Croatia Handball Legend Igor Vori Comes Out of Retirement to Join German Bundesliga

Daniela Rogulj

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Fuchse Berlin
Fuchse Berlin

The celebrated Croatia handball player Igor Vori will play handball again after almost three years! On Tuesday, he signed a contract with the German Bundesliga club Fuchse from Berlin, reports Sportske Novosti.

Fuchse striker Johan Koch from Denmark is seriously injured, and the German club sent an offer to Igor Vori, who accepted it, even though he has not played handball for almost three years.

Vori was the director of the Croatia national handball team. From June to October 2020, he was also the coach of PPD Zagreb, and he was recently named the coach of the Croatia junior national team.

Vori has 246 appearances for Croatia. He became the Olympic champion with Croatia in 2004, was the best player of the 2009 World Championships, and won the Olympic bronze in London in 2012. From 2009 to 2013, Vori played in the Bundesliga for HSV Hamburg. The 2.03-meter-tall pivot also played for Zagreb, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain.

Board member Stefan Kretzschmar spoke about Vori’s arrival: 

“We were thinking about how we could make up for the absence of Johan Koch. As the transition period closed in February, only players who did not previously have a contract or played were allowed to be brought in. The choice is, of course, limited. I talked to some pivots on the phone, and Igor Vori immediately said he wanted to help. His readiness was also decisive. We get a very experienced player who can relieve Mijaj Marsenić. We get a great player for the tasks ahead. I would also like to thank Bob Hanning for making this transfer possible.”

Füchse coach Jaron Siewert is also satisfied.

“Some at the club know Igor, and I’ve only heard positive things about him from them,” Siewert said.

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