Katalin Pálinger

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Katalin Pálinger
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Personal information
Full name Katalin Pálinger
Born (1978-12-06) 6 December 1978 (age 40)
Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Győri ETO KC
Number 16
Senior clubs
Years Team
Győri ETO KC (HUN)
Dunaferr (HUN)
FCK Handball (DEN)
RK Krim (SLO)
Győri ETO KC (HUN)
National team 1
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hungary 254 (1)
1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 3 June 2012

Katalin Pálinger (born 6 December 1978 in Mosonmagyaróvár)[1] is a former Hungarian international team handball goalkeeper who played for Győri Audi ETO KC.


She made her international debut on 22 August 1997 against Romania,[2] and participated in her first World Championship in that year, however, she finished with the national team only on the disappointing ninth place. One year later, on the 1998 European Championship Hungary performed slightly better and captured a bronze medal, followed by a gold on the next continental event. Pálinger took part on another five European Championships (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), achieving the best result in 2004 by winning a bronze.

In 2000, beside the European Championship title she has also won an Olympic silver, after losing out in an epic final against Denmark. The Scandinavians faced a six-goal deficit with less than fifteen minutes from the match, when the Hungarian team collapsed and the Danes went to win by four and took the gold medal.[3] Pálinger participated on further two Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008 finishing fifth and fourth, respectively.

In addition, there are two World Championship medals on her success list, a silver from 2003 and a bronze from 2005. The shot-stopper has the experience of six World Championships under her belt, having been participated on every tournament between 1997 and 2007.

Pálinger announced her retirement from international handball on 11 June 2011, following the unsuccessful World Championship qualifying campaign.[4] She made her farewell appearance on 3 June 2012 against Belarus in a European Championship qualifier.[5] She currently acts as an assistant coach to the national team.


Individual awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Katalin Pálinger Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Katalin Pálinger Factsheet" (in Hungarian). Handball.hu. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  3. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Handball" Archived 2008-04-07 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on February 13, 2008)
  4. ^ "Pálinger visszavonul a válogatottól" (in Hungarian). fn.hu. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Győzelemmel búcsúztatta a válogatott Pálingert" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.

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