Hungary men's national water polo team

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. It is considered the world's top power in the history of water polo, having won 15 Olympic, 11 World Championship,[1] 10 FINA World Cup , eight FINA World League, 24 European Championship and 16 Summer Universiade medals for a total of 88 titles.

Hungary
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FINA codeHUN
AssociationHungarian Water Polo Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachTamás Märcz
Asst coachZsolt Németh
CaptainDénes Varga
Most capsTibor Benedek (384)
FINA ranking (since 2008)
Current4 (as of 9 August 2021)
Highest1 (2008, 2013)
Lowest7 (2011)
Olympic Games (team statistics)
Appearances23 (first in 1912)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008)
5-time Olympian(s)Dezső Gyarmati (1948–1964)
Tibor Benedek (1992–2008)
Tamás Kásás (1996–2012)
Most medalsDezső Gyarmati (5 medals, 3 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze)
Top scorer(s)Tibor Benedek (65 goals, 1992–2008)
Flag bearer(s)István Szívós Sr. (1980)
Péter Biros (2012)
World Championship
Appearances18 (first in 1973)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1973, 2003, 2013)
Most titlesNorbert Madaras (2003, 2013)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1979)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1979, 1995, 1999, 2018)
Most medalsRajmund Fodor (6 medals, 2 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze)
World League
Appearances10 (first in 2002)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2003, 2004)
European Championship
Appearances33 (first in 1926)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (1926, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1977, 1997, 1999, 2020)
Europa Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best result1st place, gold medalist(s) (2019)
Media
Websitewaterpolo.hu (in Hungarian)
Last updated: 3 July 2021

Competitive recordEdit

MedalsEdit

Updated after 2020 Summer Olympics

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 9 3 4 16
Friendship Games 0 1 0 1
World Championship 3 7 1 11
World Cup 4 4 2 10
World League 2 5 1 8
European Championship 13 6 6 25
Europa Cup 1 0 0 1
Mediterranean Games 0 0 0 0
Summer Universiade 5 6 5 16
Total 37 32 19 88

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Olympic GamesEdit

Hungary missed five Olympics, but they have won the title nine times, which is a record. As of today, there are only seven tournaments in which Hungary participated but did not receive a medal.[2]

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1900 Paris Did not participate
  1904 St. Louis
  1908 London
  1912 Stockholm First round 5th of 6 2 0 0 2 9 11 −2
  1920 Antwerp Did not participate
  1924 Paris Quarter-finals 5th of 13 4 2 0 2 17 17 0
  1928 Amsterdam Runners-up 2nd of 14 4 3 0 1 26 8 +18
  1932 Los Angeles Champions 1st of 5 3 3 0 0 31 2 +29
  1936 Berlin Champions 1st of 16 7 6 1 0 44 4 +40
  1948 London Runners-up 2nd of 18 7 5 1 1 34 17 +17
  1952 Helsinki Champions 1st of 21 8 6 2 0 53 16 +37
  1956 Melbourne Champions 1st of 10 6 6 0 0 26 4 +22
  1960 Rome Third place 3rd of 16 7 4 2 1 37 18 +19
  1964 Tokyo Champions 1st of 13 6 5 1 0 34 13 +21
  1968 Mexico City Third place 3rd of 15 8 7 0 1 54 26 +28
  1972 Munich Runners-up 2nd of 16 8 6 2 0 42 21 +21
  1976 Montreal Champions 1st of 12 8 7 1 0 45 32 +13
  1980 Moscow Third place 3rd of 12 8 5 1 2 52 44 +7
  1984 Los Angeles Did not participate
  1988 Seoul 5th–8th placement 5th of 12 7 3 2 2 72 57 +15
  1992 Barcelona 5th–8th placement 6th of 12 7 3 2 2 65 62 +3
  1996 Atlanta Fourth place 4th of 12 8 6 0 2 83 73 +10
  2000 Sydney Champions 1st of 12 8 6 0 2 78 57 +21
  2004 Athens Champions 1st of 12 7 7 0 0 59 39 +20
  2008 Beijing Champions 1st of 12 7 6 1 0 85 55 +30
  2012 London Match for 5th place 5th of 12 8 5 0 3 98 80 +18
  2016 Rio de Janeiro Match for 5th place 5th of 12 8 4 3 1 91 66 +25
  2020 Tokyo Third place 3rd of 12 8 5 1 2 94 60 +34
Total 23/28 9 Titles 154 110 20 24 1,229 782 +447

