North Macedonia women's national handball team

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North Macedonia North Macedonia
Information
NicknameLionesses
AssociationMacedonian Handball Federation
CoachKristijan Grchevski
Assistant coachJulijana Damchevska
Most capsValentina Radulovic (230)
Most goalsValentina Radulovic (813)
Colours
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1st
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2nd
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3rd
Results
World Championship
Appearances5 (First in 1997)
Best result7th (1997)
European Championship
Appearances6 (First in 1998)
Best result7th (2008)
Last updated on Unknown.

The North Macedonia women's national handball team is the women's national handball team of North Macedonia. It is governed by the Macedonian Handball Federation and takes part in international team handball competitions.

History[edit]

First Women's Handball teams in Macedonia emerged in the second half of the 1940s. Soon Macedonian Handball federation started to organize national championships in big handball -11 players on a soccer field size. By the '60s it was transformed into small handball or indoor handball. Macedonian champions were qualified for federal Yugoslav Championship instead of European cup competitions. The best Macedonian players played for the Federal team of Yugoslavia. In the time of the federation 6 of the constitutional republics were sending one federal team to compete at the Olympics and World cup. Macedonia was participating within the federal team from 1950 till 1991. After the split of the federation, as a single republic from 1992 till 1994 Macedonia didn't manage to enter the qualifications for EC, WC and OG. From 1995 Macedonia participates as a single Republic to all qualifications and Championship tournaments. At the 1992 Olympics Yugoslavia team was banned to participate. At the World cup 1993 only teams from the Olympics qualified so the Macedonian team did not have a chance to qualify. For the first European Championship 1994 team Macedonia didn't enter the qualifications. For the World Cup 1995 only teams from EURO 1994 qualified so again team Macedonian didn't get a chance to participate. Since EURO 1996 team Macedonia is regular in the qualifications. It entered 5 European Championships first one in 1998 then in 2000, 2006, 2008 and 2012. Most successful was the 2008 when they finished 7th as a host. The Macedonia team qualified for the Euro 2022 as a host nation again. For the World Cup's they entered five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2007). The most successful was in 1997 when they've finished 7th. For the Olympic tournament, they had the best chance in 1999 World Cup when first they lost the 1/4 final game. Then after in the classification games for the 5 th place – last spot that qualifies for the Olympics finished 8th and did not qualify.

Home ground[edit]

The BTSC - Boris Trajkovski Sports Center (Macedonian: Спортски центар Борис Трајковски, Sportski centar Boris Trajkovski) in Skopje is a multi-functional indoor sports arena. It is located in the Karpoš Municipality of Skopje, North Macedonia. It is named after the former president, Boris Trajkovski. Its capacity is 10,000. There is an Olympic size Swimming Pool and 5 Star Hotel Alexander Palace within the complex. Additional Water Land Fun Park and Ice Skating Rink next to it.

The arena is a home-ground of the Macedonian handball team (men and women). The venue also contains four restaurants and a sports bar. It was one of two venues for the 2008 European Women's Handball Championship.It was a Venue again for the 2022 European Women's Handball Championship

Home Ground
Home ground

Results[edit]

During the period 1957 till 1991 Macedonia was within the Federation of SFRJ. It was represented internationally within the team Yugoslavia as part of the Federation of 6 Republics. Macedonia is not a successor of the results of team Yugoslavia it was just part of it. During that time was present at the 3 Olympics and 10 World cup tournaments within the successful team Yugoslavia. After the split Macedonian team started to compete representing the single independent Republic.

World Championship[edit]

Year Pos. Pld W D L
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1957
Norway 1993
1957,1962,1965,1971,1973
1975,1978,1982,1986,1990
Within Yugoslavia team
3,4,2,2,1,5,5,3,6,2
Austria Hungary 1995 Couldn't participate
Germany 1997 7th 9 5 1 3
Norway 1999 8th 9 4 0 5
Italy 2001 21st 5 0 1 4
Croatia 2003 Did not qualify
Russia 2005 15th 5 2 1 2
France 2007 12th 8 2 1 5
China 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2011
Serbia 2013
Denmark 2015
Germany 2017
Japan2019
Spain 2021
Denmark Norway Sweden 2023
Total 5/13 36 13 4 19

European Championship[edit]

