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He was born in Đakovo on 1 June 1988. Domagoj is a handball player for the German Kiel and a Croatian national team player. He started his career in Đakovo. He then played from 2006 to 2009 for Zagreb and from 2009 to 2014 for HSV.
The Duvnjak family is a handball family. Mother Ivanka played handball, so did father Ivan, who later became a successful coach. Domagoj started his handball career at Đakovo, where he was also born on 1 June 1988. He grew up on the handball court next to his family. At the age of 16 he played for his own Đakovo in the Croatian Premier League. He was the top league scorer playing in the jersey of his hometown club. His goals kept Đakovo among the best. Naturally, something like that could not have gone unnoticed. He was first called to the Croatian youth national team, then to the junior national team and finally to the senior national team. Of course, it was not to be expected that he would remain in Đakovo. A transfer to the most powerful Croatian club Zagreb was virtually inevitable. However, leaving Zagreb also soon became inevitable. As soon as 2009, he left for HSV and began playing in the Bundesliga, and this year he transferred from HSV to Kiel.


With Zagreb: Croatian champion in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and Croatian Cup winner in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

With HSV: German Supercup winner in 2009 and 2010, German Cup winner in 2010, German champion in 2011, European champion in 2013.

With Kiel: German Supercup winner in 2014.

With the Croatian youth national team: European champion in 2006.

With the Croatian senior national team: silver medal at the 2008 European Championship, silver medal at the 2009 World Championship, silver medal at the 2010 European Championship, bronze medal at the 2012 European Championship, bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, bronze medal at the 2013 World Championship.

Individual accomplishments: MVP of the 2006 European U-18 Championship, best Croatian handball player in 2012 and 2013, world player of the year in 2013, best Bundesliga player in the season 2012/13, member of the best tournament team of the 2013 World Championship and the 2014 European Championship at the centre back position.
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