Croatia national handball team

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Croatia Croatia
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Information
Nickname Kauboji (Eng.: The Cowboys)
Association Croatian Handball Federation
Coach Željko Babić
Assistant coach Petar Metličić
Captain Marko Kopljar
Most caps Igor Vori (223)
Most goals Mirza Džomba (667)
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Home
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Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances 5 (First in 1996)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1996, 2004)
World Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1995)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1994)
Best result 2nd, silver medalist(s) (2008, 2010)
Last updated on Unknown.
Croatia 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
Silver medal – second place 1995 Iceland
Silver medal – second place 2005 Tunisia
Silver medal – second place 2009 Croatia
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Spain
European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2008 Norway
Silver medal – second place 2010 Austria
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Portugal
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Serbia
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Poland Team
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1993 Languedoc-Rousillon
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari
Gold medal – first place 2001 Tunis Team
Silver medal – second place 2005 Almería Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Mersin Team

The Croatia national handball team represents Croatia in international men's team handball competitions and friendly matches. The handball team is controlled by the Croatian Handball Federation.

Croatia has often been portrayed as an international force in handball, having won two Olympic gold medals, one World Championship, but never winning the Euros, having lost two finals, one to rivals France and the other to Scandinavian handball giants Denmark. The Croatian handball team that won the 1996 Olympic Gold medal was often credited as the biggest upset in history of handball, with the handball making it's debut appearance. The Croatian national handball won a so-called "international double" after winning both the Gold medal at the Olympics (2004) and the World Championships (2003), beating Germany in both finals.

Croatia's handball team has often been labelled as a model for sport, often being the replacement for Romania in Europe's "Big Three" in handball, alongside France and Denmark.[citation needed] Some of their biggest rivals are neighbors Slovenia, Hungary and Serbia. Germany are also called rivals of the handball team, despite the fact that matches between Germany and Croatia have been met with Croatian dominance, Germany only winning once in their nine meetings, and Croatia winning seven times. Mediterranean side Spain have also been called as close rivals, having played 23 games with them, the most out of any sides Croatians have played with in handball. However, the French are often remarked as Croatia's biggest ever rival in handball, due to both country's success. Despite the fact that France won five games more than the Croats, many crucial moments in the rivalry have been met with the Croats as emerging victorious.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Handball in Austria-Hungary Monarchy (1904 - 1918)[edit]

The word handball in the Croatian region was first used by Franjo Bučar, describing the German game Schleuderball in the journal Sokol 1904. The earliest documented forms of playing handball in these areas appear in 1911 in the gymnasium of Pazin, which is among other things due to the fact that programs for education in Istria, as part of the then Austrian coast, coming from the education center in Graz. In Croatia, at the time handball was in high school programs closing ceremony. It was a kind of Hazen extended from the Czech Republic, where it was adopted by the Osijek and Vukovar students from Prague.[1]

The period between the two world wars (1918 - 1941)[edit]

In the early beginnings of the Croatian handball venues played field handball and handball. Students were still more attracted to field handball, because the little handball, were played on makeshift courts without the right door, as opposed to the field handball which is played on the existing football fields.[2] During the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was played first public handball match in the Croatian region and in the wider neighborhood. It was a great game of handball but played in high school in Varaždin 29 May 1930 under the guidance of physical education teachers Zvonimir Šuligoj. Since that game, until 1950, in Croatia and Yugoslavia publicly played exclusively field handball, on the football field with eleven players on each side. In high school in Zagreb on June 1, 1935, opened the first handball courts in Yugoslavia.[3]

Rivalries[edit]

In recent years, Croatia has developed several handball rivalries. Their most played rivalry is against France. The rivalry between France and Croatia is often considered to be the biggest modern handball rivalry since the end of the Cold War, since Croatia and France are the most successful nations in handball both in Europe and worldwide. Their second biggest rivalry is with neighbors Slovenia, whom they played 14 times, winning 9 games and losing 5. In recent years, a rivalry with Spain has also developed, sometimes called the Mediterranean derby. Other rivalries include Denmark, Poland, Germany, Serbia and Hungary.

