Valter Matošević

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Valter Matošević
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Matošević with Croatia in Atlanta 1996.
Personal information
Full name Valter Matošević
Born (1970-05-11) 11 May 1970 (age 46)
Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Retired
Number 16
Youth clubs
1984–1987 RK Zamet
Senior clubs
1986–1987
1986–1993
1993–1996
1996–2000
2000–2001
2001–2002
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007
2007–2008
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2015
RK Zamet II
RK Zamet
RK Badel 1862 Zagreb
RK Zamet
RK Metković Jambo
Bologna 69
RK Zagreb
Wilhelmshavener HV
RK Zagreb
RK Poreč
HSG Wetzlar
Portland San Antonio
FCK Håndbold
RK Zamet
TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke
ThSV Eisenach
National team
1989–1991
1992–2004
Yugoslavia
Croatia
22 (0)
191 (2)
Teams managed
2010–2016
2012–2017
2013–2016
2013–2016
Croatia U-19 (GK Coach)
Zamet (Assistant Coach)
Croatia U-21 (GK Coach)
Croatia (GK Coach)

Valter Matošević (born 11 June 1970 in Rijeka, Croatia) is a former Croatian team handball player who was at the goalkeeper position. He played for professional teams in Croatia, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Italy. He is currently the goalkeeper coach at RK Zamet.

He was part of the national team for 12 years and won gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics, 2003 World Men's Handball Championship and 2004 Summer Olympics.

Career[edit]

Matošević started his career in his hometown club RK Zamet where he competed in Yugoslav First League and Croatian First League. At a very young age he was recognized as a goalkeeper prodigy so at the age of 16 he made his debut for Zamet II.

In 1993 he left to join Badel 1862 Zagreb later Croatia Banka the Croatian handball title holders.[3] At Zagreb Matošević had three successes, winning the league and cup while reaching the Champions League finals in 1995.

He returned to Zamet in 1996, who had just come out of the Croatian Second League, and spent four years there helping return the club to the top of Croatian handball. During this time he captained his team. Later his career took him to Metković Jambo, Bologna 69, Wilhelmshavener HV, two more spells at Zagreb, Poreč, HSG Wetzlar, Portland San Antonio and FCK Håndbold. After playing out of Croatia for a few years Matošević returned to RK Zamet in 2009 to end his career.

In December 2010 TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke called up Matošević to play for half a season due to the injury of their goalkeeper Nikola Blažičko.[4]

In 2015. he came out of retirement again to play for ThSV Eisenach so they could get promoted to the A rank bundesliga.[5] They finished second in the league and were promoted to the 1. bundesliga.

International career[edit]

Matošević made his first appearance for the Yugoslav national team in 1989. He competed for Yugoslavia at 1991 Mediterranean Games in Athens.

He played for the Croatian national team from 1992 till 2004.

Matošević was a member of the Croatian national team that won gold Olympic medals two times: at the 1996 Summer Olympics and at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

He played in the 1994 European Championship, 1995 World Championship, 1996 European Championship, 1997 World Championship, 1998 European Championship, 2000 European Championship 2001 World Championship, 2002 European Championship and 2003 World Championship, where Croatia was the world champion.[6]

He also played in various friendly tournaments for Croatia such as the Croatia Cup, Elfag Cup, Paris tournament and Super League.

Matošević scored a goal against the United States in 2001.[7] He also scored a goal at the 2003 World Championship Qualification Tournament against Saudi Arabia.[8]

After the 2004 Summer Olympics he went into retirement form the national team.

Coaching career[edit]

After his second retirement he started coaching the goalkeepers of Croatia U-19, RK Zamet[9] where he is also the assistant coach and the Croatian national team.[10] Matošević has also been a part of the RINA handball academy, coaching children in Rijeka and Kastav.[11]

On October 31 Željko Babić, the head coach of the Croatian national team, announced that Venio Losert would be the new goalkeeper coach of the national team.[12] Matošević responded three days later stating that Babić didn't even call him to tell him the news. He then gave the players and the team his best wishes.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2016 he appeared in two documentaries, Od ponora do Olimpa and Prvi Put, which follow the events of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where Croatia won their first gold medal in handball.[14]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valter Matošević hall of fame". rk-zamet.com (in Croatian). 
  2. ^ "Croatia 3rd in the European Championship". voicefromcroatia.com (in Croatian). 
  3. ^ "Zamet hall of fame legendary players reveal jersey's". EHF. 
  4. ^ "Matošević still active now in Lubbecke". handball-planet.com. 
  5. ^ "Matošević comeback". thsv-eisenach (in German). 
  6. ^ "Croatia world champions". index-hr (in Croatian). 
  7. ^ "Croatia's biggest victory in history!". sportnet (in Croatian). 
  8. ^ "Croatia wins tournament in Visseu". index-hr (in Croatian). 
  9. ^ "Matošević and Smajlagić return to Zamet". Novi list (in Croatian). 
  10. ^ "Matošević again in the national team". Novi list (in Croatian). 
  11. ^ "Famous Olympic player Valter Matošević". liburnija.hr (in Croatian). 
  12. ^ "Željko Babić otpisao Valtera Matoševića, Tin Lučin na pripremama reprezentacije u Umagu". sportcom.hr (in Croatian). 
  13. ^ "Valter Matošević postao Pedro u reprezentaciji: 'Da nije vratara, ne bismo vidjeli Rio". Novi list (in Croatian). 
  14. ^ "Dokumentarni film…". scena.hr (in Croatian). 
  15. ^ "Povijest". hrs.hr. 
  16. ^ "Jubilarni 20. izbor Jobo Kurtini: završava lov na Ples delfina". novilist.hr. 
  17. ^ "Valter Matošević two time winner of the Franjo Bulčar State Award for Sport". hrvatskareprezentacija.hr (in Croatian). 
  18. ^ "OTKRIVENA PLOČA S IMENIMA RIJEČKIH OLIMPIJACA". www.rijeka.hr (in Croatian). 
  19. ^ "Zamet hall of fame legendary players reveal jersey's". HRT (in Croatian). 
  20. ^ "The recorder by the defense was not Filip Ivić with 21, but Matošević with 24". Večernji list (in Croatian). 
  21. ^ "ODLUKU KOJOM SE ODLIKUJU REDOM DANICE HRVATSKE S LIKOM FRANJE BUČARA" (in Croatian). hrvatska.poslovniforum.hr. 
  22. ^ "Valter Matošević biography". hoo.hr (in Croatian). 
  23. ^ "PREDSJEDNIK REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 

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