Görbicz and Zácsik were missed.[more]
Result means semi-final date on Saturday against Romania.[more]
The Hungarian team published a statement on the unsportsmanlike conduct of their player.[more]
Day of decision in Lillehammer.[more]
Find the pdf with the official 16 player Delegation List here.
Find the pdf with the official 28 player squad list here.
The national women´s handball team of Hungary have deep seated roots; not only looking at the foundations of the sport in which Hungary has played a decisive role its the development.
But moreover the significant results of the team can be traced back over several decades with a world championship title of the women´s national team in 1949 in Budapest and in 1965 in Germany, as well as the European championship title in 2000.
The Hungarian women´s national team is among three nations that not only participate in all senior European Championships, but finish always in the top 10. The last medal (bronze) taken by the team in 2005 at the WC in Russia brought the medal count of the team to seven.
Among its glories the team has won three Olympic medals: silver medal in 2000 in Sydney and bronze medal at Montreal in 1976 and again at the 1996 Atlanta Games. With a European Gold and 2 bronze medals, the Hungarian national team has proven its mettle over time as one of the finest women´s handball teams in the history of the sport.
With retuning talents such as Anita Bulath and Katalin Toth and based on past performance, the Hungarian team coming through to the main round is pretty much a certainty.
However, looking at the results of the past four years, some might say that the star of the Hungarian national women´s team has been fading. Generational changes and health issues among the team have made the preparatory phase difficult - but the Hungarian national team are not out of this particular race.
Hungary won their Qualification Group 2, defeating Sweden, the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan.
"I hope that we used the time available efficiently. I know that Group D of the preliminaries will be a difficult group, but if we can replace our injured players well, we can move a step ahead in comparison with the World Championship in China, and finish in the top six."
Born on Valentine´s Day, Eszter Mátéfi played over 50 international matches for the national team of Hungary and in the process achieved World Championship silver and Olympic bronze playing all 5 matches and scoring 35 goals; prior to that she made over 130 appearances for the Romanian national team.
Before moving into the realm of coaching, Mátéfi´s illustrious club handball career spanned 19 years. Having started out playing professionally for Tirgu Mures in Romania for 12 years, she moved to Debrecen where she spent a season before heading to Gyõr for four seasons.
Nevertheless, it was her time at the famous Dunaferr that resulted in a Champions League (1999) and EHF Cup (1998) titles. Not entirely removed from the club scene, Mátéfi has been coaching Békéscsabai NKSE since 2007.
After serving as the assistant coach for just under a year, in 2009 Vilmos Imre stepped down and Mátéfi took the team to the World Championship in China. This time she brings her team to Denmark/Norway determined to improve on the last result.
The 23-year old middle back of the Hungarian National Team has played all her professional career for FTC. Her loyalty to the club paid off as she always had the opportunity to play in the team and develop according to her talent. The swift and versatile handballer will have a difficult task replacing the injured key player Görbicz; however, this could be Szucsánszki´s golden opportunity to gain international recognition and fame.
The super quick left winger is one of the most prominent players of the Hungarian National Team. Vérten, born in 1982 in Budapest, started her career at Vasas. Her talent was spotted early on by the leading Hungarian clubs and Gyõri AUDI ETO signed her in 2002. With her club and the national team she produced a number of outstanding results - World Championship bronze medal and Champions League second place - her greatest victories may be still to come.
Pálinger has become a household name in Hungary in the past decade thanks to the brilliant skills of the goalkeeper of Gyõri AUDI ETO. She made her debut in the national team in 1997, which makes her one of the most experienced players at the tournament. Though she won an EHF EURO title in 2000, Pálinger is motivated to lead the Hungarian team at a major tournament as team captain once again. Her good performance would be fundamental for the team.
|2009||World Championship in China||9th place|
|2008||European Championship in FYR Macedonia||8th place|
|2008||Olympic Games in Beijing||4th place|
|2007||World Championship in France||8th place|
|2006||European Championship in Sweden||5th place|
|2005||World Championship in Russia||BRONZE|
|2004||European Championship in Hungary||BRONZE|
|2004||Olympic Games in Athens||5th place|
|2003||World Championship in Croatia||SILVER|
|2002||European Championship in Denmark||5th place|
|2001||World Championship in Italy||6th place|
|2000||European Championship in Romania||GOLD|
|2000||Olympic Games in Sydney||SILVER|
|1999||World Championship in Norway/Denmark||5th place|
|1998||European Championship in the Netherlands||BRONZE|
|1997||World Championship in Germany||9th place|
|1996||European Championship Denmark||10th place|
|1996||Olympic Games in Atlanta||BRONZE|
|1995||World Championship in Austria/Hungary||SILVER|
|1994||European Championship in Germany||4th place|
I respect them very much for their great handball tradition. The Hungarian national team has always had good shooters, like Toth. In defence they play very hard if not rough, and follow a good system. However, the Achilles Heel remains in the fact that the team plays fast when moving forward but sometimes too slow when coming back. Still I am sure they will proceed to the Main Round.
Hungarian Handball Federation Website: www.handballnet.hu