The team of Montenegro
2018 june 22.
Coach: Tatjana Jeraminok
Key Players: Ivana Novakovic (Left Back), Tatjana Brnovic (Line Player), Tea Marinovic (Goalkeeper), Anastasija Babovic (Goalkeeper)
Qualification for Hungary 2018: European qualification tournaments – Group 7 winners
History in Tournament: 1977-2005: DNQ*, 2008: 8th, 2010: 3rd, 2012-2014: DNQ, 2016: 17th
*Serbia inherits the results of former Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro recorded before Montenegro’s independence in 2006.
A pair of victories back in March against Greece (28:14) and Switzerland (26:17) on home soil at the Verde Complex in Podgorica was enough for Tatjana Jeraminok’s team to book their tickets for Debrecen.
Buducnost’s Ivana Novakovic scored 16 goals over those two games, but the 18-year-old also showed a different side, picking up a red card after three two-minute suspensions against the Greeks.
Coach Jeraminok has named 20 Buducnost players out of 28 in her preliminary Hungary 2018 squad, such is the dominance of the former Women’s EHF Champions League winners in Montenegro, with the remaining eight players coming from Gorica, Levalea 2010 and Devetka.
Line player Tatjana Brnovic is one of the most outstanding prospects to come from Montenegro in recent years. Brnovic played seven matches for her country at the 2017 IHF Women’s World Championship in Germany, scoring 18 times as her side reached the quarter-finals and with 34 goals in the Women’s EHF Champions League this season for Buducnost, she will prove hard to stop in Debrecen.
Many of the Hungary 2018 squad played alongside her in Europe’s top club competition including left wing Branka Konatar, who scored five goals last season and goalkeepers Tea Marinovic and Anastasija Babovic.
Even though Buducnost is the main link between the squad now, many of the players know each other from their time together at Danilovgrad, with whom they experienced EHF Women’s Challenge Cup matches in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
After not qualifying for the 2016 IHF Women’s Youth World Championship, this generation of Montenegrin players finished eighth at the 2017 Women’s EHF EURO 19, and with the squad’s depth of experience and familiarity with each other, they could be one of the teams to watch at Hungary 2018 where they face Portugal, Côte d’Ivoire, Norway, Hungary and Brazil.
Group at Hungary 2018
Group A: Hungary, Norway, Montenegro, Brazil, Portugal, Côte d’Ivoire
Games at Hungary 2018
All times local
Monday 2 July: MNE-POR (14:00)
Wednesday 4 July: CIV-MNE (16:00)
Thursday 5 July: NOR-MNE (18:00)
Saturday 7 July: MNE-HUN (13:30)
Sunday 8 July: MNE-BRA (20:00)