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HUN Team Profile

Having played in seven finals and 18 semifinals, yet only retaining two titles - at the 1965 World Championships and 2000 European Championships - Hungary often falls short of their abilities and expectations. New coach and Technical Director for the Hungarian Handball Federation, Janos Hajdu, will attempt to bring Hungary beyond their past. In 2008, their star slated roster begins with dazzling performer and 2005 World Handball Player of the Year, Anita Gorbitz. Hungary's number one goalie since 1997, Katalin Palinger, has remarkable reflexes and is eager to create fast break opportunities.

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In Olympic handball, the 12 men's teams and 12 women's teams are split into two groups by random draw. An Olympic handball team's roster comprises 15 players.

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