What can go wrong if you have one of history’s best handball players coaching you? The Hungarian Handball Federation surprised many when they presented Talant Dujshebaev as the new head coach in October 2014. And to answer the question: Not much, as Hungary were one of the first teams to qualify for the EHF EURO 2016.
Expectations are still high however, and Dujshebaev has announced participation at the 2016 Olympic Games as the future goal. The unquestionable star is Laszlo Nagy, who played a key role in Hungary’s most recent success when they reached the semi-final at the 2012 Olympic Games. However, medals have eluded the team since 1986, when they won silver at the World Championship. Besides Nagy, the heart of the team is its defence with world-class Roland Mikler in goal.
Laszlo Nagy is one of the world's best back court players and he is certainly the biggest brand of Hungarian men's handball.
He started playing handball as a child and has been playing for the senior national team since the age of 18 (including a three-year interruption between 2009 and 2012).
After having played for Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona for more than a decade, winning the EHF Champions League in 2005 and 2011 as well as becoming the team's first non-Catalan captain, he returned to his home country in 2012, joining MVM Veszprem whom he led to the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in 2014 and 2015.
He participated at many major tournaments with Hungary, including the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games and the European Championships in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2014. He was voted into the All star-team at the World Championship 2013 in Spain, at which Hungary finished 8th.
Gabor Császár has already impressed with his handball talent while still a teenager with his great technique, fantastic passes and unforgettable goals when he played for Hungary's youth and junior teams.
He then put himself in the spotlight of Hungarian handball in 2004, emerging as one of the most talented playmakers in the nation's history. He took part at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and became the national team's leading centre back by 2009.
From 2007 to 2010 he played in Denmark, Spain and France, returning to Hungary and joining MVM Veszprem as a fully developed world class player. At the start 2013/14 he embarked on a new foreign adventure, when he joined French champions Paris Saint Germain Handball. Since the 2015/16 season he plays for Kadetten Schaffhausen in Switzerland.
Talant Dujshebaev was one of the major stars of handball during the 1990s when he was voted World Handball Player of the Year in 1994 and 1996.
He won gold with the Unified team (the former Soviet Union national team) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Later on he moved to Spain and continued his career at Teka Cantabria with whom he won the first edition of the EHF Champions League in 1994. He assumed Spanish citizenship, participated with Spain at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and won bronze at both Games.
From 1997 to 2001 he played in the German Bundesliga; then he returned to Spain and extended his career at Ciudad Real until 2007. At the same time he started his coaching career, becoming the team's playing coach in 2005.
Under his leadership Ciudad Real won the EHF Champions League in 2006, 2008 and 2009. In 2014 he took over as the head coach of Vive Tauron Kielce in Poland, and in October 2014 it was announced that he would also coach Hungary, whom he led, without losing a single point, through the EHF EURO 2016 Qualification.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events