FYR Macedonia's men's national team is still all about Kiril Lazarov. The top scorer at the World Championship 2009 and EHF EURO 2012 is the unquestionable heart of the squad. When Lazarov scores, FYR Macedonia are on the upswing; if he fails, they are going down.
Fortunately for the Macedonians Lazarov was once more at his best throughout qualification. His 56 goals not only made him the top scorer of the stage but also accounted for more than one third of his team's goals in qualification, which they finished ranked second in Group 6.
It is a handball-mad nation and the atmosphere at games is always electrifying. Besides Lazarov, the Macedonians' hopes for the EHF EURO rest on the shoulders of player such as Naumce Mojsovski and Dejan Manaskov.
For many years now Macedonian handball and Kiril Lazarov have been inseparably linked to each other.
The FC Barcelona right back is the key player in the Macedonian attack. His powerful as well as precise shots many a times have been vital for his teams’ victories – whether it was for the national team or on club level.
He is the most experienced player with participations at three World Championships and three EHF EURO events. He has won more than 30 trophies, including - for the first in his career - the VELUX EHF Champions League with FC Barcelona in 2015, in club handball, but a tournament triumph with the national team is still missing.
Lazarov was the top scorer at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia with 61 goals. However, he is not just a goal scorer but also a great team player for whom it is more important to win than to score as often as possible.
There is a very easy formula for the Macedonian game: If Borko Ristovski plays well, FYR Macedonia play well. The goalkeeper’s saves often initiate attacks; his game is an inspiration for his teammates. Ristovski’s outstanding performances were one of the key factors why FYR Macedonia finished fifth at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia.
The goalkeeper is regarded as a specialist for starting counter attacks and many opponents fear him when they face Ristovski from the penalty line.He is one of the most experienced players in the Macedonian squad, having been part of the team at the 2009, 2013 and 2015 World Championships and the EHF EURO 2012.
On club level he plays for US Créteil HB in France.
When Ivica Obrvan became head coach of the Macedonian national team early in 2013 as the successor of Zvonko Shundovski, he lost his first two qualification encounters against world champions Spain.
But the Croat quickly brought success to the team and by winning against Switzerland and Portugal, FYR Macedonia qualified for the EHF EURO in Denmark, repeating the feat two year's later when they came second in a qualification group with France, Czech Republic and Switzerland.
As a player Obrvan played for the national teams of Yugoslavia and Croatia. As a club handball coach, he won the EHF Cup with RK Metkovic Jambo in 2000 and reached the final in the same event in 2009 with RK Gorenje, losing to VfL Gummersbach.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events