Croatia men's national handball team

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Croatia
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Information
Nickname Kauboji (Eng.: The Cowboys)
Association Croatian Handball Federation
Coach Slavko Goluža
Assistant coach Zdravko Zovko
Captain Igor Vori
Most caps Venio Losert
Most goals Mirza Džomba (667)
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Home
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Team colours
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Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result 1 (1996, 2004)
World Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1995)
Best result 1 (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1994)
Best result 2 (2008, 2010)
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Croatia men's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta Team
Gold 2004 Athens Team
Bronze 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold 2003 Portugal Team
Silver 1995 Iceland Team
Silver 2005 Tunisia Team
Silver 2009 Croatia Team
Bronze 2013 Spain Team
European Championship
Silver 2008 Norway Team
Silver 2010 Austria Team
Bronze 1994 Portugal Team
Bronze 2012 Serbia Team
Mediterranean Games
Gold 1993 Languedoc-Rousillon Team
Gold 1997 Bari Team
Gold 2001 Tunis Team
Silver 2005 Almería Team
Silver 2013 Mersin Team

The Croatia men's national handball team is a handball team that represents Croatia in international men's team handball competitions and friendly matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Handball Federation.

Head coaches[edit]

Squad[edit]

This is the squad for the 2014 European Men's Handball Championship in Denmark (12-26 January 2014).[1]

Head coach: Slavko Goluža

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Venio Losert (1976-07-25)25 July 1976 (aged 37) 1.91 m 211 0 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
5 CB Domagoj Duvnjak (1988-06-01)1 June 1988 (aged 25) 1.97 m 127 377 Germany HSV Hamburg
8 RB Marko Kopljar (1986-02-12)12 February 1986 (aged 27) 2.10 m 93 164 France Paris Handball
9 P Igor Vori (1980-09-20)20 September 1980 (aged 33) 2.03 m 209 540 France Paris Handball
10 LB Jakov Gojun (1986-04-18)18 April 1986 (aged 27) 2.04 m 92 54 France Paris Handball
13 RW Zlatko Horvat (1984-09-25)25 September 1984 (aged 29) 1.79 m 86 198 Croatia RK Zagreb
14 CB Drago Vuković (1983-08-03)3 August 1983 (aged 30) 1.94 m 121 188 Germany TuS N-Lübbecke
20 LB Damir Bičanić (1985-06-25)25 June 1985 (aged 28) 1.94 m 63 113 France Chambéry Handball
21 RB Denis Buntić (1982-10-13)13 October 1982 (aged 31) 1.99 m 116 261 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
22 CB Josip Valčić (1984-04-21)21 April 1984 (aged 29) 1.90 m 30 23 Croatia RK Zagreb
23 LB Stipe Mandalinić (1992-09-09)9 September 1992 (aged 21) 1.95 m 11 12 Croatia RK Zagreb
25 GK Mirko Alilović (1985-09-15)15 September 1985 (aged 28) 2.00 m 125 0 Hungary MKB Veszprém KC
26 LW Manuel Štrlek (1988-12-01)1 December 1988 (aged 25) 1.81 m 66 204 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
27 RW Ivan Čupić (1986-03-27)27 March 1986 (aged 27) 1.78 m 85 332 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
28 P Željko Musa (1986-01-08)8 January 1986 (aged 28) 2.00 m 59 32 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
29 LW Ivan Ninčević (1981-10-27)27 October 1981 (aged 32) 1.84 m 53 91 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
32 LB Ivan Slišković (1991-10-23)23 October 1991 (aged 22) 1.97 m 9 23 Slovenia RK Celje

Results at international competitions[edit]

Prior to 1991 Croatia men's national handball team played as a part of Yugoslavia men's national handball team.

Croatia played its first match on January 14, 1991 against Japan which ended 23:23.

Summer Olympics[edit]

World Championship[edit]

European Championship[edit]

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA GD
France 1993 Final 1 unknown
Italy 1997 Final 1 4 0 1 121 115 +6
Tunisia 2001 Final 1 unknown
Spain 2005 Final 2 3 0 1 107 103 +4
Italy 2009 Did not compete
Turkey 2013 Final 2 4 0 2 166 158 +8
Spain 2017 Decision on participating is still to be made

|Youth World Championship[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA GD
Qatar 2005 Semifinal 3 4 0 2 184 175 +9
Bahrain 2007 Final 2 5 1 1 215 174 +41
Tunisia 2009 Final 1 7 0 0 244 168 +76
Argentina 2011 Quarterfinal 8th 2 1 4 186 189 -3
Hungary 2013 Final 2 7 0 2 276 234 +42

Junior World Championship[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA GD
Egypt 1993 Did not qualify
Argentina 1995
Turkey 1997 Round of 16 10th 4 0 1 137 116 +21
Qatar 1999 Round of 16 11th 2 0 5 169 175 -6
Switzerland 2001 Round of 16 9th 4 0 4 217 222 -5
Brazil 2003 Quarterfinal 5th 5 2 1 232 209 +23
Hungary 2005 Did not qualify
Republic of Macedonia 2007 Semifinal 4th 6 1 2 269 229 +40
Egypt 2009 Did not qualify
Greece 2011
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013 Semifinal 4th 6 0 3 242 211 +31

European Youth Championship[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA GD
Israel 1994 Did not qualify
Estonia 1997
Portugal 1999 Preliminary Round 7th 3 0 3 152 151 +1
Luxembourg 2001 Preliminary Round 9th 2 1 3 170 167 +3
Slovakia 2003 Preliminary Round 11th 1 0 5 145 167 -22
Serbia and Montenegro 2004 Final 2 5 0 2 185 185 0
Estonia 2006 Final 1 7 0 0 226 173 +53
Czech Republic 2008 Main Round 5th 4 0 3 186 199 -13
Montenegro 2010 Final 1 6 0 1 183 165 +18
Austria 2012 Main Round 7th 3 1 3 215 204 +11
Poland 2014 Qualification in progress

Junior European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA GD
Romania 1996 Preliminary Round 5th 4 0 2 148 143 +5
Austria 1998 Preliminary Round 6th 4 0 2 158 156 +2
Greece 2000 Preliminary Round 8th 1 3 2 173 180 -7
Poland 2002 Preliminary Round 11th 2 0 4 151 167 -16
Latvia 2004 Did not qualify
Austria 2006 Main Round 7th 4 1 2 196 178 +18
Romania 2008 Preliminary Round 16th 1 1 5 187 212 -25
Slovakia 2010 Preliminary Round 11th 3 0 4 192 190 +2
Turkey 2012 Final 2 5 0 2 180 153 +27
Austria 2014 Qualification in progress

Medal-winning squads[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Biggest Wins[edit]

Double digit goal difference

Biggest Loses[edit]

World Championship

  • -11 vs. Russia (20-31) 1997

Olympic Games

  • -9 vs. Sweden (18-27 ) 1996
  • -6 vs. Spain (29-35) 2008

European championship

  • -15 vs. Russia (14-29) 1998
  • -12 vs. Yougoslavia (22–34) 2002
  • -10 vs. Denmark (20–30) 2008

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