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Ratko Rudic comes out of retirement and comes to Pro Recco!

Pro Recco has took just a few days to pick a new coach.

Today, the Italian champion hired a legendary Ratko Rudic, who celebrated his 70th birthday a few days ago.

Vladimir Vujasinovic, who had coached Recco from 2016. until last weekend, left the club after a 9:7 loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League final.

There were a lot of rumors about the hot topic – “Who will replace Vujasinovic?”.

Italian media wrote that candidates for Recco’s bench were Rudic, Alessandro Bovo (Brescia), Montenegrins Petar Porobic and Ranko Perovic.

“I’m just a pensioner,” Ratko Rudic said for Waterpolo Development World (, when he was asked if he would coach Pro Recco.

But, today Daniele Rocagliolo, Communications Director for Pro Recco, confirmed that Rudic, the most succesful water polo coach in the world, would be a new coach of Pro Recco.

He came out of retirement to take a new challenge. Ratko Rudic clinched four Olympic gold medals as a coach of Yugoslavia (1984 and 1988 Olympics), Italy (1992) and Croatia (2012). He also coached USA and Brazil. He played for Partizan Belgrade and Jadran Split and won the silver medal at the 1980 Olympics, as a player of the national team of Yugoslavia.

In Recco’s official statement Rudic said:

“I am very honored to have been called by Pro Recco, the most titled club in the world with a great tradition and a bright future ahead. It wasn’t hard to accept, this is a project that excites me and gives me great energy. On the one hand are the sports results, which are fundamental, on the other the promotion of water polo, with marketing and organization which President Felugo is already working on very well.

Rudic, as usual, has highest goals:

“When I take a team I always carry it to win …”.

Pro Recco president Maurizio Felugo said that Rudic had been the first Recco’s choice after Vujasinovic’s departure.

Rudic is in Croatia now, he will come to Italy on June 18th.


Eger, the 3rd-placed team in the 2017/18 Hungarian championship, composed team for the next season. There were a lot of moves in the club. An expirienced goalkeeper Branislav Mitrovic (moved to OSC) left Eger, along with Daniel Angyal (Ferencvaros), Uros Cuckovic, Gergo Kovacs, , Lorincz Balant, Krisztian Bedo and Balazs Harai

They will be replaced by: Montenegrin centre-forward Nikola Murisic (comes from Steaua), Daniel Santa, Dorian Lukacs (both Miskolc), Bence Valics (returns from the USA), Tamas Gyarfas (Honved) and Bendeguz Toth (he ended the studies in the USA).

Eger in the 2018/19 season: Bence Valics, Boldizsar Csiszar, Marko Avramovic, Barnabas Biros, Ádam Decker, Tamas Gyarfas, Norbert Hosnyanszky, Dominik Kurti, Dorian Lukacs, Marton Magyar, Nikola Murisic, Strahinja Rasovic, Daniel Santa, Bendeguz Toth, Angelos Vlahopoulos.

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