Alongside Norway, from 2001 to 2009, Russia were the dominant team in the world of women's handball. At their most successful, the team won four World Championship titles (2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009) and the Olympic silver medal at the 2008 event in Beijing.
Nevertheless, at the European Championship, Russia could never secure a title; the biggest EHF EURO success came at the 2006 event in Sweden when the team won the silver medal in the final against Norway. And now the coaching mastermind of all this success is back on the bench.
Evgeny Trefilov had been dismissed from his post after the 2012 Olympic Games, but was reinstated by the Handball Union of Russia in September 2013 after Russia - under Trefilov's successor Vitaly Krokhin - failed to qualify for the World Championship 2013.
Russia qualified for the Women's EHF EURO 2014 as the second placed team from Qualification Group 7.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper has been playing handball since the age of ten. For the past two seasons she has been playing for Zvezda Zvenigorod, even scoring three goals in the 2013/14 Cup Winners' Cup in which the Russian side reached the final but eventually lost against Viborg HK.
Sidorova is the most experienced player in the national team. In her illustrious career she has won two World Championships as well as silver at one EHF EURO and the Olympic Games 2008.
24-year-old Kseniya Makeeva is regarded as one the best line players in European women's handball and also the captain of the Russian national team. After having played for Dinamo Volgograd for eight years with which she won the Women's EHF Cup in 2008, Makeeva at the start of the 2014/15 season joined emergin Romanian powerhouse HCM Baia Mare.
THE COACH - Evgeny Trefilov
59-year-old Evgeny Trefilov is the mastermind behind all the success Russia enjoyed in the 21st century. Under his leadership the team won gold at the World Championships in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009, silver at the 2008 Olympic Games and silver at the EHF EURO 2006 as well as bronze in 2000 and 2008.
He was dismissed of his post following the 2012 Olympic Games, only to get a reinstated a year later after Russia failed to qualify for the World Championship 2013.
Trefilov is similarly successful on the club level at which he has continuously been working besides his national team employment. With Russian women’s side Lada Togliati he won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 2002 and the EHF Cup 2012.
As the coach of Zvezda Zvenigorod he won the EHF Cup in 2007 and the Women’s EHF Champions League in 2008. Since 2013 he has been at the helm of Kuban Krasnodar, the club he first coached in 1993 and in the city where he was born.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events