Didier Dinart

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Didier Dinart
Luka Karabatic et Didier Dinart-20160110.jpg
Dinart coaching French national team
Personal information
Born (1977-01-18) 18 January 1977 (age 40)
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Nationality French
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Pivot
Club information
Current club France (Manager)
Senior clubs
Dijon Bourgogne HB
Montpellier Handball
BM Ciudad Real
Atlético Madrid
PSG Handball
National team
1996–2012 France 231(133)
French Champion (DIM)
French Cup
Teams managed
2016– France

Didier Dinart (born 18 January 1977) is a retired French handball player, currently the manager of the French national team.

During his playing days, he played for the internationally renowned BM Ciudad Real handball team in Spain (where he was partner to, among others, Luc Abalo). Before joining BM Ciudad Real, he played for the current best French club Montpellier HB.

He was a highly skilled defensive player, and is widely regarded as one of the world's best handball defensive players.[1][2] This effectiveness has granted him the nickname of La Roca (The Rock) in Spain.[citation needed]

He is also one of the most enduring players of the national team: his first appearance on the team was on Dec 20, 1996 against Croatia. He won all three major titles in handball (European championship, world championship, Olympic championship). He has represented France at four Olympic Games, including winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics[3] and the 2012 London Olympics.[4]


  • World Cup : 2001, 2009, 2011
  • Champions League : 2003, 2006, 2008
  • French Championship : 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Spanish Championship : 2004
  • Spanish Supercup : 2004
  • Copa Asobal :
  • French Cup : 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • EHF Men’s Champions Trophy: 2006