North Macedonia men's national handball team


The North Macedonia national handball team is the national handball team of North Macedonia. The team is run by the Macedonian Handball Federation, the governing body of handball in Macedonia. Prior to joining the International Handball Federation in 1991 as an independent country, Macedonia was represented within the Yugoslavia men's national handball team.

Macedonia
Information
NicknameRed-Yellow Lions
AssociationMacedonian Handball Federation
CoachKiril Lazarov
CaptainKiril Lazarov
Most capsStevče Aluševski (245)
Most goalsKiril Lazarov (1717)
Colours
Home
Away
Results
World Championship
Appearances7 (First in 1999)
Best result9th (2015)
European Championship
Appearances6 (First in 1998)
Best result5th (2012)
Last updated on Unknown.

History


Macedonian bench at EURO 2018
Macedonia team Attacks at EURO 2020

First 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.

  • Home ground
Home Ground
Home Ground

The BTSC – Boris Trajkovski Sports Center Macedonian: Спортски центар Борис Трајковски, Skopje is a multi-functional indoor sports arena. It is located in the Karpoš Municipality of Skopje, 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 and will be used again for the 2022 European Women's Handball Championship for the preliminary and main round.

  • Competitive record

During the period 1958 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 5 Olympics and 10 World cup tournaments within the successful team Yugoslavia. After the split Macedonian team started to compete representing the single independent Republic. 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 didn't have a chance to qualify. For the first European Championship 1994 team Macedonia did not 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 6 European Championships first one in 1998 then 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. Most successful was the 2012 when they've finished 5th. For the World Cup's they entered 7 times – 1999, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. The most successful was in 2015 when they finished 9th. For the Olympic tournament qualifications they have entered two times – 2012 finishing 4th and 2016 finishing 3rd .They didn't manage to finish in the first two spots and haven't qualified.

Olympic Games

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1972 to 19921972,1976,1980,1984,1988,1992bn
Within Yugoslavia team
(1),(5),(6),(1),(3)'(banned)
1996Did not qualify
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
2020
2024TBD
2028
Total0/8

World Championship

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1958 to 1993 1958,1961,1964,1967, 1970,1974,1978,1982,1986,1990,1993bn
Within Yugoslavia team
(8),(9),(6),(7),(3),(3),(5),(2),(1),(4),(banned)
1995 Did not qualify
1997
1999 Preliminary round 18th 5 1 0 4 122 149 −27
2001 Did not qualify
2003
2005
2007
2009 Main Round 11th 11 5 0 6 309 322 −13
2011 Did not qualify
2013 Round of 16 14th 6 2 1 3 165 171 −6
2015 Round of 16 9th 6 4 0 2 181 168 +13
2017 Round of 16 15th 6 2 1 3 163 171 −8
2019 Presidents' Cup 15th 7 3 0 4 191 199 −8
2021 Main round 23rd 6 1 0 5 138 192 −54
2023 To be determined
2025
2027
Total7/15 4718227 12691372−103

European Championship

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1994Did not participate
1996Did not qualify
1998Preliminary Round12th5015130174
2000Did not qualify
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
20125th / 6th place5th7412185175
2014Main Round10th6114141167
2016Main Round11th6024157176
2018Main Round11th6213143164
2020Preliminary round15th31027984
2022Qualified
2024To be determined
Total7/14348620835941

Mediterranean Games

Year Round Position GP W D L
1993–2009Did not participate
2013Group stage8th4202
2018Group stage13th3102
Total2/7 7304

Macedonian fans


Macedonia has great support at their matches from their fans. There is always a great number of fans following the national team on every World Cup or EURO championship they attend. Cheerful friendly fans create a great atmosphere at every game.

Team


Current squad

Players called up for the 2022 European Men's Handball Championship qualification games against Finland and Switzerland. Head coach: Kiril Lazarov

