Note: Gold medal with cup // Flag of South Korea // Flag of Serbia
The establishment of Croatian Handball Federation and the first Croatian national team (1941–1945)
At the beginning of World War II Kingdom of Yugoslavia disintegrated. Most of the territory inhabited by Croats on April 10, 1941, it became part of the newly formed Independent State of Croatia (NDH). As part of the new state on 2 October 1941 in Zagreb for the first time in history the Croatian Handball Federation (HRS) was established. The place of foundation is recorded to be at the Croatian Sports home in Jurišićeva, Zagreb. HRS is the umbrella organization of handball in the ISC coordinated the work of a dozen clubs and until 1944 organized national championships. In the state of NDH was established the first Croatian handball team. The first training for practice-match team NDH was held on 12 October 1941 between the two teams selected from the head coach Dragutin Pehe. His first and only international match this team played on June 14, 1942 with Hungary in Budapest where they lost 0:9. This field handball match was played in front of 30,000 spectators at the then NEP Stadium (since 2002 Ferenc Puskás Stadium) was a prelude meeting of the football teams of the same name. The best handball player in the field was the goalkeeper Branko Kralj. Under the direction of the coach Ante Škrtić, the players for Croatia were Vlado Abramović, Irislav Dolenec, Žarko Galetović, Zvonko Leskovar, Todor Marinov, Viktor Medved, Krešo Pavlin, Vlado Šimanović Stjepan Širić, Josip Žitnik and reserve goalkeeper Zdenko Šurina. HRS stopped functioning in 1944 because of the war in World War II.
Handball in SFR Yugoslavia (1945–1991)
Immediately after that began the reconstruction of the war abandoned handball in Yugoslavia, and that same year founded the Committee for handball Gymnastics Association Croatian, and in May 1948 the Committee for handball Gymnastics Association of Yugoslavia. Operation HRS is restored on 19 December 1948, in which he, in accordance with the national policy of the new Yugoslav state, name changed in the Croatian Handball Association (RSH). Handball Federation of Yugoslavia (RSJ) was established on December 17, 1949 in Belgrade by pooling national and provincial associations, and it became a member of the International Handball Federation (IHF) in 1950.
After the end of World War II, most field handball players of NDH completed courses and became instructors or referees in handball. Some of them have become members of the field handball national team of Yugoslavia and played in its first international match, played on June 19, 1950 at the stadium in Stadion Kranjčevićeva in Zagreb, against Belgium. Yugoslavia won 18:3 playing with nine players from Zagreb, one from Split and one from Sarajevo.
Since the end of World War II until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the best Croatian handball players in field and team handball played for the national team of Yugoslavia. With this national team Croatians have performed at 17 major competitions and won seven medals. These are two Olympic gold medals, the Olympic bronze, world gold, world silver and two bronze world. Among the other famous trophy, in this period they won 5 gold medals in five appearances at the Mediterranean Games (1967, 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1991), two gold and one bronze medal at the World Cups held in 1971, 1974 and 1984 in Sweden, 2 bronze medals at handball Super League held in 1981 and 1983 in Germany and silver at the 1990 goodwill Games in Seattle.
At the World Junior Championship in 1987 in Rijeka there was created a nucleus generation that will define the nineties and bring some of the most beautiful handball stories for the Croatian national team. Alvaro Načinović, Iztok Puc, Vladimir Jelčić and other predominantly have won this championship playing for Yugoslavia, and their talent and knowledge are later incorporated as seniors in the first Croatian success after independence of the country.
