Ziga Mlakar, Jorge Maqueda and Pedro Pacheco headline January transfer action

Jorge Maqueda

During the winter break of this season and during the EHF European Championship, SEHA clubs decided to reinforce themselves for this and next season. Some of them brought some new faces, and some of them said goodbye to their well-known stars. We witnessed heavy traffic in January for SEHA – Gazprom League participants. To stay up to date with all these changes, we're bringing you the transfers recap. So let's get started! 

PPD Zagreb
After they welcomed Montenegrin international, Milos Bozovic who already joined the squad, Croatian champions welcomed another new face this winter, very talented Nikola Grahovac from Dubrava. This line player will be a part of the ”Lions” squad until the end of the 2021/2022. season. And two other reinforcements were announced just a few days ago. Senjamin Buric who played for PPD Zagreb last season, and also for Borac and Izvidjac earlier, will return to the Croatian capital from Nantes. He signed a 2-year contract, just like Ziga Mlakar, who is coming from Wisla Plock and will join the squad this summer. Mlakar is another player with SEHA experience (2016/17 and 2017/18), as he played for Celje PL, scoring 132 goals with 30 assists in 34 appearances.

The other Croatian team, Nexe brought some reinforcement to Nasice. Janko Kevic, who used to be a part of the Nexe squad from 2004 to 2012, came back to the club from HCD Constanta. The club from Nasice is well aware how much goalie Mihailo Radovanovic and players Ivan Vida and Marin Jelinicmean to the club, so they extended contracts with them. 

Before the start of the second part of the season,  Metaloplastika line player Marko Dosen decided to start an international career. He will continue this season in Anorthosis Famagusta in Cyprus. But, with every goodbye, comes another hello. A brand new face in the squad from Sabac is Luka Ivanic. He came from Rukobel, and will strengthen Metaloplastika on the left back position. 

Eurofarm Pelister 
The pride of Bitola will enter the second part of the season with a new coach. After Stevche Alushovski left, Zeljko Babic took on this position. However, this won't be the first time for us to see Babic in the SEHA – Gazprom League. He was a part of the SEHA family a few seasons ago when he coached Meshkov Brest, and later Gorenje Velenje.  

Motor Zaporozhye 
Ukrainian champions were also set on welcoming a new face to their team. Therefore, Aleksey Ganchev came from ZTR and completed Motor's roster for the second part of the season. This right back will strengthen the Ukrainian squad until the end of this season. On the other hand, Stanislav Zhukov and Dener Jaanimaa have been announced as new players of Spartak. 

Spartak have also welcomed a new player from ZTR Zaporozhye, Dmitrij Ilchenko. Twent-three years old Ilchenko will strengthen the rookies from Russia on the line player position. On the other hand Spartak announced that left back Stanislav Zhukov and Estonian right back Dener Jaanimaa are now their new signings. Zhukov scored 13 goals, while Jaanima netted 16 times during this season of SEHA – Gazprom League. 

Tatran Presov
Slovakian gem has had a fair share of transfers during this break. they have welcomed three new faces to their team. Nuno Santos, who was on trial at Tatran's team a few seasons ago, signed a two year contract. Besides this Portuguese reinforcement, Lucijan Fizuleto also signed with Slovakian team. Fizuleto has some SEHA experience, as he used to play for Celje PL. He will join the team in the upcoming season and will replace Lukas Urban on the centre back position. Pedro Pacheco is the first ever Brazilian player who will be a part of Tatran Presov, and the third Brazilian in SEHA – Gazprom League, after Toledo and Moraes. The talented 21-year old signed a contract until 2022, and will join the team immediately. The players who will depart Tatran at the end of the season are Ognjen Djeric, Javier Munoz Cabezon and Lukas Urban. The Spaniard, Cabezon has signed for the German Bundesliga giants Fuechse Berlin.

Telekom Veszprem 
After they announced the signing of the Spanish goalie, Rodrigo Coralles, and extenstion of cooperation with Dejan Manaskov, Gasper Marguc and Petar Nenadic, Telekom Veszprem have made some new changes to their roster. They have welcomed two players, Patrik Ligetvari from La Rioja and another Spanish star, Jorge Maqueda from MOL-Pick Szeged. Ligetvari is a well-known face when it comes to Hungarian champions as he is coming back there after being on loan in Spain for 2 seasons. Ligetvari has some SEHA experience playing for Veszprem, but Maqueda is also very well known to SEHA fans, from his days at Vardar, during which he won the EHF Champions League title in 2017, and also SEHA title sin 2017 and 2018. These 2 reinforcements were necessary after two Veszprem's legends, Dragan Gajic and Mirsad Terzic announced they will say their farewell to the club at the end of the season. Gajic will continue his handball career in Limoges Hand 87. Also, it was announced that left back Borut Mackovsek will depart Veszprem and join Pick Szeged in the summer. The team can still count on Kent Robin Tonnesen who signed a 1+1 year contract extension and will stay in the squad. Telekom Veszprem's roster will be strengthened by another player from Vardar, Daniil Shishkarev. This SEHA transfer was announced after the EHF EURO 2020 ended. Shishkarev signed a 2-year contract with the Hungarian team. Shishkarev will remain in Vardar's squad with whom he won the SEHA trophy 3 times, but also climbed on the European throne twice.

Reigning SEHA and European champions will enter the second part of the season with a new coach. Stevche Alushovski, well-known former handball player who used to be a part of Vardar's squad back in the day will from now on lead the team. Before this, Alushovski was coaching Eurofam at the start of the season. Vardar also got some amazing news ahead of the new challenges in the VELUX EHF Champions League, as well the SEHA League. Jose Guilherme de Toledo, who just a few monts after his signing with the Red&Blacks got injured and had to undergo a surgery, started training with the team and preparing for his first matches in Vardar's jersey. Right winger Daniil Shishkarev who appeared for Vardar 90 times in SEHA – Gazprom League, and scored 218 goals, will leave Skopje to join Veszprem at the end of the season.