Euro 2016 Group F

Hungary

14 June – Austria (5pm GMT, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)
18 June – Iceland (5pm GMT, Stade Velodrome, Marseille)
22 June – Portugal (5pm GMT, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon)

Hungary travel to Euro 2016 hoping to emulate the exploits of their teams of the past, Ian Kerr writes.

Hungary for Success

The recent revival of the Hungarian national team will see them participate in this Summer’s European Championships 30 years since appearing in a major tournament, their last being at the 1986 World Cup.
Hungary finished third in Group F behind Northern Ireland and Romania. A third place finish saw the Hungarians take on Norway in the qualification play-offs, who they beat 3-1 on aggregate.
The ‘Mighty Magyars’ were at one time European and World football giants, finishing as runners-up in the 1938 and 1954 World Cups. The golden age but it would be a mistake to rule out the Hungarians.

Coach: Bernd Storck – A former defender with Borussia Dortmund in the 1980’s, the German took over from Pal Dardai in July 2015 after Dardai moved to Hertha Berlin. Hungary have won three, drew three and lost just once under the 53-year-old in seven games.

Preferred XI: Kiraly; Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kadar; Elek, Nagy; Dzsudzsak, Gera, Stieber; Priskin

38-year-old Gabor Kiraly leads the team and will become his country’s record appearance holder if he plays just one more game. In midfield Akos Elek and Adam Nagy will protect the defence with the attacking onus in the team represented by captain Balazs Dzsudzsak, veteran Zoltan Gera and frontman Tamas Priskin.

Look out for: Players to look out for include tracksuit-wearing goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly formerly of Crystal Palace and former Watford and Ipswich Town striker Tamas Priskin. The fact that these two are the team’s most recognisable players is indicative of a fairly uninspiring team that scored just 11 goals in 10 qualifying matches prior to beating Norway in the play-offs.

Did you know?

  • Hungary’s top goal-scorers through qualifying and the play-offs were Tamas Priskin, Krisztian Nemeth and Daniel Bode with two goals each.
  • In two appearances at the Euro Championships the Mighty Magyars have finished third(1964) and fourth(1972).
  • