The FINA World Masters Championships is a very special event since not nations but different clubs can enter the competitions. Hungarian team Neptun VSC has a good chance to win a medal in the 30+ category of the men’s water polo tournament after finishing in first place in last year’s European Masters Championships.
The men’s water polo tournament will be one of the most spectacular events of the 17. FINA World Masters Championships that will be held from 7 to 20 August in Budapest and Balatonfüred. More and more Hungarian teams register for the competition, like Hungarian Neptun VSC in the 30+ category.
The club had its 20th anniversary last year, it was founded by a group of friends. The name 'Neptun’ came from the Latin version of Poseidon, since many water polo clubs had been named after the God of the Sea.
Neptun has been playing mostly in the Hungarian second division since its foundation, with the exception of the period between 2004 and 2007 when they were playing in the first league. The club had its international debut at the 2016 European Masters Championships, where they won the gold medal in the 30+ caregory.
"It was a big surprise that we managed to win the tournament. We had Serbian, Russian, Spanish and Italian rivals, but our opponent in the final was Uerdingen from Germany. " – president and coach of Neptun VSC Csaba Beszédes said to Bp2017 Media.
Beszédes added that the majority of the current players have been playing together for more than a decade.
"This is a group of friends, a great community, and the atmosphere is perfect, but it is due to the good results as well of course. Last year was almost perfect for us, since we won the European Masters and the Budapest Winner Winter Cup, and we were vice-champions in the Hungarian second division."
Those who were members of the team that won the gold medal at the 2016 European Masters in Rijeka will take part in the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships as well, with the addition of top goal scorer András Garádi and Zoltán Balogh.
"We have a unified team, and all the players have played several years in the Hungarian championship. We have been one of the top teams of the second division for many years. We have some excellent players who achieved some great results, like captain Miklós Halász, who played in the final of the LEN Cup in 1996, Péter Hajós, who won the LEN Cup with UTE in 1997 and former European youth champion Tamás Zentai, who won the Hungarian Cup with Vasas."
Neptun will deifinitely be in good shape at the FINA World Masters, since the team has three trainings a week, and they play every week in the Hungarian championship until the summer.
"The gold medal in Rijeka boosted our confidence, but the World Championships is different. We know the European teams quite well, but we do not know anything about the American or Australian rivals, so it is not easy to talk about our chances. Despite that we want to achieve a good result, at least a medal in front of the home crowd” –Beszédes added.
"Our idols are the Happy Hippos, another Hungarian masters water polo team, their fantastic results inspire us to improve more and more. They are world champions as well. "
The roster of Ybl-Octopus for the 17th FINA World Masters Championships
Zoltán Ábel, Zoltán Balogh, Zoltán Csatári, Richárd Dékány, István Dobricza, Oszkár Földesi, András Garádi, Tamás Gáti, Péter Hajós, Miklós Halász, Zsolt Jancsecz, Dénes Jex, Dániel Kisléghi-Nagy, Kadosa Ludányi, Ákos Molnár, Zoltán Sármezei, Tamás Zentai. Coach: Csaba Beszédes.