|08 January 2012|
|László Rátgéber will lead Hungary in their attempt to qualify for EuroBasket 2013|
Hungary have put the country´s hugely successful women´s coach, Laszlo Ratgeber, in charge of the men´s national team.
Ratgeber, a nine-time Hungarian league and cup champion with former club MiZo-Pecs, will attempt to lead the men into EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.
The Hungarians played in the Additional Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2011 but finished third behind Finland and Portugal.
They have not played in a Final Round of a EuroBasket since 1999.
"My goal and dream is to take the Hungarian boys to the 2013 European Championship," Ratgeber said.
"That would be extremely good because a lot of fans can come to neighboring Slovenia to watch the games."
Ratgeber has been one of the most prominent coaches without a job since the end of the last club season.
He had spent the 2010-11 campaign at the helm of Fenerbahce in Turkey.
Ratgeber had a successful stint there, as well as at Sparta&K Moscow Region - a team he led to the EuroLeague Women crown in 2009.
Since parting ways with Fenerbahce, Ratgeber has been focusing on the development of his basketball academy in his hometown of Pecs.
Making the switch from the women´s game to the men´s has not been a problem for Gundars Vetra, who left UMMC Ekaterinburg after last season to coach BK Ventspils in the Latvian top flight and the EuroChallenge.
Long-time Bourges coach Pierre Vincent also accepted an offer last summer to lead the ASVEL Villeurbanne Lyon men in France, and the Eurocup.
Vincent guided France to the EuroBasket Women 2009 gold medal and will this summer attempt to steer them into the London Games when they compete at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Istanbul.
Hungary are fallen giants in the men´s game.
Despite having been absent from the big stage for a long time, they did win the European title in 1955.
Ratgeber is still free to coach a club side since the national team position is not a full-time job.