Hungary men's national basketball team

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The Hungary men's 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 Basketball Federation.png
FIBA ranking38 Increase 2 (2 March 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1935
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationMKOSZ
CoachStojan Ivković
Nickname(s)Magyars
Olympic Games
Appearances4
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
AppearancesNone
EuroBasket
Appearances16
MedalsGold Gold: (1955)
Silver Silver: (1953)
Bronze Bronze: (1946)
First international
 Latvia 46–12 Hungary 
(Geneva, Switzerland; 2 May 1935)
Biggest win
 Malta 43–138 Hungary 
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 13 June 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Lithuania 79–15 Hungary 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 26 May 1939)

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 Olympic Games on four out of five occasions. However, after that era, Hungary has only been able to qualify for the EuroBasket twice (1999, 2017) since 1969. Hungary is still vying for their debut appearance to 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 the EuroBasket 1939. Once again, Hungary was one of eight teams that qualified for the event. Hungary lost its first six games. The biggest defeat was a massive blowout to the host Lithuania 79-15. Although in their last match, Hungary displayed a strong performance as they defeated Finland 45-16 which provided some reconciliation for their loss against Lithuania. Hungary eventually finished the tournament 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 semi-finals, which they lost to Czechoslovakia. In the bronze medal match, Hungary 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 the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow, resulted in the team's second EuroBasket medal. Their preliminary group adversaries included hosts and defending champions Soviet Union, who gave Hungary their only loss in the pool. Their 2–1 record put Hungary in second place 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, their 4–3 record put them in a tie with Czechoslovakia, France, and Israel. The Hungarians came out on top of the tie-breaker, as they finished in second place overall behind the Soviet Union to take the silver medal.

EuroBasket 1955Edit

The Hungarian capital Budapest gained the hosting rights for the EuroBasket 1955. 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 a 4–1 record. This put them in a tie for the lead of the group with the Soviet Union, which had 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 at the Euros for the first time.

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 fourth place overall.

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.[2] They finished with a 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.[3]

EuroBasket 2022 qualificationEdit

At the EuroBasket 2022 qualification, Hungary surprisingly defeated defending Champion Slovenia 77-75. Benedek Váradi labelled the victory as "among the most important" in his career.[4]

Competitive recordEdit

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

  Win   Loss

2020Edit

20 February 2020 Hungary   77–75
0
  Slovenia Szombathely, Hungary
0
18:00 Scoring by quarter: 16–16, 16–20, 17–18, 28–21
Pts: Allen 16
Rebs: Vojvoda 5
Asts: Perl 6
Boxscore Pts: Blažič 18
Rebs: Morgan 9
Asts: Prepelič 5
Arena: Arena Savaria
Referees: Yener Yilmaz (TUR), Gentian Cici (ALB), Carsten Straube (GER)
23 February 2020 Ukraine   60–62
0
  Hungary Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
0
17:00 Scoring by quarter: 14–10, 16–18, 18–19, 12–15
Pts: three players 12
Rebs: Bobrov 9
Asts: Lukashov 7
Boxscore Pts: Vojvoda 11
Rebs: Allen 8
Asts: Vojvoda 4
Arena: Palace of Sports Yunost
Referees: Yohan Rosso (FRA), Apostolos Kalpakas (SWE), Erez Gurion (ISR)

