The Futsal national team of Montenegro won the placement in the elite round of qualifying for the World Cup after their victory over Estonia (4:0).
The team of Sveto Ljesar won the second place in Group G, which allowed them to pass to the next stage of qualification.
"A great tournament is behind us. We went to the next round of qualifying, which is a great success. The match with Estonia has shown that my players have a strong character, despite the imperative of winning tonight they were concentrated throughout the match, and played very well the whole time. The next stage of qualifications is in Azerbaijan in October. Meanwhile, we need to schedule as many friendly matches as possible and make an even bigger player base," selector Ljesar said.
In the duel with Estonia, the winner of the match was not in question at any moment. Montenegro dominated the whole time, and Ilija Mugoša, Aleksandar Obradović, Zoran Barović and Eldin Ćorović shook their opponent's net.
Montenegro previously played a draw with Bulgaria 1:1 and lost to Holland 4:2.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on February 3rd 2019, read more at Vijesti
Immediately before the start of the match with Indiana, one hour after midnight, Nikola Vučević found out that he became an All-Star Player. The lights of the basketball stage turned to the Montenegrin ace, who, as the moment when the leaders of the club Joel Glass and George Galante told him the news, looked at his parents in the stands and sent them a sign: "I succeeded".
His teammates and coach Clifford were the first to congratulate him, and after the game he congratulated them.
"It's clear that I've succeeded, but my team helped me. I started the season well, and the teammates and coaches have pushed me forward every day to play even better. As much as this is an individual prize, it is also for the team. I'm proud to represent the whole organization and my teammates," said Vučević.
In the first match as All-Star player, he scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds, and Orlando defeated Indiana 107:100.
"A million emotions have passed through me, but I'm glad it was all known before the start. I could focus on playing well, and the win by my team made this night even more special."
Vučević was chosen by coaches from NBA clubs.
"I think this is very important because they are the ones you play against every night and know how much you can perform. Their choice means a lot to me," he said.
After the match, his teammates prepared a surprise in the dressing room - cold water and ice welcomed their All-Star guy.
"It was a bit cold, but I survived, and their joy for me shows what kind of relationship there is between us," said the 28-year-old player from Bar.
"He is my friend the best Center of the East. I'm happy for him," said Evan Fournier.
Text by Vijesti sport, on February 1st, 2019, read more at Vijesti
January 25, 2019 - The 44Cup Porto Montenegro (10-14th April) will be hosted by world-renowned superyacht marina, Porto Montenegro. This prestigious tour of one design boats, taking place during the second week of April, brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, reported the company Adriatic Marinas.
"We are excited to host the fleet for the first time in Porto Montenegro and Montenegro in general. Throughout the years, we've been working hard on improving sailing in the Boka Bay, bringing numerous international regattas and professional sailors to our waters. Hosting the 44Cup marks another level of events here at Porto Montenegro – we look forward to the races," said David Margason, Managing Director, Porto Montenegro.
Porto Montenegro is situated in Tivat in the Bay of Kotor, virtually landlocked from the sea. Its setting is spectacular, nestled between mountains and vast fjords to Venetian hamlets and untouched parks. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Montenegro is firmly on its ascent as a tourist destination.
“I think it won't be that windy, but it is very beautiful and I am looking forward to going there - it's great to take the fleet to new venues," said Charisma's Nico Poons, who will be hoping a good result in Montenegro will put him on firm footing to defend his 44Cup title.
A strong, enthusiastic group of owners including Bake, 2018 circuit winner Nico Poons, reigning World Champion Vladimir Prosikhin, plus Artemis Racing's Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team CEEREF's Igor Lah, Peninsula Petroleum's John Bassadone, Bronenosec Sailing Team's Vladimir Liubomirov and Kirill Frolov, Aleph Racing's Hugues Lepic, among others, remain staunchly committed to both the 44Cup and the Russell Coutts-inspired one design yacht they still very much enjoy racing with. This season, they will be joined by a new boat belonging to the Tavatuy Sailing Team.
