Cristina Branco (handballer)

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Cristina Branco
Cristina Direito (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Cristina Direito Branco
Born (1985-03-15) 15 March 1985 (age 33)
Luanda, Angola
Nationality Angolan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Primeiro de Agosto
Number 12
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Angola 66 (0)

Cristina Direito Branco a.k.a. Branca (born 15 March 1985) is an Angolan handball player.

She plays on the Angola women's national handball team and participated at the 2011 and 2013 World Women's Handball Championships in Brazil and Serbia.[1] She competed for the Angolan team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[2] She also competed for the Angolan team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[3] She was the flag bearer for Angola during the closing ceremonies in Rio.

She plays for the club 1º de Agosto.[4]


  1. ^ "XX Women's World Championship 2011; Brazil – Team Roster Angola" (PDF). International Handball Federation. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "XXI Women's World Championship 2013. Team Roster, Angola" (PDF). IHF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "BRANCO Cristina Direito". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Cristina Direito". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.