Club: THW Kiel (Germany)
List of awards: EHF Champions League winner 2010, Czech and German Handball Player of the Year, German champion 2008, 2009, 2010, German cup winner 2008 and 2009, EHF Champions League finalist 2008 and 2009, top scorer of the EHF EURO 2010, Most Valuable Player and all-star team member at the EHF EURO 2010, top scorer of the EHF Champions League 2009 and 2010, runners-up of the top scorer list of the World Championship 2007, 8th place at the EURO 2010 with Czech Republic, best player in the German Bundesliga 2010, silver medallist at the Youth World Championships 1998 and 2000.
Filip Jicha, nicknamed “Pavel”, was one of the most successful handball players in 2010 worldwide. For the first time ever he won the EHF Champions League title due to a great final victory against FC Barcelona with THW Kiel, attended by more than 20,000 spectators in Cologne. The season 2009/2010 was the “Jicha year”; he became top scorer of the Champions League and the EHF EURO 2010 in Austria, where he led the Czech team to the eighth rank.
In addition he was awarded Most Valuable Player of the EURO. The left back, who is married to Hana and father of Valeria, has taken several more titles with his German club, where he has played since 2007. The powerful shooter who is two metres tall is also a strong defence player. Prior to this he played for TBV Lemgo (Germany) and won the EHF Cup in 2006 after some short stays in Arabic countries and Switzerland. He started his career in the Czech city of Pilsen, before changing to the Czech top club Dukla Praha in 2000. Despite two great Jicha performances, his Czech team missed the qualification for the World Championship in Sweden in the play-off matches against Serbia. In more than 120 international matches, Jicha scored more than 630 times for the Czech national team.