Hungary national basketball team

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Hungary Hungary
Hungary Basketball Federation.png
FIBA ranking36 Increase 1 (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1935
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationMKOSZ
CoachStojan Ivković
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
MedalsGold Gold: (1955)
Silver Silver: (1953)
Bronze Bronze: (1946)

The Hungary national basketball team (Hungarian: Magyar nemzeti kosárlabda-válogatott) represents Hungary in international basketball tournaments. It is governed by the Hungarian Basketball Federation.

The national team had its best years between the 1940s and the 1960s, when it won several medals at the continental stage and qualified for the Summer Olympics on four out of five occasions. Hungary qualified for the EuroBasket 2017, their first qualification in almost 18 years. There, they recorded their first EuroBasket victory in 48 years. Although they have yet to reach qualification to the FIBA World Cup.


EuroBasket 1935[edit]

The Hungarian side came in ninth place at the first European Basketball Championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They faced the eventual champions Latvia in the preliminary round, falling 46–12. In the classification matches, the Hungarians lost to Bulgaria, then defeated Romania to finish ninth with a 1–2 record.

EuroBasket 1939[edit]

After not competing in the 1937 edition, the Hungarians returned to EuroBasket 1939. Once again, the national team finished in next-to-last place, losing to every team except Finland. Their biggest defeat was a massive blowout to the host Lithuania, 79-15. They eventually finished the tournament with an 1–6 record, placing them seventh in the eight team field.

EuroBasket 1946[edit]

The next European competition was the EuroBasket 1946. Hungary placed second in their preliminary round group of four, losing to Italy but defeating Luxembourg and Poland. This qualified the Hungarians for the semifinals, which they lost to Czechoslovakia. In the bronze medal match, the Hungarians defeated France, 38–32.

EuroBasket 1947[edit]

Hungary competed at EuroBasket 1947 the next year. Their 1–1 record in the preliminary round was sufficient for them to advance to the semifinal groups; however, they lost all three games there. In the 7th/8th place classification match, they defeated Bulgaria 59–29 to finish seventh of the fourteen teams.

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

Hungary's next appearance, at EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow, resulted in the team's second EuroBasket medal. Their preliminary group included hosts and defending champions Soviet Union, who gave Hungary their only loss in the pool. Their 2–1 record put Hungary in second in the pool and advanced them to the final round. There, they lost again to the Soviets as well as fellow perennial powers Czechoslovakia and France. Hungary beat the other four teams in the round, however, and their 4–3 record put them in a tie with Czechoslovakia, France, and Israel. The Hungarians came out on top of the tie-breaker, finishing an overall second place behind Soviet Union to take the silver medal.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

The next tournament, EuroBasket 1955, was hosted by Hungary in Budapest. The results of the preliminary round were hardly surprising for the Hungarians, as they won all three of their games to proceed to the final round. Their first game in that round was against Czechoslovakia, and the Hungarians quickly found themselves in the bottom half of the final round group with a 75–65 loss. Their next four games, however, were much different and Hungary defeated Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia to rise to 4–1. This put them in a tie for the lead of the group with the Soviet Union, who had also lost to Czechoslovakia.

In a game that was never particularly close, the Hungarians handed the Soviets only their second loss, 82–68, in 34 games and 4 EuroBasket tournaments. Hungary advanced to 5–1, in sole lead of the pool, which they never relinquished as they defeated Romania to finish at 6–1 to win the gold medal.

EuroBasket 1957[edit]

At the EuroBasket 1957 Hungary cruised to a 3-0 record in their preliminary phase group, with their only true test coming in a narrow 66-65 victory over Romania. It was enough for national team to advance to the final round of the competition. There, they lost in turn to each of the other three preliminary pool winners, finishing at 4–3 in the round to take 4th place overall.

Global Stage[edit]

Between 1948 and 1964, Hungary qualified for the Summer Olympics on four out of five occasions. Its best performance was at the 1960 event in Rome, Italy, when it finished 9th with a 5-3 record.

EuroBasket 2017[edit]

EuroBasket 2017 marked the first EuroBasket appearance for the national team since 1999. With no real expectations heading in to it, they surprised many with their performance in the preliminary stage getting their first EuroBasket victory since 1969. They finished with an 2-3 record, with wins over the Czech Republic, and Romania. It was enough for the national team to advance to the knockout stage. There they matched up against Serbia, where they put up an valiant effort in defeat against the eventual runner-up 86-78.

