A SERIOUS OUTSIDER
The Slovenian team qualified for the Rio Olympic Games through a burst of brilliant play against Spain at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Sweden. After a disappointing Euro 2016 (with 14th place), it also won its ticket to the 2017 World Championship by eliminating Norway, that placed 4th in the last Euro. At the Rio Olympic Games, it had a good group stage (four wins and one defeat) before coming to an end in the quarter-finals against Denmark, that would go on to win the Olympic Games. These past months, Slovenia has re-joined the path of high performance under the rule of Veselin Vujovic, who became Olympic (1984) and World (1986) champion when he played for the former Yugoslavia, the first handball player in history to be elected IHF Player of the Year. Having joined the team in June 2015, the Montenegrin also aims to reach dizzy heights in his role as coach. Featuring some talented players, some of them playing in France, Slovenia is again a serious outsider on the world stage, even after the retirement from international sport of Dragan Gajic, the former right wing at Montpellier and top scorer at the 2015 World Championship.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Slovenian players appreciate France and especially, Montpellier. In the wake of Vid Kavticnik, who arrived in 2009, and the star Dragan Gajic (2011), there were five of them wearing the Hérault club jersey, where their talent and humour are highly appreciated. Today, there are still three Slovenian internationals at MHB: Vid Kavticnik, Miha Zvizej and Jure Dolenec.
Stars of the World Championship : Vid Kavticnik
COACH: Veselin VUJOVIC (Montenegro)