Team Croatia has been part of the international handball scene since the early 90´s and the self proclaimed Kauboji (cowboys) have never missed an edition of the EHF EURO! Though it has been a long process to get the team to where it is today, the combined skills of the players and coaches cannot be overlooked and the noteworthy results over the years in Olympic (2x gold), World (Gold, 3x Silver) and European competition (Silver, Bronze) shows that Team Croatia ranks amongst the best national teams in the world. Coming back to the EHF EURO stage, the players are fighting fit in comparison to their appearance in Norway, where it seemed that the team was plagued by injury, but more importantly while the team may still be basking in the glow of their silver medal from the World Championship, make no mistake their sights are not set on that seemingly elusive European Gold medal.
”I am proud to be the coach of the team that won World Championship and Olympic gold medals. Nevertheless, I'm still hungry for more. Team Croatia is ambitious and we will try and make sure that we stay at the top of European handball. We are aiming not only for the best results, but we also want to entertain all the people who will watch our matches in Austria during Euro 2010!!”
In the world of coaching, Lino Cervar is known as a force to be reckoned with. Since Croatia´s first match against Japan, Cervar has been with the Team Croatia either on the periphery or in the thick of things. After his success against CZE in the 2003 World Championship qualifiers, Cervar took on the responsibility of head coach and led the team to victory. This was followed by another piece of gold after an amazing Olympic performance. In 2009, Cervar tasted bittersweet defeat, taking silver on home soil at the World Championship, winning all matches except the final.
Though he has spent the majority of his career working in Italy as the head of the men´s national teams in all age categories and as the head coach of the men´s senior team, leading them to their first world and European Championship participation, just an example of how Cervar has made handball history time and again.
Cervar has also had an illustrious career coaching club handball taking teams from lower league division handball to the premier leagues. His overwhelming awareness of the sport is far reaching, and the published author continues to share his knowledge not only on the EHF lecture circuit but also in universities around Europe.
European Championship in Portugal
World Championship in Iceland
European Championship in Spain
|1996||Olympic Games in Atlanta|
World Championship in Japan
European Championship in Italy
World Championship in Egypt
European Championship in Croatia
Olympic Games in Sydney
Did Not Qualify
World Championship in France
European Championship in Sweden
World Championship in Portugal
European Championship in Slovenia
Olympic Games in Athens
World Championship in Tunisia
European Championship in Switzerland
World Championship in Germany
|2008||European Championship in Norway|
Olympic Games in Beijing
World Championship in Croatia
Croatia won seven out of eight matches in the qualification tournament and finished at the top of group four.