Rostov determined to go far again

Rostov-Don have been steadily progressing in . The Russian side won the EHF Cup in 2017, reached the EHF FINAL4 for the first time in 2018 and returned to Budapest to finish runners-up in 2019.

Three questions before the season:

– Can Rostov win the ?

– How will they cope with the pressure of the pre-Olympic season?

But Ambros Martin can keep a close eye on his players, as he is now also the head coach of the Russian national team after taking over from Evgenii Trefilov.

– Will they be as brilliant in attack as they are in defence?

Under the spotlight: Ana Paula Rodrigues

Self-esteem

Fun fact

The club in Rostov was founded in 1965, but it was named Rostselmash for sponsorship reasons during most of its history. Only in 2002, it was renamed to Rostov-Don.

What the numbers say

Rostov-Don (RUS)

Russian champions

Newcomers: Irina Nikitina (Zvezda Zvenigorod), Julia Behnke (TuS Metzingen)

Left the club: Elena Slivinskaya (retired)

Coach: Ambros Martin (since 2018)

Team captain: Iuliia Managarova

Participations (including 2019/20 season): 8
Runners-up (1): 2018/19
Semi-final (1): 2017/18
Quarter-final (1): 2015/16
Group matches (1): 2016/17
Qualification (3): 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14

Other EC records:

EHF Cup:
Winner:  2016/17
Runners-up: 2014/15
Quarter-final: 2009/10
Last 16: 2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09


Semi-final: 2012/13, 2013/14
Quarter-final: 2010/11
Last 16: 2011/12

Russian league:
7 titles (1990, 1991 (USSR), 1994, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Russian cup:
11 titles (1980, 1982, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015-19)

TEXT: Sergey Nikolaev / ew
 

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