Motor Zaporozhye – newcomers representing Ukrainian handball


With all the changes in the upcoming, 9th season of the SEHA – Gazprom League, it is time to introduce our new participant. Motor Zaporozhye from Ukraine are going to join the SEHA family for the first time. By representing the Ukrainian handball, Motor will try to achieve amazing results in the league. 

Six-times Ukrainian champions and five-times winners of the domestic Cup will start their SEHA story in the Group A. They will play with the reigning SEHA – Gazprom League champions and EHF Champions League winners Vardar, Slovakian Tatran Presov, Croatian Nexe and Serbian Vojvodina. Motor won't be the only newcomer in that group as Grundfos Tatabanya have also just joined the regional league. 

Not only are they going to aim for good results in the SEHA – Gazprom League, they will also compete in the EHF Champions League. They are going to attempt to improve their results as they will seek their chance in the Group B, along three other SEHA clubs; Vardar, Meshkov Brest and Telekom Veszprem.

The Ukrainian champions took this SEHA opportunity seriously. They decided to bring some new faces that will strengthen their team for the upcoming season. One of the biggest names is definitely Gleb Kalarash. After winning SEHA – Gazprom League and the EHF Champions League, he decided to part ways with Vardar and joined Motor Zaporozhye. Another well know name that will play for Motor is Dener Jaanimaa, former THW Kiel player. Besides them, the colors of the Ukrainian champion will be represened by Stevan Vujovic, left back from Montenegro. On the other hand, Pawel Paczkowski departed Motor as he joined Telekom Veszprem. Aidenas Malasinskas, Maxim Babichev and Barys Pukhouski are going to have an important role in their team, as well as the head coach Nikolay Stepanets who will lead them towards new achievments.

This team definitely has big dreams and clear intentions entering the new season. A lot of challenges and obstacles are going to be in front of them. But, with the amazing team spirit and their discipline, they should be able to conquer it. After all, the fast handball they are promoting is going to open so many doors for them. New beginnings are not always easy, but hard work and persistance never fail. It is time to see what the Ukrainian champions can bring to the SEHA court. 

Photo credit: Handball Club Motor Zaporozhye Facebook / Andrey Potapov