A final year for Nikola Karabatic

Nikola Karabatic. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / BILDBYRÅN

An unprecedented career is coming to an end. Via PSG website announces Nikola Karabatic that the 22nd season at the professional level will be the last.

– You can count on me to give 200 percent – it’s the least I can do to show my gratitude, he says in a Press release.

Nikola Karabatic is considered by many to be the best handball player of all time. And it’s hard to argue when you see the balance sheet. 17 international championship medals with the French national team, champion of the Champions League with three different clubs and three times named the best handball player in the world – to name just a few of all the achievements.

The professional career has been going since 2001 and has taken him to some of the best clubs in the world. For eight years, it is the PSG and it is also in this club that he will end a legendary career.

“Sometimes life gives you nice gifts, like ending something where it all began. Today I start my 22nd and final season at professional level, playing for Paris Saint-Germain, a club which means a lot to me,” Karabatic wrote in a statement. Press release.

PSG will open the season against Frontignan, parent club of Karabatic. The match will therefore be very special for the icon.

“It was in this hall, 32 years ago, that my passion for handball and competition developed. Trained by dad, with Luka by my side and with my mother as support by my side”, writes Karabatic in an article Press release.

Merit in selection:
Champions of the Champions League: 2003, 2007 and 2015
French Champion: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 (15 times)
German Champion: 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Spanish Champion: 2014 and 2015
Gold at the World Championships: 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017
Olympic gold: 2008 and 2012
Gold medal at the European Championships: 2006, 2010 and 2014
World Cup Silver: 2023
Olympic Silver: 2016
Bronze at the World Championships: 2003, 2005 and 2019
CE Bronze: 2008 and 2018
Best Handball Player of the Year: 2007, 2014 and 2016
MVP: WC 2011, WC 2017, EC 2008 and EC 2014

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