Award Nominees

Stine BREDAL OFTEDAL

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It is impossible to understate Oftedal’s penchant for creating chances and developing her team’s attacks, both at club level and for the national team. In 2021, Oftedal has added to her impressive medal collection, securing gold at Spain 2021 and bronze at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, improving the overall tally to 11 in major tournaments.

At Spain 2021, Oftedal has scored 24 times and dished 42 assists, close to her performance at Tokyo 2020, where she scored 23 times and had 39 assists. Now 30 years old, Oftedal is in her prime and is likely to be one of the most decorated players in the history of handball.

Only two players in history, Hungary’s Bojana Radulovic – two times – and Romanian left back Cristina Neagu – four times – have clinched multiple IHF Female Player of the Year awards. Only Neagu has retained the award in consecutive years, but now, Norway’s centre back Stine Bredal Oftedal can become only the second player to secure the prestigious distinction in back-to-back editions after clinching the trophy in 2019.

Nominated World Players Of The Year

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Sandra TOFT

Country: DEN

Goalkeeper

The Danish shot-stopper has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the last years and, now, she could write hist...


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Kari BRATTSET DALE

Country: NOR

Pivot

The importance of the line players in modern handball cannot be understated, with Dale being an integral part of Norway’...


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Pauletta FOPPA

Country: FRA

Pivot

The youngest of the five nominees, Foppa has been steadily improving and has become one of the most dominant forces in h...


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Grâce ZAADI DEUNA

Country: FRA

Centre Back

The last time a French player won the IHF Female World Player of the Year award was in 2009 as Allison Pineau just finis...


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