Nikola Karabatić

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Nikola Karabatić
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Karabatić in 2014
Personal information
Full name Nikola Karabatić
Born (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 31)
Niš, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 102 kilograms (225 lb)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club FC Barcelona
Number 33
Senior clubs
2000-2005
2005-2009
2009-2013
2013
2013-
Montpellier HB
THW Kiel
Montpellier HB
Pays d'Aix
FC Barcelona
National team
2000- France 234 (964)[1]

Nikola Karabatić (Serbian: Никола Карабатић; born 11 April 1984) is a French handball player of Croatian and Serbian origin. With the French national handball team, he won two gold medals in Summer Olympics (2008 and 2012), three gold medals in World Championship (2009, 2011 and 2015) 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.

Personal[edit]

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

Team awards[edit]

National team
  • Olympics gold 2008, 2012
  • World championship gold 2009, 2011, 2015 bronze 2003, 2007
  • European championship gold 2006, 2010, 2014 bronze 2008
  • World cup 2002
  • Tournouis de France 2007, 2011
Club
  • Champions league 2003, 2007
  • Super Globe 2013, 2014
  • European Supercup 2007
  • French league 2002-2005, 2010-2012
  • French cup 2001-2003, 2005, 2010, 2011
  • French league cup 2004, 2005, 2010-2012
  • French supercup 2010, 2011
  • German league 2006-2009
  • German cup 2007-2009
  • German supercup 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Spanish league 2014
  • Spanish cup 2014
  • Spanish supercup 2013, 2014
  • Asobal cup 2013
  • Catalania supercup 2014
  • Pyrenea ligue 2004
Individual awards
  • Best player of the world 2007, 2014
  • Best player of WCH 2011
  • Best player of EURP 2008, 2014
  • Best striker of EURO 2008
  • Best central back of WCH 2007
  • Best left back of EURO 2004, 2008
  • Best left back of OG 2012
  • Best striker of champions league 2007
  • Best player of German league 2007, 2008
  • Best left back 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Best player of German All-stars game 2007
  • Best left back of French league 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013
  • Best player of French league 2010, 2013
  • Best player of French supercup 2010
  • Best player of Tournois de France 2007, 2011
  • All-stars team of champions league 2014
  • Sportsman on France 2011

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Christophe Lemaitre
French Sportperson of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Camille Muffat (female)
Teddy Riner (male)