Gheorghe Gruia

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Gheorghe Gruia
Medal record
Representing  Romania
Men's handball
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Germany Team
World Men's Handball Championship
Gold medal – first place 1970 France Team
Gold medal – first place 1964 Czechoslovakia Team

Gheorghe Gruia (October 2, 1940 – December 9, 2015) was a Romanian handball player and world champion in handball. Born in Bucharest, he won the gold medal in the 1964 World Men's Handball Championship and the 1970 World Men's Handball Championship. In 1972 Summer Olympics he won the bronze medal with the Romanian team, becoming at the same time the goalgetter of the tournament with 37 goals.

The International Handball Federation named him in 1992 "The Greatest Handball Player of All Times".[1][2]

Gruia resided in Mexico City, Mexico since 1978, where he worked as a coach and an official in this sport and is credited with popularizing this sport in the country.[3]

He died on December 9, 2015, in Mexico City following a heart attack.[4]

See also


  1. "Gheorghe Gruia: La zurda rumana que dominó el mundo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 November 2012. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Gheorghe Gruia a fost si este mai mult decat se poate spune" (in Romanian). Retrieved 13 May 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Interviu cu Gheorghe Gruia" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 9 May 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Doliu în sportul românesc. A murit Gheorghe Gruia, cel mai valoros handbalist român din toate timpurile". ProSport.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


External links

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