SEHA League

South East Handball Association League or simply SEHA League is a regional men's club handball league in Southeast Europe, featuring teams from Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Due to sponsorship reasons, the league is also known as the Gazprom League (or Gazprom South Stream League earlier). The league exists alongside scaled-down national leagues of the participating nations and all of SEHA League teams join their respective country's own competitions in late spring after the SEHA League regular season and post-season have been completed. The league's headquarters are in Zagreb, Croatia, and the league's president is Mihajlo Mihajlovski Vardar's ex-chairman. 2011–12 was the first season of the competition, with Vardar from Skopje becoming the first champions.

SEHA Liga
СЕХА Лига
Current season, competition or edition:
2020–21 SEHA League
SEHA League.png
Countries Belarus
 Croatia
 Hungary
 North Macedonia
 Serbia
 Slovakia
 Ukraine
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (former)
 China (former)
 Montenegro (former)
 Romania (former)
 Russia (former)
 Slovenia (former)
ConfederationEHF
Founded2011; 10 years ago (2011)
Number of teams10
Current championsHungary Telekom Veszprém (4th title)
Most championshipsNorth Macedonia Vardar 1961 (5 titles)

History of the leagueEdit

The initiative for establishing the regional South-East European handball league was presented during the first half of 2011. After the idea of forming a Regional Sparkasse League failed, during July 2011 it was agreed that the first season of the SEHA League would start in September of the same year.

In the first season of SEHA League, 12 clubs took part, but their number reduced during the following years. In the 2020–21 season, there are 10 clubs from 7 countries.

The league is based on a regular season and the Final Four, in which the four best placed clubs from the regular season participate.

The most successful participants of the SEHA League during its first eight seasons is Vardar with five titles. Vardar became the first team with more than one title when it won the 2013–14 edition.

2020–21 seasonEdit

Below is the list of clubs that are members of the 2020–21 SEHA League season.
Country Team City Venue (Capacity)
  Belarus Meshkov Brest Brest Universal Sports Complex Victoria (3,740)
  Croatia Nexe Našice Sportska dvorana kralja Tomislava (2,500)
PPD Zagreb Zagreb Dom sportova 2 (3,100)
  Hungary Telekom Veszprém Veszprém Veszprém Aréna (5,096)
  North Macedonia Eurofarm Pelister Bitola Sports Hall Boro Čurlevski (3,700)
Vardar 1961 Skopje Jane Sandanski Arena (6,500)
  Serbia Metaloplastika Šabac Zorka Hall (3,000)
Vojvodina Novi Sad Sportski centar Slana Bara (2,000)
  Slovakia Tatran Prešov Prešov Tatran Handball Arena (4,870)
  Ukraine Motor Zaporizhzhia Zaporizhzhia Yunost Sport Hall (3,600)


Final Four tournamentsEdit

Results by seasonEdit

Below is the list of winners, finalists and other participants of Final four SEHA tournaments.

Year Host Final Match for third place
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2011–12
Details
Zagreb  
Vardar
21–18  
Metalurg
 
Zagreb
31–29  
Tatran Prešov
2012–13
Details
Skopje  
Zagreb
25–24
a.e.t.
 
Vardar
 
Metalurg
26–21  
Meshkov Brest
2013–14
Details
Novi Sad  
Vardar
29–27  
Meshkov
 
Zagreb
36–28  
Tatran
2014–15
Details
Veszprém  
Veszprém
32–21  
Meshkov
 
Zagreb
26–23  
Vardar
2015–16
Details
Varaždin  
Veszprém
28–26  
Vardar
 
PPD Zagreb
24−23  
Meshkov Brest
2016–17
Details
Brest  
Vardar
26–21  
Veszprém
 
Meshkov Brest
23−19  
PPD Zagreb
2017–18
Details
Skopje  
Vardar
26–24  
PPD Zagreb
 
Celje
31–28  
Meshkov Brest
2018–19
Details
Brest  
Vardar
26–23  
PPD Zagreb
 
Meshkov Brest
24–19  
Nexe
2019–20
Details
Zadar  
Telekom Veszprém
35–27  
Vardar
 
Meshkov Brest
29–24  
PPD Zagreb
2020–21
Details
Zadar  
Telekom Veszprém
27–27
(pen. 4–2)
 
PPD Zagreb
 
Motor Zaporizhzhia
31–20  
Meshkov Brest

HostsEdit

Year Final four host Hall Date Attendance Final (att.)
2011–12   Zagreb Arena Zagreb 14–15 April 2012 5,500 1,500
2012–13   Skopje Boris Trajkovski Sports Center 12–13 April 2013 13,450 5,500
2013–14   Novi Sad SPC Vojvodina 11–13 April 2014 15,710 5,160
2014–15   Veszprém Veszprém Aréna 25–29 March 2015 16,100 5,000
2015–16   Varaždin Varaždin Arena 1–3 April 2016 20,611 5,486
2016–17   Brest Universal Sports Complex Victoria 7–9 April 2017 12,150 2,750
2017–18   Skopje Jane Sandanski Arena 13–15 April 2018 16,650 6,000
2018–19   Brest Universal Sports Complex Victoria 2–3 April 2019 11,135 3,210
2019–20   Zadar Krešimir Ćosić Hall 4–6 September 2020 2,000 500
2020–21   Zadar Krešimir Ćosić Hall 3–5 September 2021

Records and statisticsEdit

By clubEdit

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
  Vardar
5
3
2012, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 2013, 2016, 2020
  Veszprém
4
1
2015, 2016, 2020, 2021 2017
  Zagreb
1
3
2013 2018, 2019, 2021
  Meshkov
0
2
2014, 2015
  Metalurg
0
1
2012
Total 10 10

By countryEdit

Club / Nation Won Runner-up Finals
  North Macedonia
5
4
9
  Hungary
4
1
5
  Croatia
1
3
4
  Belarus
0
2
2
Total 10 10 20

Participating clubsEdit

Correct as of the 2020–21 SEHA League season.
Bold indicates the winning years.

Club Seasons Years
  Vardar 1961
10
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  PPD Zagreb
10
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  Tatran Prešov
10
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  Nexe Našice
10
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  Meshkov Brest
9
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  RK Metalurg Skopje
7
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  RK Vojvodina
7
2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  Borac
5
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  Telekom Veszprém
5
2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021
  Izviđač
4
2012, 2013, 2017, 2019
  Lovćen
3
2012, 2013, 2014
  Metaloplastika
3
2012, 2020, 2021
  Celje
2
2017, 2018
  Gorenje
2
2017, 2018
  RK Eurofarm Pelister
2
2020, 2021
  Motor Zaporizhzhia
2
2020, 2021
  Bosna
1
2012
  Crvena zvezda
1
2012
  Sutjeska
1
2012
  Sloga
1
2013
  Partizan
1
2014
  Radnički
1
2015
  Maks Strumica
1
2016
  Spartak Vojput
1
2016
  Dinamo Pančevo
1
2018
  CSA Steaua București
1
2019
  Železničar
1
2019
  Beijing Sport University
1
2020
  Spartak Moscow
1
2020

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