Women’s handball has been in the spotlight in Montenegro for many years. Buducnost won the EHF Champions League in 2012 and 2015, while the national team won the Olympic silver medal and EHF EURO gold medal in 2012. But it was also in 2012 that the men’s team first sprang a major surprise, eliminating Sweden in the play-offs for the World Championship 2013, then beating Germany twice to qualify for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark.
When Montenegro lost to Belarus in the World Championship 2015 Play-offs, coach Zoran Kastratovic quit his job and was succeeded by Ljubomir Obradovic, who guided the team to their second consecutive EHF EURO. Montenegro’s top star is PSG Handball wing Fahrudin Melic.
Being a member of the star-studded Paris Saint-Germain squad, Fahrudin Melic is certainly one of the most high-profile players in the Montenegrin national team.
The 31-year-old right wing learned the game in Bosnia-Herzegovina at RK Bosna Sarajevo. After having played in Bosnia for almost a decade, he joined Slovenian club Gorenje Velenje 2011. Since 2013 he plays for Paris - he has become national champion in all three countries he played for.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper was one of the key factors for the Montenegrin success in the qualification for the 2016 European Championship in Polamd.
His great saves and his outstanding team spirit helped his team to achieve the second consecutive qualification to an EHF EURO event following the participation at the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark.
After having played in Serbia and Spain before, he reached the Last 16 of the VELUX EHF Champions League with Belarusian team Dinamo Minsk in the 2012/13 season and even the quarter-final one year later with HC Metalurg from FYR Macedonia.
In March 2014 the experienced Serbian coach Ljubomir Obradovic succeeded Zoran Kastratovic, who parted ways with the Montenegrin men's national team after its preliminary round exit at the EHF EURO 2014.
Obradovic had already trained in Montenegro and back then he returned five years abroad after he had won the the national cup with Lovcen in the 2008/09 season. After that he went to Portugal to coach the nation’s handball powerhouse and VELUX EHF Champions League participants, FC Porto.
His biggest success as a coach to date is the first place at the Men’s 20 EHF EURO 2000 with Yugoslavia.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events