Croatia men's national handball team

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Croatia
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Nickname Kauboji (Eng.: The Cowboys)
Association Croatian Handball Federation
Coach Željko Babić
Captain Marko Kopljar
Most caps Ivano Balić (572)
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 (1996, 2004)
World Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1995)
Best result 1st (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1994)
Best result 2nd (2008, 2010)
Last updated on Unknown.
Croatia men's 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 men's national handball team is the handball team that represents Croatia in international men's team handball competitions and friendly matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Handball Federation.

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

This is the squad for the Rio 2016.

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 (age 34) 1.93 m 15 0 Croatia RK Zagreb
2 LW Lovro Mihić (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 21) 1.80 m - - Croatia RK Zagreb
5 CB Domagoj Duvnjak (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 28) 1.97 m 153 497 Germany THW Kiel
7 RB Luka Stepančić (1990-11-20) 20 November 1990 (age 25) 2.03 m 16 26 France PSG Handball
8 RB Marko Kopljar (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 30) 2.10 m 124 254 Spain FC Barcelona
10 LB Jakov Gojun (1986-04-18) 18 April 1986 (age 30) 2.04 m 125 71 Germany Füchse Berlin
13 RW Zlatko Horvat (1984-09-25) 25 September 1984 (age 31) 1.79 m 115 332 Croatia RK Zagreb
16 GK Filip Ivić (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 23) 1.95 m 17 0 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
18 CB Igor Karačić (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 27) 1.89 m 27 71 Hungary MVM Veszprém
26 LW Manuel Štrlek (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 27) 1.81 m 99 318 Poland Vive Targi Kielce
27 RW Ivan Čupić (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 30) 1.78 m 112 440 Republic of Macedonia RK Vardar
32 LB Ivan Slišković (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 24) 1.97 m 37 87 Hungary MVM Veszprém
34 P Ilija Brozović (1991-05-26) 26 May 1991 (age 25) 1.95 m 15 12 Germany THW Kiel
44 P Krešimir Kozina (1990-06-25) 25 June 1990 (age 26) 1.96 m 4 3 Germany SG 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 10 April 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 3 2 0 1 0 0 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 17 8 0 9 2 2 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 21 7 1 13 4 1 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 8 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 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
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 5 5 0 0 1 1 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 (50) 286 208 13 65

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
  • -6 vs. Spain (29-35) 2008
  • -11 vs. Russia (20-31) 1997
  • -15 vs. Russia (14-29) 1998
  • -12 vs. Yougoslavia (22–34) 2002
  • -10 vs. Denmark (20–30) 2008
  • -7 vs. Spain (21-28) 2005

Other competitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scheduled to play against at the qualifying tournament for the 2016 European Championship.
  2. ^ "rukomet". Proleksis Enciklopedija. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

External links[edit]