Former Serbia’s captain Filip Filipovic confirmed he would end his career at the end of this season.
It was not a secret that Filipovic, who arrived at Olympiacos in 2021, had been considering his retirement for a while. Today, he confirmed that he would end his career after the season 2022/23.
Olympiacos organized a Media Day today, and Greek journalists spoke to the players of the national champion. Filipovic spoke about his plans.
“This is my last season. I will end my career at Olympiacos. Olympiacos always wants to win. It wants to claim the biggest challenges, this year, we want to go to the Final 8, and why not look even higher, maybe to the semifinal? We must dream. We must believe. I have a lot of faith in the team because the start of the season is different from last year. We are all preparing together. We are working, and the quality in the league has gone up.”, FIlipovic said for Olympiacos’ official website.
Commenting on the beginning of the season underlined:,
” We are all excited because we have a new coach (Igor Milanovic – Ed), new young players have arrived, and new energy has been created. I am very optimistic about the season. In the middle of November, we have a strong match against Pro Recco at home. We are preparing hard for this game”.
Filipovic spoke about the current and former Olympiacos’ coach.
“Achievements and titles he won speak about Igor Milanovic. He brought new energy. He lives every training session. We are lucky to have him. Theodoros Vlachos wrote history, not only with Olympiacos, but in general, in Greek polo. He is one of the best coaches I had in my career.”, he said in an interview with the club’s website.
Filip Filipovic (35) played for Partizan (until 2009), Pro Recco (2009 – 2012 and 2014 – 2020), Radnicki Kragujevac (2012 – 2014), Szolnok (season 2020/21) and he arrived at Olympiacos last year.
A left-handed goal-getter won 34 medals with the national team of Serbia, including two Olympic golds (2016, 2021), two bronze medals at the OG (2008, 2012), two titles of the world champion, six golds at the European Championships, etc.
He has won domestic trophies with all clubs he played for, has three Champions League titles with Pro Recco (2010, 2012, 2015), and won two LEN Euro Cups (with Radnicki in 2013 and with Szolnok in 2021).
Between 2016 and 2021, he was Serbia’s captain. After the Tokyo Olympics, Filipovic retired from the national team, along with Andrija Prlainovic, Dusko Pijetlovic, Gojko Pijetlovic, Milan Aleksic, and Stefan Mitrovic. Dusko Pijetlovic and Prlainovic are still active players (at Novi Beograd and Marseille, respectively). Mitrovic, Aleksic and Gojko Pijetlovic retired this year.