Karol Bielecki

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Karol Bielecki
Karol Bielecki, Rhein-Neckar Löwen - Handball Poland (1).jpg
Personal information
Born (1982-01-23) 23 January 1982 (age 36)
Sandomierz, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior clubs
Years Team
1999–2004 Vive Targi Kielce
2004–2007 SC Magdeburg
2007–2012 Rhein-Neckar Löwen
2012–2018 Vive Targi Kielce
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2018 Poland 255 (955)

Karol Bielecki (born 23 January 1982) is a former Polish handball player who played for Vive Targi Kielce and the Polish national team.[1]

He played for Poland national handball team, winning a silver medal in the World Handball Championship in 2007 and a bronze in 2009. He announced his retirement from the national team on 13 April 2012, following the unsuccessful Olympic campaign of Poland.[2]

On 11 June 2010 Bielecki suffered a severe eye injury during a test match against Croatia. After additional tests and eye surgeries, it was determined that his left eye will remain blind.[3] Although he first said that his years as a player were over, he decided to continue his career - he now plays in special goggles and has scored 11 goals in his Bundesliga debut after the injury.[4]

On 20 May 2018 he announced his retirement.[5]

Sporting achievements

State awards


  1. ^ "2015 World Championship Roster" (PDF). IHF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Karol Bielecki retires from National Team!". Planet Handball. 13 April 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ Verletzung im Testspiel - Handballprofi Bielecki bleibt auf linkem Auge blind (in German)
  4. ^ Piłka ręczna. 11 bramek Karola Bieleckiego (in Polish)
  5. ^ Karol Bielecki kończny kariere (in Polish)

External links

  • Player profile on Polish Handball Association
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Agnieszka Radwańska
Flagbearer for  Poland
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by

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