Karl Erik Bøhn was announced as Hungary’s new national team coach at a press conference in Budapest Tuesday afternoon.
Karl Erik Bøhn moved to Hungary earlier this autumn together with Heidi Løke, who now plays for Györ, after he was released from his contract with Larvik HK in the middle of the season. The reason for this was apparently his relationship to Heidi Løke which at that time played for Larvik HK.
I´m in Hungary since seven weeks and I´m not speaking the Hungarian language yet, but I´ll give my best to improve my knowledge. It´s a great honor to become national team coach and I look forward to the challenge. The most highest position in a coach´s career is the one of a national team coach. My aim is to unite the handball style of Hungary and Norway. It´ll be very exciting to work on this. So far, I´m impressed about Hungary´s handball, especially about training times of the juniors and seniors, they train 8-10 times per week, the new national team coach Karl Erik Bøhn said at the pressconference in Budapest.
Karl Erik Bøhn has asked Bea Siti to be his assistant coach, but she has to be released from the contract with her club Cornexi.
Beáta Siti, born 23 September 1973 in Nagykanizsa, is a former Hungarian team handball player. Olympic medalist and the current technical director of Alcoa FKC.
She received a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
She has been elected to Hungarian Handballplayer of the Year twice, in 1998 and 1999.
Hungary that have been one of the top national teams in Europe for a long time did not qualify for the upcoming world championship in Brasil in December 2011. This was disappointing for the Hungarian federation and some changes had to come.
– After the unsuccessfully World Championship qualifying, we wanted to find a coach who can lead back our national team to the elite of world handball. Who can bring successes and good performance for us on international level. Karl Erik will focus on qualifying to all available championships, including the Olympic Games. His contract ends after 2016 Rio OL.
We have arranged and will settle down in his contract that if Heidi (Løke) will choose another club in the future, it won’t influence Karl Erik’s job, president of the Hungarian federation, Iván Vetési stated at the pressconference in Budapest.