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With 420 biographies, Handball Players are the 41st most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Coaches, Chess Players, and Inventors.


Pantheon has 518 people classified as handball players born between 1908 and 2000. Of these 518, 478 (92.28%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living handball players include Veselin Vujović, Talant Duyshebaev, and Nikola Karabatić. The most famous deceased handball players include Gheorghe Gruia, Franz Brunner, and Branislav Pokrajac. As of April 2024, 170 new handball players have been added to Pantheon including Vladimir Maksimov, Zoran Živković, and Wilhelm Müller.

Living Handball Players

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Deceased Handball Players

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Newly Added Handball Players (2024)

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Most handball players were born in Sweden (47), Norway (45), and Spain (45). By city, the most common birth places were Oslo (12), Podgorica (9), and Gothenburg (8).The most common death places of handball players were Germany (10), Croatia (3), and Russia (3). By city, these were Bjelovar (2), Mexico City (1), and Belgrade (1).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as handball players in Pantheon are Wilhelm Müller, Max Bloesch, and Fritz Spengler.  The concentration of handball players was largest during the Television Era, which lasted from 1950 to 1989. Some birth or death locations for earlier handball players are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Handball Players were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 24 most globally memorable Handball Players since 1700.