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December 2, 2021

Handball: Luminita Dinu Hutupan, best female goalkeeper of all times

More than 7,000 handball fans from all over the world had cast their – and the result is clear in this fan voting: Luminita Dinu (born Hutupan) had the huge majority of all votes for the question “Who is the best female handball goalkeeper of all times?” on the official website of the International Handball Federation www.ihf.info . Nearly 94 per cent of all votes were for the Romanian.

Dinu was clearly leading ahead of Cecilie Leganger (Norway, 4,03 per cent), Lene Rantala (Denmark, 1,36 per cent) and Tanja Dshandsghva (Russia, 0,84 per cent).

Luminita Hutupan Dinu, former member of the Romanian women’s national handball team told Mediafax: “I have no words to express my excitement, especially since I’ve won the title with 94 per cent of the votes. Another extraordinary fact is that I’ve managed to surpass my idol Cecilie Leganger and I’m very excited that thousands of fans throughout the world had confidence in me after my retirement and voted for me. I thank them from all my heart. I haven’t worked for naught in my 28 years of handball and now my work has been rewarded and then some. I’m very happy and I will celebrate with my family this evening,” Luminita Hutupan Dinu stated.

Hutupan won the Champions League twice with Krim Ljubljana and once with Kometal Skopje. She also played two more Champions League finals, won the European Supercup twice (with Krim Ljubljana and Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea), won the Romanian championship six times and the Slovenian Cup six times with Krim. Her sport record includes four national titles and three Romanian Cups won with Oltchim, a Silver medal won with the national team at the World Cup in Russia and a Bronze medal won with the national team at the European Championship 2010 as assistant coach. She was designated the best goalkeeper in Europe in 2000 in Bucharest and the best goalkeeper in the world in 2005 at the World Cup in Russia.

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