Number of WCh so far: 10 + 7 times as The Soviet Union
Best achievement so far: 1st – 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009 and in 1982, 1986, 1990 as The Soviet Union
Qualified as: Winner of play off matches against Germany (49-46 agg.)
Coach: Evgeny Trefilov
At the beginning of this century Russia's handball women were almost untouchable in a World Championship context as they won four gold medals of five possible in the period 2001-2009. And with the last three won in a row the Russians equaled the impressive record held by the Soviet Union when they won three consecutive championships from 1982 to 1990.
The coach of this impressive and extraordinarily exciting Russian team ten years back with players like Irina Poltoratskaia, Anna Kareeva and last but not least Lyudmila Postnova, was Evgeny Trefilov. And after a few years absence this charismatic man is back at the helm for Russia.
A team that yet again is having a unique balance between experienced players like Irina Bliznova and Ekaterina Davydenko and young super talents such as the terrific playmaker Daria Dmitrieva and the incredibly exciting ball wizard on the right wing, Anna Vyakhireva.