lazović (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 33) 1.99 m 23 11 SK Hawks
11 RB Branko Vujović (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 23) 1.94 m 18 26 PGE Vive Kielce
12 GK Mile Mijušković (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 35) 1.92 m 40 0 BM Benidorm
13 RW Mirko Radović (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 31) 1.82 m 51 39 Eurofarm Rabotnik
16 GK Nebojša Simić (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 28) 1.91 m 40 1 MT Melsungen
19 P Branko Kankaraš (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 32) 1.92 m 17 7 Meshkov Brest
20 LB Stevan Vujović (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 31) 1.95 m 45 100 Motor Zaporizhzhia
21 LB Vasko Ševaljević (1988-06-21) 21 June 1988 (age 33) 1.93 m 62 266 Tremblay-en-France
24 LB Miloš Božović (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 26) 1.96 m 35 87 PPD Zagreb
25 RW Marko Lasica (1988-04-30) 30 April 1988 (age 33) 1.88 m 59 75 Beşiktaş
32 CB Božo Anđelić (1992-03-16) 16 March 1992 (age 29) 1.86 m 36 38 FTC-HungaroControl
90 P Nemanja Grbović (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 31) 1.87 m 60 161 Ceglédi KKSE
93 RB Vladan Lipovina (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 28) 1.98 m 40 94 HBW Balingen-Weilstetten
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 eight different coaches. Most matches as a Montenegro coach have Zoran Kastratović (24).

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 9 4 1 4 044.44 EC 2020

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

Notable former players

See also


References