Carlos Pérez (handballer)

Carlos Pérez (born 26 August 1971 in Havana)[1] is a retired Cuban-Hungarian handball player, who played for Veszprém KC and the Hungarian national team. Currently he is the assistant coach of Telekom Veszprém.

Carlos Pérez
Personal information
Full name Carlos Reinaldo Pérez Enrique
Born (1971-08-26) 26 August 1971 (age 49)
Havana, Cuba
Nationality Cuban, Hungarian
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current club Retired
Senior clubs
Years Team
Ciudad Havana
KC Veszprém
Al Shamal Handball Club
National team 1
Years Team Apps
Cuba 171
Hungary 55 (274)
1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 2018


He was born in Havana and spent his Cuban years by local team Ciudad Havana. He signed to Hungarian top club MKB Veszprém KC in 1997 and since then spent all the seasons with the club.

He obtained Hungarian citizenship in 1999 and made his debut for the national team in 2002 against Slovenia.[2] He represented Hungary at the 2003 World Championship, where he showed his exceptional shooting skills and finished first on the goalscoring charts with 64 goals. He has also been selected to the All-Star team.[2] He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics a year later and finished fourth.[1][3]

Despite his good performances he had to wait seven years to appear on another major tournament, this time the 2011 World Championship. As he was permitted by his club to play on three games only, Hungarian head coach Lajos Mocsai saved him for the most important matches, and he was a late call-up to replace Péter Gulyás in the squad.[4] He was part of the 2012 Summer Olympics Hungarian squad that finished fourth.

He was voted Hungarian Handballer of the Year three times in a row between 2003–2005, and won the award once again in 2011.[5]


Individual awards


  1. "Carlos Pérez". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  2. "Tíz éve varázsol a veszprémi kézicsillag" (in Hungarian). 27 October 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  3. "Neuer Pass verhilft zur zweiten Chance" (in German). Welt Online. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  4. "Férfi kézilabda-vb: Gulyás Péter helyett játszik Pérez" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport Online. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  5. "Az év kézilabdázói (2011)" (in Hungarian). Hungarian Handball Federation. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.