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Vardar will try for the fifth time!

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Vardar will try for the fifth time!

The Women’s EHF FINAL4 will be organized this weekend on Budapest, Arena Papp László and Timeout Magazine presents you the four participants.

The Macedonian team, Vardar is the team which has qualified for every edition of the Women’s EHF FINAL4m since 2014, so they are for the fifth time in Budapest this year. This may be their last participation and the last chance to win the trophy as the owner of the club has decided to stop supporting the women team and every current player must find a new team to play for from the next season.

This season Vardar had no opponent either in the group phase or the Main Round. They managed to win all their matches with exception of one and won the group and their Main Round group as well, in front of Metz, FTC Rail Cargo-Hungaria, and Buducnost. In the quarterfinals, Vardar played against Danish FC Midtjylland and won both games qualifying comfortably to the Women’s EHF FINAL4.

Interesting facts:

  • For the fifth time in a row in the Women’s EHF FINAL4
  • Several players are in the squad since the first year this big team was started: Lekic, Radicevic, Suslina, Leynaud, Hmirova
  • This year they did not change the head coach, still, Irina Dibirova owns the position, like last season
  • Players from six nations are playing in the Vardar
  • Four players will continue in CSM Bucuresti, one player will move to Győri ETO KC, both possible opponents in the final or bronze game on Sunday
  • Only three players won the Champions League title earlier, Andrea Lekic and Jovanka Radicevic (2013) with Győri Audi ETO KC, Dragana Cvijic with Buducnost in 2012 and 2015
  • Only once managed Vardra to qualify to the final of Women’s EHF FINAL4, last season they played against Gyori Audi ETO KC and lost after extra times


Key players: Andrea Penezic, Andrea Lekic, Amandine Leynaud, Dragana Cvijic, Jovanka Radicevic


HC Vardar will meet the Russians from Rostov Don in the second semifinal of Saturday at 18.oo




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Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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