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RK Vardar

РК Вардар ПРО
RK Vardar PRO
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Full name Rakometen klub
Vardar PRO Skopje
Founded 1961
Arena SRC Kale, Skopje
Capacity 2,500
President Sergei Samsonenko
Head coach Oleg Kuleshov
League VIP Super League
2012–13 1st
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RK Vardar PRO (HC Vardar PRO) (Macedonian: РК Вардар ПРО) is a handball club from Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The team currently competes in the domestic Macedonian Handball Super 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.

History

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]

Accomplishments

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

Arena information

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.

Team

Current squad

Technical staff

  • Russia President: Sergei Samsonenko
  • Russia Head Coach: Oleg Kuleshov
  • Republic of Macedonia Assistant Coach: Andon Boškovski
  • Republic of Macedonia Assistant Coach: Stojan Petruševski
  • Republic of Macedonia Doctor: Dejan Zdravkovski

Former notable players

Former coaches RK Vardar

Former President clubs RK Vardar

  • Republic of Macedonia Mihajlo Mihajlovski

References

External links

  • (Macedonian)
  • RFM Profile (Macedonian)
  • EHF Profile (English)
  • Fan Club Forum (Macedonian)

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