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14:25 13-September-2016

Cervar as Croatian national coach again?

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Written by: Rasmus Boysen

The Croatian handball legend, Lino Červar, does not reject to be the Croatian national coach again.

The legendary Croatian/Macedonian head coach of the Macedonian club RK Metalurg and the Macedonian national team, Lino Červar, is one of the biggest candidates for the job as Croatian national coach. The 65-year-old coach is a legend of Croatian handball. He was the head coach of the Croatian national team from 2002 to 2010, where he brought the team to the world elite and won several medals.

Croatia won the World Championship in 2003 in Portugal and the Olympics in 2004 in Athens led by Červar.

Since the head coach of the Croatian national team, Željko Babić, resigned last Tuesday, the biggest question in the Croatian media have been who'll be the new coach. The rumors have been many. Ivano Balic will not be the new coach. On the other hand the 65-year-old Lino Červar is more interested:

"I desire to say goodbye with the title of the European Championship in front of our fans. Once I failed to win gold when we hosted the World Championship in 2009. We lost the final, but we all know that at the time the French team had great help from the referees. The European title is the only title I am missing with the Croatian national team. Well, it is my desire. I want to fulfill my wises and become European champion in 2018," the experienced coach told and continued:

"Of course there will be no problem to cancel the contract with the Macedonians. We are all people of flesh and blood, and everyone chooses his own path."

Lino Červar want to make handball the most popular sport in Croatia again:

"We are a living proof that a little sport with great success can become big. We were at the time more popular than football. My wish is that handball again become the number one sport in Croatia, but it will only happen if we win gold medals. Once there were thousands and thousands of fans following us abroad for big competitions. We need to go back," said the popular Croatian coach. provides you the full overview of the candidates for the job as Croatian national coach here.

Who do you think will be the new Croatian national coach? Comment below!

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