Zlatko Portner

Zlatko Portner (Serbian Cyrillic: Златко Портнер; 16 January 1962 – 23 September 2020)[1][2] was a Serbian handball coach and player who competed for Yugoslavia in the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Zlatko Portner
Personal information
Full name Zlatko Portner
Born (1962-01-16)16 January 1962
Ruma, FPR Yugoslavia
Died 23 September 2020(2020-09-23) (aged 58)
Nationality Serbian / Swiss
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Sloga Hrtkovci
Senior clubs
Years Team
Vénissieux Rhône-Alpes
BSV Bern
TV Zofingen
BSC Grosshöchstetten
National team
Years Team
Teams managed
BSV Bern
BSC Grosshöchstetten
Espace Handball
Medal record

Club careerEdit

After playing for Crvenka, Portner joined Yugoslav champions Metaloplastika, becoming a member of the squad that won consecutive European Cup titles (1984–85 and 1985–86). He also won six consecutive national championships with the club.

During the 1989–90 season, Portner joined Barcelona as a replacement for his compatriot Milan Kalina.[3][4] He reunited with his former Metaloplastika teammate Veselin Vujović, helping the club win the European Cup in 1991. The next year, Portner went to France and spent two seasons with Vénissieux Rhône-Alpes (1992–1994). He later also played for Swiss teams BSV Bern, TV Zofingen, and BSC Grosshöchstetten.[5]

International careerEdit

At international level, Portner represented Yugoslavia in two World Championships, winning the 1986 edition in his debut appearance. He was also a member of the team that won the bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

While playing in Switzerland, Portner started his coaching career with BSV Bern. He also served as head coach of several other Swiss teams.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Portner was the father of fellow handball player Nikola Portner.[8]




  1. ^ "Zlatko Portner ist gestorben" (in German). handball.ch. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Oproštaj od Zlatka Portnera, člana čuvenih Metaloplastikinih vanzemaljaca" (in Serbian). rts.rs. 25 September 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  3. ^ "EL BARCELONA AFRONTA UNA NUEVA ERA" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. 14 August 1989. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  4. ^ "LUCHA FEROZ PARA EVITAR EL DESCENSO" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. 7 October 1989. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Handball 1. Liga - Neu mit Zlatko Portner" (in German). bern-ost.ch. 26 September 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Rukometaši na olimpijskoj sceni posle 12 godina" (in Serbian). srbija-info.gov.rs. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Handball 1. Liga - Es bleibt spannend!" (in German). bern-ost.ch. 13 March 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Dinastija Portner: Otac i sin četiri puta šampioni Evrope" (in Serbian). maxbetsport.rs. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2020.

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