2021Edit

18 February 2021* [note 1] Slovenia   84–72
0
  Hungary Kyiv, Ukraine* [note 2]
0
21:00 Scoring by quarter: 23–15, 17–21, 25–22, 19–14
Pts: Blažič 24
Rebs: Blažič, Murić 6
Asts: Rupnik 7
Boxscore Pts: Perl 16
Rebs: Filipovity 6
Asts: Ferencz, Perl 3
Arena: Palace of Sports
Referees: Eddie Viator (FRA), Paulo Marques (POR), Ilias Kounelles (CYP)
19 February 2021* [note 1] Austria   81–83
00(OT)
  Hungary Kyiv, Ukraine* [note 2]
0
19:15 Scoring by quarter: 20–15, 19–15, 20–24, 16–21Overtime: 6–8
Pts: Klepeisz 21
Rebs: Mahalbašić 9
Asts: Mahalbašić 5
Boxscore Pts: Vojvoda 22
Rebs: Keller 8
Asts: Perl 9
Arena: Palace of Sports
Referees: Eddie Viator (FRA), Paulo Marques (POR), Michał Proc (POL)
21 February 2021 Hungary   81–58
0
  Austria Kyiv, Ukraine* [note 2]
0
20:00 Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 22–12, 20–12, 23–16
Pts: Perl 17
Rebs: Filipovity, Szabó 6
Asts: Perl, Váradi 5
Boxscore Pts: three players 10
Rebs: Ogunsipe 6
Asts: Guttl 4
Arena: Palace of Sports
Referees: Ilias Kounelles (CYP), Pavel Fuska (SVK), Mihkel Männiste (EST)
22 February 2021 Hungary   63–97
0
  Ukraine Kyiv, Ukraine* [note 2]
0
19:00 Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 14–26, 11–27, 18–20
Pts: Filipovity 17
Rebs: Lukács 6
Asts: Pongó, Somogyi 3
Boxscore Pts: Bobrov 19
Rebs: three players 6
Asts: Zotov 9
Arena: Palace of Sports
Referees: Özlem Yalman (TUR), Paulo Marques (POR), Mihkel Männiste (EST)
22 July 2021
Friendly (Nippon Life Cup)
Japan   79–58   Hungary Okinawa, Japan
19:00 Scoring by quarter: 21–7, 15–16, 24–18, 19–17
Pts: Watanabe 25 Report Pts: Allen 13

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers matches in February 2021 against Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine.[7]

Hungary men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 3 Marcell Pongó 23 – (1997-03-03)3 March 1997 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Nürnberg  
PF 6 Ákos Keller 31 – (1989-03-29)29 March 1989 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Falco  
G 9 Dávid Vojvoda 30 – (1990-09-04)4 September 1990 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Alba Fehérvár  
F 10 Zsolt Szabó 34 – (1986-04-22)22 April 1986 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) ZTE  
F 11 Szilárd Benke 25 – (1995-05-22)22 May 1995 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Falco  
G 12 Adam Somogyi 20 – (2000-06-30)30 June 2000 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) DEAC  
F 15 Csaba Ferencz 35 – (1985-05-24)24 May 1985 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Körmend  
C 16 Balint Horti 31 – (1989-11-26)26 November 1989 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Kecskemét  
G/F 18 Norbert Lukács 19 – (2001-05-18)18 May 2001 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Alba Fehérvár  
F 20 Zoltán Perl 25 – (1995-07-28)28 July 1995 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Falco  
F 21 Márkó Filipovity 24 – (1996-07-30)30 July 1996 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Victoria Libertas  
F 22 János Eilingsfeld 30 – (1991-02-05)5 February 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Atomerőmű SE  
PG 23 Máté Pongó 27 – (1993-12-25)25 December 1993 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Szolnoki  
C 24 Kemal Karahodžić 31 – (1989-07-26)26 July 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Kecskemét  
G/F 25 Benedek Váradi 26 – (1995-02-05)5 February 1995 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Falco  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 18 February 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ákos Keller Kemal Karahodžić Balint Horti
PF János Eilingsfeld Márkó Filipovity Marcell Pongó
SF Dávid Vojvoda Zsolt Szabó Norbert Lukács
SG Szilárd Benke Csaba Ferencz Adam Somogyi
PG Benedek Váradi Zoltán Perl Máté Pongó

Head coach historyEdit

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: János Szabó)


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)

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2016–2019: Spalding[8]

Edit

2019: K&H Bank

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Due to several COVID-19 positive tests by Hungarian players, matches originally scheduled for Nov. 2020 were postponed to Feb. 2021.[5]
  2. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches in the November 2020 and February 2021 windows will be played behind closed doors in select host cities.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Hungary celebrates their first FIBA EuroBasket win in 48 years". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Hungary at the EuroBasket 2017". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ Elképesztő kosárcsoda: a magyar válogatott legyőzte az Eb-címvédőt Antalics Ádám (ORIOGO), 20 February 2020. Accessed 11 May 2020. (in Hungarian)
  5. ^ "FIBA statement about the November FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers window". FIBA. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Hungary during the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ Hungary | FIBA EuroBasket 2017, FIBA.com, Retrieved 22 March 2017.

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