The super star of handball, French player Nikola Karabatic became 2014 The World’s Greatest Handball player (men’s category). Five handball players are selected for the award given by the International Handball Federation (IHF) each year. Handball fans, handball specialists and handball writers from all over the world can participate in voting on the IHF official site and vote for the most favorite player.
French player Nikola Karabatić received a large part of the votes and was chosen as the best male handball player of the year 2014. Danish star Mikkel Hansen received 21 percent and Thierry Omeyer, who was selected as the most valuable player of the World Championship (MVP) in Qatar, 19.5 percent. Nikola Karabatić won this award for the second time. French star was chosen as the best handball player of the world in 2007.
Karabatic became the most successful player of the French National Team. They won the championship by defeating Denmark at EHF EURO in January 2014. He also contributed to FC Barcelona’s participation to the VELUX EHF Champions League Final Four (VELUX EHF CL F4). Nicolas Karabatic (born 11 April, 1984) began his professional career in the Montpellier HB team. He won the French Championship in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 with Montpellier and the EHF Champions League Championship in 2003. In Germany, with THW Kiel team where he was transferred later, he won the championship in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also became the EHF Champions League Champion in 2007.
In 2009, Karabataci left THW Kiel and came back to Montpellier HB. He won French Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Between February and June 2013 he played in the Pays d’Aix Universite Club Handball (Aix-en-Provence) team for a short time. Then he was transferred to his present team, FC Barcelona. Nikola Karabatic was also chosen as the 2014 best handball player by Handball Planet.