IHF World Player of the Year

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IHF World Player of the Year
Award details
Sport Handball
Competition International Handball
Given for Best Performance in International Handball Competitions
History
First award 1988
Most wins Nikola Karabatić France (2007, 2014, 2016)
Cristina Neagu Romania (2010, 2015, 2016)
Most recent Men's - Nikola Karabatić France (3rd Title)
Women's - Cristina Neagu Romania (3rd Title)

The IHF World Player of the Year is a handball award given annually to the player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous season, both at club and international competitions. It is awarded based on votes from experts, media and fans.

About[edit]

The award was awarded by IHF since 1988 in both Men's and Women's Category separately.

No award was awarded in the year 1991, 1992, 1993.

Men[edit]

Year Winner Country Ref.
1988 Veselin Vujović  Yugoslavia
1989 Kang Jae-Won  South Korea
1990 Magnus Wislander  Sweden
1991 No vote
1992
1993
1994 Talant Dujshebaev  Russia
1995 Jackson Richardson  France
1996 Talant Dujshebaev (2)  Spain
1997 Stéphane Stoecklin  France
1998 Daniel Stephan  Germany
1999 Rafael Guijosa  Spain
2000 Dragan Škrbić  Yugoslavia
2001 Yoon Kyung-Shin  South Korea
2002 Bertrand Gille  France
2003 Ivano Balić  Croatia
2004 Henning Fritz  Germany
2005 Arpad Šterbik  Serbia and Montenegro
2006 Ivano Balić (2)  Croatia
2007 Nikola Karabatić  France
2008 Thierry Omeyer  France [1]
2009 Sławomir Szmal  Poland [2]
2010 Filip Jícha  Czech Republic [3]
2011 Mikkel Hansen  Denmark [4]
2012 Daniel Narcisse  France [5]
2013 Domagoj Duvnjak  Croatia
2014 Nikola Karabatić (2)  France
2015 Mikkel Hansen (2)  Denmark
2016 Nikola Karabatić (3)  France

Women[edit]

Year Winner Country
1988 Svetlana Kitić  Yugoslavia
1989 Kim Hyun-Mee  South Korea
1990 Jasna Kolar-Merdan  Austria
1991 No vote
1992
1993
1994 Mia Hermansson  Sweden
1995 Erzsébet Kocsis  Hungary
1996 Lim O-Kyeong  South Korea
1997 Anja Andersen  Denmark
1998 Trine Haltvik  Norway
1999 Ausra Fridrikas  Austria
2000 Bojana Radulović  Hungary
2001 Cecilie Leganger  Norway
2002 Zhai Chao  China
2003 Bojana Radulović (2)  Hungary
2004 Anita Kulcsár  Hungary
2005 Anita Görbicz  Hungary
2006 Nadine Krause  Germany
2007 Gro Hammerseng  Norway
2008 Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth[6]  Norway
2009 Allison Pineau[7]  France
2010 Cristina Neagu[3]  Romania
2011 Heidi Løke[4]  Norway
2012 Alexandra do Nascimento[5]  Brazil
2013 Andrea Lekić  Serbia
2014 Eduarda Amorim  Brazil
2015 Cristina Neagu (2)  Romania
2016 Cristina Neagu (3)  Romania

Previous awards[edit]

While the IHF has only reported awards since 1988, other players have been voted best players in the world before.

Thus, the Romanian Ștefan Birtalan was elected World Player of the Year in 1974, 1976 and 1977.[8]

Best players of all time[edit]

In 1992, Gheorghe Gruia of Romania was named Best Player of All Time by the International Handball Federation.[9][10]

In 2000, the Swedish Magnus Wislander and the Ukrainian Zinaida Turchyna were elected Players of the 20th Century by the IHF.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player of the Year - Men 2008". IHF. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Player of the Year - Men 2009". IHF. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Neagu and Jicha World Handball Players of the Year 2010". IHF. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Heidi Løke and Mikkel Hansen World Handball Players of the Year 2011". International Handball Federation. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Alexandra do Nascimento and Daniel Narcisse are GRUNDFOS World Handball Players of the Year 2012". International Handball Federation. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Player of the Year - Women 2008". IHF. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Player of the Year - Women 2009". IHF. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "HANDBALL LEGEND AMAZED BY CL FINAL". ehfcl.com. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Handball World Mourns the Loss of Icon, Friend & Teacher". ihf.info. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Gheorghe Gruia: La zurda rumana que dominó el mundo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wislander "Welt-Handballer des Jahrhunderts"" (in German). thw-handball.de. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Турчина — лучшая гандболистка века" (in Russian). kommersant.ru. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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