RK Vardar

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РК Вардар
RK Vardar
Full name Rakometen klub
Vardar Skopje
Founded 1961
Arena SRC Kale, Skopje

Boris Trajkovski Sports Center, Skopje

Capacity 2,500; 6,000
Head coach Raul Gonzales
League VIP Super League
2013/2014 2nd
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RK Vardar (HC Vardar) (Macedonian: РК Вардар) is a handball club from Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The team currently competes in the EHF Champions League and in the regional SEHA League. Vardar is the most successful team in the country having won seven Macedonian League titles and eight Macedonian Cups.


RK Vardar was founded in 1961, as part of the Vardar Sports Club in Skopje, which had been founded in 1947. The handball team did not have much of a role in the former Yugoslavia, but rose to power in the late 1990s becoming one of three clubs (RK Metalurg and RK Pelister being the others) to dominate the Macedonian handball scene after the independence of the country. They have participated in the EHF Champions League five times and made it to the semifinals of the Cup Winner's Cup three times. Except for 2005, when they came in 4th place, the club has achieved either championship or runner-up in the Macedonian Super League during the past decade since 1999. They achieved a record winner of the Macedonian handball championship by winning their seventh title in 2009 and are the recent record cup winner also with seven. On 15 April 2012, Vardar defeated Metalurg at the Zagreb Arena to become the first SEHA League champion.[1][2]


Winners (8): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09 and 2012–13
Winners (8): 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2012
Winners (2): 2011–12 2013-14 SEHA League finalist (1) 2012/13
Semi-Finalist (3): 1998–99, 2004–05 and 2010–11

Arena information[edit]

Unlike the usual situation in handball of clubs renting halls from municipalities or private owners, RK Vardar itself is the owner of the SRC Kale Sports Hall they play all their home matches in. The capacity of the Arena was expanded to 2.500 seats in 2008. The club plays the EHF Velux Champions League matches in the Sports Center Boris Trajkovski in Skopje. The capacity of the arena is 6.000 seats.

Sports Center Boris Trajkovski


2013/2014 squad[edit]

No. Name Position Nationality
1 Iñaki Malumbres Goalkeeper Spain
12 Strahinja Milić Goalkeeper Serbia
16 Zlatko Daskaloski Goalkeeper Republic of Macedonia
26 Petar Angelov Goalkeeper Republic of Macedonia
2 Gradimir Čanevski Goalkeeper Republic of Macedonia
31 Timur Dibirov Wing Russia
77 Matjaž Brumen Wing Slovenia
7 Vlado Nedanovski Wing Republic of Macedonia
11 Luka Raković Wing Croatia
14 Vlatko Jovčevski Wing Republic of Macedonia
15 Dobrivoje Marković Wing Serbia
88 Mikhail Chipurin Pivot Russia
5 Stojanče Stoilov Pivot Republic of Macedonia
10 Alem Toskić Pivot Serbia
08 Nemanja Pribak Back Republic of Macedonia
10 Milorad Kukoski Back Republic of Macedonia
13 Vladimir Petric Back Serbia
17 Filip Lazarov Back Republic of Macedonia
18 Igor Karačić Back Croatia
25 Alexey Rastvortsev Back Russia
19 Alex Dujshebaev Back Spain
20 Ilija Abutović Back Serbia
n/a Miladin Kozlina Back Slovenia

Technical staff[edit]

  • Russia President: Sergei Samsonenko
  • Spain Head Coach: Raúl González
  • Spain Assistant Coach: David Davis
  • Republic of Macedonia Assistant Coach: Stojan Petruševski
  • Republic of Macedonia Doctor: Dejan Zdravkovski

Former notable players[edit]

Former coaches RK Vardar[edit]

Former President clubs RK Vardar[edit]

  • Republic of Macedonia Mihajlo Mihajlovski


  1. ^ "Vardar is the SEHA League champion!". Borjan Zafirovski. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Вардар ПРО победник СЕХА лигата". МИА. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 

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