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Date: 6/30/2016

Coach: Anatoly Skorobogatov


Key Players: Antonina Skorobogatchenko (Right Back), Yaroslava Frolova (Centre Back) and Anastasia Titovskaya (Goalkeeper)


Qualification for Russia 2016: Hosts


History in Tournament: 1977: 2nd (*), 1979: 1st (*), 1981: 1st (*), 1983: 1st (*), 1985: 1st (*), 1987: 1st (*), 1989: 1st (*), 1991: 1st (*), 1993: 1st, 1995: 8th, 1997: 2nd, 1999: 5th, 2001: 1st, 2003: 1st, 2005: 1st, 2008: DNQ, 2010: 2nd, 2012: 5th, 2014: 2nd  


(*) Participated as the USSR




It would not be enough to say that the Russia women junior teams deserve a very special recognition in the history of handball. First as the USSR (1977-1991), they achieved seven World Championship titles and were runners-up once. And then, representing the Russian Handball Federation, they reached gold four times (1993, 2001, 2003 and 2005) and finished second in three occasions (1997, 2010 and 2014).


The 57-year old coach Anatoly Skorobogatov is a big part of the incredibly successful Russian tradition. He coached the team that became Women’s Junior World Champions in 2005 and also claimed gold at two European Championships with the same squad – which included stars such as the Russia senior team captain Irina Bliznova, Olga Akopian and Polina Kuznetsova.


Skorobogatov has been coaching the Russia team, who have now turned junior, since 2013. In 2014 they only ranked 8th at the Macedonia 2014 Women’s Youth World Championship after they were defeated by Denmark 29:26 in the Quarter-Finals. Afterwards, they lost their placement matches against Korea (28:26) and Brazil (34:31). One year later they showed their improvement at the Women’s European Championship 19 and placed 2nd. Denmark beat them 29:26 in the Final, the exact same result of the Quarter-Final match in Macedonia.


Dinamo centre back Yaroslava Frolova scored 40 goals in Macedonia 2014 and 31 at the European tournament last year. She plays a key role in the Russian team, along with the fearsome scorer Valentina Vernigorova, who shares club team and position with Frolova and scored 40 goals at the last U18 World Championship and 24 at the continental competition. Coach Skorobogatov can also count on the playmaker Elizaveta Malashenko (Lada club team), the top scorer of the team in Macedonia with 43 goals.


The 17-year old Dinamo right back Antonina Skorobogatchenko is a really interesting prospect for the future. She performed at the Women’s European Championship 17 in 2015 and finished with 30 goals. While her teammate Anastasia Titovskaya, who participated in the 2014 Youth World Championship, is a goalkeeper worth watching.



Official Website/Social Media:


Follow the Russia team on the Federation website, on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


IHF Social Media:


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Group at Russia 2016:
Group D: Russia, Sweden, Japan, Netherlands, China and Chile


Games at Russia 2016:
All times local

Saturday 2 July: RUS-NED (17:30)
Monday 4 July: CHN-RUS (18:00)
Wednesday 6 July: RUS-CHI (18:00)
Thursday 7 July: JPN-RUS (18:00)
Saturday 9 July: RUS-SWE (18:00)