Ivan is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Internazionale Milan and the Croatia national team. He usually plays as a winger, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder or second striker. A product of Hajduk Split and Sochaux youth academies, Perišić made a name for himself while playing for Club Brugge, where he was the Belgian Pro League top goal scorer and was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for 2011. This earned him a transfer to Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the 2011–12 Bundesliga.
Perišić made his debut for the Croatia national team in 2011, and represented his nation at Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, reaching the final of the latter tournament. Instrumental to Croatia’s second “golden generation”, Perišić is the nation’s player with most goals created at the major tournaments (11), and the first Croatian player ever to score in a World Cup Final.
Dino is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. He was a member of the Jugoplastika team from Split of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which he helped to win two EuroLeague titles, in 1989 and 1990. During his career in Jugoplastika he won the Yugoslav League three times from 1988 to 1990. In the United States, he is best known for the three and a half seasons that he spent with the Boston Celtics in the NBA from 1993 to 1997.
Dino is the fourth Croatian basketball player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stipe is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During his professional career he won one Croatian League, two Croatian Cups, Ukrainian League, a Cup and a Super Cup. Award he is very proud of is a Heart of Hajduk Award he won in 2000 and 2002. In 2001 and 2002 Stipe was pronounced as the best Player of Croatian League. Stipe made his international debut for Croatia National Team in 1999, and went on to represent the country in five major tournaments including the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is the second-most capped player in the history of the Croatian national team having 114 appearances.
Senna was a member of the Croatian national volleyball team at the 2010 and 2014 World Championship, where she played as an outside hitter. Senna was 2004 Croatian National Cup champion with her club, Azena. With Pallavolo Sirio Perugia, she won the 2005 CEV European Champions League, the 2005 and 2006 Italian National Cup, the 2006 Italian Super Cup, the National Championship and the CEV CUP. From 2009 to 2015 Senna played in Italy, Japan, China and Turkey and won two National Championships and two National Cups.
Edin is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Roma and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, for which he is captain.
He was named Bosnian Footballer of the Year for three consecutive years. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, he is known as Bosanski dijamant (the Bosnian Diamond). Prior to joining Roma, he played for Manchester City, but he made a name for himself while playing for German club VfL Wolfsburg, with whom he won the Bundesliga in the 2008–09 season. He was the second-highest goal scorer with 26 goals.
During the 2011–12 Premier League season, Džeko scored four goals in one game for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. On the final day of that season, he scored an equalizer against Queens Park Rangers in the 92nd minute, before Sergio Agüero won it for City with seconds to go, ensuring the team won a league title for the first time in 44 years.
Senijad Ibričić (born 26 September 1985) is a Bosnian-Herzegovinian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Slovenian club Domžale.
He was voted the best player in the Croatian League and received the Sportske novosti Yellow Shirt award for the 2009–10 season. This was the first time since 1992 that a Hajduk Split player won this prestigious award. He also won the 2009–10 fans’ player of the year award, the Heart of Hajduk.
Venio is a retired Croatian team handball player who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently the goalkeeping coach of MVM Veszprém KC. Having won his first medal at the age of 19 at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he is considered the youngest debutant of the team. Losert was also the member of the golden national handball team that won the first place at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In total he won seven league titles and seven cups with Badel Zagreb, as well as the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Unlike other icons of handball, Losert has always considered himself a “normal, regular and not a showy keeper who only does what’s needed to keep the ball out”.
Petar is a former Croatian handball player. He was captain of the Croatian national team from 2006 to 2009. He won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and at the 2003 World Handball Championship in Portugal. At club level he played in the top tier in Croatia, Spain, Slovenia and France. He has won the EHF Champions League three times with BM Ciudad Real and the EHF Champions Trophy twice as well as the IHF Super Globe, EHF Cup Winner’s Cup with CB Ademar León and the EHF Cup with RK Metković Jambo. In September 2007 he opened the handball academy “Balić-Metličić” alongside Ivano Balić.
Ivano is a former Croatian handballer, world and Olympic champion. He was voted the most valuable player in major international competitions for five consecutive times, and he is one of only four male handball players to have received the IHF World Player of the Year award on two occasions (2003, 2006). Ivano played for Croatian National Team from 2001 to 2012 in 198 matches and scored 535 goals. He was the coordinator for men’s national teams at the Croatian Handball Federation.
Valent is a Croatian rower. He is the older brother of rower Martin Sinković with whom he won the gold medal in Men’s double sculls at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He had previously won the silver in the men’s quadruple sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Sinković brothers were the first men’s double sculls team to go under 6 minutes for their race time. In 2008 they won silver in the double sculls at the under-23s World Championships. In 2009 he won gold in the quadruple sculls at the under-23 World Championships.
Jiří Zídek is a Czech former professional basketball player. He helped UCLA win an NCAA championship in 1995 and then became the first Czech player ever drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA). After being drafted in the first round, he played in the NBA for a total of three seasons. His first season back in Europe, he won the EuroLeague championship trophy with Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania. Jiří thus became the first person ever to win both an NCAA and a EuroLeague championship. At the end of his career, he helped ČEZ Basketball Nymburk to Czech national league titles in 2004 and 2005. Currently, he is a sports commentator for the EuroLeague.
Patrik is a former professional football player who played as a left winger. He began his career in Slavia Praha. He played for Germany’s Borussia Dortmund for one season. In 1996 he moved to England where he played for Liverpool and won six trophies, including the UEFA Cup in 2001. He spent the last two years of his career in the Czech Republic where he played for Sparta Praha. He played a significant role for the national team in EURO 1996, scoring in the final as the Czech Republic finished runners-up to Germany. His second and last major tournament was the EURO 2000.
