The return of their "prodigal son" Laszlo Nagy has clearly boosted Hungarian handball, at club level with MKB Veszprém and of course at national team level. Thanks to Nagy the performances improved and interest in the team did as well. After the women's team won bronze at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, a number of experts expect the men's team to also be among the medals in Denmark.
Their best EHF EURO result to date was eighth place and the silver medal at the 1986 World Championship was the only medal won by a Hungarian men's team. The London Olympic Games was heartbreaking for the team, coming so close to a medal, but lost both crucial matches against Sweden in the semi-final and Croatia in the bronze medal match.
The Croats were the opponents in the EHF EURO qualification, just like they had been in the preliminary rounds of the Olympic Games and 2013 World Championships and they finally put an end to a terrible run against Croatia with as home win on their way to qualification for Denmark. Besides the brilliant right back Nagy, Hungary's star players are goalkeeper Roland Mikler, winger Tamas Ivancsik and strong playmaker Gabor Czaszar.
Laszlo Nagy is one of the world’s best back court player of handball and he is the biggest brand of Hungarian men’s handball.
He started handball as a child and has been playing for the senior national team since the age of 18 (including a three-year interruption between 2009 and 2012).
After having played for Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona for more than a decade, winning the EHF Champions League in 2005 and 2011 as well as becoming the team's first non-Catalan captain, he returned to his home country in 2012, joining MKB-MVM Veszprem.
He participated at many major tournaments with Hungary, including the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games and the European Championships in 2004, 2006 and 2008. He was voted into the All star-team at the 2013 World Championship in Spain, at which Hungary finished 8th.
Gabor Csaszar has already showed his handball talent while still a teenager with his great technique, fantastic passes and unforgettable goals when he played for Hungary's youth and junior teams.
He then put himself in the spotlight of Hungarian handball in 2004, emerging as one of the most talented playmakers in the nation's history. He took part at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and became the national team's leading centre back by 2009.
From 2007 to 2010 he in Denmark, Spain and France from 2007 to 2010, returning to Hungary and joining MKB Veszprem as a fully developed world class player. At the start 2013/14 he embarked on a new foreign adventure, joining French champions PSG Handball from Paris.
Roland Mikler became a constant member of the Hungarian national team in 2011, and he has been the first choice goalkeeper since autumn 2012 when Nandor Fazekas retired from playing for the national team.
He showed some great performance at the 2013 World Championship in Spain, being one of the best players of the team which reached the quarter-final.
And there was no shortage of skills when Mikler took to the court for Pick Szeged in VELUX EHF Champions League 2012/13 or for his home country in the EHF EURO 2014 Qualification.
THE COACH - Lajos Mocsai
Lajos Mocsai is the most successful Hungarian handball-coach of all time as well as one of the most experienced head coaches in Europe.
He has been working with elite handball teams for more than thirty years: he won the European Champions Cup as a trainer with the women’s team of Vasas, when he was only 28 years old (in 1982), and four years later he became a silver medallist at the World Championship as coach of the Hungarian men’s national team.
After ten years of coaching in the German Bundesliga, he returned to Hungary, leading the Hungarian women’s national team to gold at the 2000 EHF EURO, silver at the 2000 Olympic Games and silver again at the 2003 World Championship.
After seven successful years, he returned to men's coaching and won the Cup Winners' Cup with Veszprem. In 2010 he became the head coach of the men’s national team for the second time.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events