Year Pos. Pld W D L
Germany 1994 couldn't participate
Denmark 1996
Netherlands 1998 8th 6 2 0 4
Romania 2000 8th 6 1 3 2
Denmark 2002
Hungary 2004
Sweden 2006 12th 6 1 0 5
North Macedonia 2008 7th 6 3 0 3
Denmark Norway 2010
Serbia 2012 16th 3 0 0 3
Croatia Hungary 2014
Sweden 2016
France 2018
Denmark 2020
SloveniaNorth MacedoniaMontenegro 2022 16th 3 0 0 3
AustriaHungarySwitzerland 2024 TBD
Russia 2026 TBD
DenmarkNorwaySweden 2028 TBD
Total 6/14 30 7 3 20

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Canada1976
Spain 1992
1980,1984,1988
Within Yugoslavia team
2,1,4
United States 1996 Did not enter
World Cup and European Championship served as qualifiers
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Did not Enter
World Cup and European Championship served as qualifiers
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Did not enter
World Cup and European Championship served as qualifiers
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020
Total 0/2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Performance in other tournaments[edit]

Mediterranean Games
  • 2013: 9th
  • 2018: 4th
  • 2022: 7th

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2022 European Women's Handball Championship.[1][2]

Head coach: Ljubomir Savevski

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Matea Churlinovska (2005-12-06) 6 December 2005 (age 18) 1.73 m 0 0 North Macedonia WHC Despina
2 LW Anastasija Nikolovska (1998-08-12) 12 August 1998 (age 25) 1.67 m 0 0 North Macedonia ŽRK Vardar
10 CB Monika Janeska (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 30) 1.73 m 19 41 Turkey Konyaaltı Belediyesi SK
11 RB Marija Guguljanova (1999-11-11) 11 November 1999 (age 24) 1.73 m 1 0 North Macedonia ŽRK Metalurg
13 P Aleksandra Kolovska (2004-02-23) 23 February 2004 (age 19) 1.73 m 3 0 North Macedonia ŽRK Metalurg
14 P Ivana Djatevska (2003-04-13) 13 April 2003 (age 20) 1.79 m 13 2 North Macedonia ŽRK Vardar
16 GK Marija Jovanovska (2004-08-30) 30 August 2004 (age 19) 1.80 m 2 0 North Macedonia ŽRK Kumanovo
23 LB Angela Jankulovska (2002-07-27) 27 July 2002 (age 21) 1.76 m 8 12 North Macedonia ŽRK Vardar
26 GK Jovana Micevska (2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 23) 1.76 m 11 1 France OGC Nice
30 RB Jovana Kiprijanovska (2001-12-30) 30 December 2001 (age 22) 1.84 m 9 5 France Sambre-Avesnois Handball
32 CB Ivana Arsenievska (2003-12-08) 8 December 2003 (age 20) 1.75 m 3 0 North Macedonia ŽRK Metalurg
33 RW Sara Ristovska (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 27) 1.69 m 46 223 Russia CSKA Moscow
43 LW Emilijana Rizoska (2005-05-21) 21 May 2005 (age 18) 1.62 m 3 1 North Macedonia WHC Gjorche Petrov
58 LB Simona Madjovska (1993-11-02) 2 November 1993 (age 30) 1.81 m 30 51 Germany BSV Sachsen Zwickau
71 LW Jovana Sazdovska (1993-06-27) 27 June 1993 (age 30) 1.77 m 36 93 Romania HC Dunărea Brăila
77 P Sanja Dabevska (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 27) 1.85 m 11 15 Croatia RK Lokomotiva Zagreb
88 CB Leonida Gichevska (1998-06-20) 20 June 1998 (age 25) 1.78 m 17 36 Croatia RK Lokomotiva Zagreb
91 RB Iva Mladenovska (2007-01-14) 14 January 2007 (age 17) 1.80 m 2 0 North Macedonia ŽRK Metalurg

Notable players[edit]

All-Star Team
Top scorer
Others

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Селекторот на женската сениорска ракометна репрезентација Љубомир Савевски го објавува списокот на повикани ракометарки за собир и настап на WOMEN'S EHF EURO 2022" (in Macedonian). macedoniahandball.com.mk. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Team Roster North Macedonia". eurohandball.com. 4 November 2022. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  3. ^ "2005 World Championship - Match report Cameroon-Macedonia" (PDF). European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2018-11-16.

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