All-Stars of 2015

Women’s European Championship U19 – Spain

GK: Tonje Haug Lerstad (Nor)

LP: Sara Trier Hald (Den)

LW: Marianna Egorova (Rus)

LB: Emily Bölk (Ger)

CB: Yaroslava Frolova (Rus)

RB: Celine Lundbye Kristiansen (Den)

RW: Maitane Etxeberria (Esp)

Top scorer: Djurdjina Jaukovic (Mne) – 71 goals

Best defensive player: Sofia Hvenfelt (Swe)

Best player: Djurdjina Jaukovic (Mne)


Women’s European Championship U17 – Macedonia


GK: Laerke Sofie Tanderup Soerensen (Den)

LP: Noemi Paztor (Hun)

LW: Sarah Grunnet Sougaart (Den)

LB: Karina Sabirova (Rus)

CB: Matea Pletikosic (Cro)

RB: Antonina Skorobogatchenko (Rus)

RW: Maria Dudina (Rus)

Top scorer: Maria Sorina Tirca (Rou) 55 goals in 7 matches

Best defensive player: Kristina Joergensen (Den)

Best player: Helena Elver Hagesoe (Den)


All-Stars Of 2014

Women’s European Open U18

GK: Sofie Börjesson (Swe)
LW: Viede Karoline Nord (Nor)
LB: Yulia Golikova (Rus)
CB: Mette Thrysted (Den)
RB: Valentina Vernigorova (Rus)
RW: Nikolett Dioszegi (Hun) 

Top scorer: Cristina Laslo (Rou)
Best defence player: Aleksandra Zimny (Pol)
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Yaroslava Frolova (Rus)

Women’s World Championship U18 – Macedonia



GK: Jessica Jochims (Ger)
LW: Itana Grbic (Mne)
LB: Bianca Bazaliu (Rou)
CB: Cristina Laslo (Rou)
RB: Durdina Malovic (Mne)
RW: Stine Bindlev Holm (Den)
LP: Lorena Ostase (Rou)

MVP: Emily Bölk (Ger)
Topscorer: Sojeong Yu (Kor) – 81 goals

Women’s World Championship U20 – Croatia



GK: Dinah Eckerle (Ger)
LW: Julie Kjaer Larsen (Den)
LB: Line Haugsted (Den)
CB: Daria Dmitrieva (Rus)
RB: Luca Szekerczes (Hun)
RW: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)
LP: Seonpil Won (Kor)

MVP: Hyojin Lee (Kor)
Topscorer: Hyojin Lee (Kor) – 64 goals

All-Stars of 2013

All-Stars of 2012

All-Stars of the past

Repost. Best of 2011/2012: Going down on statistics lane and more (III), The All-Star Team

Goalkeeper: Silvia Navarro

She was the best goalkeeper in Brazil, with an amazing 46% success percentage (108/237). She was ranked fourth at the OG, with 37% (96/258), where she received considerably more playing time than any other top goalkeeper. Her precious contribution helped Spain win two bronze medals during the season. However, on neither occasion was she among the All-Star team players. Best matches: WCh – vs. Montenegro (65%, 28/43), vs. Denmark (54%, 19/35).

Left wing: Emiliya Turey

At the WCh, she was Russia’s top scorer and sixth in the general ranking (44/58; 76%) and was selected on the All-Star team. She was also Russia’s most used player. In London, she was the team’s second-highest scorer (L. Postnova led by one goal) with a 71% success rate. She contributed to her team’s performance by taking penalties and running fast breaks. Best matches: OG – vs. Brazil (7/9), WCh – vs. France (7/8).

Left back: Andrea Penezić

As I have explained in the previous episode, her WCh performance, for which she was awarded an All-Star team spot, was impressive. In London, she was Croatia’s best scorer and tenth in the general ranking. Only an unfortunate injury kept her and the team out of the semi-finals. Best matches: OG – vs. Russia (10/15, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots), vs. Montenegro (9/14, 3 assists).

Centre back: Macarena Aguilar

In Brazil, only she and Carmen Martin reached a >70% success rate. For a winger, this is the demanded quota, but for a centre back, it is a rare achievement. The efficiency is mostly linked to her playing style: most of the goals Aguilar scored came from break throughs (14/15) or from the six-metre line (9/16). She was one of the best assist players of the WCh with thirty and of the OG with thirty-three. She was on neither of the All-Star teams. Best matches: OG – vs. France (2/2, 6 assists), WCh – vs. Denmark (3/5, 5 assists).

