Slavko Goluža

Slavko Goluža (born 17 September 1971) is a Croatian professional handball coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of HT Tatran Prešov.[1]

Slavko Goluža
Slavko Goluža - Handball-Coach Poland (1).jpg
Personal information
Born (1971-09-17) 17 September 1971 (age 48)
Stolac, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre back, left back
Club information
Current club HT Tatran Prešov (manager)
Youth career
Years Team
RK Razvitak Metković
Senior clubs
Years Team
RK Razvitak Metković
Badel 1862 Zagreb
TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke
RK Metković Jambo
Paris Saint-Germain
Fotex Veszprém
RK CO Zagreb
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Croatia 204 (545)
Teams managed
Croatia (assistant)
RK Siscia
RK CO Zagreb
RK Zagreb (interim)
HT Tatran Prešov

Club careerEdit

Goluža was born in the village of Pješivac-Kula near Stolac. He began his career in RK Mehanika Metković. At the age of 18, he moved to RK Zagreb-Chromos, with which he won two European Champions Cups in 1992 and 1993.[2]

He won the EHF Cup with RK Metković Jambo in 2000 and the year later the club reached the final again.[3]

Goluža also played in Germany for TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke, in France for PSG and in Hungary for Fotex Veszprém.

International careerEdit

He was a member of the Croatia national team that won Olympic gold medals twice: at the 1996 and at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[4] For over a decade he participated in all medals that Croatia has won on the World Championships (gold in 2003, silver in 1995 and 2005), and the European Championship (bronze in 1994).

Coaching careerEdit

Goluža has worked as an assistant coach for the Croatia national team between 2006 and 2010, under the coaching staff of Lino Červar.

He was appointed the head coach for the national team in 2010,[5] leading Croatia to bronze medals at the 2012 European Championship, the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championship, and to the silver medal at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. In February 2015, after Croatia's unsuccessful 2015 World Championship, he left the bench and was replaced by his assistant, Željko Babić.[6]

In April 2017, Goluža became the head coach for HT Tatran Prešov.[7]

He also worked as the head coach for RK Siscia and RK CO Zagreb in two terms.

Personal lifeEdit

He is a supporter of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). He was married Iva Goluža, with whom he has a son.



RK Zagreb
RK Metković Jambo
Fotex Veszprém

Head coachEdit

RK Zagreb




  1. ^ "2015 World Championship Roster" (PDF). IHF. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ "O klubu". (in Croatian). RK Zagreb.
  3. ^ "Made in Metković: Grad koji je dao Ćavara, Čupića, Golužu..." (in Croatian). 24 sata.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Slavko Goluža". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-04.
  5. ^ "Slavko Goluža nasljeđuje Linu Červara". 14 September 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Slavko Goluža podnio ostavku na mjesto izbornika!". 6 February 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Slavko Goluža novi trener slovačkog prvaka". 1 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Slavko Goluža biography". (in Croatian).

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrik Ćavar
Captain of Croatia  
Succeeded by
Petar Metličić