"The RC44 is very elegant and ahead of its time," continues Bake. "We can race it well in 5 knots or 25 knots. It has all the intricacies like the trim tab that we can thank Russell for. For owner and drivers, it is thrilling to sail, a delight and - at times - a challenge, to steer. But best of all you get to experience Grand Prix racing at its highest level, sailing with some of the world's top crew, but with costs controlled. It is a strict one design, numbers of pro sailors and new sails are limited, plus the boat was designed to fit into a standard 40ft container for easy shipping."
“We are proud to be the silver sponsor of the race as well as the home-port for all race professionals. We are also looking forward to welcoming spectators who are booking our package which is thoughtfully curated around the race and which enables us to showcase bespoke service, elements of the local lifestyle, wellness and gourmet offerings. We are delighted to commence the 2019 season with this exceptional even," stated Kai Dieckmann, General Manager of the Regent Hotel
The 44Cup returns north to the west side of the Istrian peninsula. Located some 70km south of Portoroz, and in Croatia rather than Slovenia, Rovinj was last visited by the fleet in 2011 for the Adris RC44 World Championship. Taking place over late May-early June, the Adris 44Cup, Rovinj, will be the local regatta for Team CEEREF's Igor Lah. In 2018, Team CEEREF just fell short of securing a consecutive hat trick of wins in the 44Cup, following victories in 2016 and 2017.
For its third and fourth events, the 44Cup returns to more familiar territory. First in mid-July is Marstrand, where the locals and sailing fans on this famous Swedish summer holiday hotspot will be rooting for Artemis Racing and her Swedish owner-driver, Torbjörn Törnqvist. Then in early October, it is on to a favorite venue for the fleet – Cascais, Portugal – where the boats will once again get to race in the big waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The fifth and final event of the 2019 44Cup will take place in a venue that is extremely well known in the yacht racing community, but where, surprisingly, the RC44s will be making their debut – Palma de Majorca, Spain.
Both Nico Poons and Chris Bake have raced in Palma before, but not for a long time. "I last raced in Palma nine or ten years ago with the Swan 45," recounts Poons. "And that was in the middle of the summer, not at the end of the season. It will be a new challenge."
44Cup Porto Montenegro - Montenegro - April 10 to 14
Adris 44Cup – Croatia - May 29 to June 2
44Cup Marstrand – Sweden - July 9 to 13
44Cup Cascais – Portugal - October 2 to 6
44Cup Palma – Spain - Nov 13 to 17
24 January 2019 - On January 25, basketball team Budućnost Voli (Montenegro) will play the Round 20 game against Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain). The match will take place at the Sports Centre Morača in Podgorica.
Norris Cole has been sensational for Budućnost, using his one-on-one skills to score both from deep and attacking the basket and he finds the open man around the rims. Gran Canaria relies on veteran playmaker Albert Oliver to control the game tempo. Oliver must use his basketball IQ and experience to slow Cole in what promises to be a fun-to-watch matchup.
The Spanish representatives won the first interim duel in Las Palmas 95:85, and so far in the competition, they have six victories.
The regional champion, Budućnost Voli has one triumph less, and the club has won the last two matches at home. Budućnost recorded victories against the Baskonia (99:84), CSKA Moscow (93:92), Barcelona (67:64), Darussafaka (75:74) and Real (73:60).
Still, the club recorded defeats in front of their fans against Olimpia Milano (82:71), Maccabi (78:68), Panathinaikos (72:67), Žalgiris (72:60) and Fenerbahce (89:65). Budućnost was also defeated by Anadolu Efes (106: 68) and Darussafaka (71:63) in Istanbul, Khimki in the Moscow region (85:69), Olympiacos in Athens (90:72), Real in Madrid (89:55), Bayern in Munich (93:88), Olimpia Milano in Milan (111: 94) and Maccabi in Tel Aviv (81:76).
Coach of the club Jasmin Repeša said that Gran Canaria is a great team, which has been at the top of the ACB league for years.
