Handball club "Motor"

  • 9-time champion of Ukraine (2013-2021)
  • Silver medalist of the Championship of Ukraine (2012)
  • 8-time winner of the Cup of Ukraine (2013, 2015-2021)
  • 6-time winner of the Super Cup of Ukraine (2015-2019, 2021)

About club

HC “Motor” is on the balance and represents the colors of JSC “Motor Sich”.

The Ukrainian top club began by “replacing” the coaching staff. Gintaras Savukinas remains at the helm, leading the team at the end of the season, and will now be assisted by a Georgian mentor with an Icelandic passport, Roland Eradze. In addition, the Ukrainian squad was replenished with new players - ex-army players of the Belarusian SKA-Minsk Ivan Moroz and Vyacheslav Bokhan and Gomel Andrey Klimovets. Returned from overseas lease Ivan Burzak and Dmitry Goriga, as well as Rudolf Borodai. He played for the Ukrainian club on loan. Pupils of the MPZ farm team are Taras Minotsky and Igor Turchenko. And the youngest newcomer of "MOTOR" was a Hungarian with Ukrainian roots, a pupil of the Veszprem handball school - Viktor Melnichuk. During the Champions League draw for the 2020/2021 season, Ukrainian MOTOR got into group B. At the European arena, the Zaporizhzhya club made it to the playoffs with dignity and lost to the Belarusian club Meshkov Brest at the 1/8 stage. MOTOR won the first match at home - 32:30, and in the second they lost away - 30:23. After completing the Ligochampion campaign, the Zaporozhye club won the ninth title of the champion of Ukraine and won the eighth cup of the country. But the SEXA-League matches due to the pandemic had to be postponed to August-September of the next season. At the ¼ final stage, MOTOR beat Slovakian Tatran twice at home - 27:22, 29:19. Two victories allowed the Ukrainian club to become a member of the SEXA-League Final Four. Before leaving for Zadar for the matches, MOTOR won the sixth Super Cup of Ukraine.
In Zadar, in the semifinal match, MOTOR failed to cope with the titled Veszprem - 36:29. But in the match for the third place, the charges of Gintaras Savukinas met with the already well-known Belarusian club "Meshkov Brest". Here the MOTOR players defeated the Bagkovites without much intrigue - 31:20. For the first time in the history of the club, MOTOR Zaporozhye won the bronze medals of the SEXA-League.
The Ukrainian champion began the 2021/22 season with a roster rotation. Upon completion of the contract, the Serbian legionnaire Milos Orbovich left the club. He moved to the Swiss club Criens Lucerne. Two linemen Pavel Gurkovsky and Maxim Babichev have completed their playing careers. And point guard Taras Minotskiy will spend the next two seasons on loan at the Polish club Tarnow. The goalkeeper of MOTOR, Rudolf Borodai, was also loaned to the Ukrainian club Donbass. Also, the game registration was changed by some MOTOR employees who are now on lease. Belarusian legionnaire Andrei Klimovets moved from CSKA Moscow to Chekhovskiye Medvedi. Point guard Vladislav Parovinchak from Mogilev “Masheka” moved to the Spanish club “Union Financiera Balonmano Base Oviedo”. His teammate Igor Gurin, who also spent a season in the Belarusian "Mashek", while in search of a club. And the 20-year-old Hungarian legionnaire with Ukrainian roots Viktor Melnychuk stayed at the local club Komlo, where he was leased out last year. This season in the Champions League MOTOR Zaporizhzhya for the third season in a row, will play in Group B from the eighth position. The company to the wards of Gintaras Savukinas here will include the French PSG, the Spanish Barça, the Portuguese Porto, the Polish Vive Kielce, the German Flensburg, the Hungarian Veszprem and the Romanian club Dynamo. “MOTOR” has already met with all the teams on the European arena. The opening will be only the debutant of this season of the Champions League - the Romanian team Dynamo Bucharest.

