Sport

The Sports in Montenegro revolves mostly around team sports, such as football, basketball, water polo, volleyball, and handball. Other sports involved are boxing, judo, karate, athletics, table tennis, and chess.

Water polo is often considered the national sport. Montenegro’s national team is one of the top ranked teams in the world, recently winning the gold medal at the 2008 Men’s European Water Polo Championship in Málaga, Spain, and winning the gold medal at the 2009 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League, which was held in Montenegrin capital, Podgorica. Montenegrin team PVK Primorac from Kotor became a champion of Europe at the LEN Euroleague 2009 in Rijeka, Croatia.

The Montenegro national football team represents Montenegro in association football and is controlled by the Fudbalski Savez Crne Gore (FSCG), the governing body for football in Montenegro. Montenegro’s home ground is Podgorica City Stadium in Podgorica and their head coach is Branko Brnović.

Montenegro is one of the world’s newest international sides, having come into existence following the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In that tournament, the newly independent states of Serbia and Montenegro competed as a united team and played their last group match on 21 June, failing to qualify for the following knockout stage.

The first official competition that the Montenegro national team competed in was the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying; they had not registered membership with FIFA in time for the qualifying draw for UEFA Euro 2008, which took place in December 2005. They competed in Group 8, along with Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland, Cyprus and Georgia. They failed to qualify for the World Cup. The team’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign began in surprising fashion, with victories over Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland, as well as a draw with England, conceding no goals in the process. While they started the qualifying as the lowest ranked team in their group, their run saw them rise into the top 16 best national teams in the world, according to the FIFA World Rankings published in June 2011.

The Montenegro national basketball team is also known for best performance in Montenegrin sport after water polo, and had won a lot of medals in the past as part of the Yugoslavia national basketball team. In 2006, the Basketball Federation of Montenegro along with this team joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on its own, following the Independence of Montenegro.

There was the European championship in archery and the championship of the Europe on karate in Montenegro.

Some of sport activities became traditional events of the international scale: the cycle «the Way of king Nikola», the show of world beach-football “Probeach soccer tour” and “Montenegro cup“, the women’s volleyball tournament “Port cup“, auto racing “Lovcen,” competition for water polo “Mediterranean trophy“, “Podgorichki marathon“, etc.

 

Sports complexes, centers, football stadiums, swimming pools, tennis courts in Podgorica and Berane, Cetinje, Niksic, Kotor, Herceg Novi, Budva and Tivat meet the highest international standards and conditions.

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