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Sándor Kaló

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSándor•Kaló
Used nameSándor•Kaló
Born16 March 1944 in Egyek (HUN)
Died28 January 2020 in Budapest (HUN)
Measurements187 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsTatabányai SC, Tatabánya (HUN)
NOC Hungary


The most successful years of handball player Sándor Kaló’s career were spent with Tatabánya, helping them to win their first ever Hungarian championship in 1974 and winning it again in 1978 and 1979. He was also a member of the team that won their first Hungarian Cup in 1969, and again in 1978, when they completed the double. Kaló made his international début in 1965 and went on to win 130 caps in 13 years. At the 1972 Munich Olympics, he scored 14 goals in six games as the team finished eighth. He also participated in the 1967 and 1970 World Championships. In 1967 Kaló was the Hungarian “Player of the Year” and in 1967 and 1969 was the League’s top scorer.

After ending his playing career, Kaló worked as a coach, and with his guidance, Veszprém captured their first ever League title in 1985 and then won it on two more occasions, in 1987 and 1998. Kaló also led them to Hungarian Cup wins in 1984, 1988-89 and 1998. He spent four years in Kuwait and one in Várpalota, but always returned to Veszprém. Between 1993-95, Kaló was head coach of the Hungarian national team. They finished seventh at the 1994 European Championship, and participated in World Championship the following year.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Handball HUN Sándor Kaló
Handball, Men (Olympic) Hungary 8