mercoledì 26 novembre 2014

Filip Filipovic 2014 FINA World Player of the Year

According to a Serbian Federation report on Monday, Filip Filipovic has been voted 2014 FINA World Player of the Year. It is Filipovic' 2nd world player of the year trophy after 2011. The Serbian leftie already in 2009 got picked by LEN Magazine as Europe's player of the year. Filipovic was voted out of a list of nominees that included fellow Serbs goalie Gojko Pijetlovic and Dusan Mandic, Hungarian brothers Denes and Daniel Varga and USA international Bret Bonanni. The award is to be presented during a gala dinner on the occasion of the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention next weekend in Doha, Qatar where also world athletes of the year from the other FINA Aquatics disciplines will be honoured. Filipovic succeeds Hungary's Denes Varga who won the award last year. 
Filip Filipovic was a key part of the Serbian national team that claimed both the World League title and, the following month, the European championship in Budapest, in both finals defeating Hungary. The powerful lefthander is now a four-time European champion (2003, 2006, 2012, 2014), 2009 world champion, has won eight World League trophies and two World Cup gold medals (2006, 2010). 

Filipovic started his career at Partizan Belgrade and currently plays for Italian champion Pro Recco with whom he won the Euro League in 2010 and 2012. As a member of new Serbian powerhouse Radnicki Kragujevac he claimed the LEN Euro Cup in 2013. 

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