Russia men's national handball team

The Russia national handball team (Russian: Сборная России по гандболу) is controlled by the Handball Federation of Russia. Russia is designated by IHF and EHF.

AssociationHandball Federation of Russia
(Союз гандболистов России)
CoachVelimir Petković
Assistant coachValentin Buzmakov
Mikhail Izmailov
CaptainDaniil Shishkaryov
Summer Olympics
Appearances4 (First in 1996)
Best resultWinners (2000)
World Championship
Appearances21 (First in 1993)
Best resultWinners (1993, 1997)
European Championship
Appearances13 (First in 1994)
Best resultWinners (1996)
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Russia men's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
2000 SydneyTeam
2004 AthensTeam
World Championship
1993 Sweden
1997 Japan
1999 Egypt
European Championship
1996 Spain
1994 Portugal
2000 Croatia


Handball in Russia as one of the sports games appeared in early 20th century (approx. in 1909). In the first period of its development the handball in Russia had two forms, 11 players form and 7 players form. The main centers for the development of handball in Russia till the end of 40s were Moscow, Leningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and other cities of the Russian Federation. Its high popularity, growing authority, both in center and in provinces demanded the formation of united organizational and methodical center, and it was had formed. In 1955 was set up the All-Union section (federation) of handball, was approved the statutes of this public sports organization, were defined the directions for the development of handball, and that appeared to be a stimulus to wide development of handball in the country. There were formed the sections of handball, were set up handball teams, the handball competitions were held. By early 60s was finally approved a single form of handball game – 7players form.

At that period, thanks to active and purposeful efforts of handball public family – All-Russia and regional federations, coaches, athletes and just lovers for handball – started to work centers for children and youths where were trained young athletes – future champions of world and Olympic Games. The first center of that kind was the sports school "Start" for children and youths in Rostov-on-Don. Then similar schools were opened in Moscow, Sverdlovsk, Leningrad, Krasnodar, Volgograd, Krasnoyarsk and in the Far East. More than 100 such centers for training young athletes were opened in Russia. The best of them were awarded with the status of specialized sports schools of Olympic reserve. The opening of those sports schools of Olympic reserve played a significant role in preparation of high class athletes – the reserve of the master teams and of national teams of the country. Young athletes in the age of 10–17 years had their sports training in those schools using special programs. To the moment of appear at the international arena the Russian handball players had got sufficient sports potential and could be able to equally withstand to club and national teams of the countries where handball 7players form started its development much earlier.


Olympic Games 1012
World Championship 2103
European Championship 1203


Summer Olympics

Year Position Pld W D L GS GA
2004Third place8404214216
2012Did not qualify

World Championship

1993 Champions
1995 5th place
1997 Champions
1999 Runners-up
2001 6th place
2003 5th place
2005 8th place
2007 6th place
2009 16th place
2011 Did not qualify
2013 7th place
2015 19th place
2017 12th place
14th place
2021 14th place (played as RHF Team)


European Championship

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1998Fourth place47313179167
20025th/6th place57511166144
20045th/6th place57412206190
20065th/6th place67403210202
2008Preliminary round1430127488
2010Main round106105177194
2012Preliminary round1530128289
2014Main round96204168179
2016Main round96213160161
2018Did not qualify
2020Preliminary round2230037691
2024Future event
Total14/161 title733843121772099


Current squad

Squad for the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship.[1][2]

Head coach: Velimir Petković

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
5 RB Dmitrii Kiselev (1994-11-15) 15 November 1994 (age 26) 1.93 m 49 126 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
14 LB Ilya Belevtsov (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 21) 1.98 m 2 0 SKIF Krasnodar
16 GK Dmitry Pavlenko (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 30) 1.90 m 34 0 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
17 RB Alexander Kotov (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 26) 1.98 m 25 20 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
22 P Viacheslav Kasatkin (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 24) 1.84 m 0 0 CSM Vaslui
23 LW Roman Ostashchenko (1992-09-26) 26 September 1992 (age 28) 1.90 m 34 33 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
24 RW Dmitry Kornev (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992 (age 29) 1.86 m 14 19 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
27 P Denis Vasilev (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 27) 1.98 m 21 17 C' Chartres Métropole Handball
28 LB Sergey Kudinov (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 29) 1.91 m 34 25 C' Chartres Métropole Handball
30 P Aleksandr Ermakov (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 25) 1.96 m 11 15 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
33 RW Daniil Shishkaryov (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 32) 1.89 m 133 333 Veszprém KC
36 RB Sergei Ivanov (2000-10-16) 16 October 2000 (age 20) 2.00 m 2 1 SKIF Krasnodar
44 LW Igor Soroka (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 30) 1.80 m 58 160 CSKA Moscow
55 LB Azat Valiullin (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 30) 2.07 m 12 30 TSG Friesenheim
76 GK Stanislav Tretynko (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 27) 1.93 m 0 0 SGAU-Saratov
78 P Pavel Andreev (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 28) 1.95 m 14 32 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
87 GK Viktor Kireyev (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 34) 1.90 m 71 1 CSKA Moscow
89 CB Dmitry Zhitnikov (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 31) 1.95 m 133 342 MOL-Pick Szeged
97 RW Aleksei Fokin (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 23) 1.80 m 15 15 CSKA Moscow
99 LB Sergei Kosorotov (1999-06-16) 16 June 1999 (age 22) 1.95 m 27 47 Chekhovskiye Medvedi

Coaching staff

HUR Management Personnel:Andrey Lavrov
Head Coach:Velimir Petković
Coaches:Valentin Buzmakov / Mikhail Izmailov
Masseur:Mikhail Prilutsky
Videooperator:Andrei Seregin

Notable players


Most capped players

Player Games Position Years
Andrey Lavrov320GK
Vyacheslav Atavin288OB
Vyacheslav Gorpishin270?
Alexey Rastvortsev251OB
Vitali Ivanov236CB
Eduard Koksharov226W
Dmitri Torgovanov219P
Dmitry Kovalyov213W
Timur Dibirov212W
Mikhail Chipurin208P
Vasily Kudinov196OB
Sergey Pogorelov194OB
Dmitry Filippov160+CB, W
Denis Krivoshlykov158W
Oleg Grams150GK
Pavel Sukosyan145GK
Talant Duyshebaev140CB
Egor Evdokimov132P
Alexey Kostygov131GK
Stanislav Kulinchenko125CB
Daniil Shishkarev122W
Dmitry Zhitnikov119CB
Alexander Chernoivanov116P
Samvel Aslanyan111OB
Konstantin Igropulo110OB
Pavel Atman107CB
Vasily Filippov101CB
Valery Gopin100+W
Oleg Kiselyov100+CB, OB
Oleg Grebnev100+P

Top scorers

Player Goals Average Position Years
Eduard Koksharov11104.91W
Alexey Rastvortsev8983.58OB
Talant Duyshebaev726+CB
Dmitri Torgovanov6893.15P
Vyacheslav Atavin600+OB
Timur Dibirov600W
Vitali Ivanov5222.21CB
Konstantin Igropulo505OB
Mikhail Chipurin505P
Denis Krivoshlykov4482.84W
Sergey Pogorelov4462.30OB
Dmitry Kovalyov439W
Vasily Kudinov300+OB
Dmitry Filippov300+CB, W
Aleksandr Tuchkin2993.25OB


  1. "Состав сборной России для подготовки к чемпионату мира" (in Russian). 24 December 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  2. "Team Roster Russian Handball Federation Team" (PDF). 15 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.