|Place||Croatians in the team of Yugoslavia||Croatian head coaches|
|10th place at WC 1952||Irislav Dolenec (player)||Ivan Snoj / Irislav Dolenec|
|5th place at WC 1955.||Irislav Dolenec (player), Stjepan Korbar||Ivan Snoj / Irislav Dolenec|
|8th place at WC 1958||Jerolim Karadža, Lovro Manestar, Božidar Peter, Zlatko Šimenc, Ivan Špoljarić||Ivan Snoj|
|9th place at SP 1961.||Anton Bašić, Ivan Đuranec, Zvonko Jandroković, Jerolim Karadža, Božidar Peter, Zlatko Šimenc||Ivan Snoj|
|6th place at WC 1964||Vojislav Bjegović, Vinko Dekaris, Ivan Đuranec, Lujo Györy, Jerolim Karadža, Zvonko Kocijan, Josip Milković, Vladimir Vićan, Albin Vidović, Zlatko Žagmešter||Ivan Snoj|
|7th place at WC 1967||Vinko Dekaris, Ivan Đuranec, Hrvoje Horvat, Jerolim Karadža, Branko Klišanin, Josip Milković, Miroslav Pribanić, Dobrivoje Selec, Ninoslav Tomašić, Ivan Uremović, Vladimir Vićan||Ivan Snoj / Irislav Dolenec|
|Gold medal at MG 1967||Hrvoje Horvat, Miroslav Klišanin, Josip Milković, Ivan Uremović, Albin Vidović||Ivan Snoj / Vlado Štencl|
|Bronze medal at WC 1970||Abas Arslanagić, Hrvoje Horvat, Marijan Jakšeković, Dragutin Mervar, Josip Milković, Miroslav Pribanić, Zlatko Žagmešter||Ivan Snoj / Vlado Štencl|
|Gold medal at WC 1971||Ivan Snoj|
|Gold medal at OG 1972||Abas Arslanagić, Hrvoje Horvat, Zdravko Miljak, Miroslav Pribanić, Dobrivoje Selec, Albin Vidović, Zdenko Zorko||Ivan Snoj / Vlado Štencl|
|Bronze medal at WC 1974||Abas Arslanagić, Hrvoje Horvat, Zdravko Miljak, Željko Nimš, Zvonimir Serdarušić, Zdenko Zorko||Ivan Snoj / Josip Milković|
|Gold medal at WC 1974||Ivan Snoj|
|Gold medal at MG 1975||Abas Arslanagić, Zdravko Miljak, Željko Nimš, Miroslav Pribanić, Zvonimir Serdarušić, Zdenko Zorko||Ivan Snoj|
|5th place at OG 1976||Abas Arslanagić, Hrvoje Horvat, Zdravko Miljak, Željko Nimš, Zvonimir Serdarušić, Zdenko Zorko||Ivan Snoj / Pero Janjić|
|5th place at WC 1978||Hrvoje Horvat, Zdravko Miljak, Željko Nimš, Zvonimir Serdarušić, Željko Vidaković, Zdenko Zorko||Ivan Snoj / Zdravko Malić|
|Gold medal at MG 1979||Pavle Jurina, Željko Vidaković, Zdravko Zovko, Željko Zovko|
|6th place OG 1980||Pavle Jurina, Stjepan Obran|
|Bronze medal SC 1981|
|Silver medal at WC 1982||Mirko Bašić, Pavle Jurina, Stjepan Obran, Zdravko Zovko|
|Bronze medal SC 1983|
|Gold medal at MG 1983||Mirko Bašić, Pavle Jurina, Stjepan Obran, Željko Vidaković, Zdravko Zovko|
|Bronze medal at SC 1984|
|Gold medal at OG 1984||Mirko Bašić, Pavle Jurina, Zdravko Zovko / Abas Arslanagić (GK coach)|
|Gold medal at WC 1986||Mirko Bašić, Zlatko Saračević / Abas Arslanagić (GK coach and fitness coach)|
|Bronze medal at OG 1988||Mirko Bašić, Boris Jarak, Alvaro Načinović, Goran Perkovac, Iztok Puc, Zlatko Saračević, Irfan Smajlagić||Abas Arslanagić|
|4th place at WC 1990||Mirko Bašić, Nenad Kljaić, Iztok Puc, Zlatko Saračević, Irfan Smajlagić, Ratko Tomljanović|
|Silver medal at GG 1990||Patrik Ćavar, Bruno Gudelj, Nenad Kljaić|
|Gold medal at MG 1991||Tomislav Farkaš, Valter Matošević|