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Nikola Mitrevski (1985-10-03) 3 October 1985 (age 35) 1.88 m 42 2 FC Porto Sofarma
3 LW Dejan Manaskov (1992-08-26) 26 August 1992 (age 28) 1.81 m 72 279 Telekom Veszprém
4 RB Martin Velkovski (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 24) 1.90 m 6 7 RK Eurofarm Pelister
5 P Stojanče Stoilov (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 34) 1.91 m 67 143 RK Vardar 1961
7 RB Kiril Lazarov (1980-05-10) 10 May 1980 (age 41) 1.93 m 207 1443 HBC Nantes
9 CB Igor Gjorgiev (2000-06-02) 2 June 2000 (age 21) 1.90 m 0 0 RK Golden Art KL7
11 LB Filip Taleski (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 25) 2.00 m 43 109 RK Vardar 1961
12 GK Martin Tomovski (1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 23) 1.90 m 0 0 Die Eulen Ludwigshafen
13 CB Filip Mirkulovski (1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 (age 37) 1.89 m 126 315 HSG Wetzlar
17 P Nikola Markoski (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 31) 1.95 m 17 12 RK Eurofarm Pelister
18 LB Filip Kuzmanovski (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 24) 1.98 m 38 61 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf
19 RW Nenad Kosteski (2001-03-04) 4 March 2001 (age 20) 1.80 m 2 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister
22 RW Goce Georgievski (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 34) 1.85 m 79 158 RK Vardar 1961
23 LB Emilijan Gjorgovski (2002-06-09) 9 June 2002 (age 19) 1.95 m 0 0 RK Golden Art KL7
31 LB Mihajlo Mladenovikj (2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 20) 1.94 m 0 0 GRK Ohrid
33 P Žarko Peševski (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 30) 1.95 m 39 69 TVB 1898 Stuttgart
44 P Mihail Alarov (1997-12-21) 21 December 1997 (age 23) 1.97 m 0 0 RK Tineks Prolet
66 LW Bojan Madzovski (1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 (age 27) 1.84 m 6 10 RK Eurofarm Pelister
77 RB Martin Serafimov (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 21) 1.90 m 7 1 RK Metalurg Skopje
97 CB Marko Miševski (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 21) 1.99 m 3 0 RK Vardar 1961
GK Marko Kizikj (2001-01-22) 22 January 2001 (age 20) 1.90 m 0 0 RK Vardar 1961

Recent call ups

These are players that have also received a call.

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
6 LW Dimitar Dimitrioski (1998-02-16) 16 February 1998 (age 23) 1.82 m 3 0 RK Vardar 1961
8 LW Cvetan Kuzmanoski (1999-12-05) 5 December 1999 (age 21) 1.90 m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister
10 CB Filip Čurlevski (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 29) 1.77 m 7 1 Sjundeå IF
14 LB Velko Markoski (1986-04-05) 5 April 1986 (age 35) 1.94 m 51 8 RK Metalurg Skopje
15 CB Lasko Andonovski (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 29) 1.84 m 0 0 RK Tineks Prolet
16 GK Borko Ristovski (1982-11-02) 2 November 1982 (age 38) 1.90 m 155 5 RK Vardar 1961
21 CB Mario Tankoski (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 22) 1.92 m 12 5 RK Eurofarm Pelister
24 P Milan Lazarevski (1997-02-09) 9 February 1997 (age 24) 1.94 m 1 0 RK Metalurg Skopje
25 CB Goran Krstevski (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 25) 1.96 m 9 2 CSM Focșani
26 LW Goce Ojleski (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 31) 1.88 m 27 21 RK Eurofarm Pelister
27 LB Dejan Kukulovski (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22) 1.94 m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister
28 RW Martin Popovski (1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 26) 1.77 m 26 19 GC Amicitia Zürich
29 LB Darko Georgievski (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 29) 1.92 m 0 0 Angers SCO
34 RW Tomislav Jagurinovski (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 22) 1.88 m 0 0 RK Vardar 1961
43 LB Milorad Kukoski (1987-12-07) 7 December 1987 (age 33) 1.94 m 33 165 RK Eurofarm Pelister
55 RW Nikola Kosteski (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 28) 1.83 m 0 0 HC Linz AG
71 LW Davor Palevski (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 24) 1.82 m 0 0 RK Tineks Prolet
88 LB Darko Dimitrievski (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 28) 1.94 m 0 0 Liberbank Cantabria Sinfín
99 P Filip Arsenovski (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 22) 1.93 m 0 0 RK Metalurg Skopje
CB Nemanja Pribak (1984-03-26) 26 March 1984 (age 37) 1.90 m 13 17 RK Vojvodina
LB Filip Lazarov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 36) 1.97 m 54 140 SG Ratingen 2011
GK Jane Cvetkovski (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 33) 1.91 m 0 0 RK Tineks Prolet
GK Gradimir Čanevski (1988-03-04) 4 March 1988 (age 33) 1.89 m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister
P Kostadin Petrov (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 29) 1.90 m 0 0 CSU Suceava
GK Daniel Gjorgjeski (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 27) 1.85 m 0 0 RK Metalurg Skopje
CB Martin Manaskov (1994-06-07) 7 June 1994 (age 27) 1.92 m 0 0 GRK Ohrid
LB Stefan Drogrishki (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 26) 1.93 m 2 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister 2
LB Nikola Cvetanoski (1998-06-01) 1 June 1998 (age 23) 1.91 m 0 0 RK Struga
RW Mice Shilegov (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 1.75 m 0 0 RK Metalurg Skopje
CB Ivan Djonov (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 (age 23) 1.95 m 0 0 RK Tineks Prolet
LB Tomče Stojanovski (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 22) 1.91 m 0 0 HC Butel Skopje
CB Martin Karapalevski (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 21) 1.78 m 0 0 RK Vardar 1961
P Kristijan Simonoski (2000-05-29) 29 May 2000 (age 21) 1.90 m 0 0 RK Golden Art KL7
CB Martin Ivanovski (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 20) 1.95 m 0 0 GRK Ohrid
GK Andrej Petkovski (2001-05-30) 30 May 2001 (age 20) 1.92 m 0 0 RK Golden Art KL7
RW Alen Kjosevski (2001-06-07) 7 June 2001 (age 20) 1.87 m 0 0 RK Rabotnički
GK Vasil Gogov (2000-09-11) 11 September 2000 (age 20) 1.90 m 0 0 RK Rabotnički
LW Ivan Dimitrovski (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 23) 1.88 m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister 2
LW Darko Kondev (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 19) 1.85 m 0 0 GRK Tikveš
LB Pavle Atanasijevikj Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister 2
CB Marko Mitev Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Butel Skopje
RB David Savrevski Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Rabotnički
P Marko Stojkovikj (2003-06-27) 27 June 2003 (age 17) 1. m 0 0 RK Golden Art KL7
LW Petar Atanasijevikj Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister 2
P Stefan Atanasovski (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 21) 2.07 m 0 0 RK Vardar 1961
RW Nikola Stoilevski Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Eurofarm Pelister 2
RW Bojan Spasovski Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1.83 m 0 0 RK Butel Skopje
RB Martin Dimovski Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Golden Art KL7
LB Toše Ončev (1996-12-27) 27 December 1996 (age 24) 1.90 m 0 0 RK Rabotnički
LB Hristijan Krstanoski Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day 1. m 0 0 RK Struga

