The women's handball team has consistently been one of the most successful national sports teams in Montenegro after the country became an independent state in 2006.
In 2012, the women’s handball team won Montenegro’s only Olympic medal to date at the London Olympic Games. In the same year, the Lionesses went on to win EHF EURO in Belgrade.
Since 2006, Montenegro has been a regular participant in major competitions, appearing five times at EHF EURO (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018), five times at the Women’s IHF World Championship (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019), as well as twice at the Olympic Games (2012 and 2016).
Montenegro arrive at the EHF EURO 2020 with a brand-new coach, Dane Kim Rasmussen, who previously coached Poland and Hungary before being appointed to the Montenegro role in November 2020.
The team is lacking some of its big names, with former captain Milena Raičević on maternity leave and Katarina Bulatović having retired. Yet it includes some up-and-coming stars like centre back Matea Pletikosic, who has excelled for RK Krim Mercator at club level this season.
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Captain of the national team and one of the most deserving for all the successes of the Lionesses in the past 14 years and the renewal of independence of Montenegro. Known for her energy and passion on the court, Radicevic is a leader by example for the whole team. With the Montenegrin national team, she won EHF EURO 2012 and an Olympic medal the same year in London. Radicevic was in the All-Star team of the EHF EURO 2012, as well as the World Championship 2015, and four times in the team of the season in the EHF Champions League. She returned to Buducnost in 2019 after nine years during which she played for Györ, Vardar and CSM, winning one EHF Champions League trophy and three times playing the finals of the elite competition. Jovanka was the top scorer in the DELO EHF Champions League in the 2019/20 season, interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with 97 goals.
The leader of the new wave of Montenegrin handball, Djurdjina is one of the greatest talents in European handball and has reached the status of an irreplaceable member of the senior national team, in which she has a very important role. She was the top scorer (71) and MVP of W19 EHF EURO 2015, scoring 31 goals in nine games at her first World Championship in 2015 in Denmark. She was twice chosen as the best young player in Montenegro (2014, 2015), and after five seasons in Buducnost, she has been on the books at Brest since the 2020/21 season. Jaukovic has an important role in the defence by which the Montenegrin national team is recognised in Europe, and because of her brilliant shots, represents a great danger for all opponents.
Dane Kim Rasmussen took over as Montenegro coach only 10 days prior to EHF EURO 2020, succeeding Per Johansson. He is the fifth national coach of Montenegro since the country gained independence in 2006. Rasmussen previously coached the Polish women's national team between 2010 and 2016, taking them to semi-finals at the IHF Women's World Championship in 2013 and 2015. He then coached the Hungarian women's national team between 2016 and earlier this year. Rasmussen became head coach at Polish club MKS Lublin this season, having previously coached at Roskilde in his native Denmark and CSM Bucuresti, with whom he won the EHF Champions League in 2016.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events