Bojana Popovic


Serbia

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Country Serbia
Date of birth 20-Nov-1979 
Era 2000s, 2010s
List of honours 

Bojana Popovic
Profile Born in Nis, Serbia, Bojana Popovic is a five-time Champions League winner and considered to be today’s best female handball player. She started playing handball at the age of 11. In her early years, she played mostly as a winger, thus making optimal use of her speed and her scoring ability. In her late teens, she made her Serbian league debut with DIN-Classic NIS, a club she would play for in the first two seasons of her career. In 1998 she made the move to aspiring Buducnost Podgorica, with whom she won four successive Serbian League titles from 1999 to 2002. By that time, she had been noticed by Danish powerhouse Slagelse. Popovic, aware of the strength of the Danish league and Denmark’s status among women’s handballing nations, did not hesitate to move. She won the Danish league title with Slagelse in 2003 and 2005, maturing greatly under the tutelage of coach Anja Andersen. In 2004 and 2005 she was voted Player of the Year in Denmark, mainly for her contributions to successive Champions League victories by Slagelse in those years. She also finished as the Champions League’s top scorer in 2004 (98 goals), 2005 (85 goals) and 2007 (96 goals), the last total contributing to her third Champions League win with Slagelse. Popovic has accumulated over 100 caps for Yugoslavia/Serbia/Montenegro and won a bronze medal with Yugoslavia at the 2001 World Championship in Italy.