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Talant Duyshebaev

Personal information
Full nameTalant Mushanbetovich Duyshebaev
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionCenter Backcourt
Club information
Current clubBM Ciudad Real

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Talant Mushanbetovich Duyshebaev ( ; born June 2, 1968) is a Kyrgyzstani-born Spanish former handball player and current coach for BM Ciudad Real. His most usual demarcation as a player was center backcourt.

He was born in the former Soviet Union, and started his playing career in CSKA Moscow. He participated on the 1992 Olympic Games as a member of the Unified Team and won the gold medal. He also became the top scorer of the games with 47 goals and was elected into the dream team of the tournament. One year later he participated on the 1993 World Championships as a member of the Russian team and won the gold medal again.

After the 1992 Olympics he signed for Teka Cantabria and a few years later he received the Spanish citizenship. Afterwards he played in the Spain national handball team for nearly a decade, gaining two Olympic bronze medals in 1996 and 2000, and silver and bronze medals on the European championships. He also gained several individual recognitions in the world championships, like being elected as the best player of the tournament in 1997, but he failed to win any medals with the Spanish team, which finished 4th in both 1999 and 2003. Ironically when Spain finally won the world championship in 2005, Duyshebaev was no longer the member of the squad.

In 2001, after playing for a few years in Germany on club level, he returned to Spain and signed for BM Ciudad Real where he finished his playing career in 2007. In 2005 he became player-manager of the team, and after his retirement he became the full-time manager. His managerial successes include multiple Liga ASOBAL wins with the team, as well as winning the EHF Champions League in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

In 2006 he briefly returned to the field, when one of the Ciudad center backcourt players, Uros Zorman injured.

He was voted twice as the IHF World Player of the Year, in 1994 and in 1996. He also came in second in the IHF World Player of the Century voting behind Magnus Wislander from Sweden.

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