After scooping the award for Hungarian Team of the Year in 2015, the men’s national football team are again in the running for the same accolade as voted for by Hungarian sport journalists.
The selection of candidates to be presented with prizes at the M4 Sport – Sportsperson of the Year 2016 gala ceremony is now underway.
The Hungarian Sport Journalists’ Association (MSÚSZ) has decreeed there will be nine voting categories; sportsman, sportswoman, team, coach and footballer of the year, the first four of which will be repeated in the field of disability sport.
Last year’s Team of the Year award was merited on the strength of beating Norway and qualifying for their first football European Championship in 44 years, an achievement which saw Bernd Storck’s squad edge out the hockey- and women’s volleyball national teams. 2016 now sees the football team in with a chance of defending their title having reached the last 16 of the continental tournament in France.
The candidates for Team of the Year:
- Dunaújváros, women’s handball, EHF Cup winners
Men’s basketball national team, qualified for the European Championship after a 17-year absence
Men’s fencing national team, Olympic bronze medallists
Győri ETO KC, women’s handball, Champions’ League runners-up
Kayak canoe pair (Szabó, Kozák), Olympic gold medallists
Kayak canoe foursome (Szabó, Kozák, Csipes Tamara, Fazekas-Zur Krisztina), Olympic gold medallists
Men’s football national team, reached last 16 of Euro 2016 as group winners
Women’s volleyball national team, qualified for the European Championship
Women’s water polo national team, European Championship gold medallists, Olympic 4th place
Veszprém men’s handball team, Champions’ League runners-up
The Hungarian Footballer of the Year award will also be presented at this ceremony and the candidates are:
In the Coach of the Year award covering all sports, Bernd Storck is nominated, as is Pál Dárdai who is the coach of Hertha BSC in the German Bundesliga. There will also be a vote for the best goal of the year which will be presented at the same event.
The M4 Sport – The Sportsperson of the Year’ gala ceremony will take place from 19:30 on Thursday 12th January in the National Theatre, before which there will be an promotional press conference at 11:00am on Thursday 5th January in the same venue. Here, the organisers will announce in no particular order the leading three candidates in the main categories.
Source: MLSZ – press release