Big Changes At Sopron

18.05.2011

4. Zsófia Fegyverneky (Pécs 2010)
Sopron fans might not see a lot of new arrivals this summer, but Hungary captain Zsófia Fegyverneky is definetely an addition to the team they're only too happy to have

Hungary captain Zsófia Fegyverneky has left Pecs 2010 for arch rivals MKB Euroleasing Sopron.

Fegyverneky is one of the big changes at Sopron, who reached the Eighth-Finals of the EuroLeague Women and also came back from a 2-0 deficit to stun Pecs in the Hungarian play-off title series.

News of Fegyverneky's arrival broke on Tuesday night when more than 200 fans showed up at the arena to listen to general manager Zoltán Török and Sopron boss Norbert Székely, who is also the coach of Hungary's national team, reflect on their title-winning season and look ahead.

Török spoke about the financial constraints at the club, which haven't been helped by the worldwide economic crisis that has made it difficult to find sponsors.

Sopron have had to be creative the past few years in how they raise funds to run the club.

The outfit has organized musicals and will in August, for example, have a Miss Saigon production.

The club sold USA international Angel McCoughtry to Fenerbahce shortly before the EuroLeague Women play-offs because it made financial sense and Török spoke again on Tuesday about the need for financial stability.

The most emotional moment of Tuesday evening occurred when young Hungary international Kata Honti was recognized.

Fan favorite Honti, who has only recently signed for Ros Casares, was given a standing ovation for her contributions to the club.

"We wanted to make a team only with Hungarian players, but we had to change this plan a little bit because Kata left for Valencia," Török said.

"But we tried to stay on this way and our roster stays open."

Two of Sopron's most talented players, Tijana Krivacevic and Fanni Szabó, are signed until the summer of 2013 while along with Fegyverneky are newcomers Hanna Zavecz of Australia, who has a Hungarian passport, and former Sopron star Olexandra Gorbunova of Ukraine.

Gorbunova played for Sopron for three seasons and while she was there was named FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year.

She became a mother for the first time in April.

"We are still waiting to announce a player," Török said.

"We have signed her a contract and are only waiting for her signature."

MKB Euroleasing players for 2011-12: Zsófia Fegyverneky, Dia Fűrész, Tímea Czank, Vivien Böröndy, Adrienn Czinder, Hanna Zavecz, Fanni Szabó, Olexandra Gorbunova, Tijana Krivacevic, Petra Vágvölgyi, Dóra Horti, Zsófia Licskai and Kitti Doncsecs.


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