Sport Mindig reports that László Nagy announced his decision to step down from his position as team captain of the Hungarian handball select. The 36-year-old captain made the announcement at a press briefing today. He was part of the Hungarian select for 18 years.
He backed up his decision saying that it was not because of an injury or family-related issues, but there is a much simpler reason:
‘It’s quite simple: the position of the right-back has been filled, the two youngsters, Gábor Ancsin and Zsolt Balogh, can continue in my position in the team’.
The 36-year-old handball player proved his skills at Szeged, Barcenola and Veszprém, having made his debut in the national team in 1999. Even though he took a three-year break from the team following this, he played at 199 matches and scored a goal 728 times. He was even referred to as an idol and icon by Lubomir Vranjes, national coach. Nagy was declared to be the fourth most valuable Hungarian sportsperson recently.
This is a huge loss to the Hungarian team, as he was easily one of the best right backs in the world, but his decision has to be respected. However, we can still catch him on the field, as the left-handed back will stay loyal to his contract with Veszprém. His club can count on him in the future as well, as he is considered to be the best in the back position both on the Hungarian handball scene, and on the international. He scored 8 goals against Flensburg in September, during the Champion’s League.
It will be tough, however, for the Hungarian select to carry on without him. First of all, they will have to stand their ground at the 2018 European championship in Croatia without Nagy, followed by the qualification rounds for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. One can only hope that the young titans taking Nagy’s place will be able to as great a job as he did. Still, we have to trust in the team and cheer for them.
they will have to stand their ground at the 2018 European championship in Croatia without Nagy, followed by the qualification rounds for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
One can only hope that the young titans taking Nagy’s place will be able to as great a job as he did. Still, we have to trust in the team and cheer for them.
Sport Mindig argues that Nagy’s stepping down was not out of the blue: in an interview on January 14th in France, during the men’s handball world championship he already hinted at this happening. He said the following: ‘as long as my physique allows me and my coach is counting on me, I want to give my best on the field. Never say never, but this might be my last international tournament playing for the Hungarian select team.
We wish László Nagy and the Hungarian handball select the best and many medals in the future.
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