|Arena||Jane Sandanski Arena|
|Head coach||David Pisonero|
|League||VIP Super Liga|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Accomplishments
- 3 Arena
- 4 Team
- 5 Kit manufacturers
- 6 European competitions record
- 7 Statistics
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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. 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 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.
- 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
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.
The arena is named after the Macedonian revolutionary Jane Sandanski.
- Squad for the 2019–20 season
- Transfers for the 2020–21 season
Former club members
Notable former players
Notable former coaches
Notable former presidents
European competitions record
EHF Champions League
EHF Cup Winners' Cup
|1997–98||1/16||IF Guif Eskilstuna||29–28||25–28||54–56|
|1998–99||1/16||IFK Skövde HK||10–0||22–23||32–23|
|1/4||Sporting Toulouse 31||26–19||24–27||50–46|
|1/2||Prosesa Ademar León||27–29||20–35||47–64|
|2004–05||1/8||FCK Handbold Kopenhagen||27–23||29–28||56–51|
|1/4||Medvescak Infosistem Zagreb||36–20||31–26||67–46|
All–time Top 10 Scorers in the EHF Champions League
Most appearances in the EHF Champions League
Individual awards in the EHF Champions League
|2013–14||Timur Dibirov||All–Star Team (Best Left Wing)|
|2014–15||Alex Dujshebaev||Best Young Player|
|2016–17||Alex Dujshebaev||All–Star Team (Best Right Back)|
|Raúl González||Best Coach|
|Arpad Šterbik||Final Four MVP|
|2017–18||Arpad Šterbik||All–Star Team (Best Goalkeeper)|
|2018–19||Dejan Milosavljev||All–Star Team (Best Goalkeeper)|
|Ivan Čupić||All–Star Team (Best Right Wing)|
|Dainis Krištopāns||All–Star Team (Best Right Back)|
|Timur Dibirov||All–Star Team (Best Left Wing)|
|Roberto García Parrondo||Best Coach|
|Igor Karačić||Final Four MVP|
- "Vardar is the SEHA League champion!". Borjan Zafirovski. Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Вардар ПРО победник СЕХА лигата". МИА. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- "РК Вардар - Ekипа" (in Macedonian). RK Vardar Official Website. Retrieved 13 February 2014.