According to Montenegrin press sources, the head coach of Montenegro’s women’s national team, Dragan Adzic is taking responsibility for the bitter disappointment of the team in Rio de Janeiro. As known, the last edition’s silver medalists Montenegro didn’t even qualify for the quarterfinals in 2016, they had to say goodbye to the competition after only four rounds played, without winning a single point during the tournament. There is no need to say that this result is a huge upset for the Montenegrins who arrived to Brazil to at least repeat their success from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. To reach this goal, they even reactivated one of the greatest players of all time, six-time Champions League winner Bojana Popovic, but after missing four years of competitive handball, she was not able to help her team in this difficult situation.
Dragan Adzic said his decision’s main reason is that maybe his relationship got “tired” with her team as he spent too much time with them as a coach of Buducnost and the Montenegrin national team at the same time. According to him, the national team will need some new forces – some players are also over their peak and some new talents could take the big stage – and some fresh air to be back among the medal contenders on international level. He will only leave the national team’s bench, he will continue to work as the head coach of Buducnost Podgorica. Dragan Adzic has been the most successful head coach in the history of the small and young country’s history. He has been leading the national team since 2010. In this six years period, the greatest success was the gold medal at the EHF EURO 2012 and the Olympic silver medal in London in the same year.
Montenegro will have a chance to say goodbye to Adzic and to the tournament in a better way today, but hosts Brazil will try not to give a chance for a bittersweet farewell.