Hungary national basketball team

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

Hungary Hungary
Hungary Basketball Federation.png
FIBA ranking40 Decrease 4 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1935
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationMKOSZ
CoachStojan Ivković
Nickname(s)Magyars
Olympic Games
Appearances4
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances15
MedalsGold Gold: (1955)
Silver Silver: (1953)
Bronze Bronze: (1946)

The national team had its best years between the 1940s and the 1960s, where it won several medals on the continental stage (1946, 1953, 1955), and qualified for the Summer Olympics on four out of five occasions. Although after that era, Hungary has only been able to reach the EuroBasket twice (1999, 2017) since 1969. Hungary is also still vying for their debut appearance at the FIBA World Cup.

HistoryEdit

EuroBasket 1935Edit

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 1939Edit

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 1946Edit

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 1947Edit

Hungary competed at the EuroBasket 1947 the next year. Their (1–1) record in the preliminary phase 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 1953Edit

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 defeated 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 1955Edit

At EuroBasket 1955, Hungary hosted the tournament 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 match 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 four EuroBasket tournaments. Hungary advanced to (5–1), in sole lead of the pool, which they never relinquished. Hungary then finished it all off in victorious fashion over Romania to win the gold medal, and end the tournament at (6–1).

EuroBasket 1957Edit

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 StageEdit

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 2017Edit

EuroBasket 2017 marked the first EuroBasket appearance for the national team since 1999. With no real expectations heading into it, Hungary 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 runners-up 86-78.[2]


Competitive recordEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers matches played on 22nd and 25th February 2019 against Italy and Croatia.[3]

Hungary 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 SE  
F/C 6 Keller, Ákos 29 – (1989-03-28)28 March 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Élan Béarnais  
PF 8 Juhos, Levente 27 – (1991-06-07)7 June 1991 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Szedeák  
SG 9 Vojvoda, Dávid 28 – (1990-09-04)4 September 1990 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Szolnoki Olaj KK  
SF 11 Benke, Szilard 23 – (1995-05-22)22 May 1995 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Szolnoki Olaj KK  
SF 12 Somogyi, Ádám 18 – (2000-06-30)30 June 2000 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) CB Zamora  
C 14 Jones, Jarrod 28 – (1990-05-27)27 May 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) AS Monaco Basket  
SF 15 Ferencz, Csaba 33 – (1985-05-24)24 May 1985 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) BC Körmend  
G/F 20 Perl, Zoltán 23 – (1995-07-28)28 July 1995 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Falco KC  
PF 21 Filipovity, Márkó 22 – (1996-07-30)30 July 1996 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Alba Fehérvár  
PF 22 Eilingsfeld, János 28 – (1991-02-05)5 February 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Atomerőmű SE  
SF 25 Váradi, Benedek 24 – (1995-02-05)5 February 1995 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Falco KC  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 22 February 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C
PF
SF
SG
PG

Head coach positionEdit

Past rostersEdit

1935 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 10 teams

3 Zoltán Csányi, 4 Ferenc Kolozs, 5 Emil Kozma, 6 Tibor Lehel, 7 Sándor Lelkes, 8 Sándor Nagy, 9 László Rózsa, 10 István Szamosi, 11 Zoltán Szúnyogh, 12 Ferenc Velkei (Coach: István Király)


1939 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 8 teams

3 Aba Szathmary, 4 János Gyimesi, 5 Géza Bajári, 6 Ferenc Velkei, 7 Géza Kardos, 8 Gyula Stolpa, 10 Sándor Csányi, 11 Zoltán Csányi, 12 János Szabó, 13 István Szamosi (Coach: István Király)


1946 EuroBasket: finished 3rd   among 10 teams

3 Tibor Mezőfi, 4 Antal Bánkuti, 5 Géza Bajári, 6 Ferenc Velkei, 7 Géza Kardos, 8 Ede Vadászi, 9 György Nagy, 11 Laszlo Kiralyhidi, 12 Géza Rácz, 14 Ferenc Németh (MVP) (Coach: István Király)


1947 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 14 teams

3 Laszlo Kiralyhidi, 4 László Novakovszky, 5 Ervin Kassai, 6 Gyula Toth, 8 Ede Vadászi, 9 Tibor Mezőfi, 10 Ferenc Németh, 11 Antal Bánkuti, 12 István Timár-Geng, 13 Béla Bánkuti, 14 Géza Kardos, 15 László Nádasdy (Coach: István Király)


1948 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 23 teams

3 György Nagy, 4 László Novakovszky, 5 Tibor Mezőfi, 6 István Lovrics, 7 Géza Kardos, 8 Ede Vadászi, 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 János Halász, 11 Antal Bánkuti, 12 Attila Timár-Geng, 13 István Timár-Geng, 14 József Kozma (Coach: István Király)


1952 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 23 teams

3 György Telegdy, 4 György Bokor, 5 Tibor Mezőfi, 6 László Bánhegyi, 7 Péter Papp, 8 János Greminger, 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 Pál Bogár, 11 János Simon, 13 Tibor Cselkó, 14 László Hódi, 15 Tibor Czinkán, 16 Ede Komáromi (Coach: János Páder)


