ALWAYS THERE, RARELY PLACED
The Hungarian team has the particular distinction of regularly participating in continental and global competitions but systematically stalling on the way to the podium. Even worse, Hungary could have twice won an Olympic medal, but both times they were denied in the third-place playoffs: in Athens (2004) and London (2012). The frustration at these setbacks has discouraged talented new generations. After 12th place for the Hungarian team at the Euro 2016 in Poland, the Spanish Talant Dushjebaev hung up his coach’s hat and was replaced by his compatriot, Xavier Sabate, who led to the team to qualification for the 2017 World Championship, after a win in the playoffs against Serbia. Absent in 2015 from Qatar and from the last Olympic Games in Rio, Hungary wants to show in France it has what it takes to grab a good position on the global stage.
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DID YOU KNOW?
The great star of Hungarian handball, measured by both size (2,09m) and talent, Laszlo Nagy almost wore the jersey of Spain. In 2009, in Barcelona (where he spent 12 years), the right-back refused to continue playing for Hungary and obtained Spanish nationality three years later, which allows him, according to the regulations of the IHF, to try to play for La Roja. He eventually back-pedalled when the Magyar club Veszprem recruited him, and he played in the 2012 Olympics with Hungary, coming fourth in London. In France, he will play in his sixth World Championship.
Stars of the World Championship : Laszlo Nagy
COACH: Xavier SABATE (Spain)