Kalman Markovits was one of the cleverest and fastest water polo players to compete for Hungary, a country that has dominated the sport of water polo for decades.
Markovits was on Hungary's Olympic gold medal teams of 1952 and 1956. At the 1960 Olympics, the Hungarian team took a bronze. Kalman Markovits played on the 1954, 1958 and 1962 gold medal European Championship teams. He played in 137 international competitions for his native country.
After retiring from playing, Markovits coached the 1968 Hungarian Olympic team to a bronze medal and won the Europe Cup and Super World Cup that same year. After Mexico 1968 he moved to Mexico training the Mexican national team for almost 10 years. In 1978 he moved to Spain and became coach of CN Barcelona winning on 1981 the European Club Championship. In 1985 he coached the Spanish National team and then he made his way home to Hungary and the Hungarian National Team.