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IHF WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2019: Three Danes, Cindric and Sagosen

As part of the celebration and lead up to the first annual International Handball Week, the IHF is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019 IHF Male World Player of the Year. The five finalists were decided in January by a panel of 18 experts, comprised of nine top coaches and nine IHF experts. 

Twelve nations were represented in the first round of selections before the narrowing down to the final five players. France and Norway both counted five representations in the broader expert vote. 

Fans will decide the award winner between the five finalists (more information below). The winners will be announced at the end of International Handball Week on 18 July. And the nominees are…

Mikkel Hansen – Denmark / Paris Saint-Germain HB
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Sander Sagosen – Norway / Paris Saint-Germain HB
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Niklas Landin Jacobsen – Denmark / THW Kiel

Luka Cindric – Croatia / PGE Vive Kielce / Barça
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Rasmus Lauge Schmidt – Denmark / SG Flensburg-Handewitt / Telekom Veszprém HC
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Voting details

This year, the IHF will incorporate the voting and announcement of the 2019 IHF World Player of the Year and 2019 IHF World Coach of the Year awards into the celebration of the first annual International Handball Week from 12 to 18 July. Fan voting for players and coach of the year will run from Friday, 3 July until 00:00 CET on 18 July. The IHF will announce the winners on 18 July. 

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