2019/20 GK "MOTOR" began under the leadership of the helmsman Nikolai Stepanets. In addition to the Champions League, the Zaporizhzhya club also took part in the SEXA-League. The jubilee year was less successful for the Ukrainian squad. Performing in the elite group "B" in the Champions League, the Zaporozhye team began with failures. After that, the club's helmsman was retired, and the team's assistant Rostislav Lanevich took over his duties. At the end of February, the team was headed by a Lithuanian specialist - Gintaras Savukinas. In the Champions League, "MOTOR" failed to qualify from the group, the club finished its performance at the final stage. But in the SEXA-League the Zaporozhye club took first place in the group, but in the quarter-finals they lost to the Belarusian Meshkov Brest. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all draws were suspended, the team went to quarantine. We didn't even manage to finish the domestic championship. At the end of the season, HC "MOTOR" became the champion of the country ahead of schedule, adding the eighth gold of the national championship to its piggy bank.

2018/19 Ukrainian top squad started under the leadership of Patrick Rombel. The traditional "dress rehearsal" before the start of the official game season - the "Dnipro Cup" has turned into a "double" holiday. In the summer, the grand opening of the revived Yunost Sports Palace took place. The hosts of the site and the tournament, by the way, did not give up the Cup again. The Ukrainian Super Cup, the fate of which was decided on September 2 in Cherkassy, ​​also remained in the MOTORovskoy piggy bank (34:28). At the European arena, the 2018/19 season was essentially a landmark for Ukrainian handball: the leader of the Ukrainian Super League got into the elite group B VELUX EHF Champions League. At the beginning of the season, the country's champion was doing poorly. On October 5, Polish helmsman Patrick Rombel was dismissed, and three days later Nikolay Stepanets took the key position on the coaching bridge again. After that, the situation began to improve. In 14 games of the group phase, the "motor builders" have accumulated 11 points, having won 5 victories, and one more match "rounded off" by parity. From the fifth position in the group, the Zaporozhians advanced to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, which turned out to be the final destination of the best Ukrainian squad. In the home match Last 16 against the Polish "Vive Kielce" "MOTOR" players drew 33:33, and lost in the away game 29:34. On Ukrainian territory, Stepanets' combat unit did not suffer a single defeat, victoriously marching for the seventh champion title. And also added to their piggy bank and gold medals of the Cup of the country.

2017/2018. In the decisive match Zaporozhye "Motor" for the sixth time in the season was stronger than its main competitor - fellow countrymen from "ZTR" (31:26). And already at this stage it is known that in the 2018/2019 season HC "Motor" will play in the elite eight of Group A and B.

2016/2017 Cossacks held in Kharkov. After taking the second place in the group stage, Nicholas Stepanets' team withdrew in Last 16, but, after two matches of the play-off round, the French club Montpellier (63:65) missed the next drawing of the Champions League.

Season 2015/16. The first victory after leaving the vacation was a successful performance in the revived "Dnipro Cup-2016". This victory was continued unconditionally by the SuperCup of Ukraine in handball (the second time).

Season 2014/15. After crossing the equator of the national championship, two Zaporizhzhya clubs, "Motor" and "ZTR", were equally eligible for a golden set of awards. The first sought to formalize the third champion title in a row, and the second, being the country's record holder, aimed at the 15th trophy. In the end, after defeating fellow countrymen from "ZTR", HC "Motor" for the second time won the Cup of Ukraine.

February 2014, Champions League - "Motor" left the group with the fourth position. March - "Motor" finished its performance in the Champions League, losing to the German zebra in Kiel in a re-bout 1/8 finals. In the Championship of Ukraine Sergey Bebeshko's wards managed to keep the "zero" in the defeat graph. HC "Motor" - two-time champion of Ukraine!

"Golden double" - this is the result of the speeches of the GC "Motor" in the triumphant season of 2012/13. The victory in the January Cup of the country and the continuation of performances in one of the strongest club Euro-tournaments (EHF Cup, group stage) helped our team to approach the crucial series of the playoffs of the national championship with noticeable progress.

