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РК Вардар
RK Vardar
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Full name Ракометен клуб Вардар Скопје
(Rakometen klub Vardar Skopje)
Founded 1961
Arena Jane Sandanski Arena
Capacity 6.500
President Russia Sergey Samsonenko
Head coach Spain Raúl González
League VIP Super League
2016/2017 1st
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RK Vardar (HC Vardar) (Macedonian: РК Вардар) is a handball club from Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The team is current EHF Champions League and regional SEHA League title holder. Vardar is the most successful team in the country having won eleven Macedonian League titles and twelve Macedonian Cups.

History[edit]

RK Vardar was founded in 1961, as part of the Vardar Sports Club in Skopje, which had been founded in 1947. The handball team rose to power in the late 1990s becoming one of the two clubs (RK Pelister being the other) 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 tenth title in 2016 and are the recent record cup winner also with eleven. On 15 April 2012, Vardar defeated Metalurg at the Zagreb Arena to become the first SEHA League champion.[1][2]

The welcoming ceremony after winning EHF Champions League

The season 2016–17 was the most successful for the team because they managed to win the EHF Champions League and the regional SEHA League including the two main domestic championships: the Macedonian Handball Super League and the Macedonian Handball Cup. Two days after winning the EHF Champions League the team arrived in Macedonia and celebrated the victory with approximately 150,000 people with central ceremony on the Macedonia Square in Skopje.

Accomplishments[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (11): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (12): 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

European competitions[edit]

Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (1): 2016–17
Bronze medal with cup.svg Third placed (1): 1998–99
Fourth placed (2): 2004–05, 2010–11

Other competitions[edit]

Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (3): 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17
Silver medal with cup.svg Runner-up (2): 2012–13, 2015–16
Fourth placed (1): 2014–15

Arena information[edit]

RK Vardar itself is the owner of the Jane Sandanski Arena where they play all their home matches in the EHF Champions League, the regional SEHA League and in the domestic competitions. It's a modern complex with a sports hall of 6.500 seats. It has its own hotel, spa center, hospital and swimming pool.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017–18 season [3]

Transfers for the 2017-18 season[edit]

Transfers for the 2018-19 season[edit]

Staff[edit]

Former club members[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]

Notable former presidents[edit]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

European competitions record[edit]

EHF Champions League[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate:
1999–00 1/16 Switzerland TV Suhr Handball 33–37 26–30 59–67
2001–02 R 2 Turkey ASKI Ankara 37–31 27–28 64–59
GM
(Group D)
Hungary Fotex KC Veszprém 24–27 22–27 3rd
Germany Sportclub Magdeburg 27–27 19–33
France S. O. Chambery 32–30 28–31
2002–03 QR 1 Belgium HC Eynatten G.o.E. 32–24 31–28 63–52
QR 2 Norway Sandefjord TIF 29–23 26–26 55–49
GM
(Group D)
Croatia RK Zagreb 25–28 25–30 4th
Germany THW Kiel 27–26 23–34
Romania "Fibrexnylon" Savinesti 26–25 26–38
2003–04
GM
(Group B)
Germany Sportclub Magdeburg 28–30 24–38 4th
Spain FC Barcelona 27–35 19–41
Iceland Haukar Hafnarfjördur 26–32 33–34
2004–05
GM
(Group A)
Spain FC Barcelona 12–26 22–31 3rd
Hungary SC Pick Szeged 24–24 18–25
Romania HCM Constanta 22–22 26–25
2007–08 QR 1 Estonia Pölva Serviti 37–22 30–30 67–52
GM
(Group C)
Switzerland Kadetten Schaffhausen GCZ 27–26 30–36 4th
Croatia HC Croatia Osiguranje-Zagreb 26–34 28–28
Spain C.BM. Ademar Leon 29–28 21–28
2009–10 Q
(Group 1)
Turkey Besiktas JK 33–30 1st
Montenegro HC Buducnost Podgorica 35–28
Belarus HC Dinamo-Minsk 34–24
GP
(Group D)
Denmark KIF Kolding 25–32 21–28 5th
Spain Reale Ademar 24–31 28–37
Germany THW Kiel 23–33 23–39
Switzerland GC Amicitia Zürich 22–22 31–24
Spain F.C. Barcelona Borges 28–35 28–35
2013–14 GP
(Group C)
Spain FC Barcelona 29–29 23–30 4th
Belarus HC Dinamo Minsk 30–22 24–26
France PSG Handball 24–24 25–35
Switzerland Wacker Thun 32–25 37–24
Republic of Macedonia HC Metalurg 18–26 27–22
L16 Germany HSV Hamburg 28–28 30–29 58–57
QF Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt 27–25 22–24 49–49
2014–15 GP
(Group C)
Slovenia RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 34–32 27–26 2nd
Russia Chekhovskie Medvedi 39–28 39–34
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 28–25 35–28
France Montpellier Agglomération Handball 30–26 34–34
Hungary MKB-MVM Veszprém 23–24 24–32
L16 Poland Orlen Wisla Plock 31–20 26–32 57–52
QF Poland KS Vive Tauron Kielce 20–22 31–33 51–55
2015–16 GP
(Group B)
France Montpellier HB 34–26 30–25 3rd
Hungary MOL-Pick Szeged 27–23 31–29
Sweden IFK Kristianstad 38–36 30–25
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 25–19 27–28
Denmark KIF Kolding Kobenhavn 34–24 31–33
Poland KS Vive Tauron Kielce 34–24 20–23
Spain FC Barcelona Lassa 25–27 30–31
L16 Poland Orlen Wisla Plock 25–24 30–30 55–54
QF Hungary MVM Veszprém 26–29 30–30 56–59
2016–17 GP
(Group B)
Sweden IFK Kristianstad 32–29 28–23 1st
Belarus HC Meshkov Brest 31–27 26–30
Slovenia RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 35–30 32–26
Hungary MOL-Pick Szeged 30–27 23–21
Croatia HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo Zagreb 25–20 27–28
Poland KS Vive Tauron Kielce 40–34 24–27
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26–29 33–27
QF Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt 35–27 26–24 61–51
SF (F4) Spain FC Barcelona Handbol 26–25
F (F4) France PSG Handball 24–23

