EHF Excellence Awards
The 2022/23 season in European handball promises to be one to remember as the EHF celebrates its 30th anniversary – and to help mark the occasion we want you, the fans, to vote for and crown this season's best players in the inaugural EHF Excellence Awards .
The awards - for both men and women - will honor the best players in each position - best goalkeeper, left wing, left back, center back, right back, right wing and line player plus best defender and rookie of the season. Taking these votes into consideration, we'll also select a season MVP. Beach handball athletes will also be included, ensuring every aspect of European handball is covered. Cool right?
Bookmark this page, or visit every single day if you have to, because this will be the place to see who has made it to the shortlist and details of how you can place your all-important votes.
HOW DO I VOTE?
Keep your eyes open and ears to the ground for news of fresh nominees on eurohandball.com and on our Home of Handball app . If you're subscribing to our Home of Handball newsletter the chances are very high that you'll also be notified. Put this way: we'll make sure you'll get your vote in.
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HOW DO PLAYERS GET SHORTLISTED?
Good questions. Well, in the EHF Champions League , a team of the round will be named at the end of each week, with the top three players from each position who have received the most nominations by the end of the quarter-finals making the list. Those names will appear at the bottom of this page.
For EHF EURO it's slightly different. Every member of the coveted All-star Team gets added to the list. In order to cover both genders (remember, it's the Women's event this season, the next Men's EHF EURO is in 2024), the European players nominated for the All-star Team at the IHF World Championship are put forward.
WHO VOTES FOR THE TEAM OF THE ROUND?
Experts featuring some of the biggest names in handball have been named to choose the Team of the Round in the EHF Champions League as part of the EHF Excellence Awards campaign.
In the Machineseeker EHF Champions League Stefan Lövgren , László Nagy , Ivano Balic , Victor Tomas , Carlos Prieto , and Vid Kavticnik will make the call on which male player will be named as the stand-out performer from each round.
Meanwhile, Eduarda Amorim , Jelena Grubisic , Anja Althaus , Katarina Bulatovic , and Johanna Ahlm made the decision in their hands for the pick of the players in the EHF Champions League Women.
WHO ELSE CAN EARN A NOMINATION?
Additional players who perform in the EHF European League (one per position), as well as EHF EURO Qualifiers and national team matches (maximum three per position), can get themselves on the shortlist. This will also appear at the bottom of this page - so remember to keep your eyes peeled. Each position also has the potential to include a wildcard entry - sadly, it doesn't mean you can vote for your mate at your local club. The maximum number of candidates per position is nine.
ARE THE BEACH HANDBALL STARS ALSO RECOGNISED?
Beach handball players are not forgotten about either, with the best female and male players nominated based on the All-star Team nominations at the EHF Champions Cup 2022, ebt Finals 2023, and EHF Beach Handball EURO 2023 all taken into consideration.
WHEN DO WE KNOW WHO WINS?
The candidates will be finalized once the quarter-finals in the Machineseeker EHF Champions League and EHF Champions League Women have been played in mid-May 2023.
Europe's first EHF Excellence Awards winners will be announced at a glitzy gala in Vienna on June 26, 2023.
Voting open between 15 - 25 May
Voting open between 26 May - 5 June