Right back: Linn Jørum Sulland

Sulland was the second-best scorer of the WCh and the sixth of the OG. In Brazil, her performance (68%) was better on the whole than her Olympic display (50%). However, it is important to note that she reached her highest level in the final of the tournament, where Norway faced Montenegro. Anyhow, she was throughout the season, Norway’s top scorer and best offensive player. Best matches: OG – vs. Montenegro (10/14, 1 assist), WCh – vs. Montenegro (9/16).

Right wing: Alexandra Do Nascimento

The top scorer of the WCh (57/78, 73%) made her first All-Star team appearance in London. There, she placed fourth in the scorers’ table, although she had played only six games in the tournament. Like Turey or Penezić, she was the most used player of the team. Best matches: OG – vs. Montenegro (8/9), WCh – vs. Spain (7/10, 3 assists, 2 steals).

Line player: Heidi Løke

She was the only player selected on both All-Star teams of the season. Best matches: OG – vs. South Korea (8/9, one assist), WCh – vs. Spain (7/10).

All in all, any of these players could be a candidate for the IHF Player of the Year award, but when it comes to winning, I would exclude those who did not win medals and last year’s winner. I expect Sulland/Løke (a Norwegian is a must), Navarro (Spain will get credit for the good results), Penezić (an “outsider” is always a nice touch to the list), Bulatović (the popular choice) and Do Nascimento (Brazil is also quite esteemed after their exhibition on home soil) to compete. As far as I’m concerned, I have someone else in mind. Stay tuned for the final episode…

All-Stars Of 2013

Women’s European Championship U17 – Poland


GK: Althea Rebecca Reihardt (Den)
LW: Olivia Mellegard (Swe)
LB: Sandra Santiago(Por)
CB: Yaroslava Frolova (Rus)
RB: Djurdjina Malovic (Mne)
RW: Emma Ekenman-Fernis (Swe)
LP: Sophia fehri (Fra)

MVP: Elizaveta Malashenko (Rus)
Topscorer: Cristina Laszlo (Rou) – 56 goals
Best defender: Maria Lykkegaard (Den)

Women’s European Championship U19 – Denmark


GK: Zzofi Szemerey (Hun)
LW: Ekaterina Chernova (Rus)
LB: Anne Mette Hansen (Den)
CB: Daria Dmitrieva (Rus)
RB: Luka Szekerczes (Hun)
RW: Kelly Vollebregt (Ned)
PV: Jenny Groetan (Nor)

MVP: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)
Topscorer: Monica Soares (Por)
Best defender: Anika Meyer (Den)

Photos: EHF & Polish Handball Federation

All-Stars Of 2012

Women’s European Open U18 – Sweden

©Viktor Ljungstrom

GK: Dinah Eckerle (Ger)

LW: Kristin Venn (Nor)

LP: Roxana Cirjan (Rou)

RW: Aneta Vabuda (Pol)

LB: Marketa Jerabkova (Cze)

CB: Michelle Urbicht (Ger)

RB: Hanna Oftedal (Nor)

Top scorer: Marketa Jerabkova – 44 goals

Best defensive player: Julia Eriksson (Swe)

Best player: Irina Snopova (Rus)

Women’s World Championship U18 – Montenegro

©IHF Uros Hocevar

GK: Louise Egestorp (Den)

LW: Ekaterina Chernova (Rus)

LB: Gabriela Perianu (Rou)

CB: Nadia Offendal  (Den)

LP: Kellya Zullemaro (Fra)

RB: Rebecca Hejel (Swe)

RW: Marit Røsberg Jacobsen (Nor)

Best Player: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)

Top scorer: Irina Aleksandrova (Kaz)

Women’s World Championship U20 – Czech Republic



GK: Laura Glauser (Fra)

LW: Louise Sand (Swe)

LB: Maria Adler (Swe)

CB: Kinga Klivinyi  (Hun)

LP: Natalija Vasic (Srb)

RB: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)

RW: Paulina Coatanea (Fra)

Best Player: Hyo Jin Lee (Kor)

Top scorer: Kinga Klivinyi – 67 goals

Sources: quoting