Total Player 2023 by Manmeer!

November 6, 2023

Manmeer! is a Dutch magazine focusing exclusively on water polo, covering everything from youth to adult levels, amateur to professional leagues, both at the national and global levels.
It features captivating articles, insightful interviews, and columns. It was established by in 1998. Manmeer is published quarterly and is an excellent resource for water polo players, coaches, referees, and all who love this sport.

+1 Pt | Laura Aarts (NED)

Dutch National Team Player. Club: Mataro. Position: Goalkeeper

Not only her performances were great in 2023, but also her personal story. In 2019 she retired from water polo at the highest level. She barely trained for a few years, but now she's back. She became the hero in the penalty shootout in the World Championships final.

+2 Pts |Elena Ruiz (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Sant Andreu. Position: Driver

Still in the shadows in Tokyo as a 16-year-old, but barely two years later she was named MVP at the World Championships in Fukuoka. Do I have to say more?

+3 Pts | Lieke Rogge (NED)

Dutch National Team Player. Club: ZV De Zaan. Position: Attacker

Although she had completed all the Dutch youth teams, she chose her studies over her sports career. It was not until December 2022 that she finally rejoined the Dutchies. And how! She is one of the pillars of the Netherlands. She takes on the role of a game-changer without fear. Had an important contribution to her team's world title.
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+4 Pts | Simone van de Kraats (NED)

Dutch National Team Player. Club: Mataro. Position: Right winger

The best left-handed goal scorer in the world. After becoming the top scorer at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, her career took off. Her scoring ability is noticed every week at her club CN Mataro and also in Fukuoka, where she was one of the most dangerous players. Although she had to leave the top scorer title to Forca, Van de Kraats did have the highest scoring percentage (61%). If she does not have her sights set on edge (such as in the semi-final against Italy), she peaks defensively. Her blocks and steals drove the Italians crazy. It was not without reason that she was named MVP in that match without scoring one goal.

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+5 Pts | Judith Forca(ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Sabadell. Position: Driver

She has been part of the Spanish team for some years now and this year she distinguished herself on several fronts. Not only by winning the Champions League with her club CN Sabadell, but also by becoming top scorer at the World Championships in Fukuoka with 23 goals.

+1 Pts | Soma Vogel (HUN)

Hungarian National Team Player. Club: Ferencvaros. Position: Goalkeeper

Phlegmatic, enormous reach and feline, that's Soma Vogel under the crossbar. Saved four penalties in the World Championships final and brought Hungary the world title in Fukuoka.

+2 Pts | Alvaro Granados (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Novi Beograd. Position: Driver

A feast for the eyes and a player that makes you come to the pool to see him in real life. Still relatively young, but so decisive for his club and national team.

+3 Pts | Gergo Zalanki (HUN)

Hungarian National Team Player. Club: Pro Recco. Position: Wing

Take cover when Zalanki has the ball. His shot is the biggest danger in the Hungarian attack. When he prepares to shoot, the jury table can already record his goal. He scored four goals in the World Championships final and was completely right named MVP of the tournament.

+4 Pts |Strahinja Rasovic (SRB)

Serbian National Team Player. Club: Novi Beograd/Vasas. Position: Attacker

Freed himself during the World Championships. Got and had the confidence to be decisive for Serbia and became top scorer of the tournament with 25 goals and also the highest scoring percentage (56%)

+5 Pts | Felipe Perrone (ESP)

Spanish National Team Player. Club: Barceloneta. Position: Driver

What an experience, what a class! The only player who was also active at the previous World Championships in Fukuoka 22 years ago. Then 15, now 37 years old... but he is not part of the team as a filler. Still the key player and mainstay of Spain