Tamara Horaček follows her mother’s golden path

Handball club Krim Mercator is proud to announce that it has managed to recruit another outstanding handball powerhouse to its ranks. Tamara Horaček - a Frenchwoman, born in Pozeda, Croatia, will join the team next season as a centre back. She has signed a two-year contract with the club.

The 28-year-old, who recently won the World Championship title with the French national team, also proved to be her team’s top scorer in the final, scoring an important five goals. Her glittering national team career is complemented by silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2021 World Championship, and a bronze at the 2016 European Championships.


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The current sixth top scorer in the Europa League (27 goals) will continue her career in Ljubljana, where she will join Krim Mercator from Nantes as a centre back. Despite her young age, she has already achieved some remarkable successes, but she remains true to her roots. Tamara is following in the footsteps of her mother Vesna Horaček, a former great handball player who won the EHF Champions League title with Krim in 2001.

»I was so happy when my daughter told me she was going to play in Krim. This is just a continuation of my golden handball story, which I want to continue with Tamara. So I wish both her and the club to achieve your goals,« said Vesna.

Vesna Horaček (in the middle) celebrating Krim’s EHF Champions League title in 2001.

Tamara is therefore no stranger to Ljubljana. She showed her enthusiasm for handball back in her mother’s golden days, when she would skip around the court after games. »I have some goals that I want to achieve with Krim Mercator,« says Tamara.

With this transfer, the Croatian with a French passport will try her hand abroad for the first time in Europe’s most elite club competition. In her career, she has already worn the jersey of Hungarian side Siofok and French sides Nantes, Paris and Metz. It was at the latter that her teammate Grace Zaadi Deuna, who will also strengthen the best Slovenian women’s handball club next season, was a teammate.

Deja Ivanović: »Welcome back to Ljubljana, Tamara!«

I am very happy about the start of cooperation with Tamara Horaček in terms of strengthening our team for the next period, because she is a versatile handball player who proves herself year after year with excellent performances in European clubs, as well as with her regular ranking and important role in the French national team – among the current World Champions. Her arrival at Krim Mercator also makes me feel a bit nostalgic, as her mother, who was also my teammate at the time and with whom we first broke through to the European club throne together, represented the colours of our club for a few seasons. At training sessions, games and other club activities, we were regularly accompanied by a little curly-haired girl called Tamara, who often provided laughter and good humour. Since then, the little girl has developed into a top handball player, who, following her mother’s example, will wear the Krim jersey. Welcome back to Ljubljana, Tamara!

Deja Ivanović, sports director of Krim Mercator