An IHF expert jury has nominated three coaches each of men’s and women’s teams – and from now on to 30 June 2014 fans and media can cast their votes for their favourites HERE/LINK or by mobile via QR code . Valero Rivera (Spain) and Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway) had been the winners of the 2012 IHF World Coaches of the Year award, and Rivera is again among the nominees.
Nominees for women’s team coaches:
Dragan Adzic (Montenegro/Podgorica):
Since Dragan Adzic has a double function coaching the women’s national team and the club side Buducnost Podgorica, Montenegrin women’s handball has reached new heights. His list of success started in 2010, when his women’s junior team won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Korea.
In 2012, Adzic’s team made history: first Podgorica won the EHF Champions League, in August Montenegro reached the Olympic final to grab the silver medal and in December they became European Champions and put an end to the Norwegian series of success.
After several stars like Bojana Popovic quit, 2013 was a year of transition in both teams of Adzic, and after a disappointing eighth-final elimination at the World Championship in Serbia, the success returned in May 2014, when Adzic led Podgorica to their second Champions League final – which they lost against Győri Audi ETO KC, where the coach is Ambros Martín.
Date of birth: 13 December 1969 Nationality: Montenegrin
Career: Montenegrin women’s national team coach since 2010, Buducnost coach since 2009, before coach of the Montenegrin junior and youth teams, assistant coach of women’s national team, before player for Buducnost, Rudar, Epoksid, Buje 53, Borec, Mladost and Rimako Success: Bronze medal with Montenegrin junior team at the 2010 World Championship, Champions League title with Buducnost 2012, silver medal at the Olympic Games 2012, European Champion 2012, Champions League finalist with Podgorica in 2014.
Morten Soubak (Brazil):
16 against 20,000 – and those 16 won: This is the Cinderella story of the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Belgrade. Brazil became the second ever non-European World Champion after Korea in 1995 and took the title in style beating host Serbia despite the frenetic support of nearly 20,000 fans in the Kombank Arena. It was the highlight of the career of the Danish-born Morten Soubak, who took over the Brazilian team in 2009.
His strategy to educate his top players in Europe was highly successful. At the 2011 World Championship on home ground and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London his players cried bitter tears after highly unlucky eliminations in the quarter-finals, but in Serbia Brazil stroke back. From 2013 until 2014 Soubak was also coach of the Austrian record Champions League winner Hypo Niederösterreich, where six Brazilian national team players were contracted.
Now he returned to Brazil to prepare for the next clash – hoping to win Olympic gold on home ground in Rio 2016.
Date of birth: 6 August 1964
Career: since 2009 coach of the Brazilian women’s national team, before coach of Pinheiros (BRA), Svendborg (DEN), Kobenhavn (DEN) and the Danish men’s youth national team Success: World Champion 2013, 5th place at 2011 World Championship, quarter-final at the 2012 Olympic Games, twice Pan-American Champion 2011 and 2013, winner of the PanAm Games 2011
Ambros Martin (Győri Audi ETO KC/HUN)
Győri Audi ETO KC has belonged to the top teams of women’s handball for decades, but the Hungarian club suffered from a “final curse” on international level: they had reached seven European Cup finals – including the Champions League finals in 2010 and 2012 – but never won a trophy. Then, in 2012, Ambros Martin became coach. The Spaniard, who had coached the 2011 Champions League finalist and 2009 EHF Cup winner Itxako Estrella before, changed the style of play and created a winners’ mentality in Györ.
In 2013 – Martin’s first season in Hungary – the curse was broken, when Győr took their first ever international title by winning the Champions League finals against Larvik (Norway). Having world-class players like Anita Görbicz, Eduarda Amorim, Heidi Löke, Katrine Lunde, Katarina Bulatovic or, before, Andrea Lekic in his squad, Ambros Martin managed to defend the Champions League title in May 2014 by winning the first ever FINAL4 tournament in Budapest after a clear final triumph against Podgorica (lead by Adzic)
Date of birth: 30 April 1969
Career: Coach of Spanish top club Itxako from 2003 to 2012, winner of in total eleven titles with the team including the EHF Cup in 2009, since 2012 coach of Győri Audi ETO , two-time EHF Champions League winner( 2013, 2014) , two-time Hungarian Champion (2013, 2014) , two time Hungarian Cup winner (2013, 2014) source: ihf