Daniel Narcisse

Daniel Narcisse (born 16 December 1979) is a retired French handball player and French international from 2000 to 2017. He is a double Olympic champion, quadruple World champion and triple European champion, one of the most awarded French team handball players with nine international titles. He progresses to the position of half-center or rear left.

Daniel Narcisse
Narcisse in 2016
Personal information
Born (1979-12-16) 16 December 1979 (age 41)
Saint-Denis, Réunion
Nationality French
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior clubs
Years Team
Chambéry Savoie Handball
VfL Gummersbach
Chambéry Savoie Handball
THW Kiel
Paris Handball
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
France 311 (943)

In 2012, with an exceptional year both in the French team (Olympic title) and in the club (Champions League, German championship and German cup), he was voted best handball player of the year 2012 by the International Handball Federation.


Narcisse joined THW Kiel in 2009, replacing Nikola Karabatic, and has since 2013 played for Paris Handball.

Narcisse is a longtime player on the France men's national handball team, and won with it all major titles: world title (in 2001, 2009, 2015 and 2017), European title (in 2006, 2010 and 2014) and Olympic gold medal (in 2008 and 2012).[1] His main strength as a field player is his jumping ability, enabling him to score goals above interfering defense players. This ability earned him the nickname Air France.

Narcisse was voted into the All star team at the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship,[2] where France finished third. In 2012 he was named the IHF World Player of the Year.[3][4]


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Daniel Narcisse". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-04.
  2. "France" Archived 2008-02-05 at the Wayback Machine European Handbal Federation (2008) (Retrieved on February 1, 2008)
  3. Daniel Narcisse. nbcolympics.com
  4. "Alexandra do Nascimento and Daniel Narcisse are GRUNDFOS World Handball Players of the Year 2012". International Handball Federation. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.