Romania’s Cristina Neagu and France’s Nikola Karabatic were voted IHF Players of the Year 2016 by fans, experts and media representatives. For both players, this is the third occasion to sit on the throne of the world.
Cristina Neagu participated at the Olympic Games and the EHF EURO with the Romanian national team. In Rio, they couldn’t reach the quarterfinals and at the EURO, they finished 5th. With her club Buducnost, she finished 4th in the EHF FINAL4. The Romanian superstar was in the All Star Team at the EHF EURO and at the EHF Champions League. She won the IHF Player of the Year award for the second year in a row and for the third time overall (2010, 2015), she is the first female player to achieve both. Nora Mörk finished second while Nycke Groot third.
Nikola Karabatic won silver at the Olympic Games in Rio and finished fifth at the EHF EURO 2016. At the Olympic Games, he was voted to the All Star Team. With his club Paris Saint-Germain, he managed to reach the EHF FINAL4 and came in as bronze medalists of the competition. After 2007 and 2014, this is his third time being crowned.
In the coaches’ competition, Norway’s Thorir Hergeirsson and France’s Didier Dinart were voted to IHF Coaches of the Year 2016.