Hungary men's national water polo team

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Hungary
Hungarian Water Polo Association.png
Association Magyar Vízilabda Szövetség
Confederation LEN (Europe)
Head coach Tibor Benedek
Asst coach Norbert Dabrowski
Captain Dénes Varga
FINA code HUN
Olympic Games
Appearances 22 (first in 1912)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008)
World Championships
Appearances 16 (first in 1973)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1973, 2003, 2013)
World League
Appearances 6 (first in 2002)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (2003, 2004)
World Cup
Appearances 12 (first in 1979)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1979, 1995, 1999)
European Championship
Appearances 31 (first in 1926)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) (1926, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1977, 1997, 1999)
Hungary men's national water polo team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles Team
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin Team
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Team
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Team
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Team
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montréal Team
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 1928 Amsterdam Team
Silver medal – second place 1948 London Team
Silver medal – second place 1972 Munich Team
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Rome Team
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Mexico City Team
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Moscow Team
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1973 Belgrade Team
Gold medal – first place 2003 Barcelona Team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Barcelona Team
Silver medal – second place 1975 Cali Team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Berlin Team
Silver medal – second place 1982 Guayaquil Team
Silver medal – second place 1998 Perth Team
Silver medal – second place 2005 Montréal Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Melbourne Team
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Perth Team
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1979 Belgrade
Gold medal – first place 1995 Atlanta
Gold medal – first place 1999 Sydney
Silver medal – second place 1993 Athens
Silver medal – second place 2002 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 2006 Budapest
Silver medal – second place 2014 Almaty
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Berlin
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Athens
World League
Gold medal – first place 2003 New York
Gold medal – first place 2004 Long Beach
Silver medal – second place 2005 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 2007 Berlin
Silver medal – second place 2013 Chelyabinsk
Silver medal – second place 2014 Dubai
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Patras
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 1926 Budapest
Gold medal – first place 1927 Bologna
Gold medal – first place 1931 Paris
Gold medal – first place 1934 Magdeburg
Gold medal – first place 1938 London
Gold medal – first place 1954 Turin
Gold medal – first place 1958 Budapest
Gold medal – first place 1962 Leipzig
Gold medal – first place 1974 Vienna
Gold medal – first place 1977 Jönköping
Gold medal – first place 1997 Seville
Gold medal – first place 1999 Florence
Silver medal – second place 1970 Barcelona
Silver medal – second place 1983 Rome
Silver medal – second place 1993 Sheffield
Silver medal – second place 1995 Vienna
Silver medal – second place 2006 Belgrade
Silver medal – second place 2014 Budapest
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Split
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Budapest
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Kranj
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Málaga
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Eindhoven
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Belgrade

The Hungary men's national water polo team represents Hungary in international men's water polo competitions and is controlled by the Hungarian Water Polo Association. They are considered the world's top power in the history of water polo, having won 15 Olympic, 10 World Championship,[1] 5 FINA World League, 8 FINA World Cup and 21 European Championship medals.

Competitive record[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Olympic Games[edit]

Hungary missed five Olympics, but they have won the title nine times, which is a record. As of today, there are only six tournaments in which Hungary participated but did not receive a medal.

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
France 1900 Paris Did not participate
United States 1904 St. Louis
United Kingdom 1908 London
Sweden 1912 Stockholm First round 5th of 6 1 0 0 1 4 5 −1
Belgium 1920 Antwerp Did not participate
France 1924 Paris Quarter-finals 5th of 13 4 2 0 2 17 13 +4
Netherlands 1928 Amsterdam Runners-up 2nd of 14 4 3 0 1 26 5 +21
United States 1932 Los Angeles Champions 1st of 5 3 3 0 0 30 2 +28
Germany 1936 Berlin Champions 1st of 16 7 6 1 0 42 4 +38
United Kingdom 1948 London Runners-up 2nd of 18 7 5 1 1 39 19 +20
Finland 1952 Helsinki Champions 1st of 21 8 6 2 0 53 16 +37
Australia 1956 Melbourne Champions 1st of 10 6 6 0 0 26 4 +22
Italy 1960 Rome Third Place 3rd of 16 7 4 2 1 37 18 +19
Japan 1964 Tokyo Champions 1st of 13 6 5 1 0 34 14 +20
Mexico 1968 Mexico City Third Place 3rd of 15 8 7 0 1 54 26 +28
West Germany 1972 Munich Runners-up 2nd of 16 8 6 2 0 42 21 +21
Canada 1976 Montreal Champions 1st of 12 8 7 1 0 45 32 +13
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Third Place 3rd of 12 8 5 1 2 52 44 +7
United States 1984 Los Angeles Did not participate
South Korea 1988 Seoul 5th–8th placement 5th of 12 7 3 2 2 72 57 +15
Spain 1992 Barcelona 5th–8th placement 6th of 12 7 3 2 2 65 62 +3
United States 1996 Atlanta Fourth Place 4th of 12 8 6 0 2 83 73 +10
Australia 2000 Sydney Champions 1st of 12 8 6 0 2 78 57 +21
Greece 2004 Athens Champions 1st of 12 7 7 0 0 59 39 +20
China 2008 Beijing Champions 1st of 12 7 6 1 0 85 55 +30
United Kingdom 2012 London Match for 5th place 5th of 12 8 5 0 3 98 80 +18
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Match for 5th place 5th of 12 8 4 3 1 91 66 +25
Total 22/27 9 Titles 155 105 17 21 1,152 712 +440

World Championships[edit]

Hungary has taken part in every World Championships. They have won this championship three times: in 1973, 2003 and 2013.

