Making their fifth successive appearance at the EHF EURO finals, North Macedonia will be looking to emulate their fifth place finish achieved at EHF EURO 2012.
A 10th place finish in 2014 was then followed since with back-to-back 11th places, so for what will be their sixth appearance at an EHF EURO, the Macedonians are out to better their record when they take to the court in 2020.
Since Spanish coach Raul Gonzalez left, the team have been led by Danilo Brestovac, who took over in March 2019. The Macedonian guided the side to two victories in the qualification phase that ultimately led to the team booking their place at the finals. A 24:24 draw with Iceland was followed by victories over Turkey and Greece which were enough for the side to finish top of Group 3 ahead of Iceland.
With a passionate and expectant fanbase demanding a strong performance in 2020, Brestovac can take comfort in the knowledge that he has a squad of players to pick from who are playing in some of the biggest leagues and competitions in European handball. Among them are Kiril Lazarov (HBC Nantes), goalkeeper Borko Ristovski (SL Benfica), pivot player Stojanche Stoilov (HC Vardar) and left wing Dejan Manaskov (Telekom Veszprem).
One of the most valuable players in the Macedonian line-up, the hugely experienced right back has enjoyed a career in the game for over 20 years. Starting his career in handball club Ovche Pole, with his hard work and persistence he transferred to his first international club Veszprem where his story started. During the World Championship in 2009 he scored 92 goals and during the EHF EURO 2012 he scored 61 goals and he still holds a position of the player who has the most goals during a single event. He is an all-time top scorer in EHF Champions League who has more than 1,000 goals to his name.
Another experienced player in the Macedonian side, fans favourite Stoilov has become an icon to the fans at club side HC Vardar. The captain at Vardar, Stojanche has led his team to two VELUX EHF Champions League titles, the last one coming during 2018/19. Known as the ‘ballerina’, he is also known for his kempa trick, fake shooting shot.
The Macedonian coach took over the reins of the national team in March 2019 following the departure of Raul Gonzalez. A goalkeeper as a player, his career between the post spanned 15 years at home and overseas. After spells as an assistant coach, Danilo’s first head coach role came as the national coach of both the men’s Under-18 and Under-20 men’s teams. He guided the Under-18s to a fourth place finish at the Under-18 European Championships in Georgia. After succeeding Gonzalez, Brestovac oversaw three wins and one draw in EHF EURO 2020 qualification to seal their place in the finals.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events