The Most Famous

HANDBALL PLAYERS from Denmark

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This page contains a list of the greatest Danish Handball Players. The pantheon dataset contains 305 Handball Players, 25 of which were born in Denmark. This makes Denmark the birth place of the 5th most number of Handball Players behind Norway and Croatia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Danish Handball Players of all time. This list of famous Danish Handball Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Danish Handball Players.

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1. Mikkel Hansen (1987 - )

With an HPI of 57.53, Mikkel Hansen is the most famous Danish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages on wikipedia.

Mikkel Hansen (born 22 October 1987) is a Danish handball player for Paris Saint-Germain and the Danish national team.Hansen has been named the IHF World Player of the Year for a record-tying three times.

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2. Anja Andersen (1969 - )

With an HPI of 53.81, Anja Andersen is the 2nd most famous Danish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Anja Andersen (born 15 February 1969 in Odense, Denmark) is a former Danish team handball player and current coach. She is an Olympic champion, World champion and two times European champion. In 1997, she was named IHF World Player of the Year. She is widely regarded as one of the best female handball players of all time.

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3. Lars Christiansen (1972 - )

With an HPI of 50.54, Lars Christiansen is the 3rd most famous Danish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Lars Roslyng Christiansen (born April 18, 1972 in Sønderborg) is a former Danish team handball player. He is European Champion, winning the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship and 2012 European Men's Handball Championship with the Danish national handball team. He was top scorer at the 2008 championship together with Nikola Karabatic and Ivano Balić, and was also voted into the 2008 All-star team. Christiansen has played 338 games for the Danish national team, and scored 1503 goals. He is currently the player with most games and most goals for the Danish national team. He played for the German club SG Flensburg-Handewitt, and was part of the team when the club won the German championship in 2004, and won the EHF Cup in 1997. In his 14 years with SG Flensburg-Handewitt he scored 3996 times, 1623 of these was scored from the 7 meter penalty spot. Lars Christiansen's cousin Jan Paulsen has played together with Lars Christiansen for the Danish national handball team - as playmaker. He has been married to former handballer, Christina Roslyng, who played at the Danish national handball team. Together, they have two sons, Frederik and August. They split up in 2009, however, as of 2012, they are back together. In 2018, he participated in the Danish version of Dancing with the Stars, Vild med dans, with the partner Sofie Kruuse.

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4. Anne Dorthe Tanderup (1972 - )

With an HPI of 50.08, Anne Dorthe Tanderup is the 4th most famous Danish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Anne Dorthe Tanderup (born April 24, 1972) is a former Danish team handball player, Olympic champion and World Champion.

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5. Camilla Andersen (1973 - )

With an HPI of 49.34, Camilla Andersen is the 5th most famous Danish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Camilla Andersen (born 5 July 1973) is a former Danish team handball player, two times Olympic champion and a World champion. She received gold medals with the Danish national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She is widely regarded as one of the best players Danish handball has ever seen. In 2000, she entered a registered partnership with Norwegian handball player Mia Hundvin, but the couple split three years later. Sports Illustrated ran a lengthy feature on the two, who are much-discussed celebrities in their countries.After retiring from sports, Camilla Andersen's civil career started as a student in the travel industry of the defunct company, Reisegalleriet. Later she started her travel agency Travel Sense specializing in sports trips. In 2012, she was admitted to the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark's Hall of Fame as the 27th member.

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6. Lene Rantala (1968 - )

With an HPI of 48.66, Lene Rantala is the 6th most famous Danish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Lene Rantala (born 10 August 1968 in Copenhagen) is a former Danish team handball player, two times Olympic champion and a World champion. Rantala is currently goalkeeping coach for the Dutch national team as well as for Larvik HK in the Norwegian Eliteserien. She debuted on the Danish national team on 14 February 1991, and has since played 226 matches for Denmark. She has won numerous medals with the team, notably including two Olympic gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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7. Niklas Landin Jacobsen (1988 - )

With an HPI of 48.49, Niklas Landin Jacobsen is the 7th most famous Danish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Niklas Landin Jacobsen (born 19 December 1988) is a Danish handballer for THW Kiel and the Danish national team.He has previously played for Rhein-Neckar Löwen. He is European Champion with the Danish national team, after winning the 2012 Championship in Serbia, defeating the host nation in the final, 21–19. Niklas Landin is the captain of the Danish national team.In 2011 and 2013, he won silver medal at the World Men's Handball Championship. In 2016, he was part of the Danish team that won Olympic gold. With the Danish national team, he won the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship. He is the older brother of fellow THW Kiel player and Danish international Magnus Landin Jacobsen. Landin Jacobsen was named the IHF World Player of the Year for 2019. In 2021, he won the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship, posting a save rate of 30%.

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8. Henrik Toft Hansen (1986 - )

With an HPI of 48.06, Henrik Toft Hansen is the 8th most famous Danish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Henrik Toft Hansen (born 18 December 1986) is a Danish handball player for Paris Saint-Germain and the Danish national team.He is the younger brother of René Toft Hansen. He has three younger siblings: Allan Toft Hansen (da) of Mors-Thy Håndbold, Majbritt Toft Hansen of Viborg HK and Jeanette Toft Hansen. All five siblings play on the pivot position.He is married to former Swedish national team player Ulrika Toft Hansen (formerly Ulrika Ågren), with whom he has a son.

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9. René Toft Hansen (1984 - )

With an HPI of 47.99, René Toft Hansen is the 9th most famous Danish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

René Toft Hansen (born 1 November 1984) is a Danish professional handballer for Benfica and the Denmark national team. His brother Henrik also plays handball for Denmark national team.

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10. Hans Lindberg (1981 - )

With an HPI of 47.43, Hans Lindberg is the 10th most famous Danish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Hans Óttar Lindberg Tómasson (born 1 August 1981) is a Danish handball player of Icelandic descent for Füchse Berlin and the Danish national team.He won the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship and the 2012 European Men's Handball Championship with the Danish national team. He currently plays for Füchse Berlin.He is of Icelandic descent as both of Lindberg's parents, Tómas Erling Lindberg and Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, are Icelandic. His parents played handball in Iceland with Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar. He had Icelandic citizenship until he was 18. His paternal grandparents immigrated to Iceland from Suduroy on the Faroe Islands in the mid-1940s.He is sometimes referred to as the Icelander on the Danish national team in Icelandic media. He understands Icelandic in conversation but is unable or refuses to speak Icelandic when speaking to media.

Pantheon has 25 people classified as handball players born between 1968 and 1991. Of these 25, 25 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living handball players include Mikkel Hansen, Anja Andersen, and Lars Christiansen. As of October 2020, 4 new handball players have been added to Pantheon including Anne Dorthe Tanderup, Camilla Andersen, and Karin Mortensen.

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