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Serbo-Hungarian Collaboration on the Rise

Serbo-Hungarian Collaboration on the Rise

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BELGRADE/BUDAPEST A growing number of Serbian junior prospects have recently moved to Hungary's capital Budapest. With the cooperation between the two neighbours growing at all levels, Serbia hope it can give its domestic game a much welcomed boost.

From the centrally-located seventh district of Hungary's capital Budapest, Slavic voices ring out in the air as another day comes to an end at the Nikola Tesla school with students dispersing from its gates. Named after the country's world-famous inventor, the pulling power of this Serbian school has of late played an influential role in attracting the next generation of Serbian hockey stars to the city for an education both on and off the ice.

A glance at the rosters of Serbia's junior national teams during last year's IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group B reveal telling facts: Nine out of 22 players from the Serbian roster at the tournament played for clubs from Budapest, while the respective figure for the U18's roster was seven. Eight players joined the team currently competing at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group B in Jaca, Spain, from club teams in Budapest.

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