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Nikola Karabatic

Nikola Karabatic has been a mainstay in the France handball team for more than 14 years, helping them win Olympic, World and European titles.

The Serbian-born star, whose family moved to France when he was four, has also won numerous league titles with Montpellier, Kiel, FC Barcelona and Paris St-Germain, plus three Champions Leagues.

Having made his international debut in 2002, Karabatic was his country's leading scorer at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, including eight goals in the victory over Iceland in the Final.

France retained their title in London four years later, surviving a late comeback from Sweden in the Final. But they had to settle for silver at Rio 2016, after defeat to Denmark. Karabatic was named in the all-star team at both Games.

Karabatic has also helped France win four World Championships, in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017, and three European Championships, in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

He has won a league championship in every season since 2001, bar one, and has been part of Champions League-winning teams at Montpellier (2003), Kiel (2007) and Barcelona (2015).

Karabatic has also won numerous individual awards, including twice being named the best player in the world.


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