Milašević back in the squad
After a great start of EHF EURO 2014 qualifications and victories against Germany and Czech Republic, Montenegro is now stepping up preparations for the 2013 World Championship in Spain.
The national team coach, Zoran Kastratović unveiled a 19 man squad with just one new name added to the team that beat Germany and Czech Republic.
Mirko Milašević, who plays club handball for Spanish team Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto, is back in the squad, after he missed the last two games because he was without a club at the start of this season, and went to Spain just days before the EHF EURO 2014 qualification games.
Milašević has been a part of the team since 2007 and played also at the EHF EURO 2008 in Norway, the first ever major competition for Montenegro.
Kastratović also announced the plan of preparation for Spain. The team will gather on 24 December in Podgorica, and travel to the sea, to Budva, where the squad will train until 30 December.
In that period, Montenegro will play two friendly games with Ukraine on 28 and 29 December.
After three rest days for the New Year, the team will continue to work on 2 January travelling to Denmark the following day to play an international tournament, from 4 to 6 January with Denmark, Slovenia, and Tunisia.
On 7 January, Montenegro will travel from Denmark directly to Granollers and train there until the start of the 2013 World Championship.
Montenegro will play their group games in Granollers against the current World and Olympic champions France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and Tunisia.
Montenegro squad for the 2013 World Championship:
Goalkeepers: Rade Mijatović (HC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus), Marko Rajković (Valence handball, France), Nebojša Simić (H43 Lund, Sweden)
Left wings: Igor Marković (Lovćen), Petar Kapisoda (unattached)
Right wings: Fahrudin Melić (Gorenje Velenje, Slovenia), Marko Lasica (Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas, Spain)
Line players: Mladen Rakčević (HC Metalurg, FYR Macedonia), Marko Pejović (OCI Nitrogen-Lions, Netherlands), Nemanja Grbović (Lovćen)
Left backs: Vladimir Osmajić (RK Cimos Koper, Slovenia), Vasko Ševaljević (HC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus), Goran Lasica (Lovćen)
Centre backs: Draško Mrvaljević (Bregenz Handball, Austria), Stevan Vujović (Lovćen), Mirko Milašević (Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto, Spain)
Right backs: Zoran Roganović (H43 Lund, Sweden), Žarko Marković (Frisch Auf Göppingen, Germany), Marko Simović (Al Ahli, Qatar)
TEXT: Saša Jončić / COR