Croatia men's national handball team

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Croatia
Information
Nickname Kauboji (Eng.: The Cowboys)
Association Croatian Handball Federation
Coach Željko Babić
Captain Igor Vori
Most caps Igor Vori (223)
Most goals Mirza Džomba (667)
Colours
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Home
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Team colours
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Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances 4 (first in 1996)
Best result 1st (1996, 2004)
World Championship
Appearances 11 (first in 1995)
Best result 1st (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 11 (first in 1994)
Best result 2nd (2008, 2010)
Last updated on Unknown.
Croatia men's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2003 Portugal Team
Silver medal – second place 1995 Iceland Team
Silver medal – second place 2005 Tunisia Team
Silver medal – second place 2009 Croatia Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Spain Team
European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2008 Norway Team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Austria Team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Portugal Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Serbia Team
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1993 Languedoc-Rousillon Team
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari Team
Gold medal – first place 2001 Tunis Team
Silver medal – second place 2005 Almería Team
Silver medal – second place 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.

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 14 January 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 1st unknown
Italy 1997 Final 1st 4 0 1 121 115 +6
Tunisia 2001 Final 1st unknown
Spain 2005 Final 2nd 3 0 1 107 103 +4
Italy 2009 Did not compete
Turkey 2013 Final 2nd 4 0 2 166 158 +8
Spain 2017 Decision on participating is still to be made

List of cities in which the games were played[edit]

City Pld W D L GF GA GD
Denmark Aarhus 3 2 0 1 89 80 +9
Portugal Almada 5 3 0 2 120 114 +6
Turkey Ankara 2 2 0 0 64 48 +16
Greece Athens 2 2 0 0 59 55 +4
United States Atlanta 7 6 0 1 183 168 +15
Romania Baia Mare 1 1 0 0 25 22 +3
Spain Barcelona 2 1 0 1 55 56 -1
China Beijing 8 4 0 4 218 199 +17
Serbia Belgrade 2 1 0 1 53 53 0
Switzerland Bern 3 2 0 1 85 79 +6
France Besançon 5 3 1 1 154 115 +39
Italy Bolzano 2 0 0 2 41 57 -16
Portugal Braga 1 0 0 1 18 19 -1
Slovakia Bratislava 1 1 0 0 32 21 +11
Denmark Brøndby 3 3 0 0 85 68 +17
Austria Bruck an der Mur 2 2 0 0 59 46 +13
Slovenia Celje 3 2 1 0 82 77 +5
Spain Ciudad Real 5 5 0 0 135 119 +16
Germany Cologne 3 2 0 1 87 73 +14
Croatia Čakovec 1 1 0 0 39 30 +9
Latvia Dobele 1 1 0 0 30 23 +7
Qatar Doha 8 7 0 1 234 196 +38
Romania Drobeta-Turnu Severin 1 1 0 0 30 25 +5
Austria Graz 3 3 0 0 83 76 +7
Iceland Hafnarfjörður 7 6 0 1 192 159 +33
Finland Helsinki 1 1 0 0 31 26 +5
Denmark Herning 2 0 0 2 55 58 -3
Slovakia Hlohovec 1 1 0 0 30 26 +4
Egypt Ismaïlia 6 3 1 2 141 145 -4
Sweden Jönköping 3 0 0 3 70 89 -19
Croatia Karlovac 3 3 0 0 103 77 +26
Czech Republic Karviná 1 1 0 0 32 26 +6
Greece Komotini 1 1 0 0 29 24 +5
Iceland Kópavogur 1 1 0 0 29 28 +1
Croatia Koprivnica 1 1 0 0 35 24 +11
Japan Kumamoto 1 0 0 1 25 31 -6
Croatia Kutina 2 2 0 0 59 42 +17
Croatia Labin 2 2 0 0 57 38 +19
Norway Lillehammer 2 1 0 1 44 47 -3
Portugal Lisbon 2 2 0 0 73 68 +5
United Kingdom London 8 7 0 1 230 183 +47
Sweden Lund 2 2 0 0 62 33 +29
Qatar Lusail 1 0 0 1 24 28 -4
Slovenia Ljubljana 7 2 1 4 184 197 -13
Portugal Madeira 5 4 0 1 135 125 +10
Spain Madrid 5 5 0 0 148 99 +49
Sweden Malmö 7 4 1 2 209 180 +29
Germany Mannheim 4 4 0 0 113 101 +12
France Marseille 1 0 0 1 34 37 -3
Italy Merano 3 2 1 0 76 63 +13
Croatia Metković 1 1 0 0 29 26 +3
Belarus Minsk 3 1 2 0 81 80 +1
Tunisia Nabeul 3 2 0 1 78 77 +1
Serbia Novi Sad 3 1 1 1 75 70 +5
Croatia Osijek 2 2 0 0 57 41 +16
Greece Palaio Faliro 6 6 0 0 179 156 +23
Croatia Poreč 1 1 0 0 34 26 +8
Portugal Porto 2 1 0 1 45 47 -2
Croatia Pula 1 1 0 0 28 19 +9
Tunisia Radès 2 1 0 1 69 72 -3
Iceland Reykjavík 2 1 0 1 47 48 -1
Croatia Rijeka 3 2 1 0 80 69 +11
Portugal Rio Maior 2 2 0 0 62 50 +12
Spain Seville 2 0 0 2 45 55 -10
Tunisia Sfax 5 5 0 0 169 124 +45
Republic of Macedonia Skopje 1 0 0 1 29 31 -2
Croatia Split 6 6 0 0 193 136 +57
Switzerland St. Gallen 3 3 0 0 94 88 +6
Norway Stavanger 6 4 1 1 168 156 +12
Germany Stuttgart 3 3 0 0 108 72 +36
Turkey Trabzon 1 1 0 0 27 23 +4
Croatia Umag 1 1 0 0 26 24 +2
Finland Vantaa 1 1 0 0 34 14 +20
Croatia Varaždin 3 3 0 0 102 65 +37
Hungary Veszprém 2 0 0 2 46 50 -4
Austria Vienna 3 2 1 0 124 118 +6
Lithuania Vilnius 1 1 0 0 21 19 +2
Serbia Vršac 3 3 0 0 88 78 +10
Japan Yatsushiro 5 2 1 2 123 115 +8
Croatia Zadar 5 5 0 0 160 118 +42
Croatia Zagreb 18 15 0 3 494 396 +98
Spain Zaragoza 2 2 0 0 63 47 +16
Switzerland Zürich 2 0 0 2 50 61 -11

