Bertrand Gille (handballer)

Bertrand Fabien Gille (born 24 March 1978 in Valence, Drôme) is a handball player from France. Very strong physically (1.87m, 98 kg)[citation needed], and was honored with the title of World Player of the Year in 2002.

Bertrand Gille
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Gille in 2014
Personal information
Full name Bertrand Fabien Gille
Born 24 March 1978 (1978-03-24) (age 43)
Valence, Drôme, France
Medal record
Men's handball
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team competition
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 France Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2011 Sweden Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Portugal Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Tunisia Team competition
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Switzerland Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2010 Austria Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Norway Team competition
Bertrand Gille

His career as a handball player started very early: in 1984, he played for HBC Loriol and followed sport étude as a scholastic path. From 1996 to 2002, he played for Chambéry SH (under the guidance of Philippe Gardent, another famous French handball player) before joining the German club HSV Hamburg. He has been playing together with his brother, Guillaume Gille, since they were little. They have played together in HBC Loriol, Chambéry SH and now HSV Hamburg.

Member of the national team since 1997, "Gilou" was again pivot on the team which, among others, won the handball competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he was also named best pivot of the tournament. He decided to suspend his international career after a physical injury contracted during the Handball-Bundesliga of 2009. His successor on the team was Cédric Sorhaindo. Now, 2010, Bertrand Gille is back on the team. He was a part of the team, who won European Championships 2010. He was also part of the French team that won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Personal lifeEdit

He has two brothers; Guillaume Gille, born in 1976 and Benjamin Gille, born in 1982. Bertrand Gille is married with three children. His nickname is "Bobo".


  • French Handballchampions 2001
  • World Player of the Year 2002
  • Vicechampion in Germany 2004 und 2008
  • Supercupwinner in Germany 2004, 2006 und 2009
  • German Cupwinner 2006, 2010
  • French Cupwinner 2002
  • Winner of Cup Winners Cup 2007
  • Bronzemedal from European Championships 2008
  • Goldmedal from Summer Olympics 2008 and 2012
  • European Champion 2010

Seasons for HSV HamburgEdit

Season Club League Games Goals 7-Meter All
2002/03 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 32 154 6 148
2003/04 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 34 139 0 139
2004/05 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 26 126 3 123
2005/06 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 27 101 7 94
2006/07 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 32 124 0 124
2007/08 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 29 99 3 96
2008/09 HSV Hamburg Bundesliga 27 76 0 76
2002–2009 total Bundesliga 207 819 19 800


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Bertrand Gille". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-06-04.
  • Portrait on the French handball federation site (in French)

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