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Andrija Prlainović
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Prlainović after winning the 2011 LEN Euroleague
Personal information
Born 28 April 1987 (1987-04-28) (age 34)
Dubrovnik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Handedness R
Club information
Current team CN Marseille
Senior clubs
Years Team
2003–2006
Jadran Herceg Novi
2006–2011
Partizan
2010
Fluminense
2011–2012
Pro Recco
2012–2014
Crvena zvezda
2014–2016
Pro Recco
2016–2019
Szolnoki Vízilabda
2019–2020
Orvosegyetem Budapest
2020–present
Marseille
National team
Years Team
2005–2006
 Serbia and Montenegro
2006–2021
 Serbia

Andrija Prlainović (Serbian Cyrillic: Андрија Прлаиновић; born 28 April 1987) is a Serbian water polo player. He won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and gold medals in 2016 and 2020. He also held the world title in 2009 and 2015 and the European title in 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Prlainović was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia and raised in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, where he came up through the PVK Jadran youth system. In 2011, he won the LEN Euroleague with VK Partizan and in 2013 with Red Star Belgrade, where he was one of the best scorers.

Club career

PA Fluminense

In June 2010, Fluminense triumphed in the Brazilian championship (in which a record number of foreign players (15) played that year), winning their fifth title. In the finals the team overcame Pinheiros, 13–7. Prlainović scored two goals in the final.

Pro Recco

On 17 September 2011, in the first round of the Adriatic League, Prlaionović scored a goal in an easy 14–6 home win against Jadran HN. In the second round on 24 September, he scored his second goal against Koper Rokava in a 16–4 home win. On 1 October Prlainović scored his second Adriatic goal in a 10–7 away win against Jug CO. On 8 October in the Adriatic League fourth round, Prlainović and his team-mate and fellow countryman Pijetlović were the top scorers with each scoring three times in a 14–8 away win against Medveščak. Prlainović scored two goals in the fifth round on 15 October, in a 15–8 home win against Primorje EB. On 22 October Prlainović scored two goals in the first round of the Euroleague Group in an easy 13–5 win over Spartak Volgograd. On 26 October Prlainović scored another two goals in an easy 15–5 away win against Jadran ST, but this time in the sixth round of the Adriatic League. On 29 October he scored a goal in the Adriatic League seventh round 13–9 home win against Mladost. On 9 November Prlainović scored three goals in the second round of the Euroleague, in a 13–4 away victory against CN Marseille. On 26 November Prlainović scored two goals in the Euroleague third round, in a 10–8 win against VK Jadran HN. On 30 November he scored another two goals, but in the eleventh round Adriatic League 16–1 away win over Primorac. Prlainović managed to score just one goal on 3 December in a humiliating 21–0 defeat over POŠK in the twelfth round of the Adriatic League. In the thirteenth round on 10 December, Prlainović scored three goals against Mornar BS in a 20–8 away win. Prlainović scored three goals on 14 December in the fourth round of the Euroleague, in a 14–9 away win against VK Jadran HN. The third goal was his 10th of the tournament. On 8 February 2012. in the fifth round of the Euroleague, Prlainović scored a goal in a 15–7 win against CN Marseille. 3 days later he scored two goals in Adriatic League fifteenth round 9–8 home win against Jug CO. On 25 February, in the last round of the Euroleague group stage, Prlainović scored three goals in the 18–7 away win against Spartak Volgograd. Four days later, Prlainović scored another three goals but in the Adriatic League fourteenth-round game behind, in a 21–5 easy home win over Mornar BS. On 3 March Prlainović scored a goal in a 12–7 Adriatic League away win against Mladost.

VK Partizan

Adrija Prlainovic started his career in Jadran (2003–2006), following his time there he moved to Partizan Raiffeisen for five seasons (2006–2011). In 2011, he moved to the Italian Pro Recco but he spent only one season there as the club went bankrupt. He was then invited to return to Partizan but he decided to sign a contract with another Belgrade water polo club: Crvena Zvezda. Upon his arrival at Crvena zvezda he was made captain.

International career

Prlainović scored his first two goals at the European Championship on 17 January against Germany in a second game which the Serbs won by 13–12. He also scored a goal in a third game on 19 January, in a great 15–12 victory for his country against the defending European champions Croatia. On 21 January in the fourth match, Prlainović scored three goals for his national team in a routine victory against Romania 14–5. On 23 January, Prlainović scored a goal in the last round of group A, in which Serbia lost to Montenegro with 11–7. On 27 January Prlainović scored a goal in a semifinal 12–8 victory over Italy. Andrija Prlainović won the 2012 European Championship on 29 January. He scored a goal in the final against Montenegro which his national team won by 9–8. This was his second gold medal at the European Championships.

He was part of the Serbian 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympic teams which won two gold and two bronze medals. He was the top goalscorer at the 2012 Olympics, with 22 goals.

Honours

Club

PVK Jadran
  • National Championship os Serbia & Montenegro (1): 2003–04
  • National Cup of Serbia & Montenegro (1): 2004–05
VK Partizan
  • National Championship of Serbia (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • National Cup of Serbia (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • LEN Champions League (1): 2010–11
  • Eurointer League (2): 2010, 2011
PA Fluminense
  • National Championship of Brazil (1): 2009–10
Pro Recco
  • Serie A1 (3): 2010–11, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Coppa Italia (2): 2014–15, 2015–16
  • LEN Champions League (2): 2011–12, 2014–15
  • Adriatic League (1): 2011–12
  • LEN Super Cup (2): 2012 , 2015
VK Crvena Zvezda
  • National Championship of Serbia (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
  • National Cup of Serbia (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
  • LEN Champions League (1): 2012–13
  • LEN Super Cup (1): 2013
Szolnok
  • National Championship of Hungary (1): 2016–17
  • National Cup of Hungary (1): 2017–18
  • LEN Champions League (1): 2016–17
  • LEN Super Cup (1): 2017
CN Marseille
  • National Championship of France (1): 2020–21

National team

  • National team European junior championship 2004, 2006
  • World junior championship 2005
  • Olympic games gold 2016, 2020 bronze 2008, 2012
  • World championship gold 2009,2015 silver 2011 bronze 2017
  • European championship gold 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 silver 2008 bronze 2010
  • World cup gold 2006, 2010, 2014 bronze 2018
  • World league gold 2005–2008, 2010, 2011, 2014-2017, 2019 bronze 2009
  • Mediterranean games gold 2009 bronze 2005

Individual

  • Young Sportsman of the Year by MOC: 2005
  • Top scorer at Summer Olympics: 2012
  • 2012 Olympics Games Team of the Tournament
  • Sportsman of The Year by the Serbian Olympic Committee: 2012
  • Best Sportsman of SD Crvena Zvezda: 2013
  • Final four MVP (1): 2012–13 with Crvena Zvezda
  • All-Tournament Team of the 2017 World Championship
  • Most Valuable Player, 2015 World Aquatics Championships
  • Most Valuable Player, 2016 Men's European Water Polo Championship
  • Final 6 MVP (1): 2016–17 with Szolnok
  • third best player in the world: 2018
  • Best Team of the Year: 2018

Personal life

Prlainović is married to Ivana Culjkovic and has a daughter Djurdja.

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