Željko Babić (handballer)

Željko Babić (born 19 May 1972) is a Croatian retired handball player and current coach of Macedonian club RK Eurofarm Pelister.

Željko Babić
Personal information
Born (1972-05-19) 19 May 1972 (age 49)
Metković, SR Croatia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Playing position Right wing
Club information
Current club RK Eurofarm Pelister (manager)
Youth career
Years Team
1982–1988
RK PIK Neretva Opuzen
1988–1989
Badel 1862 Zagreb
Senior clubs
Years Team
1988–1994
Badel 1862 Zagreb
1994–1998
RK Metković Razvitak
1998–2001
ALPI Pallamano Prato
2001–2003
RK Metković Jambo
2003–2004
Gammadue Secchia
2004–2005
A.S. Pallamano Secchia
2005–2006
RK Jelsa
Teams managed
2007–2008
RA Balić-Metličić
2008–2009
RK Metković
2009
RK Krško
2009–2011
RK EMC Split
2010–2013
Croatia (assistant)
2013–2015
HC Meshkov Brest
2015–2017
Croatia
2017–2018
RK Gorenje Velenje
2020–
RK Eurofarm Pelister
Medal record
Head Coach for  Croatia
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Poland

Playing careerEdit

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.

Coaching careerEdit

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.[1] 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.

On 9 January 2020, he was appointed as the head coach of RK Eurofarm Pelister in North Macedonia.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[3]

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Badel 1862 Zagreb
RK Metković
Pallamano Prato
  • Serie A: 1998–99

Head coachEdit

Meshkov Brest
Croatia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's EHF Euro 2016 Poland. Croatia". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Željko Babić novi trener Eurofarma". www.balkan-handball.com. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  3. ^ 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.

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