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Thierry Omeyer
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Personal information
Born 2 November 1976 (1976-11-02) (age 44)
Mulhouse, France
Nationality French
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Years Team
1985–1994
Cernay
Senior clubs
Years Team
1994–2000
Sélestat HB
2000–2006
Montpellier Handball
2006–2013
THW Kiel
2013–2014
Montpellier Handball
2014–2019
PSG Handball
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2017
France 356 (4)

Thierry Omeyer (born 2 November 1976) is a retired French handball goalkeeper.

A member of the French national team since 1999, he has won all major titles with the team: world champion (five times), European champion (three times) and Olympic champion twice.

He is widely considered to be one of the best handball goalkeepers of all time, and is the third goalkeeper so far to have been elected best player of the world by the International Handball Federation (the two others being Henning Fritz, in 2004, and Árpád Sterbik, in 2005), what he achieved in 2008. In his former club (THW Kiel), his nickname was Die Mauer (The Wall).

Club career

Omeyer started handball at the age of 9 in Cernay (Alsace). In 1994, he joined his first professional club, Sélestat. His save percentage being up to 50%, he caught the attention of the best club in the French championship, Montpellier. Quickly becoming the first choice goalkeeper, he won five championships (from 2002 to 2006) and five national cups (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006). The biggest highlight of his time there is the win of the 2003 EHF Champions League, a title that had never been won by a French club before.

In 2006, he decided to leave for a more competitive championship and joined the German club THW Kiel, with whom he won the double, the championship and the national cup in 2007 and 2008, plus the Champions League in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

On 15 April 2014, Paris Saint-Germain announced that both Thierry Omeyer and William Accambray were leaving Montpellier in order to join their club next season.

Omeyer played his last professional match on 6 June 2019 against Cesson-Rennes, PSG, who had already secured the title, defeated Cesson-Rennes 29-20, which ensured the latter's relegation.

International career

He made his debut for the French national team on September 19, 1999 against Romania. In 2001, he became World champion after beating Sweden 28-25 (after two extra-times) in the final.

In 2008, he became Olympic champion after an excellent tournament where he was voted best goalkeeper with a rate of 41% shots saved all over the competition. In the final, he saved 11 shots out of 39 to ensure France' 28-23 win over Iceland.

In 2015, he became World champion after beating Qatar 25-22. He was voted best goalkeeper and the MVP of the tournament.

Individual awards

  • Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the World Championship: 2015
  • All-Star Goalkeeper of the World Championship: 2011, 2015
  • All-Star Goalkeeper of the European Championship: 2006
  • IHF World Player of the Year: 2008
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