Notable players

Statistics

Record against other teams


As of 3 May 2021

Key
Positive total balance (more wins)
Neutral total balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative total balance (more losses)
National team Total Olympic Games World Championship European Championship Mediterranean Games Qualifications
Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L Pld W D L
Algeria 2200 0000 1100 1100 0000
Angola 1100 0000 1100 0000
Austria 5302 0000 1100 2101 2101
Bahrain 1100 0000 1100 0000
Belarus 4103 0000 1001 1001 2101
Belgium 101000 0000 0000 0000 101000
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
7322 0000 1100 0000 0000 6222
Brazil 2002 0000 1001 1001
Bulgaria 6600 0000 0000 0000 6600
Chile 4400 0000 3300 1100
Croatia 6105 0000 2002 2002 0000 2101
Cuba 1001 0000 1001 0000
Cyprus 2200 0000 0000 0000 0000 2200
Czech Republic 15537 0000 0000 5113 10424
Denmark 7106 0000 2002 3003 2101
Egypt 3003 0000 2002 1001 0000
Estonia 6420 0000 0000 0000 6420
Finland 4310 0000 0000 0000 4310
France 3003 0000 0000 1001 0000 2002
Germany 5014 0000 3003 2011 0000
Greece 8602 0000 0000 0000 0000 8602
Hungary 122010 0000 0000 1001 11209
Iceland 184212 0000 3012 1001 14419
Iran 1100 0000 1100 0000
Israel 4301 0000 0000 0000 4301
Italy 4202 0000 0000 1001 1001 2200
Japan 1100 0000 1100 0000
Latvia 2200 0000 0000 0000 2200
Lithuania 3012 0000 0000 0000 3012
Luxemburg 4400 0000 0000 0000 4400
Montenegro 1100 0000 0000 1100 0000 0000
Netherlands 2101 0000 0000 0000 2101
Norway 5113 0000 2002 1010 2101
Poland 4202 0000 1100 2101 1001
Portugal 8404 0000 0000 0000 8404
Qatar 1100 0000 1100 0000
Romania 4202 0000 0000 0000 4202
Russia 5122 0000 4112 1010 0000
Saudi Arabia 1100 0000 1100 0000
Serbia 4211 0000 0000 2110 2101 0000
Slovakia 2101 0000 0000 0000 2101
Slovenia 7205 0000 3003 2200 0000 2002
South Korea 1100 0000 1100 0000
Spain 7007 0000 2002 3003 0000 2002
Sweden 3012 0000 1001 1010 1001
Switzerland 11506 0000 0000 1100 10406
Tunisia 5203 0000 3201 1001 1001
Turkey 7601 0000 0000 0000 2101 5500
Ukraine 5221 0000 0000 1100 4121
Total (49) 24410821115

References