Sławomir Szmal

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Sławomir Szmal
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Personal information
Born (1978-10-02) October 2, 1978 (age 38)
Strzelce Opolskie, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Vive Targi Kielce
Number 1
Senior clubs
ASPR Zawadzkie
Hutnik Kraków
SC Warszawianka
Wisła Płock
TuS N-Lübbecke
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
Vive Targi Kielce
National team
1998–2016 Poland 285 (2)

Sławomir Szmal (born 2 October 1978) is a Polish handball player, playing for Vive Targi Kielce and the Poland national handball team, a participant in the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, and a medalist in the World Championship (silver in 2007, bronzes in 2009, 2015).


National team[edit]

On August 19, 1998 he debuted in the Poland national handball team in a match against Lithuania (31:20). He took part in the European Championship 2002, but Poland took 16th place. One year later the national team, including Szmal, took 10th place at the World Championship 2003. On February 4, 2007 he won a silver medal at the World Championship, after losing the final match with Germany (24:29). For his sport achievements he received the Gold Cross of Merit in 2007.

In 2009 Szmal was voted IHF World Player of the Year, the 2nd and 3rd were Igor Vori, and Nikola Karabatić, respectively.[1]

On January 24, 2014 the Polish national team, including Szmal, took 6th place at the European Championship. On February 1, 2015 Poland, including Szmal, won the bronze medal at the World Championship 2015. They won the bronze medal match (29:28) against Spain.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Szmal was born in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland. He is married to Aneta, who is a former handball player. They have a son named Filip.

Sporting achievements[edit]

State awards[edit]


  1. ^ Player of the Year - Men 2009 - ihf.info
  2. ^ France on top again, silver for Qatar, bronze for Poland - qatarhandball2015.com - 01-02-2015
  3. ^ Bronze goes to Poland - ihf.info - 01-02-2015

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