Viktor Szilagyi, arguably the best Austrian player of all time, has announced his retirement on a press conference earlier today. The 37-year old playmaker of DKB Handball-Bundesliga side Bergischer HC will play his last league game in Flensburg on the 5th of June, while putting on the Austrian jersey two more times during the World Championship playoff against Denmark.
The Austrian captain took his time to make a decision, as the end of his career was looming like a dark cloud in the sky. “It was a long process and over the last few years it has been in my mind a lot. At the same time I’m very convinced that the BHC has a lot of potential.” Szilagyi will start his work as the club’s first ever sports director and helpful hand for head coach Sebastian Hinze in the summer.
“The timing feels right to start a new chapter in my life and I’m looking forward to this new challange. It will be exciting to see how I will be able to put 17 years as a player behind me when training and match schedules have been the focus point of my life.” Szilagyi is the only player in handball history who has won all major European trophies.
He claimed the Champions League with the THW Kiel in 2007 and added won the EHF-Cup with both TuSEM Essen (2005) and the VfL Gummersbach (2009), while celebrating the Cup Winners Cup with both Gummersbach (2010) and the SG Flensburg-Handewitt (2012). He will finish his career with over 200 caps and 900 goals for Austria.