Hungary are marking their FIVB World Grand Prix debut this year, after winning the gold medal at the 2016 European League.
They were a force to be reckoned with in the 1970s and 1980s, when they won a silver medal at the 1975 European Championship, followed by bronze 1977, 1981 and 1983, though they have not been anywhere near the podium since then. Hungary competed at the Olympic Games three times, finishing 5th in Munich 1972. They narrowly missed out on Olympic medals when they lost in the third place playoffs 3-1 to Korea in Montreal 1976 and 3-2 to Bulgaria in Moscow 1980. Their best finish in six FIVB World Championship appearances is fourth from 1970, though they haven’t qualified to the competition since 1982.