year, the International Handball Federation awards the players who stood out
with impressive performances throughout the whole year, as well as the coaches who
led their teams to glory.
group of experts, consisting of IHF experts and the coaches of the best teams
at the last IHF World Championships, has chosen five nominees in each category
who they consider to be the best of the best in 2016. In the next round, it is
up to the fans and media to choose their favourites.
today until 9 March 2017, handball fans and media all around the world
can cast their vote for the IHF World Handball Players and Coaches of the Year
2016. Among the nominees, there are many familiar faces as four players and
coaches each won the respective awards at least once which is proof of their
excellent skills. However, the other nominees have impressed the experts with
their performances and results just as well so that the decision is not that easy.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR - Men
centre back is one of the star players of the French team and has won the
Player of the Year award twice already (in 2007 and 2014). With the French team
Karabatic ranked fifth at the EHF EURO 2016 and claimed the silver medal at the
2016 Olympic Games, where he was also voted into the All-star Team. With Paris
Saint-Germain, his current club, he won the French Championship, came in third
at the EHF Champions League Final4 and finished second at the IHF Super Globe
and 2015 Player of the Year Mikkel Hansen, can look back at a successful year
2016. After a rocky start, when the Danes lost their 5/6th placement match at
the EHF EURO 2016 against France, the team around Hansen got their revenge at
Rio 2016 where they beat France in the final to claim the gold medal. The
29-year-old left back was not only part of the Rio 2016 All-star team but was
also voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament. With his PSG teammate Nikola
Karabatic, he had many reasons to celebrate in addition to becoming top scorer
in the EHF Champions League season 2015/2016.
25-year-old goalkeeper Andreas Wolff rose at the EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, where
he was not only voted into the All-star team but could also claim the gold
medal with Germany. The surprise victory qualified the ‘Bad Boys’ for the 2016
Olympics where they continued their successful year claiming the bronze medal.
In 2016, Wolff joined German record champions THW Kiel.
centre back Domagoj Duvnjak appears regularly among the Player of the Year
nominees and even won the award in 2013. 2016 started off with Croatia winning
the bronze medal at the EHF EURO. They qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic
Games, where the 28-year-old showed his skills coming in first in the assist’s
ranking and sixth in the combination goals/assists.
Sander Sagosen is probably one of Europe’s biggest handball talents at the
moment. With Norway he achieved the best result of the men’s team at a European
championship when they came in fourth in 2016. With his performance at the EHF
EURO 2016, where he was also voted into the All-star Team, he made many clubs
sit up and notice, amongst others Paris Saint-Germain Handball. He signed with
the French powerhouse in 2016 and joins them the next season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Women
the Norwegian team, the 25-year-old right back claimed not only bronze at the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games but they defended their European championship title as
well. At the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden, Mork proved her qualities once
again as she was top scorer of the tournament and voted into the All-star Team.
though Romania look back at a rather disappointing year after their Rio 2016
qualification, 2010 and 2015 Player of the Year Cristina Neagu still stands
out. She ranked third in the top scorer lists of the Women’s EHF Champions
League, the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 and the Olympic Games as well – even though
Romania did not make it to the quarter-finals and she played only five matches.
The 28-year-old left back was also voted into the All-star teams of the Women's EHF EURO and the Women’s
EHF Champions League 2015/2016.
their surprise runners-up position at the 2015 World Championship, the Dutch
women started strong in 2016 qualifying for Rio unbeaten at their Olympic
Qualification Tournament. At the Olympic Games they finished fourth and the
team around Nycke Groot showed their strength again at the Women’s EHF EURO
2016, claiming the silver medal. The 28-year-old centre back was also part of
the All-star team and was voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Alongside her teammates Mork and Kari Grimsbo, Groot could celebrate the title
of Hungarian champions and a second place at the Women’s EHF Final4.
centre back Isabelle Gullden had a successful year 2016 with her club team CSM
Bucuresti. She could not only celebrate the Romanian championship title but
also winning the Women’s EHF Champions League Final4, a first in the history of
the club. The 27-year-old was top scorer of the last Champions League season.
