HANDBALL PERSON 2014 is NIKOLA KARABATIC. One of the best handball players of the last decade had an impressive year 2014 with a lot of success in the French national team, but also F.C Barcelona. The 31 years-old playmaker led his group of „Experts“ to the golden podium at the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, while the same dose of TOP quality has been seen in golden campaign in Qatar last January. Spanish FC Barcelona won all domestic trophy adding IHF Super Globe 2014 title in Doha with him as the leader.
One of the „brand names“ of the handball, guy with the biggest number of followers on the social networks, idol of many handball youngstars across the Globe, symbol of the winner won Handball-Planet.com and IHF awards for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014.
The 12 members of Handball-Planet.com Jury gave the biggest number of votes to Nikola (5) ahead of his coach in the national team – Claude Onesta (3) and Romanian handball princess Cristina Neagu (3), who won also a vote of the fans (496) ahead of Vive Tauron Kielce TV (490).
SG Flensburg coach Ljubomir Vranješ and Norwegian coach Karl Erik Bohn, who passed away in February 2014, also got a point each.
Nikola Karabatić – 5 (Andrea Lekic, Nicola Chardon, Andrej Golic, Domagoj Duvnjak, Isabelle Gullden)
Claude Onesta – 3 (Dragan Adzic, Patrekur Johannesson, Manolo Cadenas)
Cristina Neagu – 3 (Anett Sattler, Ljudmila Bodnieva, FANS)
Karl Erik Bohn – 1 (Zsolt Sevinger)
Ljubomir Vranjes – 1 (Bjorn Pazen)
Anett Sattler – Sport 1 reporter
Dragan Adzic – ZRK Buducnost and Montenegro NT coach – HANDBALL PERSON 2012
Domagoj Duvnjak – THW Kiel player – HANDBALL PERSON 2013
Patrekur Johannesson – Austrian NT coach
Ludmila Bodnieva – legendary Russian handball player, two times World Champion
Andrej Golić – retired French NT player, world champion, TV commentator and player agent
Andrea Lekić – ŽRK Vardar playmaker, IHF World Handball Player 2013
Bjorn Pazen – one of the most important handball journalists, IHF and EHF contributor
Zsolt Sevinger – MKB MVM Veszprem general director
Manolo Cadenas – Wisla Plock and Spanish NT coach, 3x Cup Winners Cup winner
Isabelle Gullden – Viborg HK and Swedish NT player, EHF EURO 2014 MVP
Nicolas Chardon – Handnews.fr editor
Dragan Adzic 2012
Domagoj Duvnjak 2013
HANDBALL PERSON has to be an example which will be followed and recognized by the global handball community. Values of achievement could be measured in number of goals and trophies, but on the same level with positive examples to the future generations, charity, commitment, battle with injuries and illnesses or great handball visions which provide “revolution” in some handball countries, teams or organizations.