The Eagles qualified for their sixth successive EHF EURO as a result of being one of the best third-place finishers in qualifying which at one point looked in serious jeopardy.

The team failed to win any of their first four matches during the qualification campaign but two wins from their final two matches, against Belgium and Switzerland, proved enough for the 2012 silver medallists.

That performance in what was only their second European Championship as an independent nation remains the greatest achievement of men’s handball in Serbia and after a series of frustrating performances in the three tournaments since, Nenad Perunicic’s team are hoping to reach the main round at EHF EURO 2020.

Two years ago at EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia the team finished 12th, making the main round but losing all five of their matches in a group that included Sweden and France, the eventual silver and bronze medallists.

However this year, with team captain Nemanja Ilic fresh from a loan spell with Barca Lassa, the Serbia squad will be hoping to emulate their 2012 performance when they begin EHF EURO 2020 in the preliminary round against Croatia, Belarus and Montenegro.

Recent Team News

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ROAD MAP: Only three teams have their main round spots secured, meaning the race remains open for the majority of EHF EURO 2020 participants.

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GROUP A REVIEW: Marin Sego’s 16 saves helped Croatia to claim their third straight victory, this time against Serbia

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Team captain Nemanja began his career at RK Partizan Belgrade, where he tasted his the first experience of playing in the EHF Champions League experience. Ilic has been playing for Fenix Toulouse since 2013, while for the last six months of the previous season, he was loaned to Barcelona. The left wing’s first big event came at the World Championship in Spain in 2013 and he has  since gone on to be a hugely influential member of the squad.


Young keeper who currently plays in Germany with Fuchse Berlin, Milosavljev made his debut for the national team aged just 18. His talent was recognised by Dejan Peric who took him into the squad, and afterwards he joined him at RK Vardar Skopje, with whom he won the VELUX EHF Champions League last season. Milosavljev became the best goalkeeper of the season in European elite competition.

Head coach Nenad Perunicicis one of the most famous people in Serbian handball. As a player, he was a part of the bronze medal national teams at EHF EURO 1996 and World Championship 1999 and played for the national team since 2003. He began his coaching career at RK Crvena Zvezda in 2011, where he is still working and it has been since October 2018 that he has led the men's national team. He guided the team at to 2019 World Championships in Germany and Denmark, where Serbia ended in 18th place.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event Host Place/Medal
2010 Austria 13th place
2012 Serbia Silver
2014 Denmark 13th place
2016 Poland 15th place
2018 Croatia 12th place