RK Vardar

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РК Вардар
HC Vardar
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Founded1961; 58 years ago (1961)
ArenaJane Sandanski Arena
Capacity6.000
PresidentSergey Samsonenko
Head coachDavid Pisonero
LeagueVIP Super Liga
2018/20191st
Club colours         
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Home
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Website
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RK Vardar (Macedonian: РК Вардар) is a handball club from Skopje, North Macedonia. The team is current regional SEHA League and EHF Champions League title holder. Vardar is the most successful handball team in the country, having won thirteen national League and Cup titles.

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 eleven 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 twelfth title in 2018 and are the recent record cup winner with thirteen. On 15 April 2012, Vardar defeated Metalurg at the Zagreb Arena to become the first SEHA League champion.[1][2] Since then, the team has five titles in the SEHA League. The club started the new 2013–14 season with a new management structure, Sergey Samsonenko as a new proprietary and a sport director of the club while Mihajlo Mihajlovski has become an honorary club chairman.

The welcoming ceremony after winning 2016–17 EHF Champions League

The season of 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 national Handball Super League and the national Handball Cup. Two days after winning the EHF Champions League the team celebrated the victory with approximately 150,000 people in a ceremony on the Macedonia Square in Skopje. Because of the huge success, Gjorgje Ivanov, at the time President of the Republic of Macedonia, awarded the members of the handball club Vardar a Medal of Merit for the results they achieved, especially for winning the Champions League title. The club was awarded the national charter of the country.

In the 2018–19 season, the team once again managed to win the EHF Champions League, the regional SEHA League and the main domestic championship, the Handball Super League of North Macedonia. One day after winning the EHF Champions League the team arrived in the country with a private jet and celebrated the victory with approximately 250,000 people in a central ceremony on the Macedonia Square in Skopje.

Accomplishments[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (13): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (13): 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (2): 2017, 2018

European competitions[edit]

Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (2): 2016–17, 2018–19
Bronze medal with cup.svg Third placed: 1998–99, 2004-2005

Other competitions[edit]

Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (5): 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Silver medal with cup.svg Runner-up: 2012–13, 2015–16
Bronze medal with cup.svg Third placed: 2017, 2019

Arena[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.

Jane Sandanski Arena

The arena is named after the Macedonian revolutionary Jane Sandanski.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2019–20 season[3]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers for the 2020–21 season

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
North 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 PPD 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
2017–18 GP
(Group A)
Poland Orlen Wisla Plock 31–31 26–22 1st
France HBC Nantes 27–23 26–27
Croatia PPD Zagreb 28–21 29–23
Hungary MOL-Pick Szeged 34–30 26–26
Spain FC Barcelona Handbol 27–24 28–29
Sweden IFK Kristianstad 31–15 26–23
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 30–26 21–21
QF Germany THW Kiel 27–28 29–28 56–56
SF (F4) France Montpellier HB 27–28
3rd (F4) France PSG Handball 28–29
2018–19 GP
(Group A)
France Montpellier HB 33–27 27–24 3rd
Sweden IFK Kristianstad 33–25 32–30
Hungary Telekom Veszprém 27–29 27–25
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 29–27 30–27
Poland PGE Vive Kielce 28–27 27–31
Belarus HC Meshkov Brest 30–23 31–31
Spain Barça Lassa 26–30 26–34
L16 Croatia PPD Zagreb 32–30 27–18 59–48
QF Hungary MOL-Pick Szeged 31–23 25–29 56–52
SF (F4) Spain Barça Lassa 29–27
F (F4) Hungary Telekom Veszprém 27–24
2019–20 GP
(Group B)
France Montpellier HB 33–31
Portugal FC Porto Sofarma
Ukraine HC Motor Zaporizhia
Germany THW Kiel
Hungary Telekom Veszprém
Belarus HC Meshkov Brest
Poland PGE Vive Kielce

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
2011–12 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]

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 Šterbik Final Four MVP
2017–18 Spain Arpad Šterbik All–Star Team (Best Goalkeeper)
2018–19 Serbia Dejan Milosavljev All–Star Team (Best Goalkeeper)
Croatia Ivan Čupić All–Star Team (Best Right Wing)
Latvia Dainis Krištopāns All–Star Team (Best Right Back)
Russia Timur Dibirov All–Star Team (Best Left Wing)
Spain Roberto García Parrondo Best Coach
Croatia Igor Karačić Final Four MVP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vardar is the SEHA League champion!". Borjan Zafirovski. Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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.
  4. ^ https://24rakomet.mk/дмитри-санталов-ќе-дојде-во-вардар-но/
  5. ^ https://en.psg.fr/teams/handball/content/dainis-kristopans-signs-with-paris

External links[edit]