Investigations into the European Handball Championships have begun

While the interest of the players in the games has not been low, the men’s handball team has always dropped out of the 2022 European Men’s Handball Championship that Hungary is also hosting. Federation President Máté Kocsis has announced the release of two lawyers around the company pending the end of the trials, indicating that some sort of result is imminent. At present, experts believe that the problems are too serious and that some political reforms are not necessary.

Hungary also hosts the 2022 European Men’s Handball Championship. Three stadiums have been built or renovated for the competition: the largest, the 20,022-seater, tallest MVM Dome built since childhood and sold at around HUF 116 billion ( EUR 325 million), as of current knowledge. . In addition, the national team finished 5th in the last world championship in Egypt.

So the team arrived with high hopes in the competition but also home with bitterness. After losing to the Dutch underdogs in the first round, the team won over Portugal and then Iceland won the semi -finals. This means that Hungary did not “survive” at the team level, although some expected the team to reach the semi-finals.

Great government support, future results

Of course, this is a time when sports in Hungary are without money; Yea, it is true. As a result of the much -controversial TAO program introduced by the Fidesz government in 2011, and government support, players have been well paid to the Hungarian tournament, in addition to major professional and nonprofits. always improve.

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What is TAO?

Hungarian companies can make donations to relevant sports organizations and federations in lieu of paying partial or total property taxes to the treasury. While the government is seeking further evidence, the Hungarian Supreme Court has ruled that it is a fund. However, later most of the ruling parties changed the constitution to their liking, so TAO could no longer be interpreted as government money, so there was less room for information and information. with research.

Since the start of the TAO campaign, handball has received the second largest amount of money (after football), at HUF 213 billion (EUR 597 million) (up to 2020/2021). only).

The results, however, were not small, and although the Hungarian men’s handball team was well established in Egypt, they did not qualify for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. In addition, no Hungarian team has been able to win the Champions League in several years. 40 in the past (although Veszprém has qualified in the last four times, only three times in the last ten years). In fact, Pick-Szeged is the only men’s team to win a cup in the last 12 years, claiming the EHF Cup in 2014.

Currently, Veszprém, for example, only uses Hungarian players, and a similar pattern can be seen in other teams.

Handball Fed President Kocsis: Two vacations (for now)

Although many believed that the president of the Hungarian Handball Federation (MKSZ), Máté Kocsis (who was also the leader of the Fidesz team in Parliament), was responsible, he moved to resign. to László Nagy, Executive Vice President of MKSZ Responsibilities. for the men’s team (the best Hungarian player of all time), and the MKSZ professional Vice President responsible for the women’s team, Katalin Pálinger (former Olympic color medalist, CL-winner goalkeeper) behind of failing in major competitions. Kocsis said it would be surprising if they were evaluating themselves in future local courts.

In response to disputes over conditions (the new stadium had been purchased and the Hungarian team’s three games) the team was also hired. Kocsis criticized the team’s choice not to prepare the field before the start of the tournament, and also criticized the mental preparation. However, he also scored some points that showed the Hungarian team could not do very well.

“I know and I agree you can lose one goal, which is sports. We don’t have a problem with this competition, we have to look back, on what hasn’t been done in years. We have five years and eight months to work so that Hungary can host the first European basketball tournament for the first time. That was a great time. “

He also expressed criticism that some of the national team players did not start their teams, not even in Hungary, “so we have a lions system where we train. and the players of the Hungarian national team in the seat, “he said, pointing out the importance of participation. .

Experts: Needs fixes, big costs doubtful

Other experts are critical of the entire system. Swiss Amicitia Zürich coach Gábor Vass reported the alleged TAO earnings ahead of the Hungarian handball season as five years of the German Bundesliga’s full -time finale. “The only difference is that 10 years ago Germany won Champions League titles. Money is important. But that’s just because there is, and because there’s nothing else. , No result, ”he said criticizing the lack of standards of demand and high salaries received by young players in Hungary. At the moment, the effectiveness of youth training is also questionable. “At home it’s not the business that wins, it’s the politics,” Vass said.

“It’s true that the three players have a better hand circle than Hungary. In walking, speed, dribbling, teamwork, and the use of the playing field. , they are in front of us.We are not teamed up, and most of our goals are taken after each performance, I would say 80 %.On the team level, it showed we were a little over two years old at the European Championship and last year’s World Cup, ”a former national team player, and TV presenter, said Attila Borsos. Borsos also said there was no shortage of handball development, citing the National Academy of Handball (NKA), as it received billions of state support, it was simply “giving” to one player in the Euros: a Serbian nation. He believes that the words of Hungary’s handball strategy are flawed with “personal deception one of the most important.”

photo shown: group after conquest of Netherlands; and Tamás Kovács/MTI

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