The left-hand giant about his club, his daughters, his future plans and the popularity of water polo.Questions & Answers from the Official Website of the National Team. (www.vlv.hu)
How would you rank the quality of the Hungarian League?, 2. What do you
think about your team’s chances in Hungarian League and in Euro
League?, 3. Do you think the current National Team is capable to win
gold on future world events?, 4. Do you plan to continue in the
National Team after Beijing?
Gergely Kiss: 1. I think the Hungarian League is the world’s 3rd best league, 2. Our 2 main aims are Euro League Final Four
and to win Hungarian League, 3. The national team is very strong, but
of course there are parts in the team play that needs to improve, 4.
I’d like to decide that after Beijing.
I heard that you and your team-mates organize various out-going events. What do you guys usually do?
Gergely Kiss: The most common team programs are e.g. dinners,
going out for a beer, sauna (wellness), movies, occasionally bowling,
What are your favorite RHCP tracks?
Gergely Kiss: I don’t have one favorite track, I could list 20 tracks. But from the new album Dani California and Hump de Bump.
Do you plan to try yourself in any foreign league?
Gergely Kiss: Earlier I played 3 seasons in Italy... it may happen.
Who’s your best friend in the National Team?
Gergely Kiss: I think I’m getting very well with everybody, especially with team-mates from Honved.
What are your girls like?
Thanks for the question. My daughters are like angels. I couldn’t tell
anything more about them, because it would be too partial, although it
would be only factsJ
What do you think about synchronized swimming?
Well, professionally I can’t add anything to it. I hope that we’ll be
in the lead soon and only hear good news about its progress.
What about your Polo School? And how do you deal with the devotion?
The Polo School operates very well. My mother-in-law asked me to let
her run the school, so this way she can help me out. So right now I’m
“off this business”. On devotion: many people recognize me on the
streets, but expect some incidents, I only have positive experiences.
What does it feel to be the Captain of the team? Do you have any extra tasks?
I think that besides the small and big organizing tasks, a Captain’s
work is to strengthen the team spirit and the strive to fight. But
these shouldn’t be overreacted.
Why is it that you and your team can’t make ways in the game?
We played very crappy against Vasas, but luckily we retorted on the
Super Cup, than we beaten Szeged, so the situation is getting better.
old were you when you started playing water polo? What do you like and
dislike in water polo? What is important regarding nutrition?
I was 6 when I started to play, and I was among the most diligent ones.
What I love about water polo, that it’s a team game, you have to drive
for one another. A difficult sport:
water, swimming, ball, tight grasps, team-work. These require stern
attention and work from a player. When I was a kid we had varied
nutrition: meat, fruits, vegetables, fluids etc., and of course few
Cola and chips. What I don’t like is that the people with competence
are unable to make this tough and exciting game more popular by the
rules and advertising.
What do you think about the new team of Eger? What do you think about their odds in the LEN Cup?
The town and the sponsors invest a lot of energy and money to the team,
and now they have every chance to win LEN Cup. It’s a shame that there
aren’t 3 Hungarian teams in the Euro League.
What do you think about the other top teams (Szeged, Eger, Vasas)? What are they LEN Cup chances?
I’d like Eger and Szeged to meet at the very end in the LEN Cup. Just
like Vasas and us in the Euro League, after we made it from our group.
The Hungarian League is “4-partied” now. There’ll be excitement till
spring, than the picture will be clearer.
question was already asked from Tamas Kasas, but now I ask you: do you
think the team is able to re-new and develop in play, physicality and
mentally? Is there any “secret weapon” that has never been used before?
You can always improve. If we can mixture the composed and mature play
with extreme drive, than a very nice summer is awaiting for the water
polo fans. Secret weapons can only be small things. The game today is
well build-up in tactics, technicality and physicality. No one expects
huge new things from their opponents.
do you think needs to be done in water polo, so mass of spectaculars
would be present on Club games? If an opponent commits a sneak
malpractice against someone that’s not recompensed by the referees, do
you note the person? Are there any hidden punishment to make him stop?
For the mass of spectaculars at water polo games need to have
marketing, change of rules, young dynamism in the international board,
attract more cities for the games…etc. There can be numerous “under
water answers” for these, I’ve never used any of it.
Would you like your girls to play water polo?
I don’t want my daughters to do the same sport where their father was
acknowledged, except if they really hold on to it and they convince me.
What was the most memorable game of your life?
Gergely Kiss: The positive ones – 2 Olympic Finals, gold medal at World Championship, 2 won Euro League and my first success in game (junior European Championships…etc.). The negative ones – Junior European Championships Final in 1996, 3 silver medals at World Championships, Hungarian League final last year.
was the most difficult to play on the screen: the Russian player in the
movie ‘Szabadsag, szerelem’ or ‘Superman’ in the commercial?
Gergely Kiss: As the director has the possibility to make corrections on these filmings, I don’t think so it was that difficult.
1. What are your plans for your civil life? 2. Do you point your daughters towards professional sport? 3. What do you think about the women water polo?
1. Couple of years in water polo only on club level, legal career, own
business – these are realistic aims, 2. I’d like my daughters to do
some sports, but I won’t force them, 3. The women water polo improved a
lot, but more work needs to be done on “popularity” both with women and
Why are the Serbians stronger than the Hungarians?
They have super leg work. Defense is the main thing for them ever since
junior level. Therefore they play a rather grey and safety game.
What is the prestige in winning the Super Cup? Are there any players you would like to play together in the future?
Super Cup is important as the press and tv coverage help in
popularizing water polo. For us it’s a game where will can test
ourselves. There are many good players I’ve never played together, but
I haven’t really thought about names.
What can be figured out for Beijing?
I’d leave the professional part for Denes Kemeny. But one thing is
sure: against a Serbian team who failed on two Olympics and adding
Croatia, Spain, Montenegro etc. anyone will only have the chance if
they play with huge e’lan, good routine.
Who are the world’s 5 best players?
I don’t like these name it/choose it kind of questions. More over, in
the last couple of years there are 4-5 key players with the same skills
in the world’s best 4-5 teams, and not 1-2 aces in each teams.
What do you like most and less in trainings?
Gergely Kiss: There are few players who like to swim, and I’m not among them. I like anything else in trainings but swimming.
long do you plan to play? How can you prepare for the games with so few
free days? What techniques do you develop for major games?
I’d like to play for 5-6 years more. We have to use every given free
time totally, even if it’s only 1-2 hours. Honved beaten Vasas and
Szeged during 1 week, so I guess now the opponents should think about
Why can’t you use more your great physical build up and strength?
There’s ratio in the question. They’re situations indeed, when we
should be more fighters, but it’s not only about mill. And let alone,
no one should be worried about me as a fighter.