Blanka & Bence: This is how handball players of the year remember 2020

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:18 PM

We asked Judge Blanka, the goalkeeper of Fradi, and Bence Bánhidi, the stander of MOL-Pick Szeged, that the year had passed at the end of which they were chosen as the players of the year.

If a player is chosen to be the handball player of the year, it seems logical that he remembers the year with a good heart, recalling only a beautiful moment. By comparison Judge Blanka told the MOL Team “it was gray and truncated”, Bánhidi I think however, he is still annoyed by the fact that the 2019/20 season of MOL-Pick Szeged ended prematurely.

“The game went well and the cart also ran with the team, so I was very disappointed when the EHF actually blew the Champions League. “I feel like we missed a serious chance with the alliance’s decision, and it was a much more uncomfortable feeling than having to play without our fans almost all year round,” explained Bence Bánhidi, who was chosen as the best of the year among the men.

“We were in a better position with the girls in that they didn’t cancel, they just postponed the 2020 Olympic qualifiers and also the Olympics. The chance is still there in our hands, but I still don’t have many good memories of last year. What’s the worst? I don’t have to think much about this: that we couldn’t enjoy the support of the best fan base in the world, ”Blanka added.

Selected: very good or medium

Of course, the players of the year also took part in important tournaments with their national teams. The Hungarian women’s national team achieved a disappointing result at the European Championship, but the men’s success was the European Championship 2020 with great encouragement, followed in January 2021 by a world championship with a very excellent 5th place. Needless to say, Blanka and Bence were absolute key players

“We were disappointed after the European Championships” Blanka sighed. “At last, after a long time, we didn’t have any injuries, so we expected much better results from ourselves than what finally came together. Unfortunately, we kept ourselves well up to the hair several times, but this time we couldn’t win the important fans. We have had a lot of useful experience, I hope we will see the benefits of this at the March Olympic qualifiers. ”

We asked Blanka what kind of experience she was thinking. “For the first European Championship match and then for the Croatians. They were all sorry for them, they started a huge march for this while the defeat of the first match against them remained within us. In such tournaments – and this also applies to the Olympic qualifiers – you have to concentrate from the first moment, whoever your opponent is. ”

Bence recalled the last two national team tournaments in a completely different mood, and he also joined the dream team at the European Championships, and opinions about him became more and more frequent in Véb that MOL-Pick Szeged became one of the best players in the world.

“I hear these voices and they confirm that I’m working well, but more importantly, the team performed excellently. At the European Championships last January, we surprised our opponents with our game, the end result was not so outstanding, but this year the result already reflected that we are coming up with a very young team. “I am proud that I was chosen as the player of the year, but I am even more proud that we finished fifth in the World Cup. ” Bence said.

The most hit hits of 2020

When we nailed the two players to the question about their favorite 2020 matches, neither of them needed more than half a minute to push them into a match.

“If we are looking for a complete experience, we need to look for it at the beginning of the year. When we defeated CSM Bucuresti by ten goals at home, in front of a full house, it was a creepy experience. The defense went well for me, too I will never forget when Gábor Elek called me off the field in the hair of the match and the Fradi camp chanted my name. Such things are not often given in the life of an athlete. ” the goalkeeper recalled the January match in the Champions League semi-final.

Bence also punched him in a semi-final, though not for a club game. “In the European Championships, we played with Slovenia in the second match of the semi-finals and defeated them in a huge match, one goal. It went well for me too, I shot them nine, ”said Bence with a wide smile, who also singled out a club match from last year.

“We played a great match in Aalborg, I think a perpetual Szeged record in the BL in the first half we scored 22 goals. Then it went pretty well for me too, I scored 11 goals. ”

The curse of empty halls

The year 2020, in general, did not bring much joy to athletes, as countless competitions were canceled or postponed and, worse, they were forced to enter the field in closed goal matches without spectators almost all year round.

“Well, this is perhaps a bigger blow to us than to anyone else. I know the field of the Champions League, I have already entered the field in the homes of almost every big team, but I can point out that there is no other camp that conjures up a home field in the arena like that of Ferencváros.“It’s no exaggeration, we really have a huge advantage at home, because even the best are shivering from the atmosphere created by the Fradi camp,” Blanka said, and Bence was of a similar opinion.

“At first, it was almost unbearably weird to hear each other’s voices in matches, even though we were used to deafening cheering. But even that is better than when we had to quarantine, which happened to us quite a few times in 2020. At least we can play now, ”added MOL-Pick Szeged.

Bence got closer to the coronavirus than Blanka, as the Szeged man not only caught the infection, but also fought it very hard, while the Fradi goalkeeper is one of the few to be avoided by Covid19.

Bence no longer wants to deal with the virus, he just looks ahead. “Matchless matches, continuous testing, and the virus protocol that defines every segment of our lives are built into our everyday lives. Like everyone, we are waiting for the end and want to play handball in front of spectators again, but we have to be patient. It was such a year now. ”


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