It feels good even just writing it again. Ferencváros have won the 2017 LEN Euro Cup, their first European trophy in nineteen years.
As we have already reported, the 7-7 draw at home to Oradea means that Ferencváros have won the 2017 LEN Euro Cup. Waterpolo.hu caught up with both coaches, as well four-goal Norbert Madaras after the match.
Ferencváros head coach Zsolt Varga
“I’m delighted. If I were to evaluate the match I’m sure I’d find aspects of our play which have room for improvement, but in this match the mental part was the hardest. Expectations were high after our six-goal victory in the first game, and this wasn’t easy to deal with. We had chances, and if we’d taken them then the second leg would also have been straightforward. To win a cup by a margin of six goals truly is a great result. It seems that it always takes me a day or two for events to really sink in; I’m sure in a day or two I’ll be better able to write about how I feel; for now though, I’m absolutely delighted”.
Oradea head coach Kálmán Kádár
“Ferencváros are deserved winners of the Euro Cup. You are obviously disappointed as a coach when you see another team lift the trophy, but I feel that for us in Oradea, reaching the final in itself was a great success, never mind that we also made a game of it. I know my players, and know that they had more in them, particularly in the first match”.
Ferencváros player Norbert Madaras
“I think that the first one and a half quarters were crucial tonight. If Oradea had gained some momentum then, they might have acquired the belief that they were in with a shout. It was important that we didn’t allow them to do so; I began the match accordingly. It would have been highly annoying to lose the cup. A couple of very painful defeats stick in my mind, and even though we didn’t win tonight, we’ve won the cup”.
FTC-PQS 7–7 Digi-Oradea (Romania) (3–0, 1–3, 2–2, 1–2)
Goalscorers: FTC: Madaras 4, Avramović 3; ORAD: Negrean 3, R. Georgescu, Radjen, Diaconu, Asanović
Ferencváros win 19-13 on aggregate
Players: Marko Avramović, Marko Ćuk, Farkas Dőry, András Gárdonyi, Szilárd Jansik, Gergő Katonás, Norbert Madaras, Stefan Mitrović, Balázs Nyéki, Zoltán Pohl, Balázs Szirányi, Márton Tóth, Dániel Varga, Simon Vogel, Soma Vogel
Head coach: Zsolt Varga