|Full name||Alvaro Načinović|
22 March 1966 |
Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Line player|
Pivovarna Laško Celje
Pivovarna Laško Celje
| Yugoslavia U-21
He won the bronze medal with Yugoslavia at the 1988 Summer Olympics and with Croatia he won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He also captained the national team of Croatia to a silver medal at the 1995 World Championship and a bronze medal at the 1994 World Championship.
Načinović first played for his hometown club of Zamet at youth level. He started playing for the senior squad in March 1983.
After five season in the first Yugoslav league Načinović transferred to Zagreb Loto. That season Načinović was part of a historic Zagreb team witch won Croatian league, Croatian Cup and European Champions Cup.
With poor league results and a coaching aftermath going in his club Načinović left for Celje at the end of the season. He played in Celje for five years playing top level handball and winning the Slovenian league and cup every year. In 1995 he played against Badel 1862 Zagreb in the 1/8 final of the EHF Champions League and lost by one goal on aggregate. The next season they got to the semi-final and lost to Barcelona by one goal on aggregate. The next season Celje was once again eliminated in the semi-final, by RK Zagreb.
In 1998 Načinović returned to Zamet then Zamet Autotrans for a season helping them in EHF City Cup and league. After a season and a half he returned to Laško Pivovara Celje where he dominated the league and cup for two more years.
As a young player Načinović showed great promise and got called up to play for Yugoslav U-19 team at IHF Men's Junior World Championship in Italy 1985 and Yugoslavia in 1987 where his team and won the final against Spain in his hometown of Rijeka at Dvorana Mladosti. Načinović debuted for Yugoslavia in June 1988 in a match against Japan witch was played in Pucarevo. In the same month he played at the tournament 27th Trophy of Yugoslavia witch was played in Skopje.
Three months later Načinović competed at 1988 Summer Olympics where Yugoslavia got to the semi-finals losing (18:24) to Soviet Union who would win the tournament. Yugoslavia won third place defeating Hungary 27:23.
Načinović made 33 appearances for the Yugoslavia national handball team.
Načinović competed for Croatia in eight major tournaments winning a bronze medal at 1994 European Championship, silver medals at 1995 World Championship, and a gold medal at 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In Atalanta he scored the first goal for Croatia at the tournament in the first match against Switzerland.
After the tournament he retired along with a few of the older player from Atlanta. But he returned in 1997 after Croatia's poor performances he returned to help the national team. He later played at the 1998 European Championship in Italy and at the 1999 Super Cup in Germany.
Načinović retired from the Croatian national team in 2000 although his wish was to retire at the 2000 European Championship in Croatia it didn't come true due to coach Zdravko Zovko not calling him up.
In 2012 Načinović became a member of The Committee of State Award for Sport which function is deciding and giving the most prestigious Croatian sports award the Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport. The same year he appeared in a documentary called Riječki Olimpijci.
In 2016 he appeared in two documentaries Od ponora do Olimpa and Prvi Put which follows the events of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta were Croatia won their first Olympic gold medal in handball and in general.
Načinović is by trade an electronic technician.
- Petar Orgulić - 50 godina rukometa u Rijeci (2005), Adriapublic
- Mišo Cvijanović, Igor Duvnjak, Tonko Kraljić & Orlando Rivetti - 4 ASA (2007), Adriapublic
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- "RK Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb". os-gorjani.skole.hr/ (in Croatian).
- "Alvaro Načinović sportski direktor Kozale, proslavljeni rukometaš idući tjedan preuzima dužnost". SportCom.hr (in Croatian).
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- "CRIKVENICA - BRODOMERKUR 22:21". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 September 2001.
- "1988 Summer Olympics report". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007.
- "RUKOMETAŠI OSVOJILI PRVO OLIMPIJSKO ZLATO". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian).
- "SPOMENAR: Gdje su danas pripadnici slavne generacije iz Atlante? = Croatian". germanijak.hr.
- "Odluka o imenovanju predsjednika i članove odbora". Narodne novine (in Croatian).
- "Dokumentarni film…". scena.hr (in Croatian).
- "Pobjeda mladosti: Zamet u susjedskom derbiju napunio mrežu Umaga". novilist.hr (in Croatian).
- "Jubilarni 20. izbor Jobo Kurtini: završava lov na Ples delfina" (in Croatian). novilist.hr. 13 December 2012. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017.
- "OTKRIVENA PLOČA S IMENIMA RIJEČKIH OLIMPIJACA". www.rijeka.hr (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 2 October 2016.
- "Zamet hall of fame". rk-zamet.hr (in Croatian).
- "ODLUKU KOJOM SE ODLIKUJU REDOM DANICE HRVATSKE S LIKOM FRANJE BUČARA" (in Croatian). hrvatska.poslovniforum.hr.
|Captain of Croatia