Year Position
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1973 Gold medal icon.svg
Colombia 1975 Silver medal icon.svg
West Germany 1978 Silver medal icon.svg
Ecuador 1982 Silver medal icon.svg
Spain 1986 9th
Australia 1991 Bronze medal icon.svg
Italy 1994 5th
Australia 1998 Silver medal icon.svg
Japan 2001 5th
Spain 2003 Gold medal icon.svg
Canada 2005 Silver medal icon.svg
Australia 2007 Silver medal icon.svg
Italy 2009 5th
China 2011 4th
Spain 2013 Gold medal icon.svg
Russia 2015 6th
Total 16/16

World League[edit]

Hungary has taken part in the first edition of the FINA Water Polo World League in 2002. They have won the gold medal one and two years later. In 2006 and from 2008 to 2012, Hungary did not participate in the World League.

Year Position
Greece 2002 Bronze medal icon.svg
United States 2003 Gold medal icon.svg
United States 2004 Gold medal icon.svg
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 Silver medal icon.svg
Greece 2006 Did not participate
Germany 2007 Silver medal icon.svg
Italy 2008 Did not participate
Montenegro 2009 Did not participate
Serbia 2010 Did not participate
Italy 2011 Did not participate
Kazakhstan 2012 Did not participate
Russia 2013 Silver medal icon.svg
United Arab Emirates 2014 Silver medal icon.svg
Italy 2015 6th place
Total 8/14

World Cup[edit]

The Hungarian national team missed three editions of the World Cup, but they won it three times: in 1979, 1995 and 1999.

Year Position
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979 Gold medal icon.svg
United States 1981 6th
United States 1983 7th
West Germany 1985 Did not participate
Greece 1987 Did not participate
West Germany 1989 Bronze medal icon.svg
Spain 1991 4th
Greece 1993 Silver medal icon.svg
United States 1995 Gold medal icon.svg
Greece 1997 Bronze medal icon.svg
Australia 1999 Gold medal icon.svg
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 2002 Silver medal icon.svg
Hungary 2006 Silver medal icon.svg
Romania 2010 Did not participate
Kazakhstan 2014 Silver medal icon.svg
Total 12/15

European Championships[edit]

supporters celebrate the Hungarian team

Hungary missed only one European Championship, in 1950, and they have won the tournament 12 times, which is (as in the World Championships) a record. No team has a better result than Hungary in history of the European Championship.

Year Position
Hungary 1926 Gold medal icon.svg
Italy 1927 Gold medal icon.svg
France 1931 Gold medal icon.svg
Germany 1934 Gold medal icon.svg
United Kingdom 1938 Gold medal icon.svg
Monaco 1947 4th
Austria 1950 Did not participate
Italy 1954 Gold medal icon.svg
Hungary 1958 Gold medal icon.svg
East Germany 1962 Gold medal icon.svg
Netherlands 1966 5th
Spain 1970 Silver medal icon.svg
Austria 1974 Gold medal icon.svg
Sweden 1977 Gold medal icon.svg
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1981 Bronze medal icon.svg
Italy 1983 Silver medal icon.svg
Bulgaria 1985 5th
France 1987 5th
West Germany 1989 9th
Greece 1991 5th
United Kingdom 1993 Silver medal icon.svg
Austria 1995 Silver medal icon.svg
Spain 1997 Gold medal icon.svg
Italy 1999 Gold medal icon.svg
Hungary 2001 Bronze medal icon.svg
Slovenia 2003 Bronze medal icon.svg
Serbia 2006 Silver medal icon.svg
Spain 2008 Bronze medal icon.svg
Croatia 2010 4th
Netherlands 2012 Bronze medal icon.svg
Hungary 2014 Silver medal icon.svg
Serbia 2016 Bronze medal icon.svg
Total 31/32

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Hungarian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] view · talk

Head coach: Tibor Benedek

Name Pos. Height Weight Date of birth 2016 club
1 Nagy, ViktorViktor Nagy GK 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 July 1984 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
2 Zalánki, GergőGergő Zalánki CB 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 26 February 1995 Hungary Orvosegyetem
3 Manhercz, KrisztiánKrisztián Manhercz D 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 6 February 1997 Hungary Szeged
4 Erdélyi, BalázsBalázs Erdélyi D 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 16 February 1990 Hungary Eger
5 Vámos, MártonMárton Vámos D 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 June 1992 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
6 Hosnyánszky, NorbertNorbert Hosnyánszky D 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 4 March 1984 Hungary Eger
7 Decker, ÁdámÁdám Decker D 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 29 February 1984 Hungary Eger
8 Szívós, MártonMárton Szívós CB 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 19 August 1981 Hungary Bp. Honvéd
9 Varga, DánielDániel Varga D 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 24 September 1983 Hungary Ferencváros
10 Varga, DénesDénes Varga (c) D 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 29 March 1987 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
11 Kis, GáborGábor Kis CF 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 27 September 1982 Hungary Szolnoki Dózsa
12 Hárai, BalázsBalázs Hárai CF 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 5 April 1987 Hungary Eger
13 Decker, AttilaAttila Decker GK 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 25 August 1987 Hungary Bp. Honvéd

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted.

Most appearances and goals[edit]

Total number of matches played in official competitions only.

# Player Years Matches Goals
1 Tibor Benedek 1990–2008 384
2 ifj. István Szívós 1966–1980 308
3 Dániel Varga 2005–present 278
4 Norbert Hosnyánszky 2005–present 258
4 Tamás Faragó 1970–1985 258
6 Dénes Varga 2004–present 246
7 György Gerendás 1975–1986 230
8 Zoltán Kósz 1986–2001, 2006 228
9 Endre Molnár 1966–1980 189
10 László Sárosi 1966–1978 181

Statistics accurate as of matches played 18 January 2016

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fina.org/H2O/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4080
  2. ^ "Irány, Rio!" [Off to Rio!] (in Hungarian). Magyar Vízilabda Szövetség. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 

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