The best thing handball gave me is a plenty of friends all across the world. We sometimes do not see each other for years but then, it is as if we met yesterday.
Michal Barda was born on the 27th June in 1955 in Prague. His mother was a dentist and his father was a construction engineer. When Michal was ten years old, his parents divorced and his mother raised him along with his stepfather; at this age, he started playing handball. He graduated from the high school, then named after Wilhelm Pieck, in Prague. When he was just seventeen, he played in the A team in Slavia. Soon, he qualified for the Czechoslovak representation team, with which he played 218 matches, as a goalkeeper he scored 4 goals and for 10 years, he was the team’s captain. He studied at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University and while still at the university, he got married. He went to serve in the army to Dukla, the army’s sports team in Prague, and after compulsory year of service, he stayed there as a professional officer and sportsman. With the Dukla team, he would regularly win the Czechoslovak handball league and in 1984, the team won the European Masters’ Cup. The Czechoslovak sportsmen could not participate in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles because the Soviet Union and its satellites decided not to take part in the games for political reasons. At the next Olympics in Seoul, the Czechoslovak national team participated and won the 6th place. Between 1987 and 1992, Michal played in the German league and at the same time, he studied at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of the Charles University in Prague. Then, he returned to Czechoslovakia. Along withVladimír Haber, he trained the Czech national team and helped them to achieve excellent results, especially between the years 1993 – 1996. He worked for a German technology company and rose to the post of IT director, later on, as a high-ranking human resources analyst responsible for the regions of Europe, Near East and Africa. Later on, he worked in the International Handball Federation, as a coach in Olympic Solidarity and as a trainer of Swiss national team goalkeepers. Since 2010, he’s been freelancing.