Serbia have changed coaches four times since winning silver at home at the EHF EURO 2012: When the team missed the quarter-finals at the World Championship 2013 Veselin Vukovic was sacked and intermediately replaced by SG Flensburg-Handewitt coach Ljubomir Vranjes.
Vranjes was succeeded by Vladan Matic, who took over for the EHF EURO 2014 but failed to reach the main round. When an eight-goal advantage was not enough to beat Czech Republic in the World Championship 2015 Play-offs, Matic resigned immediately.
Hence it was up to former world-class goalkeeper Dejan Peric to steer the team through the EHF EURO 2016 Qualification Phase. With the prowess of stars such as Marko Vujin and Momir Ilic, Serbia succeeded, placing second in Group 4 to qualify for the final tournament.
34-year-old Ivan Nikcevic is Serbia's team captain and one of the most experienced players in the current team. The left wing was already part of the Serbian squad that won silver at the EHF EURO 2012 on home court.
Nikcevic started his handball career in Belgrade and tgen moved to Spain in 2005 where he played for Valladolid and San Antonio. With the latter he reached the Cup Winners' Cup Semi-final in 2010. Since the 2012/13 season he plays for Orlen Wisla Plock in Poland.
34-year-old Rastko Stojkovic is a true traveller of the handball world. After having started his career in his native Serbia, he played in Germany, Poland, Qatar and nowadays, since the 2014/15 season, at Meshkov Brest in Belarus.
Playing for HSG Nordhorn in Germany the line player won the EHF Cup in 2008 and with Serbia he pocketed silver at the EHF EURO 2012. From 2009 to 2013 he played for Kielce in Poland with whom he won three national championships, the Polish national cup on four occasions and also reached the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in 2013.
The job at the top of Serbia's men's national team has not been an easy one in recent years and the current man to take the heat is former top class goalkeeper Dejan Peric.
When his predecessor Vlatan Matic resigned after Serbia had failed to reach the World Championship 2015, Peric - already Matic's assistant back then - took over; first as an interim solution, then in early 2015 he was officially made head coach.
As a player Peric started his career in Serbia at Belgrade but soon moved abroad. For many years his name was associated with Slovenian side Celje with whom he won the EHF Champions League in 2005. He repeated this feat just one year later when he played for FC Barcelona and added another trophy to his tally when he won the Cup Winners' Cup in 2008 with Veszprem. In 2011 he returned to Celje where he ended his playing career in 2013.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events