Kateřina Elhotová is a Czech basketball player currently playing for ZVVZ USK Praha. She was a member of the team that remained unbeaten throughout the 2013-2014 season (41 wins in a row), as well as the team that won the Euro League Women title in 2015. Kateřina was a member of the Czech Republic women’s national basketball team who won silver medals at the Women’s Basketball World Championship in 2010. She also started at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women (Turkey) and at two Olympic Games (2008 in China, 2012 in Great Britain), both times reaching the tournament’s quarter finals. Kateřina is currently the captain of the Czech National Team.
Marek started his career as an indoor volleyball player before he fully committed to beach volleyball in 1993 – 1997, having won one the most prestigious awards in this sport alongside Michal Palinka: the European Championshiop in 1996. He also participated in the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Afterwards he returned to indoor volleyball where he won the European Champions League and the Winners Cup twice. In addition, he has won the French and Czech championships multiple times, as well as both French and Czech Cups.
In 2017 he has become the president of the Czech Volleyball Federation.
Vladimír is a Czech former footballer who played as a midfielder. He was a devout player of Slavia Prague, the only Czech club he ever played for. He also notably played for Lens in France, with whom he won the Ligue 1 title. In 1999, Vladimír moved to England where he played for Liverpool, winning multiple honors. He is perhaps best remembered at Liverpool for his long-range goal in the 2005 Champions League Final and helping Liverpool win the UEFA champions league in a stunning fashion. Internationally, he played 80 times for the Czech Republic. Vladimír was member of the Czech squad for Euro 1996 that finished second.
Jan is a Czech professional volleyball player and a member of the Czech National Team with more than 150 appearances. He played at the World Championship (Japan 2006, Italy 2010) and the European Championship (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013). He won the Czech championship and the Cup with his team, Odolena Voda, in 2004. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 he won the World Championships in Doha, Qatar with his team, Itas Diates Trentino. In 2011 he also won the Volleyball Champions League and in 2011 and 2013 the Italian League.
Šárka is the most successful Alpine ski racer in the Czech and Czechoslovak history. During her career she won five medals at the World Championship and Olympic games and she stood at the winner’s podium in elite World Cup races seventeen times.
Her greatest achievements include the gold medal at the World Championship (2007) and the bronze medal at the Olympic Games (2010). In 2012, Šárka suffered a metabolic disruption of the organism, and she subsequent had benign brain tumor in the pituitary gland removed. In 2015, she celebrated her big comeback with a bronze medal at the World Championship in Beaver Creek.
Part of her career has been featured in the documentary film Two Minutes of My Life, which won 1st place at the Outdoor Film Festival in the category of “Adventurous and Extreme Sports Film”.
In 2017, she finished her active sports career and devoted herself to her Vo2max Clinic for Holistic Therapy in Sport, which she founded with her husband in 2015.
Aleš is former freestyle skier, and the 2002 Olympic champion in the freestyle aerials competition. Aleš was the first man in the world to perform a triple back flip with five twists. He participated in three Winter Olympic Games: Nagano in 1998, Salt Lake City in 2008, and Turin in 2006. On the World Cup circuit, he reached the podium twelve times, including three wins. He has built and now operates the Acrobat Park sports complex in Štíty, a training center for acrobatic skiing, snowboarding and other sports.
Since 2005, Kristýna is a former beach volleyball player. She finished fifth with Markéta Sluková in the 2012 London Olympics. The pair also had two victories at the Czech Championship (in 2011 and 2014), and they won the Grand Slam in Berlin in 2014. The pair split in 2015 and Kristýna teamed up with Hana Skalníková. Together they won the Czech Championship in 2015. In 2016 Kristýna teamed up with Michala Kvapilová and together they became the 2016 and 2017 Czech champions and won a silver medal at the 2017 European championships.
Kerem Gönlüm (born November 22, 1977) is a former Turkish professional basketball player. In 2019 January, he started punditry on a local radio station.
From 2005 to 2014, Gönlüm played for Anadolu Efes. In June 2014, he signed a two-year deal with Galatasaray Liv Hospital. In July 2015, he left Galatasaray and signed with Pınar Karşıyaka.
In July 2016, Gönlüm signed with Sakarya BB of the Turkish Basketball First League. On November 16, 2017, he parted ways with Sakarya and signed with Bahcesehir.
Gönlüm was a long time member of the Turkish national team. With them he won the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Anđelo Šetka was born in Split on August 14, 1985. He is a Croatian water polo player that plays on right side. Currently he plays for Jadran Split and before he played for Promorje Rijeka & Jadran Split (2000-2007) and Primorac Kotor (2007-2011). He won Euroleague 2008/2009 and European Cup 2009 with Primorac Kotor. He won a gold medal on Mediterranean Games and World Championship in 2013 with the Croatian national team. Anđelo is a humanitarian and regularly supports projects for children needs. He joined Sport2Life as a sport ambassador in May 2019.
Plíšková has won one singles and four doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as nine singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit. On 31 July 2017, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 35. On 24 February 2020, she peaked at No. 50 in the doubles rankings.
Plíšková won the 2010 Wimbledon Championships Junior Girls tournament, beating Sachie Ishizu in straight sets.
She currently holds the record for the most aces (31) in a match on the WTA Tour, which she set in a second-round match against Monica Puig at the 2016 Australian Open.
Plíšková has won 16 singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 10 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. On 31 October 2016, she peaked at world No. 11 in the doubles rankings.
She reached her first and, as of today, only Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, where she was runner-up to Angelique Kerber in three sets. As a junior, Plíšková won the girls’ singles event at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Laura Robson in the final. She has also played for the Czech Republic in Fed Cup competition.