Will Kim Rasmussen bring Hungary back to former glory? The Hungarian Handball Federation appointed the successful Dane in May 2016 as new head coach one week after Rasmussen had won the Women's EHF Champions League with CSM Bucuresti. The Dane had also coached the Polish women's national team before, but was available since he had not renewed his contract.
Before the new era, Hungary were coached for a few months by the coaching duo Ambros Martin and Gabor Elek on an interim basis; the solution had become necessary when the federation parted ways with Andras Nemeth earlier this year after Hungary had failed to make it past the Last 16 at the World Championship 2015 and hence missed out on the chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Hungary are only one of two teams (the other one being Montenegro) who were able to end the Norwegian/Danish dominance at EURO events. Hungary took gold in 2000 and later added bronze to their tally (1998, 2004, 2012). The team’s most recent history was tragically marked by the death of head coach Karl Erik Böhn who passed away in February 2014.
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Anita Görbicz is not only considered one of best handball players of all time, she is also the biggest brand of Hungarian women's handball. In 2014, she won the Women's EHF Champions League with Györi Audi ETO KC and became the competition's top scorer with 87 goals. One year earlier she had lifted the coveted EHF Champions League trophy for the first time.
On the national team level, Görbicz won bronze at the EHF EURO events in 2004 and 2012 and at the World Championship 2005 as well as silver at the Championship 2003. The 33-year-old was named World Handball Player of the Year in 2005. She is an intelligent centre back and many a time also the top scorer of her team - not only because of her high success rate from the penalty line.
The number 13-player is also talented in football and loves and admires the way Francesco Totti plays.
Together with former World Handball Player Anita Görbicz, Zita Szucsanszki is the brain behind Hungary's game. Her leadership qualities, great passing skills and her shooting prowess turn her into one of the team's key players.
Her biggest success with the national team was the bronze medal she won at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. On the club level, she has played for more than a decade for FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 2011 and 2012 and the EHF Cup in 2006.
44-year-old Kim Rasmussen has been in charge of the Hungarian women’s national team since the summer of 2016. Before he had been coaching the Polish women's national team since 2010, leading Poland to the semi-finals at the World Championships in 2013 and 2015.
In 2015 he also became the head coach of Romanian side CSM Bucuresti. He led the competition newcomers all the way to the Women's EHF FINAL4 2016 where his team even won the trophy after a thrilling final against Györi Audi ETO KC.
His main goal as national team head coach is to build a strong and powerful squad and to lead Hungary back to the very top of European women's handball.
Past Performance at the EHF EURO Events
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