Competitive record[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers matches played on 22nd and 25th of February 2019 against Italy and Croatia.[2]

Hungary men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 4 Ruják, András 30 – (1988-07-30)30 July 1988 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Atomerőmű Hungary
F/C 6 Keller, Ákos 29 – (1989-03-28)28 March 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez France
PF 8 Juhos, Levente 27 – (1991-06-07)7 June 1991 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Szedeák Hungary
SG 9 Vojvoda, Dávid 28 – (1990-09-04)4 September 1990 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Szolnoki Olaj Hungary
SF 11 Benke, Szilard 23 – (1995-05-22)22 May 1995 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Szolnoki Olaj Hungary
SF 12 Somogyi, Ádám 18 – (2000-06-30)30 June 2000 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Zamoraj Spain
C 14 Jones, Jarrod 28 – (1990-05-27)27 May 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Monaco France
SF 15 Ferencz, Csaba 33 – (1985-05-24)24 May 1985 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Körmend Hungary
G/F 20 Perl, Zoltán 23 – (1995-07-28)28 July 1995 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Falco KC Szombathely Hungary
PF 21 Filipovity, Márkó 22 – (1996-07-30)30 July 1996 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Alba Fehérvár Hungary
PF 22 Eilingsfeld, János 28 – (1991-02-05)5 February 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Atomerőmű Hungary
SF 25 Váradi, Benedek 24 – (1995-02-05)5 February 1995 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Falco KC Szombathely Hungary
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 15 September 2018

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ákos Keller Kemal Karahodžić
PF Rosco Allen János Eilingsfeld Norbert Tóth
SF Ádám Hanga Csaba Ferencz
SG Dávid Vojvoda Zoltán Perl Péter Kovács
PG Krisztián Wittmann András Ruják

Notable players[edit]

Other current notable players from Hungary:

Hungary men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
F György Golomán 21 – (1996-04-02)2 April 1996 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) UCLA Bruins men's basketball United States
PF Jarrod Jones 27 – (1990-05-27)27 May 1990 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Pınar Karşıyaka Turkey
PF Péter Lóránt 31 – (1985-10-23)23 October 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Alba Fehérvár Hungary
PG Obie Trotter 33 – (1984-02-09)9 February 1984 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) CSM Oradea Romania

  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1935 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 10 teams

Ferenc Velkei, Zoltan Csanyi, Ferenc Kolozs, Sandor Nagy, Laszlo Rozsa, Istvan Szamosi, Emil Kozma, Tibor Lehel, Sandor Lelkes, Zoltan Szunyogh (Coach: Istvan Kiraly)

1939 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 8 teams

Ferenc Velkei, Zoltan Csanyi, Istvan Szamosi, Sandor Csanyi, Janos Szabo, Geza Bajari, Geza Kardos, Aba Szathmary, Janos Gyimesi, Gyula Stolpa (Coach: Istvan Kiraly)

1946 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 10 teams

Ferenc Németh, Tibor Mezőfi, Ferenc Velkei, Geza Kardos, Gyorgy Nagy, Laszlo Kiralyhidi, Geza Racz, Ede Vadászi, Geza Bajari, Antal Bankuti (Coach: Istvan Kiraly)

1947 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 14 teams

Ferenc Németh, Tibor Mezőfi, Geza Bajari, Istvan Timar, Ede Vadászi, Gyula Toth, Geza Kardos, Ervin Kassai, Bela Bankuti, Laszlo Kiralyhidi, Laszlo Nadasdy, Antal Bankuti (Coach: Istvan Kiraly)

1948 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 23 teams

Tibor Mezőfi, Gyorgy Nagy, Tibor Zsíros, Geza Kardos, Jozsef Kozma, Istvan Timar, Attila Timar, János Halász, Istvan Lovrics, Ede Vadászi, Antal Bankuti, Laszlo Novakovszky

1952 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 23 teams

János Greminger, Tibor Mezőfi, Tibor Zsíros, László Hódi, Laszlo Banhegyi, Pál Bogár, János Simon, Tibor Cselkó, Peter Papp, Tibor Czinkán, Gyorgy Bokor, Ede Komáromi, Gyorgy Telegdy

