Monday, April 9, 2007

Andres " Bandy" Zolyomy: The most popular coach

Andres “Bandy” Zolyomy, born in Budapest in 1913, played for MUI and MTK of Budapest. In 1936 he moved to Italy as a player–coach of "Rari Nantes Napoli" and soon in 1938 he became National coach winning the European title in Monte Carlo in 1947. The same year he won the Italian Championships with Canottieri Olona and then he moved to Spain in order to coach CN Barcelona. In 1949 he got married to Carmen Segura.
In Spain he took charge of the National team, starting his Olympic experience in London 1948 followed by Helsinki 1952. After Helsinki he returned to Italy and participated at the Olympics of 1956, 1960 (gold) and 1964. After announcing his retirement, he went back to Spain. He then was convinced to coach the Spanish National team again, participating again in the Olympics of 1968 and 1972. With seven appearances at the Olympic Games, he set up a unique record, becoming the most popular coach in the world of Water Polo. Bandy died in 1992 in Santa Maria de Llorell, a little village of the Costa Brava.
Source: courtesy of Juan Antonio Sierra Puerto

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