With the national team she qualified for the 2016 Olympics.
European champion Kari Grimsbo made it on the list of nominees for the Player
of the Year 2016 as well. Norway’s goalkeeper did not only have a rather
successful season 2015/2016 with Gyori ETO KC but could also celebrate the
bronze medal with Norway at the Olympics, where she was also voted into the
All-star Team, and defending the title at the EUHF EURO 2016 in Sweden.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Men’s team
coach of Norway’s men’s team made everybody sit up and take notice when they
made it to the semi-finals of the EHF EURO 2016 in Poland and thus achieved the
best result of a Norwegian men’s team at a European championship ever. Even
though the men’s team did not succeed in qualifying for Rio, it became obvious
at France 2017, where they finished second, that the 43-year-old had done an
excellent job in 2016.
though Didier Dinart’s time to shine as head coach of the French men’s team who won the 2017 World Championship on
home ground, the 40-year-old took over the French team step by step in 2016 as
assistant coach to Claude Onesta. After
ranking fifth at the EHF EURO they succeeded in qualifying for Rio 2016 where
France claimed the silver medal.
After the Danish men finished their Olympic
Qualification Tournament on first place, the team of Gudmundur Gudmundsson
travelled to Rio where they succeeded in not only claiming a medal but beating
world champions France in the final. Thus, the 56-year-old Icelander led the
Danish men’s team to the first Olympic gold medal in history.
IHF Coach of the Year Dagur Sigurdsson could not have had a better start in
2016. The German team, coached by the 43-year-old Icelander, surprisingly won
the EHF EURO 2016 and directly qualified for the Olympic Games where they
claimed the bronze medal. Thus, in 2016 it became obvious that under Sigurdsson
the Germans made their comeback and can be counted among the world’s top teams
Vujovic and Slovenia had a rather rocky start in 2016. But after a
disappointing EHF EURO 2016 campaign, the 56-year-old Montenegrin started over
anew and made some substantial changes leading to Slovenia’s qualification for
the 2016 Olympics, where they finished sixth. His consistent work in 2016 bore
fruits in the beginning of 2017 at the World Championship in France where
Slovenia’s men’s team could claim their first medal, finishing third. With RK
Zagreb, his club team, he won the Croatian Championship and was able to cause
some upsets in the EHF Champions League.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Women’s team
IHF Coach of the Year Thorir Hergeirsson (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015) made it on
the list of nominees for the Coach of the Year award once again. After
defending the world championship title in 2015, the next stop was Rio 2016
where hot favourites Norway claimed bronze. At the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 they
showed their excellent qualities again and the 52-year-old Icelander could add
another European Championship title to his long list of achievements after his
team beat Netherlands in the final.
In 2016, 58-year-old Frenchman Olivier
Krumbholz took over the French women’s team who he led to the final of the 2016
Olympic Games to win silver. At the EHF EURO in December, France were thus
among the medal favourites and did not disappoint, claiming the bronze medal. After
mixed results in the past years, the Coach of the Year 2010 brought France back
to the top.
In 2016, Russia’s women’s team travelled to Rio
2016 after finishing first at the Olympic Qualification Tournament III. 61-year-old
Evgeniy Trefilov, who was voted Coach of the Year in 2009, saw his team then
play an excellent Olympic tournament claiming the gold medal – unbeaten.
44-year-old Dane Kim Rasmussen took over CSM
Bucuresti in 2015 and it is mostly thanks to his work with the club team that
he is among the nominees. The season 2015/2016 could not have been better for
the team from Romania, who won the Romanian Cup, the national championship and
on top of that, for the first time the Women’s EHF Champions League.
Dutch women started strong in 2016, after they surprisingly claimed the silver
medal at the 2015 Women’s World Championship, one of the successes that put
56-year-old Henk Groener in the focus of attention already at the last Coach of
the Year contest. Unbeaten at Olympic Qualification Tournament I, Netherlands
travelled to Rio full of confidence where they eventually finished fourth,
losing the match for third place against reigning world champions Norway.
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