For the 12th time in the history of the EHF EURO, Hungary will line up against Europe’s elite with the nation’s expectation this time firmly fixed on securing a place in the main round.

Two years ago at EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, the Hungarians were eliminated after the preliminary round stage after losing all three of their Group D fixtures, eventually finishing in 14th place.

However, an undefeated qualification campaign saw Hungary win five and draw one of their six matches against Russia, Italy and Slovakia giving their fans cause for optimism ahead of the 2020 finals.

Even without László Nagy on court, who finished his career last summer, the expectation at EHF EURO 2020 is a spot in the main round under head coach István Gulyás. The former international and Veszprém trainer is assisted by Spanish handball legend Chema Rodriguez and Nagy, who is also the vice president of the Hungarian Handball Federation.

It’s been 12 years since the Hungarians finished sixth at an EHF EURO event – their best ever finish at a European Championships – and Gulyás and his team will be eager to make history when they take to the court this year.

Upcoming Matches

Hungary
:
Russia
11.01.2020
,
16:00
-
Malmö
(SWE)
Denmark
:
Hungary
13.01.2020
,
20:30
-
Malmö
(SWE)
Iceland
:
Hungary
15.01.2020
,
18:15
-
Malmö
(SWE)

BENCE BANHIDI

Bánhidi made his debut in the Hungarian national team at the age of 18, and he has been the member of the squad continuously since 2015. The pivot took part at the EHF EURO in 2016 and 2018 and the World Championships in 2017 and 2019. He moved to Szeged in 2016 and became the member of one the strongest team of Europe. Thanks to his progress, he became one of the most important members of the national team in the recent years – and is one of the tallest pivots at the international level.

MATE LEKAI

Three-time VELUX EHF Champions League runner-up Lékai has become the famous talent of Hungarian handball. His reputation began during the Olympic Games of London, 2012, when he scored an equalising goal against Iceland in the quarter-finals. Mate had spells at PLER, Szeged and Celje in the Champions League before he signed to Veszprém. His technique and his capability of creative handball make him one of the best playmakers in Hungary.  

 

 

Appointed as head coach in 2019, having worked at beach youth and women’s level in Hungary. As a player, Gulyás was one of the greatest Hungarian playmaker for Veszprém, and played for the team between 1984 and 1999 and was chosen the player of the year at Hungary in 1995. He won the EHF Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 with Veszprém and won the Hungarian League-title nine times, while he finished fourth at the World Championship with Hungary in 1997 and sixth at the EHF EURO at 1998. After four years in Austria, he finished his career in 2006 before going to coaching, firstly with Krems and then in Kuwait before returning home in 2011.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event Host Place/Medal
1994 Portugal 7th place
1996 Spain 10th place
1998 Italy 6th place
2004 Slovenia 9th place
2006 Switzerland 13th place
2008 Norway 8th place
2010 Austria 14th place
2012 Serbia 8th place
2014 Denmark 8th place
2016 Poland 12th place
2018 Croatia 14th place