Montenegro honour best players of 2019, celebrate historic achievements

Podgorica, Montenegro, December 21, 2019. The Volleyball Federation of Montenegro (OSCG) organised earlier this week the annual ceremony to award their best as well as most promising players of the year. The event hosted by the OSCG featured many prominent guests – such as the President of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee Dusan Simonovic, the Director of the Directorate of Sports at the Ministry of Sport Milos Lalevic, as well as members of the OSCG Board of Directors, representatives of clubs, sponsors, partners, media and other national federations.

After a review of the historic EuroVolley 2019, where Montenegro made their maiden appearance earlier this year, OSCG President Cvetko Pajkovic addressed the audience: “Welcome to our traditional end-of-year party, which, as you have seen via this movie, was a very special one to all of us. We made it among the best teams in Europe, thus fulfilling our long-standing goal. Our players were even close to reaching the knockout phase. In 2019, both senior teams won the gold medal from the Games of the Small States of Europe in Budva. Our best juniors are Balkan champions, as they won the tournament held in Tirana,” he said. “Moreover, all of our young teams participated in their respective Balkan championship. The fifth season of the EKO mini volleyball league started this year, with a record-breaking number of more than 700 children participating. On the club side, OK BUDVA won the men’s national league and cup, and they have just qualified to the 8th Finals of the CEV Cup. Buducnost PODGORICA played in the Challenge Cup, and on the international stage there was Luka BAR as well, whose seniors won the women’s national league, while Galeb claimed the national cup crown,” Pajkovic said.

“I congratulate everyone on the results achieved, and I take this opportunity to congratulate the best and most promising individuals this year - Dijana Vukovic, Ivan Zvicer, Tijana Tvrdisic and Matija Cincur. I also congratulate our men’s senior team on the recognition by the Montenegrin Olympic Committee for the Sports Achievement of the Year,” Pajkovic continued. “We always want to do better and achieve more. To grow from year to year, to have our men’s team play at the next EuroVolley and to make sure the women’s team can compete at that same level too. Next year, we will host the U17 Women European Championship, which is a very big challenge for all of us in the Federation,” concluded Pajkovic, thanking the guests for their attendance and wishing them all the best for the holiday season.

The OSCG awarded a special trophy with the slogan “We understand each other” to the company Jugopetrol, who are the main sponsor of the EKO mini volleyball league - the best project for children in Montenegro organised by the national federation, in close cooperation with the CEV. Mr Pajkovic presented the trophy to Mr Venecanos Rogakos, financial director of Jugopetrol.

The gala was an opportunity to award the best players of 2019, with Dijana Vukovic of Luka BAR receiving the award for the best female after securing the national league title and delivering a very impressive performance with the national team of Montenegro at the Games of the Small States of Europe, where Team Montenegro seized the gold medal. “I would like to thank the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro for this award. Many thanks to my club, with whom I have won many national championship titles in a row, and I hope that this series will continue this year,” she said.

The best male player in the domestic championship for 2019 is Ivan Zvicer from OK BUDVA. He stood out when playing for the Montenegrin national team at the Games of the Small States as well, where the hosts won the gold medal. “Many thanks to the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro for the recognition and to my former club, with whom I had such a great season, winning both the national league and national cup titles,” Zvicer said.

The most promising female player of Montenegro for 2019 is Tijana Tvrdisic from Luka BAR. Tvrdisic is a member of the youth, junior and senior national teams of Montenegro, with which she won a gold medal at the Games of the Small States of Europe. Matija Cincur from the club Buducnost PODGORICA received the equivalent award for the most promising male player of the year 2019.