19 May 1972|
Metković, SR Croatia,
|Playing position||Right wing|
|Current club||RK Eurofarm Pelister (manager)|
|RK PIK Neretva Opuzen|
|Badel 1862 Zagreb|
|Badel 1862 Zagreb|
|RK Metković Razvitak|
|ALPI Pallamano Prato|
|RK Metković Jambo|
|A.S. Pallamano Secchia|
|RK EMC Split|
|HC Meshkov Brest|
|RK Gorenje Velenje|
|RK Eurofarm Pelister|
Babić had played for the following clubs: RK PIK Neretva Opuzen, Badel 1862 Zagreb, Razvitak Metković, Secchia and Pallamano Prato, and RK Jelsa. He retired from playing professional handball in 2006.
Babić worked as an assistant coach under the coaching staff of Slavko Goluža in the Croatian national team, winning bronze medals at the 2012 European Championship, 2012 Summer Olympics and at the 2013 World Championship, and the silver medal at the 2013 Mediterranean Games.
On 27 February 2015, he was appointed as the head coach of the Croatian national team, leading the team at the 2016 European Championship, 2016 Summer Olympics and at the 2017 World Championship. On 30 January 2017, it was reported that Babić was sacked as the head coach of the national team of Croatia due to a poor run of results and finishing fourth in the World Championship finals held in January in France.
Following the 2017–18 season, Babić was named the head coach of Slovenian club RK Gorenje Velenje. He parted ways with the club in May 2018.
Babić was born in Metković in the family of mother Nedjeljka and father Ante Babić. He has brother Ivica who is a priest, and a sister. He married his wife Katarina Vukoja, with whom he has three children: twins Greta and Ivan, and a daughter Anđa.
- Badel 1862 Zagreb
- Croatian First League: 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94
- Croatian Cup: 1992, 1993, 1994
- Yugoslav First League: 1988–89, 1990–91
- Yugoslav Cup: 1991
- European Champions Cup: 1991–92, 1992–93
- European Super Cup: 1993
- RK Metković
- Croatian Cup: 2002
- Pallamano Prato
- Serie A: 1998–99
- Meshkov Brest
- Belarusian First League: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Belarusian Cup: 2014, 2015
- SEHA League runner-up: 2013–14, 2014–15
- "Men's EHF Euro 2016 Poland. Croatia". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Željko Babić novi trener Eurofarma". www.balkan-handball.com. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
- Radoš, Ivica (7 February 2016). "Kao dječak bježao je kroz prozor na treninge, a na zalasku karijere prodavao je automobile". Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 December 2020.