It wasn’t an easy task to pick the best ones beside the obvious results of the top scorers’ ranks (among the men, just like in Belgrade, the best ones came from the lower-ranked sides, not from the top four – another sign that team effort prevailed again). Filip Filipovic was chosen once more for the men’s MVP title, leading the Serbs to another triumph. Dani Lopez played a pivotal role in Spain’s brilliant run – and he turned his role played in the event’s promo video into reality: ‘Don’t stop it!’ said the slogan, while Dani replied at the end of the clip: ‘I am the only one’ – and he was really one of the goalies who contributed an awful lot to his team’s success by stopping balls in the most crucial moments.
Among the women, Beatriz Ortiz became top scorer for the first time in a major event, while the awards for the best individuals landed in the hand of the title-winning Dutch side’s two brilliant players, Catharina van der Sloot who netted the golden goals in the final and Laura Aarts who was tremendous in the Netherlands’ goal.
MENTop scorer: Aleksandar Ivovic (MNE) and Ioannis Fountoulis (GRE) 17-17 goals
Most valuable player: Filip Filipovic (SRB)
Best goalkeeper: Dani Lopez (ESP)
WOMENTop scorer: Beatriz Ortiz (Spain) with 25 goals
Most valuable player: Catharina van der Sloot (Netherlands)
Best goalkeeper: Laura Aarts (Netherlands)