Zlatko Saračević

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Zlatan Saračević
Zlatko Saračević and co-commentator.JPG
Saračević (left) as co-commentator of Croatian RTL
on 2015 World Men's Handball Championship in Qatar.
Personal information
Full name Zlatan Saračević
Born (1961-07-05) 5 July 1961 (age 55)
Banja Luka, Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian, Bosnian
Playing position left back
Club information
Current club Dubrovnik
Number 17
Youth clubs
RK Borac Banja Luka
Senior clubs
Borac Banja Luka
Medveščak Zagreb
Badel 1862 Zagreb
Fotex Veszprém
Zamet Crotek
National team
Yugoslavia U-21
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Teams managed
Zamet Crotek
Nyíregyházi KSE
Čelik Zenica
RK Zagreb (Assistant coach)
RK Zagreb (Interim)
RKHM Dubrovnik

Zlatan "Zlatko" Saračević (born 5 July 1961) is a Croatian former handball player who competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics for Yugoslavia and in the 1996 Summer Olympics for Croatia.

Since the 2015 World Championship he has been a commentator on RTL Televizija with Filip Brkić.[1]

Playing career[edit]

He was born in Banja Luka.

Product of the prolific youth academy RK Borac Banja Luka, he was one of the greater Yugoslavian players of the early 80s, whose junior team won the world junior championship, defeating the then invincible Soviet Union in the final. With the Yugoslav national team he would win the 1986 World Championship.[2]

In 1988 he was part of the Yugoslav team which won the bronze medal. He played all six matches and scored nine goals.[3]

He played for ten years in RK Borac Banja Luka winning the league and cup once. In 1987 he moved to RK Medveščak from Zagreb. During his three-year stay with the club he won the Yugoslav Cup in 1989 and 1990.

Saračević in Atlanta 1996 after final.

After his stint in RK Medveščak he moved to France where he played for seven years in Nîmes, Bordeaux, Créteil and Istres. He won the French First League two times and was the league's top goalscorer three time.[4]

In 1997 he moved to Croatian side Badel 1862 Zagreb. At the club he won during his three-year stay he won all league and cup titles. He also reached the EHF Champions League final twice and the semi-final once. He was also the top goalscorer in the EHF Champions League during his last two seasons.

In 2000 he moved to Fotex Veszprém where he played for two seasons winning league and cup titles while reaching the EHF Champions League final. In 2002 he moved to Zamet Crotek where he finished his playing career and started his coaching career.[5]

While playing for Zamet in a EHF Cup match against Lukoil Dinamo Astrakhan Saračević provoked a fight during the match, all of the players and fans fought against the Russian players. Saračević got a one-year ban from playing handball in European competitions and Zamet Crotek where fined and lost the match 10:0.[6] Saračević retired at the end of the 2002-03 season at RK Zamet Crotek.

With the Croatian national team Saračević won a bronze medal at the 1994 European Championship, a silver medal at the 1995 World Championship and gold medals at the 1993 Mediterranean Games and 1996 Summer Olympics.At the Olympics he played six matches including the final and scored 16 goals.

Coaching career[edit]

On February 27, 2003 it was announced that Saračević had become the new head coach of RK Zamet Crotek after the sacking of Damir Čavlović.

During the rest of the 2002-03 season he was a player-coach in some matches. At the end of the season Zamet finished in fifth place while reaching the semi-final of the Croatian Cup. Failing to qualify in the EHF Cup and a bad league position in the new season force the boards hand to sack Saračević on March 22, 2004.

He has had unsuccessful stints in Nyíregyházi KSE in Hungary and Čelik Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For a brief time he was the assistant coach of RK Zagreb.

Since March 19, 2016 he is the coach of Dubrovnik.[7]


Borac Banja Luka
USAM Nîmes
Badel 1862 Zagreb



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