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Meet the teams: Group C – Hungary

Head coach János Gyurka is preparing his team for tough matches against Germany, Russia, and Spain: “The first training cycle started in June, we spent three weeks in a training camp where the focus was mainly on physical training. We continued our work in July, we have a mixed preparation now; besides the physical training, now we are preparing for tactics too. Fortunately, we are in a good mood, we always take great care of the team spirit. Apart from the training camps, we participated in a Four-Nation tournament in Portugal against Romania, Italy, and Portugal. Our team finally finished the tournament in the second place. I think we have pretty good players and lead players, these are shown at our matches, but many players have not yet enough experience. Our defense has something to improve, we are now developing it, and the same is true with our attack, so we have to work a lot till the tournament. We are in one of the strongest group in the European Championship. This team has met Germany at the EYOF, where Hungary has been defeated. Spain is extremely technical and plays very fast. We have little information about Russia’s quality, it will not be easy. Our primary goal is to qualify for the main round. This team has not played many competitive matches, besides the EYOF in 2017, so it is difficult to judge what the realistic expectation is. The team is mixed enough, they still have a lot to experience, and we cannot yet assess how strong they are.”

Left-back Bence Bálint underlines the importance of teamwork: “Unfortunately, we are not in an easy group, but neither is easy. We will do everything to win matches, but this will be very difficult because all three teams are strong. I think our defense is getting better, so we can be strong at the goal too, but we have more to develop. There is more to be done in the attack and in the teamwork, but we believe until the championship it will be okay. We want to get out of the group, but realistically, the 9-10th space is the minimum. The mood is great in the team, everyone is excited about the championship and everyone is working hard.”

Apart from Bence Bálint, head coach János Gyurka expects Kristóf Győri (goalkeeper) and Bence Papp (right back) will lead the team.

 

Hungary at the EHF M18 EURO 2018 CROATIA:
Preliminary Round in Varaždin – Group C:

  • Spain – Hungary / 9.08.2016., 20:30
  • Hungary – Germany / 10.08.2016., 18:30
  • Russia – Hungary / 12.08.2016., 20:30

Past results at the EHF M18 EURO:
2014 – Poland – 2nd place
2008 – Czech Republic – 12th place
2006 – Estonia – 10th place
2004 – Serbia and Montenegro – 10th place
2003 – Slovakia – 8th place
2001 – Luxembourg – 11th place
1999 – Portugal – 1st place
1997 – Estonia – 3rd place
1994 – Israel – 8th place

Official Squad HUN

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