Gheorghe Gruia

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Gheorghe Gruia
Gheorghe Gruia.jpg
Gheorghe Gruia in the 1970s
Medal record
Representing  Romania
Men's handball
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Germany Team
World Men's Handball Championship
Gold medal – first place 1970 France Team
Gold medal – first place 1964 Czechoslovakia Team
Bronze medal – third place 1967 Sweden Team

Gheorghe Gruia Marinescu (October 2, 1940 – December 9, 2015) was a Romanian handball player and world champion in handball. Born in Bucharest, he won the gold medal in the 1964 World Men's Handball Championship and the 1970 World Men's Handball Championship. In 1972 Summer Olympics he won the bronze medal with the Romanian team, becoming at the same time the goalgetter of the tournament with 37 goals. He played as a right back.

The International Handball Federation named him in 1992 "The Greatest Handball Player of All Times".[1][2]

Gruia resided in Mexico City, Mexico since 1978, where he worked as a coach and an official in this sport and is credited with popularizing this sport in the country.[3]

He died on December 9, 2015, in Mexico City following a heart attack.[4] Gruia is considered the 'father of handball' in Mexico.[5]

His daughter, Andreea, is a Mexican former telenovela actress who is known for playing in Spanish language telenovelas on Televisa.



Steaua Bucharest
Romania national team


  1. ^ "Handball World Mourns the Loss of Icon, Friend & Teacher". International Handball Federation. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gheorghe Gruia: La zurda rumana que dominó el mundo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interviu cu Gheorghe Gruia" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Doliu în sportul românesc. A murit Gheorghe Gruia, cel mai valoros handbalist român din toate timpurile". ProSport (in Romanian). 
  5. ^ "Georghe Gruia Marinescu, el Pelé del handball" (in Spanish). Deportes UNAM. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 


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