Källman: I say goodbye to Szeged with a fabulous championship title

Monday, June 07, 2021 11:02

The Swedish world-class home has found a home in Szeged, after seven and a half years it leaves MOL-Pick Szeged with a family that has become half-Hungarian, after the best possible farewell.

That’s how it had to happen. Three seconds before the final of the championship final, the ball fell into the hands of Jonas Källman, who played his last match in Szeged, who turned nicely and hit the goal in Veszprém, deciding that MOL-Pick Szeged, who had a chance before the final, would win with a double victory. championship.

“Fabulous,” the Swedish world-class laughed. “I don’t know if it was written that way, but if so, thank you to the writers. But maybe it’s no exaggeration to say this goal was only important to me anymore, so I’d rather talk about the team’s fantastic performance, ”Källman said. So be it.

Winning in Veszprém is always a feat

The Szeged team had a three-goal advantage in the first match, and although the Veszprém team was suffering from serious problems, the duel did not seem to have run out at all. Eventually, the play of joy in Szeged came to an end, the defending champion Veszprém never won during the rematch, and his hair turned out to be absolutely without excitement.


“We had to fight hard so that in the end there would really be no more excitement. I read that Veszprém played badly, but I do not agree with that. They fought, they fought all the way, and I’m sure if we let him out, we would have been punished. “Luckily this didn’t happen, we concentrated all the way and caught the slice from their sails. They weren’t playing badly, we were very good. ” – added the team captain of MOL-Pick Szeged happily.

It was a potential turning point that the most important key figure of the Szeged game, Bence Bánhidi, received a red card at the end of the first half. Anyone who is constantly watching Juan Carlos Pastor’s team knows that the defense and attacks will be built around the stand by the Spanish master, so the second half promised to be terribly difficult.


“Huhh, now I have to tie my pants – that was my first thought for me too,” Källman said with a wide smile. “In the locker room we said that we are here at the gates of victory, we play better than the opponent, now we must not take it back for a moment, we have to drive Veszprém further. We fought the way we have to in a match like this and we got the result. ”

“I wouldn’t say we brought down a perfect match, but we defended very well and so our goalkeepers were also able to defend more, which also meant that the easy goals came from a run-down. This was the key to victory, because by having to play against Veszprém against a standing wall, they were also under serious time pressure, while we kept our advantage out of the rush. ”

This is not my favorite trophy

Despite the fabulous closing, Källman does not consider the 2021 championship title to be his biggest achievement in Szeged. “The first is always, the most beautiful in everything, so my favorite is the 2018 championship gold medal. It took eleven years for one of the best fan camps in the world, after eleven silver we defeated Veszprém, which was considered to be much more likely. I won’t forget the celebration the way I live, ”the Swedish world-class sighed.


Källman was unable to highlight one of his favorite experiences in Szeged, although there were quite a few defining moments, Kálmánja from Szeged chose a surprising thing from his seven and a half years on the banks of the Tisza after a long thought.

“I loved the dressing room in Szeged the most. Players have come and gone over the years, but the atmosphere in the locker room has remained the same. “It was an island of tranquility [safe space], though he was never calm, the air always glowed a thousand degrees, but if we won, if we lost, we always did it together. We encouraged each other, we supported our peers, a real community developed. ”

Szeged is more than a career station

Jonas Källman arrived at MOL-Pick Szeged in February 2014 after the Spanish star team Atlético Madrid, who split from Ciudad Real, threw in the towel. The player returned home to Sweden for half a year, from where he moved to Szeged in the middle of the season, where he was invited by Juan Carlos Pastor, who had been appointed a few months earlier.


“We made a big decision to move to Hungary, as I was already 32 years old and I had to start a new life in Szeged with a six-month-old baby. We could not have made a better decision. We found a home in the city, we spent fantastic years here, and now it will be extremely difficult to leave Szeged behind. ”

“My younger son was born here, he is third Hungarian, third Swedish and third Spanish, but Szeged is sure to be his home. “The bigger one, in addition to speaking Hungarian much better than Swedish, is bound by his whole life here, he grew up here, here are his friends and schoolmates. It is very difficult for them to move,” said the Swedish class sadly whose departure also revealed strange news.

“I also read that the Hungarian press picked up an interview I gave to a Swedish newspaper, and I would like to state that I am not divorced from Szeged. It’s a simple misrepresentation, nothing more, ”Källman said.

The new hall is the biggest heartache

The Swedish class loved the Újszeged Sports Hall very much, but he does not deny that he would have liked to play in the new arena under construction. Eight thousand Szeged fans will be able to encourage MOL-Pick Szeged in the hall, which will be completed in November as one of the venues of the Hungarian European Championship.


“We’ve been listening for years that the hall will be rebuilding soon, so now that it’s really rebuilding, I won’t be with the team anymore. Pech, because if you have ever experienced the atmosphere of the Szeged hall, you naturally want to experience the same thing in a larger arena, but that’s how life brought it. I take the atmosphere of the Újszeged Sports Hall with me, I have no reason to complain. ”

“As is not the case with the whole Szeged period. I was happy here as a handball player, as a family father and as a citizen of Szeged. “My only problem during my time here was my injuries, as I had to have surgery four times, but I don’t complain. a classic who turns 40 in a day.

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