Serbia enter the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 as the silver medallists from the World Championship 2013 on home court. Handball has always beena popular sport in Serbia, in particular boosted by the success the women's team enjoyed under the national banner of Yugoslavia, when it qualified for most international tournaments and had intermittent success (1980 & 1984 Olympic Games silver and gold medals; 2001 World Championship bronze).
However, the EHF EURO 2014 Qualification proved to be unexpectedly tough for them. Serbia only qualified courtesy of a 32:25 win against Slovenia in the last round. One of the team’s strongest assets is 2013 World Handball Player of the Year, Andrea Lekic, who plays club handball for WHC Vardar SCBT in FYR Macedonia.
Before Andrea Lekic chose to concentrate on handball, she had been successful in several other sports at a young age. First she competed in karate, reaching the sport’s ‘blue belt’, before she moved to sports with a ball. It started with volleyball, but then basketball attracted her attention, and she also played football and also tennis. However, it is handball where she is by far the most successful.
In January 2014, a mere month after Serbia had won silver at the 'home court' World Championship 2013, she was awarded World Handball Player of the Year 2013. She was also nominated for the all-star team of the EHF EURO 2012.
In 2007 she left her native Serbia and joined RK Krim Mercator in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. In 2012 she joined Győr and won the Women’s EHF Champions League with the Hungarian side one year later. Since the 2013/14 season Lekic plays for WHC Vardar SCBT in FYR Macedonia’s capital Skopje.
The 27-year-old left back played an instrumental role in Serbia's success at the EHF EURO 2012, at which Serbia came 4th, and at the World Championship 2013 at which Serbia won silver - and Damnjanovic was nominated to the tournaments' all-star teams on both occasions. Having participated at every EHF EURO event since 2006, she is also one of the most experienced players in the Serbian team.
On the club level she celebrated her first victory on the European stage this year when she won the Cup Winners' Cup with Viborg HK, the club she had joined in summer 2013, coming from HC Podravka Vegeta in Croatia.
THE COACH - Sasa Boskovic
Sasa Boskovic (born on 1963) took over at the helm of the Serbian women's national team in 2011 and has since the enjoyed considerable success, steering the squad to a fourth place at the EHF EURO 2012 and to the silver medal at the World Championship 2013.
On the club level his biggest success came some years ago when he reached the Women's EHF Champions League with ZRK Knjaz Milos in 2006/07 and won the domestic championship in 2007
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events
|2008||FYR Macedonia||13th place|
|**as Serbia & Montenegro|