Introducing teams, men: Hungary

01/08/2020

Group C – Hungary

  • Hungary is the most successful country in water polo and in the history of the Europeans: they won the first title on offer in 1926, captured the following 4 as well – no other teams could clinch 5 titles in a row, so far – and amassed 12 gold altogether, a record till date (1926, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1977, 1997, 1999). In fact, they won 8 of the first 10 editions (1926-1962) and 10 of the first 14, while only 2 in the last 19. They got silver in 1970, 1983, 1993, 1995, 2006, 2014, bronze in 1981, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
  • Their medal tally stands at 12-6-6, the best in the field. They came 4th in 1947, 2010, 5th in 1966, 1985, 1987, 1991, their worst ever performance was a 9th place in 1989 – and produced a second-worst two years ago by finishing 8th, winning only two games in 7 matches. Altogether they were ranked in the Top 5 on 29 occasions in 31 appearances and skipped the Europeans only once in 1950 (due to political reasons).
  • On the world stage the Hungarians also top the all-time ranks: they are 9-time Olympic champions (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008), got 3 silvers and 3 bronzes. Still, their last two performances were disappointing as they ended up on the 5th place in London 2012 and in Rio 2016.
  • The Magyars are 3-time World champions (1973, 2003, 2013) with 7 silver and a bronze – last summer they finished 4th in Gwangju.
  • They won the World Cup in 1979, 1995, 1999 and 2018, and the World League in 2003 and 2004.
  • In fact, Hungary had only three gold medals in the last 15 years (2008 Olympics, 2013 Worlds, 2018 World Cup) at major events. In the past two majors held in Budapest, they clinched silver at the 2017 Worlds and the 2018 World League Super Final.
  • In the previous four Europeans held in Budapest the men’s team medalled on each occasion, got gold in 1926 and 1958, bronze in 2001 and silver in 2014.
  • All-time match statistics for Hungary at the Europeans: 214 games, 163 wins, 16 draws, 35 losses, goals: 1924-974.
  • Hungary played the most matches (214, Germany had 207, Italy 206), earned the most wins (163 – ITA: 116, SRB: 109, RUS: 104) and scored the most goals (1924 – ITA: 1756, RUS: 1528, ESP: 1502)