Claude Onesta

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Claude Onesta
Claude Onesta - Handball-Teamchef France (2).jpg
Medal record
Men's handball
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Team
Gold 2012 London Team
World Championships
Gold 2009 Croatia Team
Gold 2011 Sweden Team
Bronze 2003 Portugal Team
Bronze 2005 Tunisia Team
European Championships
Gold 2006 Switzerland Team
Gold 2010 Austria Team
Gold 2014 Denmark Team
Bronze 2008 Norway Team

Claude Onesta (born 6 February 1957) is a former French handball player and current head coach for the French national handball team.[1]

He is, with Vladimir Maksimov, the only coach to have obtained the three major titles in handball: European champion (three times, in 2006, 2010 and 2014), world champion (twice, in 2009 and 2011) ) and Olympic champion (twice, in 2008 and 2012). More prominently, he is the first coach for a French national team (and the first coach for a handball national team in the world) to have held these three titles simultaneously.

Earlier on, he led the French team to bronze medals at the 2003 World Men's Handball Championship in Portugal, and again at the 2005 World Men's Handball Championship in Tunisia. Under his supervision, the French team also obtained the bronze medal at the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship in Norway.


He is a cousin of Gérard Onesta.


  1. ^ "France"European Handbal Federation (2008) (Retrieved on February 1, 2008)