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Hungary’s men’s national water polo team clinching silver at the 17th FINA World Championships concluded the event in a press conference. Players as well as the head coach had mixed feelings yet they considered the opportunity to play in the final as an achievement.

After 2007 the Hungarian water polo team went down against Croatia again, in the final thus finished second at the World Championships. After the sixth place finish in Kazan the team, finishing fifth in Rio and claiming European Championships bronze in Belgrade, led by Tamás Märcz has made significant progress.

According to the head coach it was a well-deserved silver and shall be regarded as an achievement.

„I could sleep well during the World Championships, I was calm, everything went well with the team. Now I started to feel a bit tired and of course a lot of thoughts are running through my mind. These two weeks were fantastic, we performed way beyond not only our but the public and professional field’s expectations. Yes, we played in the final and should have won, yet I feel the silver itself was a victory, as well” –Tamás Märcz shared his opinion.

„The standard was increasing gradually throughout the tournament, we improved match by match, the team was more and more together. I cannot say anything but congratulate my players on their superhuman performance. I shall express my gratitude to fans, they supported us not only on the day of the final but during the entire tournament, they have been flooding us with kind messages and feedback since the tournament, as well, in fact I have received only positive feedback on our performance” – the head coach added, who will be involved in the World Masters tournament as well, with team Millenium comprising of Olympic champions – however, this time in the water. (For the record, he is preparing for Universiadé as the professional director of the team.)

„Hard to say anything... I could barely sleep after the final, and I still cannot sleep really. Although in the preparation period I would have settled with a silver happily, especially looking at the powerhouse teams participating in the tournament, yet losing the final is certainly disappointing. We played well and made it to the final, we worked as a real team. Failure is rather hard to get over, especially in light of the events of 2013. When we returned from Barcelona we realised how much joy our achievements meant to Hungarian people.  The World Championships hosted by Hungary united people again, that’s why I was disappointed in the end that we couldn’t bring complete happiness to them. Nevertheless, I am proud of the team, at present we are the second best water polo team in the world” – said Viktor Nagy about the tournament.

„This past summer is one we will always be happy to recall” – said the captain, Dénes Varga. „Since the last season was over it was an interesting journey for me till I finally felt convinced about staying with the team for summer. Although it was a rather hard process, so is the role of the captain sometimes, on top of that I had some injuries, all in all I don’t regret deciding to stay with the team. Our achievement is a brilliant one in my view” – said Dénes Varga, then he went on to announce that he would miss next summer so he will definitely not participate in the European Championships. The future after that is not clear yet.

„If we consider how we played in Volvo Cup against Montenegro in light of where we started off, I guess we should not be disappointed at all, yet obviously this is how we all feel now. We have done tremendous work in the past months, these two weeks have been abundant in experiences and events. Although the ending was somewhat bitter, I am glad and proud of this World Championships tournament” – said Balázs Erdélyi.

When evaluating, Márton Vámos referred back to their Olympic performance. According to the MVP of Media All Star Team the World Champion title would have been the best outcome of the tournament and it goes without saying that he would have traded his personal acknowledgement (of being chosen as the most valuable player) for the gold for the team.  

„In the quarterfinal in Rio we had a short mental block. It has been a couple of months since then and we worked hard to get back to the world’s elite. We won this silver in the match against the Greek, I am really proud of the result, although overall I feel somewhat disappointed now” – told Márton Vámos, whose performance was excellent in the final, as well.

Hungary’s men’s water polo team claimed its 7th World Championships silver after 1975, 1978, 1982, 1998, 2005 and 2007.