Soon after gaining independence, Montenegro won the European title at its very first try in Malaga 2008.

Since then they came 5th (2010), 2nd (2012), 4th (2014), 2nd (2016) and 6th in the last edition in Barcelona 2018, so they made the semis 4 out of 6 at the Europeans.

Montenegro also enjoyed some fine spells at the world stage, though at the Olympics they haven't had the best of runs, losing three straight semis and bronze medal matches alike, finishing 4th in Beijing, London and Rio.

At the Worlds they had mixed fortunes: 9th in 2009, 7th in 2011, silver medallists in 2013, 5th in 2015 and 2017, but last summer they hit an all-time low by finishing only 10th in Gwangju.

So they could reach the semis (and the final) once, in Barcelona.In the World League they won in 2009, had two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014 and earned a second title here in the Duna Arena in Budapest 2018, after beating Hungary in the final with penalties.

Montenegro’s brief history at the Europeans in numbers: 45 games, 30 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses, goal difference: 448-316.

Too much experience in the team under Vladimir Gojković and this most certainly would be the last chance for a large majority of their team to shine before hanging up their caps after 2020.

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