One of the most successful Hungarian players of the 21st century, Norbert Hosnyanszky, will end his career after this season.
Considering that he will turn 39 in March, the decision of an experienced driver was more or less expected. He confirmed that he would end his career in an interview with the Hungarian TV M4 Sport.
Since 2020, he has played for Honved. Hosnyanszky said that he wanted to reach the top four in the Hungarian League with Honved this season before saying Goodbye.
He said that training was getting harder and harder for him, but that he still experienced serious matches as a life-and-death struggle, so he could still perform well, Hungarian agency MTI conveyed Hosnyansky’s quote.
Hosnyanszky won fourteen medals with the national team, including the Olympic gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. After his retirement, only one of the 13 players who triumphed in Beijing 15 years ago will remain in the water – Denes Varga.
Interestingly, he had never won a European trophy with a club during his long career. He played for Ferencvaros, Florentia, Szeged, Vasas, Florentia, Vasas, Eger, Szolnok, Eger and, Honved. But, Hosnyanszky won five Hungarian leagues (three with Ferencvaros, one with Vasas and one with Eger)
His first gold with Hungary was the Olympic title in Beijing. That was followed by a number of medals, but after winning silver at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hosnyanszky wasn’t on the national team for two years.
Hungary’s head coach Tamas Marcz re-called Hosnyanszky in 2020. The comeback was great. Hungary won the gold at the 2020 European Championships in front of the home crowd. In the next year, after winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, Hosnyanszky announced his retirement from the national team
Medals with the national teams – Olympic Games: gold (2008) and bronze (2020-21), World Championships: gold (2013), silver (2017), European Championships: gold (2020), 2 silver (2006, 2014), 3 bronze (2008, 2012, 2016)., World League: silver (2005, 2013, 2014), World Cup: silver (2014)