Two new recipients have scooped the 2019 awards for IHF World Player of the Year: Niklas Landin Jacobsen and Stine Bredal Oftedal. For both, it is the first time being named IHF World Player of the Year.
Landin was nominated for the award based on his performances for Denmark and German club THW Kiel, while Oftedal was key for both Norway and her Hungarian club Györi Audi ETO KC. Both are captains of their national teams, and thereby play a pivotal role as leaders.
Voting for the awards was closed at midnight on Saturday July 18, the final day of the first annual International Handball Week. For each award, there were five nominees decided by a panel of 18 experts – nine from the IHF and nine top national team coaches.
IHF coach of the Year 2019 Men: Nikolaj Jakobsen winning in a tight vote just in front of Norwegian Christian Berge.