Serbian Slobodan Kovacˇ replaces Italian Andrea Giani at the helm of Slovenia’s men’s national team this year, after the latter moved to Germany. Kovacˇ had previously coached Iran in 2014 and 2015. As a player, the 49-year-old has won two Olympic medals – bronze in Atlanta 1996 followed by gold in Sydney 2000, while pursuing a career with clubs in Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, France and Iran. He began his coaching career in 2008 with the Radnicki Kragujevac club which he led to two Serbian League titles, before moving to Italy’s Sir Safety Perugia. In 2016 he took charge of Halkabank Ankara in the Turkish men’s League.