In Montenegro, 2012 was the year of women's handball: first Buducnost Podgorica won the Women’s EHF Champions League; then the national team qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games and went almost all the way, only losing to Norway in the final.
The icing on the cake became the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia when the team took revenge for the Olympics and beat Norway in a thrilling final after double extra time.
However, as regulations have changed, for the first time the defending champions had to go through to qualification to make it to the next final tournament. Having been drawn in a group with Czech Republic, Poland and Portugal, Montenegro wasted no time and already secured their tickets to the Women’s EHF EURO in Hungary and Croatia after the bare minimum of four rounds.
The left-handed shooter was a key player in Montenegro's biggest achievements, when she was the top scorer at both the 2012 Olympics and the EHF EURO in 2012, helping to secure silver in London and gold in Serbia.
Her career started in Serbia where she played for ZRK Knjaz Milos and Belgrade-based side RK Lasta. In 2006 she transferred to Slagelse DT in Denmark with which she straight away won the EHF Champions League in her first season.
In 2012 she topped the podium of Europe's top women's club handball competition once again, this time with Buducnost. And she completed the three-peat in 2014 when she, as a player for Györi Audi ETO KC, won the Women's EHF Champions League for the third time. As of the 2014/15 seasonBulatovic again plays for Buducnost in Montenegro.
Like her teammate Katarina Bulatovic, Jovanka Radicevic played an instrumental role in Montenegro’s victory at the EHF EURO 2012, which was topped for her by the nomination to the tournament’s all-star team as best right wing. For many seasons she was a fixture with Montenegrin side Buducnost with which she won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 2006 and 2010.
In 2011 she moved to Györ where in 2013 she added the EHF Champions League trophy to her illustrious collection. After the victory she transferred to WHC Vardar SCBT in FYR Macedonia where she is still playing.
THE COACH - Dragan Adzic
At the age of 44, Dragan Adzic is "Mr. Women's Handball" in Montenegro and, based on his latest results, including silver at the London 2012 Olympics and gold at the EHF EURO 2012, already a legend.
His run of success started in 2010, when his women’s junior team won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Korea, then he led Montenegro to an EHF EURO for the first time and then to the World Championship 2011.
Adzic has also tasted success on a club level; in May 2012, he led Buducnost Podgorica, the club he has been coaching since 2010, to their first ever Women’s EHF Champions League victory and to the final in 2014.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events
|** as Serbia & Montenegro|