"If we want to win, we have to attack Gran Canaria with strong defence. Gran Canaria is a team that exasperates a very fast game, with a lot of transition, three-point shots and offensive jump balls. The focus in defence must be at an extremely high level from the first to the last minute. We have shown that we are able to play at a good defensive level against Real," Repeša said for News Agency MINA.
The defense has been Gran Canaria's main problem all season long. Gran Canaria allows a competition-high 87.2 points on average on 57.3% two-point shooting and 39.5% from downtown. Improving those numbers is mandatory for the Spanish powerhouse. With so many injured players in its backcourt, Albert Oliver and Xavi Rabaseda will play a critical role, as well as versatile forward Oriol Pauli, who will see playing time at point guard.
The center of Budućnost Voli Filip Barović said that Budućnost is waiting for Gran Canaria in good shape. "We have won four of the last five games. And even at the match that we lost, we played great and led the score until the last quarter. We have to enter the game as against Real Madrid and keep control throughout the match," Barović said for MINA Agency.
Budućnost has allowed 83.7 points on average this season, but only 67.0 in its last two of games. That improved defensive mentality has allowed Budućnost to be much more competitive. Keeping Goga Bitadze out of foul trouble will be critical for the hosts, who will look to run the offense through Cole and an inspired Coty Clarke, who registered career highs in rebounds (12) and PIR (25) against Madrid last week.
The duel at the Sports Centre Morača (Podgorica) starts at 7 pm.
Source: MINA Agency, Euroleague Official Website
23 January 2019 - Women's Handball Club Budućnost received two big reinforcements for the next season - Jovanka Radičević and Majda Mehmedović signed two-year contracts with "the blue team" from Podgorica. This transfer will mark the return of Montenegro's national handball team players to Budućnost after eight seasons for Radičević, and three seasons for Mehmedović.
Since 2011, Radičević has played for Handball Club Győr for two seasons, then she wore Vardar jersey for five years, and currently she is a member of CSM București. She is one of the best players in the right-wing position. Jovanka has played for Budućnost from 2004 to 2011 and won two trophies - Cup Winners' Cup (2006 and 2010) with her co-players from Podgorica.
With the National Team of Montenegro, the 32-year-old player from Podgorica won the title of European champion and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Mehmedović left Budućnost after the season 2015/16 and for the last three years, she is a CSM București's member.
The 28-year-old player from Bar, Montenegro, who plays in the left-wing position, spent nine years – from 2007 to 2016 – in the jersey of Handball Club Budućnost. She won the championship titles of Europe in 2012 and 2015 with the "blue team" and has the Cup Winners’ Cup 2010 trophy.
She was a member of the golden Montenegrin National Team that won the European championship title in 2012 and Silver at the Olympic Games.
In the exciting finale, Buducnost Voli defeated Cedevita and remained in the game for the second place in front of the playoffs of the ABA League.
The guests were leading by eight points in the last quarter, but the final was overtaken by the current champion, who on the wings of Coty Clarke and Norris Cole directed the turning point and triumph of 80:78.
Clarke linked five offensive jumps and five points when the "blue" made a 12:0 series, and Cole, at 66 seconds before the end, scored a three-pointer for the lead of 80:76 and total delirium at Moraca.
Buducnost then ran into the win with five or more points difference but failed, so now it has the same number of triumphs as Cedevita (11), but also a weaker mutual-score between them.
The team from Zagreb ended a series of nine wins in Podgorica.
Earl Clark was the most efficient in Buducnost with 17 points, Cole added 14, Edwin Jackson 11, and ten each by Coty Clarke and Goga Bitadze.
Jacob Pullen was the most efficient for Cedevita (25), while Justin Cobs scored 18.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on January 21st 2019, read more at Vijesti
The basketball players of Buducnost Voli achieved a great victory against Real Madrid in the European League.
Buducnost has entered five wins this season, and the fact that they defeated CSKA and Real Madrid in Moraca, two of the three main favorites, show that they deserve a place among the elite.