The season is 2011/12. The team under the direction of Nikolai Chigarova managed to loudly announce herself in the international arena, reaching the quarterfinal of one of the most prestigious European club tournaments - the Cup Winners' Cup. The result of the season were silver awards of the national championship.

During the offseason of 2010, the team, led by a well-known handball player - Vyacheslav Lochman, managed to pass through the entire distance of the national championship and deservedly get the title of the strongest in the Premier Handball League of Ukraine.

Starting from the 2009/10 season, the student team of ZNTU-ZAS in the debut national championship, took the final 4 place, defended the right to represent Ukraine in European competition.

Command staff

Kubatko Yuriy
Right wing
  • Player number: 5
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: August 28, 1988
  • In the team: since 2011
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
Tilte Oleksandr
Pivot
  • Player number: 15
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: April 10, 1995
  • In the team: since 2021
  • Height: 196 cm
  • Weight: 100 kg
Aidenas Malashinskas
Centre back
  • Player number: 7
  • Nationality: Lithuanian
  • Date of Birth: April 29, 1986
  • In the team: since 2015
  • Height: 192 cm
  • Weight: 88 kg
Denisov Zakhar
Left wing
  • Player number: 11
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: March 1, 1990.
  • In the team: since 2014
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
Kozakevich Artem
Right wing
  • Player number: 20
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: October 2, 1992.
  • In the team: since 2014
  • Height: 182 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
Vasiliev Denis
Pivot
  • Player number: 37
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Date of Birth: December 31, 1993
  • In the team: since 2021
  • Height: 194 cm
  • Weight: 99 kg
Kravchenko Eduard
Right wing
  • Player number: 19
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: May 19, 1996
  • In the team: since 2019
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
Truchanovicius Jonas
Right back
  • Player number: 6
  • Nationality: Frenchman
  • Date of Birth: June 26, 1993
  • In the team: since 2021
  • Height: 204 cm
  • Weight: 103 cm
Pukhovskiy Baris
Centre back
  • Player number: 10
  • Nationality: Belarus
  • Date of Birth: January 3, 1987
  • In the team: since 2015
  • Height: 186 cm
  • Weight: 110 kg
Luka Sebetic
Right back
  • Player number: 23
  • Nationality: Croat
  • Date of Birth: May 25, 1994
  • In the team: since 2021
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 98 cm
Kasai Alexander
Left wing
  • Player number: 31
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 1997
  • In the team: since 2018
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
Tyutyunnik Dmitry
Pivot
  • Player number: 75
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: March 7, 1993
  • In the team: since 2015
  • Height: 186 cm
  • Weight: 104 kg
Dontsov Vladislav
Right back
  • Player number: 22
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: September 22, 1995
  • In the team: since 2018
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 105 kg
Karlos Molina Kosano
Left back
  • Player number: 18
  • Nationality: Spaniard
  • Date of Birth: May 31, 1991
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 105 kg
Bokhan Vyacheslav
Pivot
  • Player number: 74
  • Nationality: Belarus
  • Date of Birth: April 7, 1996
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 206 cm
  • Weight: 109 kg
Burzak Ivan
Pivot
  • Player number: 27
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: February 22, 1998
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 202 cm
  • Weight: 110 kg
Horiha Dmitry
Left back
  • Player number: 24
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: October 8, 1997
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 196 cm
  • Weight: 99 kg
Turchenko Ihor
Left back
  • Player number: 17
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: December 4, 2000
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
Maroz Ivan
Goalkeeper
  • Player number: 33
  • Nationality: Belarus
  • Date of Birth: January 5, 1992
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 197 cm
  • Weight: 100 kg
Komok Gennady
Goalkeeper
  • Player number: 55
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: July 5, 1987
  • In the team: since 2015
  • Height: 197 cm
  • Weight: 108 kg
Vyunik Maxim
Goalkeeper
  • Player number: 28
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Date of Birth: February 28, 1996
  • In the team: since 2020
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 98 kg