The idea of creating the handball Regional league which will bring strong and unpredictable games, full halls, and matches that will help players to mature and become more experienced and clubs to be competitive on international level began to mature.
Few national handball federations began with the realization of this idea, and best two clubs from each country have the opportunity to play in new Regional League. Every beginning is difficult, fraught with uncertainty, but the desire to make a high quality league were bigger than any problems.
When in 2010 began the first meeting about the new Regional handball league many saw this as "mission impossible". The positive reactions came very quickly, and the national federations of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Slovakia recognized quality.
The new league will exit "domestic borders", entering new handball market. Soon after the League started, came the support from Belarus and Serbia, as well as Hungary.Today, the League has teams from seven countries, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovakia.
The SEHA league (South East Handball Association) consists of two phases – the first has 18 rounds in which all teams play one match at home and one away. After the regular part of the season, four best-ranked clubs play the final phase, Final Four.
The winner automatically retains the right to play again next season. Other places would be filled with teams which took first place in the domestic championship each SEHA League participant country.
Teams that played in the first season of SEHA League (2011/2012) were: Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb, Nexe, Metaloplastika, Crvena Zvezda, Tatran, Bosna Sarajevo, Borac Banja Luka, Izvidjac, Sutjeska, Lovcen, Vardar and Metalurg.
The first Final Four was played in Zagreb: Croatia Osiguranje, Tatran, Vardar and Metalurg were fighting for the golden medal and the winner was Vardar Skopje.
The team of Meshkov Brest from Belarus, joined in the second season of SEHA league (2012/2013), but teams from Serbia did not play due to busy calendar of domestic championship.
League was consisted of following teams: Croatia Osiguranje, Nexe, Borac Banja Luka, Sloga Doboj, Izvidjac, Tatran Presov, Lovcen, Vardar, Metalurg and Meshkov Brest.
Final four tournament was played in Skopje, where Vardar, Metalurg, Croatia Osiguranje and Meshkov Brest were competing for the title. Winner was Croatia Osiguranje.
Good ideas were recognized quickly and SEHA League gained a new partner for third and fourth season. Russian giant GAZPROM decided to be a major sponsor of the League.
In the third season of SEHA League (2013/2014), Serbian team Vojvodina returned to the League alongside Partizan, while Sloga Doboj and Izvidjac stopped being a part of the League.
Vardar, Meshkov Brest, Tatran Prešov and Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb played the Final Four in Novi Sad, Serbia where Vardar took the title once again.
Next season, 2014/2015, brought new participants. MKB – MVM Veszprem, Vardar, Meshkov Brest, PPD Zagreb, Tatran Presov, Nexe, Metalurg, Borac m:tel, Vojvodina and Radnicki played the SEHA League.
Final Four was held in Veszprem and the home team took the first place, while Meshkov Brest was placed second, PPD Zagreb third and Vardar fourth.
The vision of the League is to become a global project that will bring quality, distinctive to this region, which will be equal to the largest European brands. SEHA - GAZPROM League is now among three strongest leagues in Europe.
They had the vision, the dream began to realize, a lot of hard work was needed and everyone were aware that they have to invest. This was the only way to reach desired.
|03.04.||Meshkov Brest||:||PPD Zagreb||23:24|
|01.04.||MVM Veszprem||:||Meshkov Brest||24:21 pen.|