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Paulo OBRADOVIC
Sport Water Polo
NOC Croatia   
GenderMen
Born09 Mar 1986 in Dubrovnik, YUG
Height1.90 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Frenci, son Tomo
Residence
Dubrovnik, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Coaching - University of Zagreb: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age seven in Cavtat, Croatia.
Club / Team
VK Jug: Dubrovnik, CRO
Name of coach
Vjekoslav Kobescak [club], CRO; Ivica Tucak [national], CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Wing
Handedness
Right
Footedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Croatia
Location
Italy
General Interest
Nicknames
Medo ['Bear' in Croatian]. (dulist.hr, 26 Dec 2015)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (NOC, 17 Mar 2008)
Injuries
He was troubled by a knee injury at the 2015 World Championship in Kazan, Russian Federation. The same knee complaint caused him to miss the 2016 European Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. (jutarnji.hr, 26 Dec 2015)

He has required several knee operations during his career. (dubrovackidnevnik.rtl.hr, 09 Jul 2014)

In March 2013 he suffered a finger injury. (sportcom.hr, 13 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named 2015 Athlete of the Year in Dubrovnik, Croatia. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 08 Mar 2016)

He was named Best Player of the 2013/14 Adriatic League. (sport.hrt.hr, 10 Apr 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He also plans to remain involved in water polo after his retirement as a player. (hvs.hr, 01 Jul 2021; jutarnji.hr, 01 Nov 2019)
Other information
UPCOMING TRANSFER
He has agreed to join Turkish side Enka SK for the 2021/22 season. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 11 Jul 2021)

RETURN TO THE NATIONAL TEAM
He returned to the national team ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, having not represented Croatia since he received a suspension in April 2016 for breaching team rules. "The national team chapter was ended after this one incident. After the dinner, I went out and did not show up on the agreed appointments the next morning. It was my big mistake and therefore I was suspended. There were some signs that I could come back, but it didn't happen. I had a right, very normal and nice conversation with the Croatian head coach [Ivica Tucak]. Of course, everything is in the interest of the Croatian national team and because of the Olympic Games, which are of course the top for every athlete. It is an indescribable honour for me to play, to be in the national team again. It always carries a special responsibility and feelings. If I wasn't with them, I would be perhaps their most loyal fan. So I don't feel like I wasn't there for a long time. I think I will fit in great." (dulist.hr, 11 Aug 2019; total-waterpolo.com, 02 Jun 2021; jutarnji.hr, 03 Jun 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
1 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
3 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
1 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team