The wins over two such teams have also confirmed to the greatest skeptics (in modern language - haters) that our team has not accidentally wandered into such a society, and the ways the greats teams lost themselves in the grotto of Podgorica hall are completely different.
The result reveals everything, and the win over Real Madrid should be a pointer of how Buducnost Voli should play in the future.
In the 19 matches this season, Real Madrid once switched 100 points, in six matches they scored over 90 points, eight times that team scored 80 or more points.
Fenerbahce stopped them at only 63 points, and Buducnost would have lowered them to under 60 if Kampaco did not announce in the last attack that he could pull the ball up to the end of time and then he went to the hoop which made the princes move to 58.
So, this kind of attack machinery that has achieved the highest points in the European League this season, Buducnost has dropped to 60 points, which is 25 less than the Real's average!
The fact is that players of Real did not have their night in the attack, but nobody would ever doubt that at any point in Moraca they had an easy time throughout the game. They struggled to earn most of the points, there were moments when judges allowed and gave them free throws.
Buducnost Voli played phenomenally as a team last night, the defense was straightforward and only in that way miracles can be done.
Buducnost showed extreme aggression in the defense. They had ten steals, almost twice the average they had in the season (5.58).
Easy points were rarely allowed (25 fouls were made, and Real made 22 throws).
Real had a total of 18 lost balls and the team from Madrid has an average of 12 per one match!
All this allowed Buducnost to reach the triumph. There is a major difference in the match against CSKA. There was no need for a sensation of shots. The win has been earned with enormous combat, and they have come to it with only seven three-pointers and 43 percent of two points shots.
There has been a lot of talks about how the last season's trophy was won thanks to the energy brought by the domestic players. That was the key factor last night, also. Suad Šehović gave 100% for each ball, while Filip Barovic was fighting like a lion against Tavares. Since his arrival, at the same energy level is also Noriss Cole, as well as Goga Bitadze, and that atmosphere made everyone thelp as never before.
Earl Clark had a night even below the average when it comes to the offense. On the other hand, he compensated it with a great combat. Until the match with Real, he had eight steals, and last night he stole it from the rivals three times. He had two blocks, took over, helped, was not an observer in the defense, but one of the 12 players who crashed the champions of Europe.
They should not, and must not, fly too high after this triumph. Surely they will not, because Repeša is too experienced.
Yet what is clear, Buducnost is finally acting as a team, a compact entity that was the basis for the historic last season.
And the victory over Real must be a massive injection for self-confidence.
Text by CdM, on January 19th, 2019, read more at CdM
Goga Bitadze played only four games in Euro league - enough to show his potential. Since coming to Buducnost Voli, the 19-year-old Georgian scored an average of 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per match.
"Frankly, I did not expect this kind of start. All I expected is to look into the mirror after every game and say that I have done my best," Bitadze said in an interview with the official website of Euro league. In the last round, Buducnost achieved the first win since his arrival, at his premier match in Moraca, against Darussafaka - 75:74.
"It was a great experience to play before the home audience; I couldn’t wait to play in front of our fans, they gave us energy, it's a great feeling to win in such an atmosphere," he said.
Changing the club in the middle of the season and joining the Euro league was a big challenge.
"I fit in nicely, thanks to my teammates, and Buducnost is a good team, champion of the ABA league. But in the beginning, the first few days were not easy, but now I am used to it, and my teammates and coaches are helping me. I am thinking only about basketball; it is my job, I'm focused on it."
Bitadze came at the same time as Norris Cole.
"Noris is a double NBA champion, and that's enough to say about him. He has a lot of experience, he's a great guy and a teammate, it's excellent for me to play with such a player, from whom I already learned a lot. He is a great player, talks a lot, he is very loud and wants to help everyone. He has shown what he can do, and I think he can do much more."
Buducnost hosts Real Madrid, Europe's champions, on Friday.
