Croatia

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CROATIAN TALENT

Since independence in 1992, Croatia has established itself as a worthy successor to the former Yugoslavia. Gold medallist at the 1993 Mediterranean Games (its first title), Croatia has since shown an impressive consistency, with no less than 13 medals at the Olympic Games, as well as European and World Championships. Croatia has never missed a major event thanks to its handball school that allows it to regenerate its national team despite a limited pool of players (4 million inhabitants). Finishing in 3rd place at the last Euro in Poland, it proved unpredictable at the Games in Rio — in its group they beat both Denmark and France, eventual finalists at the Games, but fell to Poland in the quarter finals. The Croatian selection comes to France with the aim of winning on their rivals’ home turf, determined to erase the memory of that 2009 final lost in Zagreb by Ivano Balić’s team against the Bleus.


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DID YOU KNOW?

Leading the Croatian selection since the spring of 2015, Zeljko Babic resigned last September, as he thought that he was not sufficiently supported by his Federation. The Federation accepted his resignation before refusing it a month later when they failed to find a successor. As a result, it was the same 44 year-old man who managed the double Olympic champions at the World Championship in France.

 

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COACH: Zeljko BABIC (Croatia)

PLAYERS

  • CRO-5-DUVNJAK-DOMAGOJ
    Domagoj Duvnjak 01/06/1988 Centre Back
  • CRO-16-FILIP-IVIC
    Filip Ivic 30/08/1992 Goalkeeper
  • CRO-1-STEVZNOVIC-IVAN
    Ivan Stevanovic 18/05/1982 Goalkeeper
  • CRO-10-GOJUN-JAKOV
    Jakov Gojun 18/04/1986 Left Back
  • CRO-22-BOZIC-PAVLETIC-JOSIP
    Josip Bozic Pavletic 06/08/1994 Right Wing
  • CRO-29-JOTIC-LOVRO
    Lovro Jotic 12/11/1994 Centre back
  • CRO-2-MIHIC-LOVRO
    Lovro Mihic 25/08/1994 Left Wing
  • CRO-33-CINDRIC-LUKA
    Luka Cindric 05/07/1993 Centre back
  • CRO-31-SEBETIC-LUKA
    Luka Sebetic 26/05/1994 Right Back
  • CRO-7-STEPANCIC-LUKA
    Luka Stepancic 20/11/1990 Right Back
  • CRO-26-STRLEK-MANUEL
    Manuel Strlek 01/12/1988 Left Wing
  • CRO-30-MAMIC-MARKO
    Marko Mamic 06/03/1994 Left Back
  • CRO-23-MANDALINC-STIPE
    Stipe Mandalinic 09/09/1992 Left Back
  • CRO-20-KONTREC-TIN
    Tin Kontrec 09/09/1989 Pivot
  • CRO-28-MUSA-ZELJKO
    Zeljko Musa 08/01/1986 Pivot
  • CRO_13_HORVAT_ZLATKO
    Zlatko Horvat 25/09/1984 Right Wing