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Date: 7/16/2017

Country: Russia


Coach: Stepan Sidorchuk


Key Players: Dmitrii Santalov (Left Back), Ruslan Dashko (Right Back), Timofei Maslennikov (Right Wing)


Qualification for Algeria 2017: European Qualification – Group 1 Winners


History in Tournament: 1977: 1st, 1979: 1st, 1981: 2nd, 1983: 1st, 1985: 1st, 1987: 3rd, 1989: 1st, 1991: 3rd (all previous as Soviet Union), 1993: 4th, 1995: 1st, 1997: 12th, 1999: 7th, 2001: 1st, 2003-2005: DNQ, 2007: 9th, 2009: DNQ, 2011: 13th, 2013: 17th, 2015: 16th




There is a huge contrast between Russia’s history at the Men’s Junior World Championships – they won the title seven times since the first edition of the tournament which they claimed in 1977 as the USSR – and their 16th final rank at the 2016 U20 European Championship in Denmark. That disappointing result costed coach Alexander Alexeiev his job.


Stepan Sidorchuk took over and helped the Russia junior team clinch their berth for Algeria 2017 at the European Qualification tournament played in Italy on 6-8 January. In Group 1, they beat Latvia (26:20), Italy (36:22) and the Netherlands (31:30).


Right wing Timofei Maslennikov was Russia’s top scorer at the qualifiers with 18 goals, left back Dmitrii Santalov netted 15 times while right back Ruslan Dashko accumulated 12 goals. The first two play their club handball at Chejovskie Medvedi while Dinamo Viktor count on Ruslan Dashko.


In the beginning of July the squad train at the Olympic Centre on the outskirts of Moscow. Afterwards they travelled to Budapest to play a couple of friendly matches versus the Hungary U21 team. In Algeria, they expect to make at least the quarter-finals.


Group C: Spain, Tunisia, FYR Macedonia, Brazil, Burkina Faso and Russia.


Games at Algeria 2017:

All times local


Tuesday 18 July: MKD-RUS (14:00)

Thursday 20 July: RUS-ESP (18:00)              

Friday 21 July: BRA-RUS (16:00)             

Sunday 23 July: TUN-RUS (14:00)

Monday 24 July: BUR-RUS (16:00)


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