Cornel Oțelea

Cornel Oțelea (born 19 November 1940) is a former Romanian handball player who won threetimes the World Championships.[1]

Cornel Oțelea
Cornel Oțelea (right) in 1968
Personal information
Born (1940-11-19) 19 November 1940 (age 80)
Șeica Mare, Romania
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Country Romania
Medal record
World Championships
1961 West GermanyTeam handball
1964 CzechoslovakiaTeam handball
1970 FranceTeam handball
1967 SwedenTeam handball


He has won three world titles, the European Champions Cup as a player (1968) and coach (1977), both with Steaua București. He was a coach of the Romania men's national handball team (bronze medal at the 1990 World Men's Handball Championship), and since 2008 he has coached the Steaua Bucharest men's handball team.

Colonel Cornel Oțelea from the Ministry of National Defense was promoted to the rank of brigadier general (with one star), being subsequently transferred to the reserve on December 31, 1997. In 2009, it was decorated with the Order of Sports Merit cl. Takes.

See also


  1. "Cornel Oţelea: "Împreună cu Gruia am stăpînit handbalul mondial"" (in Romanian). Retrieved 15 September 2019.