The EHF EURO 2020 is the 10th European Championship for the Croatian women and their eighth in a row.
Their best result so far saw Croatia finish fifth at EHF EURO 1994. They also reached the quarter-finals at the World Championship in 1997, and participated at the Olympic Games in London 2012.
Croatia have lost several strong players who featured at the EHF EURO 2018 in France, including Marina Glavan, Ana Turk and Kristina Plahinek. But there are several very young and talented players who are ready to shine on the European stage, such as Lucija Besen, Nikolina Zadravec and Lea Franusic. After a long time, Camila Micijevic and Marijeta Vidak have also returned to the national team.
Perhaps all eyes will be on centre back Dejana Milosavljevic, who has had an outstanding season so far for HC Podravka Vegeta. Milosavljevic is one of a number of Podravka players on the Croatia squad for EHF EURO 2020, giving coach Nenad Sostaric a solid foundation to work with.
Recent Team News
Ježić is a team captain and the most experienced player in the Croatian squad. She has played in Croatian colours since 2011. As the youngest player in the same year, she participated at the World Championship, the last one Croatia has played. Keti, as her friends like to call her, has been a part of Croatian club Lokomotiva for a long time. She spent two seasons in Budućnost, one season in HCM Baia Mare in Romania, and she plays for Hungarian club Siófok, with whom she won the EHF CUP in 2019.
Dejana Milosavljević is one of the rare Croatian players who is able to play in all back positions. Before she joined Podravka Vegeta, Milosavljević played for Koka, Zamet and Sesvete Agroproteinka. In the last three seasons, she has been one of the Podravka’s top scorers in the EHF Champions League. Off court, Dejana graduated in law at the University of Rijeka in 2019 proving that she can juggle playing elite level sport alongside her studies.
Sostaric has been at the helm of the Croatian women's national team’s since September 2017. After he managed to reach the EHF EURO 2018 with a very young team, Croatia finished 16th. Alongside the head coach role, Sostaric is also HC Lokomotiva’s coach with whom he won the EHF Challenge Cup in 2017, and a year later, he reached the finals in the same competition. Sostaric experienced the Croatian bench for the first time from 1997 to 1998, when the team secured sixth place on the world stage. For the second time, he led Croatia from 2001 until 2003, while also coaching the Croatia U18 and U20 teams. Sostaric also holds an EHF Master Coach licence, as well as the EHF Pro licence and he is also an EHF lecturer and IHF travelling coach.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events
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