Hans Moser (handballer)
Hans Moser (in Romania known sometimes as Ioan Moser; born 24 January 1937 in Timișoara, Romania) is a former Romanian-born German handball player and coach. He won two world championships as a player for the Romanian national team.
During his active player career, Moser, who is 1.92m tall, played as a center fielder.
In 2000, the official bulletin of the International Handball Federation, World Handball Magazine, chose Moser as a member of the "Team of the Century", together with teammates Cornel Penu and Gheorghe Gruia.
In 1961, in West Germany, he became world champion with the Romania's national team. In 1964, in Czechoslovakia, besides becoming again world champion with the Romanian team, he was one of the three leading top scorers of the tournament. In the same year he was named "Best Handball Player in the World".
In 1964–1965, he won the EHF Champions League with Dinamo Bucharest.
He played 224 games for the national team of Romania. He won eleven national championships (including three in field handball) with Dinamo Bucharest.
In 1968 he was allowed by the Romanian authorities to go to West Germany for six months as a playing coach for TV Milbertshofen. After the contract expired, he decided to defect. His wife and son, Richard, were visiting him at the time, so the decided to defect, too.
In 2004 he was investigated for forgery, use of forgery, and fraud. In 2008 he was sentenced by a court of law in Sighetu Marmației to one year and six months imprisonment, suspended for three and a half years.
Awards and distinctions
- 1961 Honored Master of Sports ("Maestru emerit al sportului")
- 2007 Honorary citizen of Timișoara
- 2009 Sports Merit Order, Second Class with bar
- "Geschichten rund um den Handball in Siebenbürgen (XIV)" (in German). Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- "Geburtstagsfeier über dem Atlantik" (in German). Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- "Einst verfemt, jetzt Ehrenbürger" (in German). Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- "Campion mondial, condamnat penal" (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- "Băsescu a decorat 47 de foşti handbalişti români" (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 May 2014.