North Macedonia men's national handball team

The Macedonia national handball team is the national handball team of 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.


Macedonian bench at EURO 2018
Macedonia team Attacks at EURO 2020

First Handball teams in Macedonia emerged in the second half of the 40s.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 in small handball or indoor handball.Macedonian champions were qualified for federal Yugoslav Championship instead of European cup competitions.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 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. It's 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.

  • 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 Macedonian team didn't had a chance to qualify . For the first European Championship 1994 team Macedonia didn't 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've finished 9th. For the Olympic tournament qualifications they've 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

World Championship

European Championship

Mediterranean Games

Macedonian Fans

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


Current squad

Preliminary squad for the 2022 European Men's Handball Championship qualification games against Denmark.

Head coach: Kiril Lazarov

No.Pos.NameDate of birth (age)HeightApp.GoalsClub
1GKNikola Mitrevski(1985-10-03) 3 October 1985 (age 35)1.88 m422PortugalFC Porto Sofarma
3LWDejan Manaskov(1992-08-26) 26 August 1992 (age 28)1.81 m72279HungaryTelekom Veszprém
4RBMartin Velkovski(1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 23)1.90 m67North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
5PStojanče Stoilov(1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 33)1.91 m67143North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
6LWDimitar Dimitrioski(1998-02-16) 16 February 1998 (age 23)1.82 m30North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
7RBKiril Lazarov(1980-05-10) 10 May 1980 (age 40)1.93 m2071443FranceHBC Nantes
8LWCvetan Kuzmanoski(1999-12-05) 5 December 1999 (age 21)1.90 m00North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister 2
11LBFilip Taleski(1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 24)2.00 m43109North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
12GKMartin Tomovski(1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 23)1.90 m00GermanyDie Eulen Ludwigshafen
13CBFilip Mirkulovski(1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 (age 37)1.89 m126315GermanyHSG Wetzlar
17PNikola Markoski(1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 30)1.95 m1712North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
18LBFilip Kuzmanovski(1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 24)1.98 m3861GermanyTSV Hannover-Burgdorf
19RWNenad Kosteski(2001-03-04) 4 March 2001 (age 19)1.80 m20North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
21CBMario Tankoski(1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 22)1.92 m125North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
22RWGoce Georgievski(1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 34)1.85 m79158North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
25CBGoran Krstevski(1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 24)1.96 m92RomaniaCSM Focșani
27LBDejan Kukulovski(1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22)1.94 m00North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
28RWMartin Popovski(1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 26)1.77 m2619SwitzerlandGC Amicitia Zürich
31LBMihajlo Mladenovikj(2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 20)1.94 m00North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
33PŽarko Peševski(1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 29)1.95 m3969GermanyTVB 1898 Stuttgart
34RBTomislav Jagurinovski(1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 22)1.88 m00North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
44PMihail Alarov(1997-12-21) 21 December 1997 (age 23)1.97 m00North MacedoniaRK Tineks Prolet
66LWBojan Madzovski(1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 (age 26)1.84 m610North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
77RBMartin Serafimov(2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 20)1.90 m71North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
97CBMarko Miševski(1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 21)1.99 m30North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
GKGradimir Čanevski(1988-03-04) 4 March 1988 (age 32)1.89 m00North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
CBNikola Cvetanoski(1998-06-01) 1 June 1998 (age 22)1.91 m00North MacedoniaRK Struga
CBTomče Stojanovski(1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 22)1.91 m00North MacedoniaRK Butel Skopje
CBMartin Karapalevski(2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 20)1.78 m00North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
PKristijan Simonoski(2000-05-29) 29 May 2000 (age 20)1.90 m00North MacedoniaRK Golden Art KL7
CBIgor Gjorgiev(2000-06-02) 2 June 2000 (age 20)1.90 m00North MacedoniaRK Golden Art KL7
GKMarko Kizikj(2001-01-22) 22 January 2001 (age 20)1.90 m00North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
CBMartin Ivanovski(2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 19)1.95 m00North MacedoniaGRK Ohrid
GKAndrej Petkovski(2001-05-30) 30 May 2001 (age 19)1.92 m00North MacedoniaRK Golden Art KL7
LBEmilijan Gjorgovski(2002-06-09) 9 June 2002 (age 18)1.95 m00North MacedoniaRK Golden Art KL7

Recent call ups

These are players that have also received a call.

No.Pos.NameDate of birth (age)HeightApp.GoalsClub
10CBFilip Čurlevski(1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 29)1.77 m71FinlandSjundeå IF
14LBVelko Markoski(1986-04-05) 5 April 1986 (age 34)1.94 m518North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
15CBLasko Andonovski(1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 29)1.84 m00North MacedoniaRK Tineks Prolet
16GKBorko Ristovski(1982-11-02) 2 November 1982 (age 38)1.90 m1555North MacedoniaRK Vardar 1961
20GKNikola Danilovski(1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 24)1.84 m00North MacedoniaGRK Ohrid
23LBFilip Lazarov(1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 35)1.97 m54140GermanySG Ratingen 2011
24PMilan Lazarevski(1997-02-09) 9 February 1997 (age 24)1.94 m10North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
26LWGoce Ojleski(1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 31)1.88 m2721North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
29LBDarko Georgievski(1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 29)1.92 m00FranceAngers SCO
43LBMilorad Kukoski(1987-12-07) 7 December 1987 (age 33)1.94 m33165North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister
55RWNikola Kosteski(1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 28)1.83 m00AustriaHC Linz AG
71LWDavor Palevski(1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 23)1.82 m00North MacedoniaRK Tineks Prolet
88LBDarko Dimitrievski(1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 27)1.94 m00SpainLiberbank Cantabria Sinfín
99PFilip Arsenovski(1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 22)1.93 m00North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
CBNemanja Pribak(1984-03-26) 26 March 1984 (age 36)1.90 m1317SerbiaRK Vojvodina
GKJane Cvetkovski(1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 33)1.91 m00HungaryDVTK-Eger
PKostadin Petrov(1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 28)1.90 m00RomaniaCSU Suceava
GKDaniel Gjorgjeski(1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 27)1.85 m00North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
CBMartin Manaskov(1994-06-07) 7 June 1994 (age 26)1.92 m00North MacedoniaGRK Ohrid
LBStefan Drogrishki(1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 26)1.93 m20North MacedoniaRK Eurofarm Pelister 2
RWMice Shilegov(1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22)1.75 m00North MacedoniaRK Metalurg Skopje
CBIvan Djonov(1998-07-15) 15 July 1998 (age 22)1.95 m00North MacedoniaRK Tineks Prolet
RWAlen Kjosevski(2001-06-07) 7 June 2001 (age 19)1.87 m00North MacedoniaRK Rabotnički
  • INJ = Injured
  • PRE = Called up in a preliminary squad for the most recent games
  • COV = Withdrew due to COVID-19

Notable players


Record against other teams

As of 28 January 2018, after 2018 ECh

Positive total balance (more wins)
Neutral total balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative total balance (more losses)

External links

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