Find the pdf with the official 16 player Delegation List here.
Find the pdf with the official 28 player squad list here.
Handball is one of the most popular sports in Croatia and since independence, the one sport that has brought the country the most sporting trophies. The Croatian Women Handball Selection has had great variety of results at World and European championships, but their greatest success remains at the Mediterranean Games.
The first official performance on great tournaments women handball players had in 1993 on Mediterranean Games in France where they won the gold medal. The team ranked fifth place at the inaugural European Championship in 1994 and which led them into the World Championship in Austria/Hungary where they ranked among the top ten, followed by a silver medal at the Mediterranean Games in 1997 in Bari, Italy.
In 1999, after ranking sixth in Germany at the World Championship, the face of the Croatian women´s national team underwent dramatic change; unfortunately this was not enough to bring the team the results desired so badly. A rejuvenated Selection tried to find its way back to the European and world handball scene.
In the years that followed, the team qualified for both World and European final tournaments though success continued to elude them. Finally, 2005 is the year that again brought us success. Winning the bronze on the Mediterranean Games in Almeria, Spain, is definite proof that Croatia remains competitive and still has a place on the international handball scene.
Nevertheless, the team remains encouraged and is looking forward to the Group B matches, where they will throw-off against Montenegro, Russia and Iceland.
Croatia made it to Denmark by winning Qualification Group 7. Of their six matches they only lost one against runners-up, the Netherlands. In all matches against FYR Macedonia and Lithuania, Croatia defeated both teams twice.
"Our expectations are to have a top three position in the Group Phase and thus go to the Main Round of the EHF EURO 2010. To achieve that goal we will need to show good quality skills and fine performances. To have further success, we will have to include a bit of sporting luck as well. We have a good team and will do our best to show handball fans great games."
Vladimir Canjuga was born on April 3rd, 1960 in Varaždin County, Croatia. He graduated in 1983 from the Faculty for Physical Culture in Zagreb; his graduate thesis was about handball. Canjuga still teaches Physical Education at the gymnasium high school in his home town Ivanec.
Coach Canjuga began his career in 1979, working on the level of club teams for ten years. "Ekol Ivančica" in Ivanec, "Pipo IPC" in íakovec and "Varteks" of Varaždin were among the clubs that received his tutelage.
From 1989 onwards, he became the associate coach of the Croatian Handball Federation, schooling the younger age category teams. Canjuga's biggest success to date remains leading Croatia to Gold at the Youth World Championships in Croatia in 2009.
He also took silver at the Youth European Championships in Belgrade 2004 and bronze at the Junior WCh in Qatar 2005. He also coached his school team and took silver at the High School World Championship in Thessaloniki in 2002 in addition to numerous titles in High School Championships in Croatia.
Canjuga became the new women's national team coach in beginning of August 2010.
The 23 year old goalkeeper is a main pillar in Croatia´s defence. Being very tall, she is able to cover the extreme angles of the goal, giving attacking players a hard time. The RK Krim Ljubljana player was born in Zagreb. In her 59 games for the Croatian national team, Grubišić has managed to score five goals.
The left back was born in Zagreb in 1985. The tall shooter has already scored 276 goals in her 75 international games. This summer she transferred from Podravka to Slovenia, following her national team mate Grubišić to RK Krim.
The playmaker of the Croatian national team was born in the town of Split. The 23 year old lives and plays in Metz, France. The centre back has an experience of 76 matches for her home country, in which she managed to score 244 goals.
|2009||World Championship in China||did not qualify|
|2008||European Championship in FYR Macedonia||6th place|
|2008||Olympic Games in Beijing||did not qualify|
|2007||World Championship in France||9th place|
|2006||European Championship in Sweden||7th place|
|2005||World Championship in Russia||11th place|
|2004||European Championship in Hungary||13th place|
|2004||Olympic Games in Athens||did not qualify|
|2003||World Championship in Croatia||14th place|
|2002||European Championship in Denmark||did not qualify|
|2001||World Championship in Italy||did not qualify|
|2000||European Championship in Romania||did not qualify|
|2000||Olympic Games in Sydney||did not qualify|
|1999||World Championship in Norway/Denmark||did not qualify|
|1998||European Championship in the Netherlands||did not qualify|
|1997||World Championship in Germany||6th place|
|1996||European Championship Denmark||6th place|
|1996||Olympic Games in Atlanta||did not qualify|
|1995||World Championship in Austria/Hungary||10th place|
|1994||European Championship in Germany||5th place|
They have a good mix of old and young players and they seem relentless in their matches. I believe they can make it to the Main Round of the EHF EURO. Nevertheless, there they will have problems winning more matches, as they do not have that many highly skilled players.
Croatian Handball Federation Website: www.hrs.hr