Pro Recco’s first reinforcement, Marko Bijac, is a number one in every sense. One of the strongest goalkeepers in the world and winner of the 2017 LEN Award — the equivalent of the Golden Soccer Ball. He’s Croatian, born on January 12, 1991, and comes from Jug (Dubrovnik).
In Jug, he was the captain when the team won, among other things, the 2016 Champions League. His father Maro was also a player, who was a world and Olympic champion with his national team. 202cm tall, Bijac has mastered his technique and he’ll join Pro Recco in September. There, he will be under coach Rudic’s regimen. It’s needless to say that with the two of them, the team is taken care of.
“I’m joining this extraordinary club with great motivation. Pro Recco is the best club in the water polo world,” said Bijac, in an interview at the World League Superfinal in Budapest. “I want to help the team to continue with their excellent results and improve them whenever I can. Mister Rudic has demonstrated his skill over the years — he has won everything — and I think he will do the same with Recco.”
The Italian champions got themselves a deal with Bijac for the next three years following the Champions League Finals. His former club Jug, overcame Pro Recco in the semifinals twice, barring the race to the trophy that represents the main objective of the club. “It’s complicated from the outside to explain why the team has not won the most important cup for three years,” said Bijac.
“Pro Recco warmly welcomes Marko, a fantastic athlete and a serious professional who will raise the quality of the team and increase the internal competition. We are working on bringing in the best players for coach Rudic, so that we can both, win and entertain!”