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07 JAN 99: IHF and ADIDAS are looking for the 1998 world handball players of the year
It has become a good tradition in the meantime: the readers of the WORLD HANDBALL MAGAZINE as well as all those interested in handball are asked to chose the female and male world handball player of the year – with the friendly support of the sports equipment manufacturer ADIDAS. We are looking for the two players who have put themselves in the spotlight in 1998 through top performances and exemplary sporting behaviour.
Thus in principle all players who made their mark at international level can be chosen. The decision will be taken solely by the readership of the WHM and all other handball fans. Independent of this the WHM editorial staff has listed a few female and male players. This list is not exhaustive in any way, however. Here our candidates:


Talant Duishebaev
already World Handball Player of the Year twice before and again putting in strong performances on the international stage this year
Nabil Gohar
has developed into one of the best line players in the world
Stefan Lövgren
technically adept top thrower of the new European Champions
Carlos Reinaldo Perez
Panamerican champion again with all his jumping strength
Sergej Pogorelow
a bundle of strength at the back with increasing playing class
Jackson Richardson
especially as a defender still the measure of all things
Daniel Stephan
the centre was the best player of the 1998 European Championships
Kyung-shin Yoon
left-hander with equal qualities in defence and attack



Anna Ejsmont
elegance and creativity in all back positions
Ausra Fridrikas
took the European Championships top scorers title with dynamism and great throwing strength
Trine Haltvik
fast and constantly moving player who develops goal pressure from the centre
Jeong-Ho Hong
the small left-hander with an extensive jumping and throwing repertoire
Christine Lindemann
goalkeeper with constant top performances
Tonje Kjaergaard
multi-facetted pivot with a lion’s heart
Beata Siti
a lot of ideas and a joyful game from the central position
Valentina Radulovic
multi-facetted whirlwind on the right

Do you want a vote? Just write your chosen female and male players’ names on a postcard and send it to:

     International Handball Federation
     -World Handball Player 1998-
     P.O.Box 312
     4020 Basel

The last date for entries is the 20th of February 1999. The IHF is again raffling off attractive prizes for all entrants - sports equipment from the company adidas.
So far the following female and male players have been chosen as the world handball players of the year:





Veselin Vujovic YUG Svetlana Kitic YUG


Jae-Won Kang KOR Kim Hyun-Mee KOR


Magnus Wislander SWE Jasmiza Kolar AUT


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Talant Duishebaev RUS Mia Hermansson-Högdahl SWE


Jackson Richardson FRA Erszebet Koszis HUN


Talant Duishebaev ESP O-Kyeong Lim KOR


Stéphane Stoecklin FRA Anja Andersen DEN