After successive 16th place finishes at the last three EHF EURO events, Montenegro will be hoping to advance to the main round for the first time since their debut appearance at EHF EURO 2008.
This year, Zoran Raganovic, who took over as head coach in August 2018, will be aiming to mastermind Montenegrin success after a fine qualification campaign that saw his team beat the reigning Olympic and World champions Denmark in Podgorica.
That famous victory was a far cry from their opening qualification match that saw Montenegro held to a 24-24 draw with the Faroe Islands, but their win over the Danes sent out a message to the rest of Europe that Raganovic’s team will be no pushovers come 2020.
The Montenegrin squad has plenty of quality throughout to mount a challenge for a place in main round but it is the last line of defence where they are blessed most. Goalkeeper Neboksa Simic has become a key component to the national team and the MT Melsungen stopper is widely regarded as one of the best keepers in Europe.
If Simic can help keep out the goals then maybe Montenegro eyes will be smiling all the way to the main round.
Recent Team News
One of the biggest assets in the Montenegro attack, Milos won the hearts of the Montenegrin handball fans with fight and dedication to the team’s cause. In Montenegro his career took him to Lovcen, Ulcinj and Budvanska rivijera Budva before a move to Hungarian outfit Tatabanya in 2015, where he has become one of the best left-wingers in the Hungarian championship.
One of the best goalkeepers in the German Bundesliga and indeed across Europe, Nebojsa currently plies his trade in Germany with MT Melsungen, following spells in Sweden with Lund, Malmo and Kristianstad. The 196cm stopper is an imposing figure between the posts and has forged a reputation as one of the most talent goalkeepers in handball.
Montenegrin coach Zoran took over the national team in August 2018 having enjoyed a long and varied career as a player. A Montenegro international during his playing days, he was on the books of a number of teams in Sweden and had spells with three clubs in Qatar. His coaching career began in Sweden with LUGI HF but his passion for coaching has also seen Roganovic organise a host of international training camps across Scandinavia.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events