The Hungarian team that will play at the European Championships in Split differs significantly from the squad that competed at the World Championships in Budapest.
New head coach Zsolt Varga announced the roster for Split today. Comapred to the Worlds, Denes Varga, Marton Vamos, Balazs Harai and Tamas Mezei. As we already reported, these four didn’t start the preparations. Still, a month ago, Zsolt Varga said he would count on Denes Varga and Marton Vamos in the future.
Six new players are on the list: Gyorgy Agh, Akos Konarik, Gergo Fekete, Erik Molnar, Toni Nemet, Vendel Vigvari.
Unlike the World Championships, each team can submit a 15-player list at the technical meeting that will be held before the European Championships in Split. The coaches can change their teams from match to match. The coaches must deliver a 13-names roster at least two hours before each match.
Szilard Jansik will be the captain at the European Championships.
“It was difficult to get back to work after the World Championships, there was a lot of disappointment (Hungary finished 7th – Ed.). But, we managed to wrap up what happened. A new chapter began. There are several newcomers on the team. There are some who have not even played in the Champions League yet, so we can say that a very serious rejuvenation has really begun, Jansik said at today’s press conference.
Hungary in Split – Goalkeepers: Marton Levai (OSC) and Soma Vogel (Ferencvaros). Field players: Gyorgy Agh (BVSC), Daniel Angyal (Szolnok), Gergely Burian (OSC), Gergo Fekete (Ferencvaros) Szilard Jansik (Ferencvaros), Akos Konarik (Vasas), Krisztian Manhercz (OSC), Erik Molnar (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Toni Nemet (Ferencvaros), Zoltan Pohl (Ferencvaros), Vendel Vigvari (Ferencvaros), Gergo Zalanki (Pro Recco).
Hungary will play in Group D at the European Championships. The title-holder’s rivals in the group are Serbia, Slovenia, and Israel.
The Hungarians’ last test before the Split tournament will be the Benu Cup in Budapest which starts this evening. Besides the hosts, France, the Netherlands, and Japan will participate in that tournament.