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

This is the squad for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship.[2]

Head coach: Vacant

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
5 CB Domagoj Duvnjak (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 26) 1.97 m 136 435 Germany THW Kiel
7 RB Luka Stepančić (1990-11-20) 20 November 1990 (age 24) 2.03 m 16 26 Croatia Zagreb
8 RB Marko Kopljar (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 29) 2.10 m 109 210 France Paris Saint-Germain
9 P Igor Vori (c) (1980-09-20) 20 September 1980 (age 34) 2.03 m 223 562 France Paris Saint-Germain
10 LB Jakov Gojun (1986-04-18) 18 April 1986 (age 29) 2.04 m 108 66 France Paris Saint-Germain
13 RW Zlatko Horvat (1984-09-25) 25 September 1984 (age 30) 1.79 m 98 246 Croatia Zagreb
16 GK Filip Ivić (1992-08-30) 30 August 1992 (age 22) 1.95 m 17 0 Croatia Zagreb
18 CB Igor Karačić (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 26) 1.89 m 10 37 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
20 LB Damir Bičanić (1985-06-29) 29 June 1985 (age 29) 1.94 m 78 153 France Chambéry
25 GK Mirko Alilović (1985-09-15) 15 September 1985 (age 29) 2.00 m 137 0 Hungary MKB Veszprém
26 LW Manuel Štrlek (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 26) 1.81 m 82 259 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
27 RW Ivan Čupić (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 29) 1.78 m 97 378 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
28 P Željko Musa (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 29) 2.00 m 73 48 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
29 LW Ivan Ninčević (1981-10-27) 27 October 1981 (age 33) 1.84 m 65 96 Turkey Beşiktaş
32 LB Ivan Slišković (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 23) 1.97 m 20 49 Slovenia Celje
34 P Ilija Brozović (1991-05-26) 26 May 1991 (age 23) 1.95 m 0 0 Croatia Zagreb

Head coaches[edit]

Other competitions[edit]

Youth World Championship[edit]

Year Round Position W D L GF GA GD
Qatar 2005 Semifinal 3rd 4 0 2 184 175 +9
Bahrain 2007 Final 2nd 5 1 1 215 174 +41
Tunisia 2009 Final 1st 7 0 0 244 168 +76
Argentina 2011 Quarterfinal 8th 2 1 4 186 189 -3
Hungary 2013 Final 2nd 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
Brazil 2015 Qualification in progress

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 2nd 5 0 2 185 185 0
Estonia 2006 Final 1st 7 0 0 226 173 +53
Czech Republic 2008 Main Round 5th 4 0 3 186 199 -13
Montenegro 2010 Final 1st 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 2nd 5 0 2 180 153 +27
Austria 2014 Did not qualify

Medal-winning squads[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Biggest Wins[edit]

Double digit goal difference

Biggest Loses[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]