Meet The Pros: Kiril Lazarov
To handball fans, the name Kiril Lazarov hardly needs any introduction. The Macedonian player – currently at HBC Nantes – holds numerous impressive records: he has the most goals scored in both a single World and European Men’s Handball Championship (92 and 61 respectively!) and he is the all-time top scorer in the EHF Champions League with well over a 1000 goals. Here, the hummel sponsored handball star talks about growing up with a handball playing farther, his sports idols (you might be surprised!) and the three words that describe his game.
What is the most exciting thing about playing international Championships like the EC?
The European Men’s Handball Championship is a great event and it’s a pleasure to be part of it. I enjoy playing for my country – that’s a special feeling.
Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images
What are you looking most forward to in regards of the European Championship?
It will be a special tournament as we are playing in Croatia, a country very close to Macedonia. We will have a lot of supporters with us and will try to be competitive against all our opponents.
If you could only use three words to describe your way of playing handball, what would they be?
Love, passion, and character.
What prompted you to play handball in the first place – and when/where was it?
My father was a handball player and trainer. He was mostly responsible for me becoming a handball player.
Growing up as a younger player, who was your biggest idol? Who did you look up to or dream about playing with or against?
I started out playing basketball and after that I fell in love with handball. My idols back then were basket players Toni Kukoc and Michael Jordan. Now, my sport idols are Messi and Novak Djokovic.
What would be your ultimate handball experience – something you haven’t yet achieved?
I still dream of playing the Olympics with my national team.
You play in the hummel Aerocharge Trophy – what is your favorite thing about the shoe?
I have collaborated with hummel for more than 10 years now. I’m really satisfied with the hummel shoe – they get better and better. The Aerocharge Trophy is until now the best style shoe made by hummel. They are very soft and comfortable and I’m very satisfied.