Friendship GamesEdit

Year Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1984   5 3 1 1 68 43 +25
Total 2/6 5 3 1 1 68 43 +25

World ChampionshipsEdit

Hungary has taken part in every World Championships. They have won this championship three times: in 1973, 2003 and 2013.[2]

Year Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1973  
  1975  
  1978  
  1982  
  1986 9th
  1991  
  1994 5th
  1998  
  2001 5th
  2003  
  2005  
  2007  
  2009 5th
  2011 4th
  2013  
  2015 6th
  2017  
  2019 4th
  2022 Qualified
Total 19/19

World CupEdit

The Hungarian national team missed three editions of the World Cup, but they won it four times: in 1979, 1995, 1999 and 2018.[2]

Year Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1979   7 5 1 1 37 28 +9
  1981 6th 7 3 0 4 64 56 +8
  1983 7th 7 0 4 3 57 64 −7
  1985 Did not participate
  1987
  1989   5 3 0 2 40 36 +4
  1991 4th 5 2 1 2 48 42 +6
  1993   5 4 0 1 39 30 +9
  1995   5 4 1 0 51 34 +17
  1997   5 3 1 1 38 29 +9
  1999   5 4 0 1 44 24 +20
  2002   6 3 0 3 48 43 +5
  2006   5 4 0 1 57 35 +22
  2010 Did not participate
  2014   6 4 2 0 61 35 +26
  2018   6 5 0 1 70 57 +13
Total 13/16 74 44 10 20 654 513 +141

World LeagueEdit

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.[2]

Year Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  2002   16 13 0 3 188 119 +69
  2003   5 5 0 0 56 35 +21
  2004   14 11 0 3 150 114 +36
  2005   14 11 0 3 178 113 +65
  2006 Did not participate
  2007   14 13 0 1 187 100 +87
  2008 Did not participate
  2009
  2010
  2011
  2012
  2013   6 4 0 2 66 59 +7
  2014   10 8 0 2 103 73 +30
  2015 6th 12 9 0 3 156 105 +51
  2016 Did not participate
  2017
  2018   10 6 2 2 106 73 +33
  2019 5th 6 3 2 1 78 67 +11
Total 10/18 107 83 4 20 1,268 858 +410

European ChampionshipsEdit

 
supporters celebrate the Hungarian team

Hungary missed only one European Championship, in 1950, and they have won the tournament 13 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 Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1926   3 3 0 0 16 3 +13
  1927  
  1931  
  1934  
  1938  
  1947 4th
  1950 Did not participate
  1954  
  1958  
  1962  
  1966 5th
  1970  
  1974  
  1977  
  1981  
  1983  
  1985 5th
  1987 5th
  1989 9th
  1991 5th
  1993  
  1995  
  1997  
  1999  
  2001  
  2003  
  2006  
  2008  
  2010 4th
  2012  
  2014  
  2016  
  2018 8th
  2020  
  2022 Qualified
Total 34/35

Europa CupEdit

  • 2018 – 6th place
  • 2019  Gold medal

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: Tamás Märcz[3]

