Water Polo Transfers

Dynamo waits for Pijetlovic, Janovic returns to Italy

Photo: Pro Recco/facebook

Several interesting transfers were realised by European clubs right before, during and after the FINA World League Superfinal in Ruza. The most important news came from Russia.

Dynamo Moskow successfully finished negotiations with Dusko Pijetlovic. One of the main players of the national team of Serbia left Pro Recco, but he still hasn’t all documents, which he needs to have before signing a contract with a new club. He will move to Dynamo just after Recco send him all documents.

Pijetlovic has already played in Russia, in season 2013/14 when he was Sintez Kazan captain. Pijetlovic, maybe the best centre-forward in the world, won 4 titles in the LEN Champions League with 3 different clubs (Partizan 2011, Pro Recco 2012 and 2015, and Red Star 2013). Before the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he won a lot of medals with Serbia at all major competitions.

Pijetlovic was named for the best player in the world in 2015 (by Swimming world magazine).He received the 2015 LEN award for the best player in Europe. Two Serbs are waiting for him in Moskow. Nikola Radjen (came from Oradea) and Gavril Subotic (from Possilippo) signed the contracts with Dynamo in the first half of June.

Janovic moves to Brescia, Soro to play for Savona


Mladjan Janovic Photo: wpolo.me

Brescia, the Italian vice-champion, completed its jobs in the transfer market this summer. The latest Brescia reinforcement is Montenegrin Mladjan Janovic, who returned to Italy from Olympiacos (Greece). He had spent five seasons in Italy earlier (from 2009 to 2013 in Savona, and 2013/14 in Pro Recco), and afterwards, he played for Galatasaray and Olympiacos. He was the MVP at the 2012 European Championships. Besides Janovic, Brescia brought another Montenegrin Nikola Vukcevic and Mario Guidi. Vukcevic in his long career played for Jadran (Herceg Novi), Budva, Red Star, Galatasaray, and in Trieste last season. Guidi arrived from Bogliasco. Three players left Brescia this summer: Nemanja Ubovic, Sava Randjelovic and Cristiano Napolitano.

Slobodan Soro

Slobodan Soro Photo: Vladimir Markovic

Slobodan Soro, experienced Serbian goalkeeper (38 years) signed a contract with Savona. Soro, who played for  Vojvodina, Becej, Partizan, Dynamo (Moskow), Sabadell, took the Brazilian citizenship a few years ago. He played for Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games. Before return to Europe Soro was a member of Botafogo. He won two Olympic bronze medals, gold medals at European and World championships with Serbian national team and two titles in the LEN Champions League (2000 Becej and 2011 Partizan). One native Brazilian joined Savona. Striker Gustavo Guimares moved to Savona from Mataro (Spain).

Two young Serbs, former Partizan players, are new Trieste additions. Nemanja Vico arrived from Vouliagmeni (Greece), Drasko Gogov moved from PVSK Pecs (Hungary) to Trieste. The club from northeastern Italy has a new coach, also from Serbia. Miroslav Krstovic, who played for Partizan, Red Star and Trieste, replaced Stefano Piccardo. From 2012 Krstovic coached juniors and Trieste women team.

Lozina comes in Dubrovnik

Jug, the champion of Croatia and the 2017 Regional League winner, brought the first addition. Luka Lozina, a 22-year-old centre-forward, came from Barceloneta. He played for Mornar (Split), Mladost (Zagreb), and for Barceloneta. His move from Barceloneta to Jug is, on some way, “the exchange” between Jug and Barceloneta, because centre forward Josip Vrlic left Jug and returned to Barceloneta.

Something new in Romania. Ivan Buljubasic, who won the 2012 Olympic gold with Croatia, left Primorje (Rijeka) and moved to Steaua, which won the Romanian “double crown” (title and Cup) in the previous season.

There weren’t big transfers in Hungary in the past few weeks. The top teams Szolnok, Eger, Szeged, Ferencvaros, OSC completed their teams for the next season earlier. Most of the other clubs still haven’t important reinforcements.

Szeged will make a lot of changes, because of the smaller budget. The 2008 LEN Cup winner dismissed almost whole team. Eleven players left: Kristian Manherz, Tamas Sedlmayer (both Ferencvaros), Marton Chilko (PVSK), Frank Pellei, Marton Nagy, Marcell Meixner, Gergely Palotas (all Szentes), Ivan Basara (?), Milos Vukicevic (?), Sandor Iles (Honvéd), Danial Santa(Miskolc). But, Szeged still hasn’t brought any new player.

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