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András Gyöngyösi new Spandau Berlin head coach

German record-champion Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 announced a spectacular deal on Friday. The well-known Hungarian coach András Gyöngyösi, who led the team of Debrecen in the domestic league and Euro Cup for most of this season, will take over the four-time European Cup winners in the 1980s next season, succeeding Serbian Nebojsa Novoselac after seven years in Berlin. Novoselac took over the German national team at the beginning of this year and announced his resignation as Spandau-coach at the end of the season. The national dominating force won six of six national championships and five of six national cup titles so far and is still going for the double in the current season. German experts were already wondering about a Novoselac successor as there seemed no real candidate on the German market. Spandau-president Hagen Stamm, former German national coach and an opponent of Gyöngyösi during their time as players, was visibly happy about the transfer. "We have to think big, especially in the case of the national team," the German water polo legend said after the announcement of the transfer. Gyöngyösi, who was in the race to succeed Denes Kemeny as the Hungarian national team head coach but eventually saw Tibor Benedek getting the job, looks forward to this new challenge: ''It's a great honour for me to be the new head coach of the Spandau-team from September. The club has an excellent reputation in Hungary and I look forward to work in this top environment in European water polo'', he stated.

Pictured: András Gyöngyösi in action as Debrecen-coach earlier this season. Both sides parted ways early February.

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