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Date: 5/13/2018

2010 IHF World Player of the Year Filip Jicha will play a celebratory last match in his home nation of Czech Republic in mid-June. After a series of injuries that forced the 36-year-old to make the difficult decision to end his career in 2017, the two-time Champions League winner will be seen in action for the last time ever on June 16 in the city of Plzeň – joined by a number of notable names in international handball.

“This will definitely be my last ever match, and also a celebration,” says Jicha. “There will be a fantastic line-up. Pretty much all the boys accepted my invitation, which shows me how much they value me. And that’s a wonderful feeling.”


The match will take place at Home Monitoring Arena, home to the Plzeň ice hockey team.


“There will be loads of great handball players, which makes me extremely happy,” says Jicha. Previous World Handball Players of the Year Thierry Omeyer (2008) and Daniel Narcisse (2012), 1999 World Championship gold medallist Stefan Lövgren, two-time top scorer of the EHF Champions League Kiril Lazarov (2006 and 2008) and record holder for the most national team goals scored in history, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, are all scheduled to take part.


“These are all great players I have met during my career. It’s a shortlist of the best from the world of handball, and they are coming here for me and playing with me for the last time in my hometown. What more could I ask for?” continues Jicha.


The players will be divided into two teams – ‘German’ and ‘Spanish’ – based on the phase of Jicha’s career where they met. During his time residing in Germany and Spain, Jicha played for two of the most successful international clubs in European handball, spending eight seasons with THW Kiel (three-time Champions League winners) and two with FC Barcelona (nine-time Champions League winners).


The team’s non-playing captains will be two of Plzeň’s well-known sports personalities, former ice hockey star Martin Straka and former footballer Pavel Horvath.


Tickets for the match are now available on Sazka Ticket.