The 2009 World Men's Handball Championship, hosted in Croatia, was remembered for constant refereeing mistakes, through which France ultimately won the final against Croatia. The final was memorable for starting the "curse of Arena Zagreb", in which many Croatian sports teams had lost finals in the Arena. Many had questioned the appointment of Danish referee Olesen Pedersen, who was remarked for his constant mistakes against several Croatian handball players, through which France won the final. After the final, the rivalry sparked more in Croatia, but later became a famous French phenomenon.

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, gold medalist(s) unknown
Italy 1997 Final 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 0 1 121 115 +6
Tunisia 2001 Final 1st, gold medalist(s) unknown
Spain 2005 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 0 1 107 103 +4
Italy 2009 Did not compete
Turkey 2013 Final 2nd, silver medalist(s) 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]

The following is the Croatian roster in the men's handball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[5] view · talk

Head coach: Željko Babić

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Ivan Stevanović (1982-05-18)18 May 1982 (aged 34) 1.93 m 15 0 Croatia Zagreb
5 CB Domagoj Duvnjak (1988-06-01)1 June 1988 (aged 28) 1.97 m 153 497 Germany THW Kiel
7 RB Luka Stepančić (1990-11-20)20 November 1990 (aged 25) 2.03 m 16 26 France Paris Saint-Germain
8 RB Marko Kopljar (1986-02-12)12 February 1986 (aged 30) 2.10 m 124 254 Hungary Telekom Veszprém
10 LB Jakov Gojun (1986-04-18)18 April 1986 (aged 30) 2.04 m 125 71 Germany Füchse Berlin
12 GK Ivan Pešić (1989-03-17)17 March 1989 (aged 27) 1.93 m 22 0 Belarus Meshkov Brest
13 RW Zlatko Horvat (1984-09-25)25 September 1984 (aged 31) 1.79 m 115 332 Croatia Zagreb
18 CB Igor Karačić (1988-11-02)2 November 1988 (aged 27) 1.89 m 27 71 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
26 LW Manuel Štrlek (1988-12-01)1 December 1988 (aged 27) 1.81 m 99 318 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
27 RW Ivan Čupić (1986-03-27)27 March 1986 (aged 30) 1.78 m 112 440 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
30 LB Marko Mamić (1994-03-06)6 March 1994 (aged 22) 2.00 m 4 3 France Dunkerque
32 LB Ivan Slišković (1991-10-23)23 October 1991 (aged 24) 1.97 m 37 87 Hungary Telekom Veszprém
34 P Ilija Brozović (1991-05-26)26 May 1991 (aged 25) 1.95 m 15 12 Germany THW Kiel
44 P Krešimir Kozina (1990-06-25)25 June 1990 (aged 26) 1.96 m 2 0 Germany Flensburg-Handewitt

Head coaches[edit]

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Medal-winning squads[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Record against other teams[edit]

As of 28 Aug 2016

Key
Positive total balance (more wins)
Neutral total balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative total balance (more losses)
National team Total Olympic Games World Championship European Championship Mediterranean Games Qualifications
Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L
Algeria Algeria 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Argentina Argentina 4 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Australia Australia 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austria Austria 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0
Bahrain Bahrain 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Belarus Belarus 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 6 4 2 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and
Herzegovina
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil Brazil 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Chile Chile 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
China China 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cuba Cuba 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Czech Republic Czech Republic 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0
Denmark Denmark 18 9 0 9 3 3 0 0 5 2 0 3 9 4 0 5 1 0 0 1
Egypt Egypt 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Finland Finland 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0
France France 22 8 1 13 5 2 0 3 7 4 0 3 10 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany Germany 9 7 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 3 1 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Greece Greece 6 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 2 0 0
Greenland Greenland 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hungary Hungary 16 11 1 4 3 3 0 0 6 5 0 1 3 1 1 1 4 2 0 2
Iceland Iceland 9 7 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 1 0 3 2 0 1
Iran Iran 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy Italy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Japan 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0
Kuwait Kuwait 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latvia Latvia 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Lithuania Lithuania 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
Montenegro Montenegro 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morocco Morocco 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands Netherlands 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Nigeria Nigeria 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Norway Norway 12 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 7 5 1 1 3 2 0 1
Poland Poland 9 7 0 2 2 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal Portugal 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 1
Qatar Qatar 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romania Romania 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0
Russia Russia 16 9 1 6 2 2 0 0 6 4 0 2 7 2 1 4 1 1 0 0
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serbia Serbia* 9 4 1 4 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 4 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slovakia Slovakia 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0
Slovenia Slovenia 14 9 0 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 3 0 2 2 1 0 1 4 2 0 2
South Korea South Korea 5 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Spain Spain 23 14 1 8 4 3 0 1 9 7 0 2 7 2 1 4 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0
Sweden Sweden 9 6 0 3 2 1 0 1 4 3 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Switzerland Switzerland 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tunisia Tunisia 6 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turkey Turkey 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0
Ukraine Ukraine 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States United States 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total (51) 292 212 13 67
* includes games against Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

