Press release – Hungary men’s head coach Tibor Benedek has named his squad for the Olympic qualification tournament in Trieste between 3rd and 10th April.
The Hungary men’s squad will travel to Trieste on 1st April ahead of the tournament from which four nations will qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year. The European bronze medallists are in the final phase of their preparations having faced the German and Spanish national teams in training matches in the last week. Tibor Benedek announced his squad on Monday morning when it became apparent that from the original 16-man shortlist, Márton Lévai, Bence Bátori and Krisztián Bedő would be the three to stay at home.
“It was on the strong side where I had the biggest dilemma. With Dénes Varga already counted on, it was then between Balázs Erdélyi, Krisztián Manhercz and Bence Bátori – all of whom have produced roughly the same performances in training, while perhaps Bátori had played even better at club level. At the same time, what happens in the national team is what interests me and this is what brought about my decision. All three were at the Euros but Gergő Zalánki wasn’t. I would like to check on him and see what he can do at the top level – I am curious to see how he develops during the course of the tournament campaign, therefore he is also in the squad. At the moment this team has my trust in terms of qualification to Rio and obviously I trust these players”.
The full 13-man Hungary squad for Trieste:
Goalkeepers: Nagy Viktor (Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép), Bisztritsányi Dávid (A-Híd-OSC-Újbuda).
Outfield players: Kis Gábor, Vámos Márton, Varga Dániel, Varga Dénes (Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép), Hárai Balázs, Zalánki Gergő, Erdélyi Balázs, Hosnyánszky Norbert, Szivós Márton (ZF-Eger), Decker Ádám (A-Híd-OSC-Újbuda), Manhercz Krisztián (Contitech-Szeged-Diapolo).
The Hungarian team’s schedule in Trieste:
Sunday April 3rd, 15:10 start: France v Hungary
Monday April 4th, 16:30: Canada v Hungary
Tuesday April 5th, 13:50: Hungary v Romania
Wednesday April 6th, 17:50: Russia v Hungary
Thursday April 7th, 15:10: Hungary v Slovakia
Friday April 8th: Quarter-final
Saturday April 9th: Semi-final
Sunday April 10th: Play-off matches to decide final rankings