"It's going to be a crazy game. We need to be calm, we know who Real is, but in the atmosphere in Podgorica everything is possible, the cheering will be crazy. My teammates beat CSKA, Baskonia and Barcelona... It will be a huge experience for me. Last year in Belgrade I watched the final-four, now I have a chance to play against Real. I have to use it," said Bitadze.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on January 15th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
15 January 2019 - Stefan Milošević, the 22-year-old football player from Montenegro, signed a 3.5-season contract with Waasland-Beveren. He comes from the Montenegrin the First Division FK Iskra Danilovgrad.
Milošević drew attention on himself in the first part of this season, when he scored nine goals in eighteen matches for Iskra. Now he is on his way to the club where Montenegrin national player Aleksandar Boljevic is waiting for him.
Stefan chose to carry the number 99 on his new Beveren jersey.
Milošević has officially moved to Waasland-Beveren on January 15, 2019. He has signed a contract expiring on June 30, 2022. The financial details of the contract are undisclosed.
According to the representatives of Waasland-Beveren, he has the necessary scoring power. "He was wanted in this transfer period, but Stefan chose Waasland-Beveren as the first European adventure. Of course, we are very pleased with his choice and hope to see a lot of his qualities soon, and we are doing everything we can to get him to play as soon as possible," they said in an interview for Voetbal Belgie.
Waasland-Beveren is a Belgian association football club located in the municipality of Beveren, East Flanders. They play in the Belgian Pro League. Beveren takes the 14th place in the Belgian championship, with six points more than the last-placed Lokeren.
Norris Cole made everyone in Moraca stand on their feet and brought victory to Buducnost over Darüşşafaka, showing why he had a notable NBA career and two championship rings. The US defender scored for the "Blue" for a score of 75:74, just 3.4 seconds before the end.
"We did not start the way we wanted, but we regrouped at half-time. We remained united, we believed in one another, invested much more energy in the second half. Energy, defense and attacking solutions were the key to victory. In the sequel, Jackson hit important shots, Big G (Bitadze) controlled the floor, captain Gordic allowed us to play in our rhythm. That's what we want," said Cole.
Edwin Jackson was the most effective with 18 points
"This win gives us hope we can do much better; we have two important games at home, everything is possible. We won against big teams here; we will host Real and Gran Canarias next. It's essential not to be the last, and now we can optimistically look ahead. We always do our best; we leave our heart on the floor. Sometimes the game turns to our advantage, and sometimes it slips away. Today we were lucky, I hope we will have it in the future," said Jackson.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on January 11th 2019, read more at Vijesti
13 January 2019 - Spanish basketball expert Roberto Íñiguez is no longer the coach of the women's senior basketball team of Montenegro, announced the Basketball Federation of Montenegro.
After the successful completion of qualifications for Eurobasket, Íñiguez announced the end of the cooperation. As the representatives of the Federation explained, Roberto needs a break from big challenges involving basketball teams and national teams as well. The leaders of the Basketball Federation of Montenegro tried to keep Íñiguez as the head coach, but despite all efforts to reach a new agreement, no offer could motivate Roberto enough to stay at his current position.
Roberto Íñiguez had taken over the Montenegrin National Team in February 2017, when the Spanish specialist replaced Momir Milatović. Previously he worked with Valencia, Fenerbahçe and Nadezhda Orenburg. He was named All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year back 2012.
With Iniguez leading the team, Montenegro made a successful result in qualifiers for EuroBasket Women 2017. With score 4-2, the team qualified for European Championship, fourth in their history.
Íñiguez said his goodbyes to his team via Twitter message: “My decision is based on the need to rest, disconnect and be with my family this summer. I just need it. Thank you DANILO, thank you, Aleks, players and all those who at some time have supported and believed in our work. TO FOLLOW THE PATH: CRNA GORA!!”
The representatives of Basketball Federation of Montenegro announced that the public would be informed promptly about who will succeed Íñiguez as the head coach of Montenegrin national basketball team.
The Montenegro women's national basketball team is the representative for Montenegro in international women's basketball competitions, and it is organized and run by the Basketball Federation of Montenegro. The team participated on EuroBasket Women four times - 2011, 2013 and 2015 and 2017, playing two times in quarterfinals.