The greatest Swiss handball player of all time is retiring. Andy Schmid (40) has decided to put an end to his unique career and will no longer play for HC Kriens-Luzern and the Swiss national team.
218 appearances for the Swiss national team. Record international goalscorer (1094 goals). 5-time MVP in the Bundesliga, the best league in the world. EHF European Cup winner. German champion. German Cup winner. Swiss champion. Swiss Cup winner. The numbers and awards from Andy Schmid’s career make impressive reading. Even more extraordinary: Schmid played a crucial role on the field in all of these triumphs.
This is now over. Andy Schmid announced the end of his career on Tuesday morning after more than 20 years as a professional handball player. He will be preparing himself for the next big role – the head coach of a Swiss national team from June.
Andy Schmid leaves the handball stage in an impressive way. In this year’s EHF European League, the second highest club competition in international business, he is still the top scorer with 60 goals from 6 appearances. In his last game with the national team, on January 16, 2024 in Berlin in the 27:29 defeat against North Macedonia, the old master scored another 12 goals and also grabbed the international goal record in his last appearance in a national team uniform Marc Baumgartner.
Andy Schmid, the greatest Swiss handball player of all time, is retiring. An era is coming to an end on the field. But it will remain in Swiss handball. As the SHV communicated in February 2023, Schmid has a contract as a senior national coach from the summer 2024.