1953 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 17 teams

János Greminger, Tibor Mezőfi, László Hódi, Janos Hodi, Tibor Zsíros, Laszlo Banhegyi, János Simon, Tibor Cselkó, Tibor Remai, Peter Papp, Tibor Czinkán, Pál Bogár, Gyorgy Bokor, Ede Komáromi (Coach: Janos Pader)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 18 teams

János Greminger, Tibor Mezőfi, Laszlo Toth, Janos Hodi, Tibor Czinkán, Janos Dallos, Tibor Zsíros, Laszlo Banhegyi, Janos Bencze, László Hódi, Peter Papp, Pál Bogár, Tibor Cselkó, János Simon (Coach: Janos Pader)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

János Greminger, Laszlo Toth, Tibor Zsíros, László Gabányi, Laszlo Banhegyi, János Simon, Istvan Liptai, Tibor Czinkán, Janos Bencze, Pal Borbely, Zoltan Judik, Ervin Keszey, Istvan Sahin-Toth (Coach: Zoltan Csanyi)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 17 teams

János Greminger, Tibor Zsíros, László Gabányi, Tibor Czinkán, János Simon, Laszlo Banhegyi, Arpad Glatz, Janos Bencze, Otto Temesvari, Zoltan Judik, Miklos Bohaty, Merenyi (Coach: Janos Pader)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 16 teams

János Greminger, Tibor Zsíros, Laszlo Banhegyi, János Simon, László Gabányi, Istvan Liptai, Arpad Glatz, Otto Temesvari, Janos Bencze, Gyorgy Polik, Zoltan Judik, Miklos Bohaty (Coach: Janos Pader)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 19 teams

László Gabányi, Janos Bencze, Istvan Liptai, Otto Temesvari, Istvan Sahin-Toth, Gabor Kulcsar, Geza Gyulai, Gyorgy Polik, Janos Tuboly, Miklos Bohaty, Jozsef Kovacs, Valer Banna (Coach: Janos Pader)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

János Greminger, János Simon, László Gabányi, Janos Bencze, Otto Temesvari, Arpad Glatz, Pal Koczka, Gyorgy Polik, Tibor Kangyal, Gyorgy Vajdovics, Jozsef Prieszol, Miklos Bohaty (Coach: Tibor Zsíros)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 13th among 16 teams

János Greminger, László Gabányi, Janos Bencze, Arpad Glatz, Tibor Kangyal, Gyorgy Polik, Miklos Bohaty, Janos Racz, Andras Haan, Jozsef Prieszol, Pal Koczka, Odon Lendvay (Coach: Tibor Zsíros)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 16 teams

Gyorgy Polik, Janos Racz, Matyas Ranky, Jozsef Toth, Pal Koczka, Laszlo Koranyi, Odon Lendvay, Laszlo Orbay, Istvan Fekete, Ferenc Haris, Valer Banna, Gabor Kulcsar (Coach: Tibor Zsíros)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

Imre Nyitrai, László Gabányi, Tibor Kangyal, Gyorgy Polik, Jozsef Prieszol, Valer Banna, Laszlo Orbay, Laszlo Koranyi, Jozsef Kovacs, Istvan Halmos, Odon Lendvay, Gabor Kulcsar (Coach: Janos Szabo)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

László Gabányi, Jozsef Kovacs, Istvan Banhegyi, Jozsef Prieszol, Valer Banna, Laszlo Orbay, Szabolcs Hody, Istvan Hegedus, Odon Lendvay, Istvan Gyurasits, Tamas Palffy, Sandor Geller (Coach: Rezso Eszeki)

1999 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Kornél Dávid, Robert Gulyas, István Németh, Laszlo Czigler, Laszlo Kalman, Rolland Halm, Erno Sitku, Tibor Pankar, Tamas Bencze, Zoltan Boros, Laszlo Orosz, Zalan Meszaros (Coach: Lajos Meszaros)

2017 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 24 teams

András Ruják, Rosco Allen, Ákos Keller, Krisztián Wittmann, Ádám Hanga, Dávid Vojvoda, Péter Kovács, Norbert Tóth, Csaba Ferencz, Zoltán Perl, Kemal Karahodžić, János Eilingsfeld (Coach: Stojan Ivković)



2016: Spalding[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Hungary | FIBA EuroBasket 2017,, Retrieved 22 March 2017.

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