No. Player Pos. L/R Height Weight Date of birth (age) Apps OG/
Goals
Club Ref
1 Viktor Nagy 10GK 2R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1984-07-24)24 July 1984 (aged 36) 229 2/0   Szolnoki [4]
2 Dániel Angyal 20CB 2R 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) (1992-03-29)29 March 1992 (aged 29) 106 0/0   Szolnoki [5]
3 Krisztián Manhercz 50D 2R 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1997-02-06)6 February 1997 (aged 24) 142 1/8   OSC Budapest [6]
4 Gergő Zalánki 50D 1L 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1995-02-26)26 February 1995 (aged 26) 109 1/7   Ferencvárosi [7]
5 Márton Vámos 50D 1L 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb) (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 29) 241 1/14   Ferencvárosi [8]
6 Norbert Hosnyánszky 20CB 2R 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 101 kg (223 lb) (1984-03-04)4 March 1984 (aged 37) 317 3/24   Budapesti Honvéd [9]
7 Mátyás Pásztor 50D 2R (1987-02-20)20 February 1987 (aged 34) 22 0/0   Budapesti Vasutas [10]
8 Szilárd Jansik 20CB 2R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1994-04-06)6 April 1994 (aged 27) 52 0/0   Ferencvárosi [11]
9 Balázs Erdélyi 50D 2R 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1990-02-16)16 February 1990 (aged 31) 167 1/10   OSC Budapest [12]
10 Dénes Varga (C) 50D 2R 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1987-03-29)29 March 1987 (aged 34) 307 3/34   Ferencvárosi [13]
11 Tamás Mezei 40CF 1L 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 108 kg (238 lb) (1990-09-14)14 September 1990 (aged 30) 90 0/0   Ferencvárosi [14]
12 Balázs Hárai 40CF 2R 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (243 lb) (1987-04-05)5 April 1987 (aged 34) 250 2/14   OSC Budapest [15]
13 Soma Vogel 10GK 2R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1997-07-07)7 July 1997 (aged 24) 29 0/0   Ferencvárosi [16]
Average 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 30 years, 289 days 159

Note: Age as of 23 July 2021
Source: Hungary Men | Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Individual all-time recordsEdit

  Still active players are highlighted.

Most appearances and goalsEdit

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 634

Statistics accurate as of matches played 18 January 2016

Olympic statisticsEdit

Five-time OlympiansEdit

Olympians with four or more medalsEdit

  • Dezső Gyarmati: 5 medals, 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze (1948  , 1952  , 1956  , 1960  , 1964  );
  • György Kárpáti: 4 medals, 3 gold and 1 bronze (1952  , 1956  , 1960  , 1964  ).
  • András Bodnár: 4 medals, 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze (1960  , 1964  , 1968  , 1972  ).
  • ifj. István Szívós: 4 medals, 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze (1968  , 1972  , 1976  , 1980  ).

Olympians with three gold medalsEdit

World Championship statisticsEdit

Players with four or more medalsEdit

  • Norbert Madaras: 4 medals, 2 gold and 2 silver (2003  , 2005  , 2007  , 2013  );
  • Rajmund Fodor: 4 medals, 1 gold and 3 silver (1998  , 2003  , 2005  , 2007  );
  • Tamás Kásás: 4 medals, 1 gold and 3 silver (1998  , 2003  , 2005  , 2007  );
  • Gergely Kiss: 4 medals, 1 gold and 3 silver (1998  , 2003  , 2005  , 2007  );
  • Tamás Molnár: 4 medals, 1 gold and 3 silver (1998  , 2003  , 2005  , 2007  );
  • Tibor Benedek: 4 medals, 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze (1991  , 1998  , 2003  , 2007  ).

Players with two gold medalsEdit

World Cup statisticsEdit

Players with four or more medalsEdit

  • Rajmund Fodor: 6 medals, 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze (1993  , 1995  , 1997  , 1999  , 2002  , 2006  );
  • Tamás Kásás: 5 medals, 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze (1995  , 1997  , 1999  , 2002  , 2006  );
  • Tibor Benedek: 4 medals, 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze (1993  , 1995  , 1997  , 2002  );
  • Gergely Kiss: 4 medals, 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze (1997  , 1999  , 2002  , 2006  );
  • Tamás Molnár: 4 medals, 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze (1997  , 1999  , 2002  , 2006  ).

Players with two gold medalsEdit

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "HistoFINA – Water polo medalists and statistics" (PDF). fina.org. FINA. September 2019. pp. 4, 14, 25, 40, 48. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Water Polo - MARCZ Tamas". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  4. ^ "NAGY Viktor". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  5. ^ "ANGYAL Daniel". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  6. ^ "MANHERCZ Krisztian". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  7. ^ "ZALANKI Gergo". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  8. ^ "VAMOS Marton". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  9. ^ "HOSNYANSZKY Norbert". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  10. ^ "PASZTOR Matyas". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  11. ^ "JANSIK Szilard". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  12. ^ "ERDELYI Balazs". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  13. ^ "VARGA Denes". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  14. ^ "MEZEI Tamas". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  15. ^ "HARAI Balazs". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  16. ^ "VOGEL Soma". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 August 2021.

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