1953 EuroBasket: finished 2nd   among 17 teams

3 László Bánhegyi, 4 György Bokor, 5 Tibor Mezőfi, 6 Tibor Czinkán, 7 Péter Papp, 8 János Greminger, 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 Pál Bogár, 11 János Simon, 12 Ede Komáromi, 13 Tibor Cselkó, 14 Tibor Remai, 15 László Hódi (Coach: János Páder)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 1st   among 18 teams

3 László Bánhegyi, 4 Tibor Czinkán, 5 Tibor Mezőfi, 6 László Hódi, 7 Péter Papp, 8 János Greminger (MVP), 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 Pál Bogár, 11 János Simon, 12 János Bencze, 13 Tibor Cselkó, 14 Laszlo Toth, 15 János Dallos (Coach: János Páder)


1957 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

3 László Bánhegyi, 4 Tibor Czinkán, 5 László Gabányi, 6 Zoltán Judik, 7 István Liptay, 8 János Greminger, 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 Laszlo Toth, 11 János Simon, 12 János Bencze, 13 Pál Borbély, 14 Ervin Keszey (Coach: Zoltán Csányi)


1959 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 17 teams

3 László Bánhegyi, 4 Tibor Czinkán, 5 László Gabányi, 6 Zoltán Judik, 7 Ottó Temesvári, 8 János Greminger, 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 Miklós Boháty, 11 János Simon, 12 János Bencze, 13 Kotszan Merenyi, 14 Árpád Glatz (Coach: János Páder)


1960 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 16 teams

3 László Bánhegyi, 4 Ottó Temesvári, 5 László Gabányi, 6 Zoltán Judik, 7 István Liptay, 8 János Greminger, 9 Tibor Zsíros, 10 Miklós Boháty, 11 János Simon, 12 János Bencze, 14 György Pólik, 15 Árpád Glatz (Coach: János Páder)


1961 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 19 teams

4 Miklós Boháty, 5 László Gabányi, 6 István Sahin Tóth, 7 Istvan Liptai, 8 János Tuboly, 9 György Pólik, 10 Geza Gyulai, 11 Gabor Kulcsar, 12 János Bencze, 13 Ottó Temesvári, 14 Valer Banna, 15 József Kovács (Coach: János Páder)


1963 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams

4 Miklós Boháty, 5 László Gabányi, 6 György Pólik, 7 György Vajdovics, 8 János Greminger, 9 József Prieszol, 10 Árpád Glatz, 11 János Simon, 12 János Bencze, 13 Tibor Kangyal, 14 Ottó Temesvári, 15 Pál Koczka (Coach: Tibor Zsíros)


1964 Olympic Games: finished 13th among 16 teams

4 Miklós Boháty, 5 László Gabányi, 6 György Pólik, 7 Pál Koczka, 8 János Greminger, 9 József Prieszol, 10 Tibor Kangyal, 11 Ödön Lendvay, 12 János Bencze, 13 János Rácz, 14 András Haán, 15 Árpád Glatz (Coach: Tibor Zsíros)


1965 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 16 teams

4 Matyas Ranky, 5 Laszlo Orbay, 6 György Pólik, 7 Pál Koczka, 8 Gábor Kulcsár, 9 István Fekete, 10 Valer Banna, 11 Ödön Lendvay, 12 Ferenc Haris, 13 János Rácz, 14 József Tóth, 15 Laszlo Koranyi (Coach: Tibor Zsíros)


1967 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

4 Laszlo Orbay, 5 László Gabányi, 6 György Pólik, 7 József Kovács, 8 Gábor Kulcsár, 9 József Prieszol, 10 Valer Banna, 11 Imre Nyitrai, 12 Laszlo Koranyi, 13 István Halmos, 14 Ödön Lendvay, 15 Tibor Kangyal (Coach: Janos Szabo)


1969 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 12 teams

4 Laszlo Orbay, 5 László Gabányi, 6 József Kovács, 7 Tamás Pálffy, 8 István Bánhegyi, 9 József Prieszol, 10 Valer Banna, 11 Ödön Lendvay, 12 István Gyurasits, 13 Sándor Gellér, 14 Szabolcs Hody, 15 István Hegedűs (Coach: Rezso Eszeki)


1999 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

4 Ernő Sitku, 5 Tamás Bencze, 6 László Kálmán, 7 Rolland Halm, 8 István Németh, 9 Kornél Dávid, 10 Tibor Pankár, 11 Zoltán Boros, 12 László Orosz, 13 Róbert Gulyás, 14 Zalán Mészáros, 15 László Czigler (Coach: Lajos Mészáros)


2017 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 24 teams

4 András Ruják, 5 Rosco Allen, 6 Ákos Keller, 7 Krisztián Wittmann, 8 Ádám Hanga, 9 Dávid Vojvoda, 10 Péter Kovács, 11 Norbert Tóth, 12 Csaba Ferencz, 20 Zoltán Perl, 21 Kemal Karahodžić, 22 János Eilingsfeld (Coach: Stojan Ivković)

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

EuroBasket 2021 QualifiersEdit

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EuroBasket 2021
2   Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 20 February 2020. Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2016: Spalding[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Hungary at the EuroBasket 2017". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Hungary | FIBA EuroBasket 2017, FIBA.com, Retrieved 22 March 2017.

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