Nikola Karabatić

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Nikola Karabatić
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Karabatić in 2012
Personal information
Full name Nikola Karabatić
Born (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 30)
Niš, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 102 kilograms (225 lb)
Playing position Central back
Club information
Current club FC Barcelona
Number 33
Senior clubs
Montpellier HB
THW Kiel
Montpellier HB
Pays d'Aix
FC Barcelona
National team
2000- France 213 (882)[1]

Nikola Karabatić (born 11 April 1984) is a French handball player. With the French national handball team, he won two gold medals in Summer Olympics (2008 and 2012), two gold medals in World Championship (2009 and 2011) and also three gold medals in European Championship (2006, 2010 and 2014). In 2011, he won L'Équipe Champion of Champions.

French national team[edit]

He is World Champion, Olympic and European Champion. He is European Champion from 2006, and received a bronze medal in 2008. He has received two bronze medals at the World Championships, in 2003 and 2005. At the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship he was voted into the All-Star Team, when France finished fourth. He was also voted into the All Star Team at the 2004 European Men's Handball Championship.

Club player[edit]

Karabatić began his professional carrier in French top club Montpellier HB. There, he became French champion in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 and also won the Champions League in 2003. He then played for the German club THW Kiel, becoming German champions in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and winning the EHF Champions League in 2007. The summer 2009 he left Germany and came back to Montpellier HB, winning three other French champion title in 2010, 2011 and 2012. After a quick stay in Pays d'Aix Université Club handball (Aix-en-Provence) between February and June 2013, he currently plays for FC Barcelona.


Nikola was born on April 11, 1984 in Niš, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to a Croatian father and Serbian mother. Nikola's father Branko Karabatić is originally from Vrsine, a village between Trogir and Marina (maritime Croatia), and was also a professional handball player.[2][3][4] In his career, Branko played for the Železničar handball team from Niš, which is where he met his wife Radmila who is from Aleksinac, Serbia.[5] The family moved to France when Nikola was 3 and a half years old after Branko got a coaching job there. Nikola has a younger brother Luka, born on 19 April 1988.[3]

He speaks Serbian/Croatian at home with his parents,[6] French and English.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Christophe Lemaitre
French Sportperson of the Year
Succeeded by
Camille Muffat (female)
Teddy Riner (male)