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Belarus (BLR)

The Belarusian standard at EHF EURO events is tenth, their final position at the previous three tournaments.

Head coach Iouri Chevtsov’s team are set to play their seventh EHF EURO, and their sixth in a row. Chevtsov has led the team since 2009, building a squad including many rising stars from EHF Champions League clubs.

One of them is right wing Mikita Vailupau, who was second-best scorer at the EHF EURO 2020 (just below Sander Sagosen/NOR) and second-best scorer of the EHF Champions League season 2020/21. Next summer, Vailupau will make the next step of his career, moving from Meshkov Brest to Veszprém.

Besides Vailupau, others such as left wing Andrei Yurynok, the line players Artsem Karalek and Viachaslau Bokhan or the tall left back Uladzislau Kulesh have developed and gained experience in the last years. Between the posts, the Meshkov duo Viachaslau Saldatsenka and Ivan Matskevich stand as a wall, combined with a strong defence.

Although Belarus are quite a young squad, they are well-rehearsed, as they have played together for many years. In qualification, Belarus finished second below Norway and even beat the EHF EURO 2020 bronze medallists once – both finished with 10 points from six matches.

They find themselves once again in a group with Germany and Austria; in 2020, they lost 22:31 to Germany, and drew 36:36 with Austria.

Belarus’ best EHF EURO final ranking is still eighth at the first edition of the tournament in 1994.

Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
55 Vailupau, Mikita 3 20 27 74.07 9 / 12 0 0 0 178
50 Karalek, Artsem 3 13 17 76.47 0 / 0 2 0 1 157
9 Astrashapkin, Aleh 3 7 12 58.33 0 / 0 0 0 0 153
17 Kryvenka, Uladzislau 3 6 7 85.71 0 / 0 0 0 0 70
7 Kulak, Artsiom 3 5 8 62.5 0 / 0 0 0 0 49
74 Bokhan, Viachaslau 3 2 4 50 0 / 0 0 1 4 89
62 Samoila, Kiryl 3 2 5 40 0 / 0 0 0 2 56
14 Nikanovich, Yauheni 3 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 3
65 Udavenia, Matsvei 3 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 2
25 Zaitsau, Viktar 3 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 2 34
95 Gayduchenko, Vadim 2 5 8 62.5 0 / 0 0 0 0 64
23 Yurinok, Andrei 2 5 10 50 0 / 0 0 0 1 107
44 Bialiauski, Ihar 2 4 9 44.44 0 / 0 0 0 0 28
98 Aliokhin, Mikalai 2 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 1 0 11
3 Kulesh, Uladzislau 1 7 8 87.5 0 / 0 0 0 1 38
77 Hiryk, Yulian 1 2 3 66.67 0 / 0 0 0 0 15
26 Lukyanchuk, Yury 1 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
Baranau, Maksim 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
Duda, Pavel 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
Harbuz, Hleb 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
90 Khmialkou, Dzmitry 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
47 Padshyvalau, Aliaksandr 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
10 Pukhouski, Barys 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
8 Rudz, Artur 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
Shumak, Viachaslau 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
Smolikau, Dzmitry 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
42 Ushal, Aliaksei 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
92 Yarash, Eduard 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
81 Zhyla, Mikhail 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 78 118 66.1 9 / 12 2 2 11
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
16 Saldatsenka, Viachaslau 3 8 46 17.39 0 / 4
21 Usik, Ilya 2 16 50 32 1 / 4
1 Matskevich, Ivan 1 1 14 7.14 0 / 2
97 Chernikau, Ihar 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
20 Kishou, Aliaksei 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
Stasiuk, Yahor 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 25 110 22.73 1/10

EHF competition history

Top Results

ECh Beach Handball
2002 - 3rd place

ECh Beach Handball
2000 - Champion

Key Players

Key Players

Artsem Karalek)
Artsem Karalek

Line player

Born in 1996, Artsem Karalek is one of the biggest young talents of Belarusian handball. He made his debut in the national team in May 2015 and is already playing his fourth EHF EURO. The line player was the second-best Belarusian scorer at both EHF EURO 2020 (37 goals) and the IHF Men’s World Championship 2021 (27). Karalek was born in Grodno and started his career at local side Kronon before moving to SKA Minsk in 2014 and French club. Saint-Raphaël Var (FRA) in 2016. He recently extended his contract at Lomza Vive Kielce, after joining the Polish club in 2018, and scored more than 50 goals for the club in each of the three previous EHF Champions League seasons.

Mikita Vailupau)
Mikita Vailupau

Right wing

Dynamic right wing Mikita Vailupau made his debut in the Belarus national team in 2015 and played his first major tournament at the EHF EURO 2020. He finished the championships as the second top scorer with 47 goals, going on to be the top scorer of the EHF Champions League 2020/21 until the end of the quarter-finals, with 93 goals. Vailupau moved from SKA Minsk to HC Meshkov Brest in the summer of 2019. He is set to transfer to Telekom Veszprém in the summer of 2022 but dreams of playing for Paris Saint-Germain in the future. Away from the court, Vailupau’s hobby is painting and drawing pictures in the style of abstract expressionism.

Head Coach

Iouri Chevtsov)
Iouri Chevtsov

Coach

Iouri Chevtsov has been coaching the Belarus national team since 2009. Under him, Belarus have improved considerably, and now regularly qualify for the EHF EURO and world championships. Before taking on the national team, Chevtsov worked at German clubs TBM Lemgo, TUSEM Essen and Rhein-Neckar Löwen. He is known as a very analytical coach, who is famous for forming talents. As a player in the 1980s, he won many titles with SKA Minsk and the USSR national team, including Olympic gold in 1988 and world championship gold in 1982 and numerous club trophies.

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