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08.02.2010 12:37

Best Handball Goalkeeper in the World

Ver˛nica DÝez


David Barrufet, the best goalkeeper in the history of handball, will be leaving FC Barcelona at the end of the season after 21 years with the Club and no fewer than 70 medals.


The Barša captain leaves nobody indifferent. He’s got character in abundance, elegance both on and off the court, he’s a born winner, a good team-mate and a shot-stopping machine.

At the age of nearly 40 – making him the oldest member of the squad – he approaches each game with the same enthusiasm as the youngest hopeful. He lives and breathes FC Barcelona and his devotion to the Club has helped make him a living icon, a player the fans will never forget.

With 280 international appearances he is Spain’s most capped player. He made his international debut in 1990 and since then has collected 8 medals, the latest being the Olympic bronze in Beijing.

Three key moments

He started playing handball at the age of 8 at school and soon joined the Barša youth academy. He broke into the senior league in 1988 winning first a Spanish Super Cup and then the Asobal League. However, his biggest triumph at this early point in his career was winning the European Cup in 1991.

However, Barrufet’s Golden Age began four years later. Over five years he won five league titles, five Champions League titles and four European Super Cups.

Perpetual motion

846D1651.JPGThe years have gone by but Barrufet continues to surprise us. Apart from consistently good performances and remaining one of the key elements of the Barša squad, the FC Barcelona Borges goalkeeper has become the team’s best ambassador.

Successes have continued to accumulate. In the 2004/05 season, the European Cup final between Barša and Ciudad Real ended in a glorious victory for Barša. In 2005/06 he won his last league title and he has now collected some 70 medals. The latest was the Asobal Cup last December.
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HONOURS
FC Barcelona

- 7 European Cups (1990-91, 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99-00 and 2004-05)
- 2 Cup Winners' Cups (1993-94 and 94-95)
- 5 European Super cups (1996-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99-00 and 2003-04)
- 13 Spanish Super cups (1988-89, 89-90, 90-91, 91-92, 93-94, 96-97, 97-98, 99-00, 2000-01, 03-04, 06-07, 08-09 and 09-10)
- 10 Pyrenees Leagues (1997-98, 98-99, 99-00, 2000-01, 01-02, 03-04, 05-06, 06-07, 07-08 and 09-10)
- 6 ASOBAL Cups (1994-95, 95-96, 99-00, 2000-01, 01-02 and 09-10)
- 6 Catalan Leagues (1990-91, 91-92, 92-93, 93-94, 94-95, 96-97)
- 11 Spanish Leagues (1988-89, 89-90, 90-91, 91-92, 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99-00, 2002-03 and 05-06)
- 9 Spanish Cups (1989-90, 92-93, 93-94, 96-97, 97-98, 99-00, 2003-04, 06-07 and 08-09)
- 1 EHF Cup (2002-03).

Spanish national team

- Runner-up World Cup junior (1989)
- World Champion (Tunis 2005)
- Bronze medal Olympics Games in Sydney 2000
- Bronze medal Olympics Games in Beijing 2008
- Silver medal European Championships in Spain (1996)
- Silver medal European Championships in Italy (1998)
- Bronze medal European Championships in Croatia (2000)
- Silver medal European Championships in Switzerland (2006)


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