Biggest Wins[edit]

Double digit goal difference

Olympic Games World Championship European Championship Mediterranean Games Qualifications
  • +19 vs. Brasil (33-14) 2008
  • +11 vs. China (33-22) 2008
  • +11 vs. Denmark (32-21) 2012
  • +10 vs. South Korea (31-21) 2012
  • +29 vs. USA (41-12) 2001
  • +27 vs. Australia (42-15) 2011
  • +23 vs. Australia (36-13) 2013
  • +21 vs. Cuba (41-20) 2009
  • +20 vs. Australia (38-18) 2005
  • +20 vs. Argentina (38-18) 2011
  • +19 vs. Kuwait (40-21) 2009
  • +19 vs. Iran (41-22) 2015
  • +18 vs. South Korea (41-23) 2007
  • +14 vs. Egypt (30-16) 1995
  • +13 vs. China (34-21) 1997
  • +13 vs. Argentina (36-23) 2005
  • +13 vs. Marocco (35-22) 2007
  • +12 vs. Marocco (33-21) 1995
  • +11 vs. Algeria (31-20) 2013
  • +10 vs. Spain (32-22) 2009
  • +14 vs. Poland (37-23) 2016
  • +11 vs. Belarus (33-22) 2014
  • +10 vs. Macedonia (34-24) 2016
  • +8 vs. Greece (33-25) 2005
  • +20 vs. Finland (34-14) 2010
  • +19 vs. Finland (39-20) 2010
  • +14 vs. Turkey (40-26) 2016
  • +13 vs. Slovakia (34-21) 2010
  • +12 vs. Greece (32-20) 2010
  • +12 vs. Romania (34-22) 2012
  • +11 vs. Netherlands (35-24) 2016
  • +11 vs. Slovakia (32-21) 2014
  • +10 vs. Turkey (32-22) 2016
  • +10 vs. Bahrain (32-22) 2016

Biggest Losses[edit]

Olympic Games World Championship European Championship Mediterranean Games Qualifications
  • -9 vs. Sweden (18-27) 1996
  • -7 vs. Qatar (23-30) 2016
  • -6 vs. Spain (29-35) 2008
  • -11 vs. Russia (20-31) 1997
  • -15 vs. Russia (14-29) 1998
  • -12 vs. FR Yugoslavia (22–34) 2002
  • -10 vs. Denmark (20–30) 2008
  • -7 vs. Spain (21-28) 2005

Other competitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Povijest rukometa". www.hrs.hr (in Croatian). 
  2. ^ "Razvoj rukometa". www.hrs.hr (in Croatian). 
  3. ^ "Povijest rukometa". www.rkhd.hr (in Croatian). 
  4. ^ Scheduled to play against at the qualifying tournament for the 2016 European Championship.
  5. ^ "Hrvaška rokometna ekipa za OI znana" [Croatia's handball team named for the Olympics] (in Slovenian). Slovenia: Ekipa. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "rukomet". Proleksis Enciklopedija. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

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