The EHF EURO 2018 marks Montenegro’s fourth participation in the event, after the national team was formed in 2006. They qualified for their first EHF EURO in 2008, then had to wait six years to secure a place again. In 2008, Montenegro ranked 12th, before finishing 16th in both 2014 and 2016.
Aside from the EHF EURO, the only other major international competition for which Montenegro have qualified is the World Championship 2013, where they placed 22nd.
Montenegro’s road to Croatia was far from clear, as they had a disappointing start to their qualification campaign with one draw and a defeat in the opening two rounds. Those results prompted then coach Ljubomir Obradovic to resign, with Dragan Djukic named as his replacement.
The team recovered for the later qualification rounds to record two victories and two draws that were enough to earn them second place, behind Sweden, in Group 6. Montenegro’s campaign was led by left back Vuko Borozan, who finished the qualification phase as second top scorer.
Playing in preliminary Group C at the final tournament in January, when they will face Germany, FYR Macedonia and Slovenia, Montenegro face a tough task in the hopes of qualifying for the main round.
14 January: Goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic (20 internationals) replaces Mile Mijuskovic.
Remaining replacements Montenegro: 5 (1 in preliminary round)
Vuko Borozan has risen sharply to prominence following his success with HC Vardar in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/17. In the Champions League 2016/17 season he contributed 49 goals for Vardar, before finishing the EHF EURO 2018 Qualification Phase as the second top scorer. The 23-year-old tallied 50 goals for Montenegro – nine behind Kiril Lazarov.
The 203 cm left back started handball in his home town, Cetinje, before joining RK Karlovac, Metalurg and then playing in Germany with TuS N-Lübbecke. In 2016, he transferred to Vardar, where he remains in 2017/18.
With Vardar, Borozan also won the Macedonian championship and Cup, as well as the SEHA League, in 2016/17.
36-year-old goalkeeper Rade Mijatovic has played for Montenegro since the first days of independence. He was on court for Montenegro’s first official match in 2007, and now leads the team as one of the most experienced players in the squad.
Mijatovic plays in the VELUX EHF Champions League for Meshkov Brest, after previously wearing the jerseys of Serbian sides RK Partizan and Crvena Zvezda, Belarusian team Dinamo Minsk, Macedonian club Metalurg and Hungarian Grundfos Tatabanya KC.
He is regarded as the best goalkeeper to have played for Montenegro.
Serbian-born Dragan Djukic leads Montenegro in their fourth EHF EURO campaign after taking the position as head coach at the end of 2016. The team began the qualification phase under the guidance of Ljubomir Obradovic, who resigned after Montenegro gained only one point from a draw in the opening two matches.
Djukic began his career in Serbia with Zupa in 1986, working with various club teams in his native country throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s before taking his first national squad post in 2005. Djukic joined the Jordan national team in 2005, and has since coached the Switzerland, Great Britain and Israel national sides, leading Great Britain at their home Olympic Games in 2012. He has also previously coached Vardar and MOL-Pick Szeged.
With the successful qualification for the tournament in Croatia, 55-year-old Djukic has secured Montenegro their third straight berth at the EHF EURO.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events