Double premiere in the world of handball: For the first time ever a female player from Romania and a male player from the Czech Republic are the World Handball Players of the Year. An expert jury, international media and handball fans from all over the world have cast their votes – and the winners are Cristina Neagu and Filip Jicha.
IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa announced the new World Handball Players of the Year at the opening press conference of the 22nd Men’s World Championship in Gothenburg on Thursday. The awards, sponsored by IHF partner Grundfos, will be handed over to the winners at the final weekend of the WCh in Malmö.
The results of the voting for the World Handball Players 2010*: (*a combined voting of a jury of experts and coaches, international media and fans)
1. Cristina Neagu (Romania, 25%)
2. Katrine Lunde-Haraldsen (Norway, 23%)
3. Bojana Popovic (Montenegro,19%)
4. Grit Jurack (Germany 17%)
5. Liudmila Postnova (Russia 16%)
1. Filip Jicha (Czech Republic, 31%)
2. Nikola Karabatic (France, 28%)
3. Thierry Omeyer (France,17%)
4. Igor Vori (Croatia, 14%)
5. Arpad Sterbik (Spain, 10 %)