EHF Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 1/16 Spain BM Granollers 35–31 23–34 58–65
1995–96 ER Bulgaria HC Shoumen 29–24 30–26 59–50
1/16 Croatia Zadar Gortan 31–31 24–33 55–64
2012–13 R2 Bosnia and Herzegovina HC Izvidac 27–25 26–29 53–54
2012–13 R2 Czech Republic Lovosice 36–19 24–25 60–44
R3 Germany SC Magdeburg 28–26 27–30 55–56

EHF Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997–98 1/16 Sweden IF Guif Eskilstuna 29–28 25–28 54–56
1998–99 1/16 Sweden IFK Skövde HK 10–0 22–23 32–23
1/8 Slovenia Gorenje Velenje 29–23 24–28 53–51
1/4 France Sporting Toulouse 31 26–19 24–27 50–46
1/2 Spain Prosesa Ademar León 27–29 20–35 47–64
2004–05 1/8 Denmark FCK Handbold Kopenhagen 27–23 29–28 56–51
1/4 Croatia Medvescak Infosistem Zagreb 36–20 31–26 67–46
1/2 Croatia RK Zagreb 23–21 26–34 49–55

Statistics[edit]

All–time Top 10 Scorers in the EHF Champions League[edit]

As of 2016–17 season
Rank Name Seasons

played

Goals
1 Russia Timur Dibirov 4 299
2 Spain Alex Dujshebaev 4 261
3 Croatia Igor Karačić 4 245
4 Republic of Macedonia Stevče Aluševski 5 121
5 Serbia Alem Toskić 3 111
6 Croatia Luka Cindrić 2 110
7 Russia Sergei Gorbok 2 104
8 Russia Daniil Shishkarev 3 100
9 Slovenia Matjaž Brumen 3 88
10 Republic of Macedonia Nemanja Pribak 3 65

Individual awards in the EHF Champions League[edit]

Season Player Award
2013–14 Russia Timur Dibirov All–Star Team (Best Left Wing)
2014–15 Spain Alex Dujshebaev Best Young Player
2016–17 Spain Alex Dujshebaev All–Star Team (Best Right Back)
Spain Raúl González Best Coach
Spain Arpad Sterbik MVP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vardar is the SEHA League champion!". Borjan Zafirovski. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Вардар ПРО победник СЕХА лигата". МИА. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  3. ^ "РК Вардар - Ekипа" (in Macedonian). RK Vardar Official Website. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

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