Sławomir Szmal

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Sławomir Szmal
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Personal information
Born (1978-10-02) October 2, 1978 (age 41)
Strzelce Opolskie, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Poland (GK Coach)
Senior clubs
Years Team
1996–1997
Gwardia Opole
1997–1999
Huntnik Kraków
1999–2002
KS Warszawianka
2002–2003
Wisła Płock
2003–2005
TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke
2005–2010
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
2010–2018
Vive Kielce
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2018
Poland 298 (3)
Teams managed
2018–
PGE Vive Kielce (GK Coach)

Sławomir Szmal (born 2 October 1978) is a former Polish handball player, who played for 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). Szmal is currently the goalkeeping coach of the Polish national team.[1]

Career[edit]

National team[edit]

On August 19, 1998, he debuted for the national team in a match against Lithuania (31:20). 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.

He won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championship. In 2009 Szmal was voted IHF World Player of the Year, while Igor Vori came 2nd and Nikola Karabatić came 3rd.[2]

On February 1, 2015 Poland, including Szmal, won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship. They won the bronze medal match (29:28) against Spain.[3][4]

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]

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