Josip Pavić

Josip Pavić (Croatian pronunciation: [jǒsip pǎːʋitɕ]; born 15 January 1982) is a Croatian water polo player who competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal in 2012 and the silver in 2016.[1] He was widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the 2012 Olympic tournament.[2] He was named the best world water polo player in 2012, by FINA.[3]

Josip Pavić
Josip Pavić 2010.jpg
Personal information
Born (1982-01-15) 15 January 1982 (age 39)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Country Croatia
SportWater polo

Pavić was given the honour to carry the national flag of Croatia at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, becoming the 24th water polo player to be a flag bearer at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.[4]

Since 2015, he plays for Greek powerhouse Olympiacos. In 2018, he won the 2017–18 LEN Champions League as captain of Olympiacos and he was voted Final Eight MVP.[5][6]



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  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Josip Pavić". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Croatia wins men's water polo gold". ESPN. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ Josip Pavić proglašen najboljim vaterpolistom na svijetu!(in Croatian)
  4. ^ Croatia. Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  5. ^ Πρωταθλητής Ευρώπης ο Ολυμπιακός στο πόλο Archived 2018-07-20 at the Wayback Machine. Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. (in Greek)
  6. ^ Olympiacos is back to the Olympos after 16 years. LEN official website. 9 June 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Samir Barać
Croatia captain
Succeeded by
Sandro Sukno
Preceded by
  Filip Filipović
FINA Water Polo Player of the Year
Succeeded by
  Dénes Varga
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Venio Losert
Flagbearer for   Croatia
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by