Introducing teams, women: Hungary
- The Hungarians took part in each edition since 1985 (the only team besides the Netherlands), and amassed the most medals in the history of the women’s Europeans: 13 – 3 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes. Their wins came in 1991, 2001 and 2016. In their 16 appearances they missed the semis only twice, in 1997 and in 2010, finishing 5th both times. They came 4th in 1999 and in 2018, all in all they missed the podium at the Europeans 4 times in 17 editions, no other team was able to produce a similar march.
- At other majors they have one of the most miserable series in this sport as they lost three straight Olympic semi-finals and then the bronze medal matches as well – in the latter ones they lost by penalties twice (2008, 2016) and in extra-time in 2012, so they finished 4th in the last three editions. Indeed since Rio they added more 4th places, at the 2018 Europeans and at the 2019 Worlds.
- They captured two world titles, the first in 1994, then another one in 2005 and also had a silver (2001) and a bronze (2013). Their last three appearances were less successful, finished 9th in 2015, came 5th at home in Budapest in 2017 and 4th in Gwangju last summer. The overall picture at the Worlds is mixed: 14 apparances, made the semis 7 times, did not the other 7 times. In the first 8 editions they made it 5 times, then 2 in the following 6.
- Their 2016 European gold stands out: after back-to-back bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and the 2014 Europeans, they had a weaker run at the majors: 2015 Worlds: 9th, 2016 Europeans: 1st, 2016 Olympics: 4th, 2017 World League: 7th, 2017 Worlds: 5th, 2018 World League: eliminated in the prelims, 2018 Europeans: 4th, 2019 World League: 6th, 2019 Worlds: 4th.
- Hungary is yet to claim a medal in the World League (came 4th three times, in 2005, 2013 and 2017). In the World Cup they medalled five times in the first six editions (won in 2002, add a silver and three bronzes), but left empty-handed on the last three occasions.
- Between 1985 and 2018 Hungary played 102 matches with 73 wins, 6 draws and 24 losses. Goals: 1242-695 – the Magyars were the second team surpassing the 1000-goal barrier at the Europeans (after the Netherlands).