Serbia’s head coach Dejan Savic announced the names of the players he counts on for the World League Super Final in Strasbourg.
Serbia will arrive in Strasbourg with 16 players.
None of the players who won the Olympic gold in Tokyo will play in Strasbourg. At the same time, many players will make their debut at a major senior competition. Among them are several youngsters who won gold at the World U20 Championships in Prague last year: Brankovic, Martinovic, Pljevancic, Gavrilovic, and Milojevic. MVP of the U20 World Championships Marko Radulovic already debuted at the World Championships in Budapest,
Goalkeepers: Dimitrije Risticevic (Panathinaikos), Milan Bulajic (Valis). Field players: Radomir Drasovic (Novi Beograd), Luka Pljevančic (Radnički), Djordje Vucinic (Novi Beograd), Viktor Rasovic (Novi Beograd), Nikola Lukic (Radnicki), Nemanja Vico (Radnicki), Djordje Velkic (Ortigia), Bogdan Gavrilovic (Radnicki), Gavril Subotic (Crvena Zvezda), Ognjen Stojanovic (Sabac), Marko Radulovic (Radnicki), Vasilije Martinovic (Novi Beograd), Vuk Milojevic (Crvena Zvezda) and Filip Brankovic (Radnicki).
Savic will count only on six players who competed at the World Championships (Drasovic, V.Rasovic, Lukic, Vico, Subotic, Radulovic). Lazar Dobozanov, Serbia’s second goalkeeper in Budapest, started the preparations for the World League. Still, he will miss the Final Eight due to an injury. Vladimir Misovic, a goalkeeper of Serbia’s U20 team in Prague, is also absent for health reasons.
“Earlier, we decided that Strahinja Rasovic, Dusan Mandic, Nikola Jaksic, Sava Randjelovic, and Djordje Lazić wouldn’t play in Strasbourg due to the busy season. According to our agreement, Branislav Mitrovic finished his actions with the national team for this summer.
In a year with a very packed calendar, we will play with this team as best we can in Strasburg. It will be useful for these players to experience this competition together. The remaining candidates for the national team, with goalkeepers Dobozanov and Misovic, will continue preparations for the European Championship in Split from July 21”, Savic said
World League Super Final, groups
Group A: Australia (2nd place Intercontinental Cup), Serbia (1st Europe), Spain (3rd Europe) and Montenegro (4th in Europe).
Group B: USA (1st place ICC), Italy (2nd Europe), Canada (4th ICC), and France (host).
After a three-day group stage (July 22 – 25), all teams will advance to the quarterfinals.