Today in the Total Player Male Category, we’re welcoming Dejan Udovičić – a man who was the heart of the Serbian National Team during their golden days.
In his professional senior years, Udovičić played for Partizan and VK Beograd. in 2000 he turned to coach Partizan and stayed there until 2009. In 2006 he became the coach of the Serbian National Team where his talent really shone. During the six years of his leadership, Serbia had a streak of golden years as one of the most successful National Teams in the water polo world.
After his career in Serbia, Udovičić went to the USA and took over the team as the head coach.
Dejan Udovičić’s Total 5 of 2018
1st – Filip Filipović
Serbian National Player | Club: Pro Recco | Position: Wing
“The MVP of the European Championships and Pro Recco’s great wing. Filipović is decisive in his play and ready for any situation the pool might dictate. Overall, he had an outstanding career and deserved to be on top of the list.”
2nd – Josip Pavić
Croatian National Player | Club: Olympiacos Piraeus | Position: Goalkeeper
“Pavić’s performance and, ultimately, the best goalkeeper title were unquestionable. With his defenses and charisma, he was one of the key players in Olympiacos’ triumph.”
3rd – Daniel Lopez Pinedo
Spanish National Player | Club: Barceloneta | Position: Goalkeeper
“Pinedo is one of the fundamental players in Barceloneta, not to mention his efforts in the National Team. He was among the top participants in the European Championships, let alone the best goalkeeper.”
4th – Xavi Garcia
Spanish/Croatian National Player | Club: VK Jug | Position: Wing
“The best left-handed player of the season. It’s a pleasure watching him play, especially while passing and assisting scoring. Be it offense or defense, Xavi masters the situation, on the club and national team level.”
5th – Aleksandar Ivović
Montenegrin National Player | Club: Pro Recco | Position: Driver
“This list wouldn’t be complete without Pro Recco’s leader – Ivović. He’s the best Back you can see in the pool these days, but it’s not the only position he can dominate in.”