Karol Bielecki (born 23 January 1982) is a former Polish handball player who played for the Polish national team.[1]

Karol Bielecki
Karol Bielecki, Rhein-Neckar Löwen - Handball Poland (1).jpg
Personal information
Born (1982-01-23) 23 January 1982 (age 38)
Sandomierz, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior clubs
Years Team
Wisła Sandomierz
Vive Targi Kielce
SC Magdeburg
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
PGE Vive Kielce
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Poland 255 (955)


He played for the national team, winning a silver medal in the World Handball Championship in 2007 and a bronze in 2009 and 2015. He announced his retirement from the national team on 13 April 2012, following the unsuccessful Olympic campaign of Poland.[2]

Karol Bielecki during a match with the national team

On 11 June 2010, Bielecki suffered a severe eye injury during a friendly match against Croatia. After additional tests and eye surgeries, it was determined that his left eye will remain blind.[3] Although he first said that his years as a player were over, he decided to continue his career. He then played in special goggles and had scored 11 goals in his Bundesliga debut after the injury.[4]

On 1 February 2015, Poland, including Bielecki, won the bronze medal of the 2015 World Championship.[5][6]

He participated at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he was the topscorer in the men's handball tournament.

On 20 May 2018, he announced his retirement as a player.[7]


PGE Vive Kielce
SC Magdeburg

State awardsEdit


  1. ^ "2015 World Championship Roster" (PDF). IHF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Karol Bielecki retires from National Team!". Planet Handball. 13 April 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ Verletzung im Testspiel - Handballprofi Bielecki bleibt auf linkem Auge blind (in German)
  4. ^ Piłka ręczna. 11 bramek Karola Bieleckiego (in Polish)
  5. ^ France on top again, silver for Qatar, bronze for Poland Archived 2016-01-31 at the Wayback Machine - qatarhandball2015.com - 01-02-2015
  6. ^ Bronze goes to Poland - ihf.info - 01-02-2015
  7. ^ Karol Bielecki kończny kariere (in Polish)

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Agnieszka Radwańska
Flagbearer for   Poland
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by