Russia national handball team

The Russia national handball team is controlled by the Handball Union of Russia. Russia is designated by IHF and EHF.

AssociationHandball Union of Russia
(Союз гандболистов России)
CoachEduard Koksharov
Summer Olympics
Appearances4 (First in 1996)
Best resultWinners (2000)
World Championship
Appearances21 (First in 1993)
Best resultWinners (1993, 1997)
European Championship
Appearances12 (First in 1994)
Best resultWinners (1996)
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Russia national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
2000 Sydney
2004 Athens
World Championship
1993 Sweden
1997 Japan
1999 Egypt
European Championship
1996 Spain
1994 Portugal
2000 Croatia

All Olympic medals of the Soviet Union were inherited by Russia, but not combined together with the medal count of the Russian Federation.


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.


Summer Olympics

Year Position Pld W D L GS GA
2012Did not qualify
2016Did not qualify

World Championship

1993 Sweden Champions
1995 Iceland 5th place
1997 Japan Champions
1999 Egypt Runners-up
2001 France 6th place
2003 Portugal 5th place
2005 Tunisia 8th place
2007 Germany 6th place
2009 Croatia 16th place
2011 Sweden Did not qualify
2013 Spain 7th place
2015 Qatar 19th place
2017 France 12th place
2019 Germany/Denmark 14th place

European Championship

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Portugal 1994Runners-up27601172148
Spain 1996Champion17610172141
Italy 1998Fourth place47313179167
Croatia 2000Runners-up27502189175
Sweden 20025th/6th Place57511166144
Slovenia 20045th/6th Place57412206190
Switzerland 20065th/6th Place67403210202
Norway 2008Preliminary round1430127488
Austria 2010Main round106105177194
Serbia 2012Preliminary round1530128289
Denmark 2014Main round96204168179
Poland 2016Main round96213160161
Croatia 2018Did not qualify
Austria/Norway/Sweden 2020Qualified
Total13/141 title703842821012008


Olympic Games 1012
World Championship 2103
European Championship 1203


Current squad

Squad for the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Eduard Koksharov

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Oleg Grams (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 2.00 m 146 0 Dunkerque
5 RB Dmitrii Kiselev (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 1.94 m 37 87 RK Vardar
6 RW Daniil Shishkarev (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 1.91 m 118 295 RK Vardar
7 RW Dmitry Kovalyov (1982-05-15) 15 May 1982 1.80 m 208 547 HC Spartak
8 P Yegor Yevdokimov (1982-03-09) 9 March 1982 2.03 m 137 181 HC Spartak
9 LB Alexander Shkurinskiy (1995-04-11) 11 April 1995 1.93 m 36 72 Meshkov Brest
16 GK Dmitry Pavlenko (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 1.93 m 31 0 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
17 LB Aleksandr Dereven (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 1.98 m 30 59 HC Spartak
18 P Sergej Gorpishin (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 2.00 m 11 11 HC Erlangen
21 P Gleb Kalarash (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 2.05 m 59 90 RK Vardar
23 LW Roman Ostrashchenko (1992-09-26) 26 September 1992 1.88 m 26 20 Chekhovskiye Medvedi
31 LW Timur Dibirov (1983-07-30) 30 July 1983 1.80 m 206 719 RK Vardar
34 LB Vitaly Komogorov (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 1.96 m 22 14 CS Dinamo București
43 P Maksim Mikhalin (1997-09-03) 3 September 1997 2.07 m 12 8 SKIF Krasnodar
87 GK Victor Kireev (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 1.90 m 55 0 Motor Zaporozhye
89 CB Dmitry Zhitnikov (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 1.97 m 119 303 Pick Szeged
97 RW Aleksei Fokin (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 1.85 m 7 4 HC Kaustik
99 LB Sergei Kosorotov (1999-06-16) 16 June 1999 1.99 m 9 21 Chekhovskiye Medvedi

Coaching staff

HUR Management Personnel:Andrey Lavrov
Head Coach:Oleg Kuleshov
Coach:Viacheslav Borisov / Lev Vornin / Alexander Yanushevich
Masseur:Mikhail Prilutsky
Videooperator:Andrei Seregin

Notable players



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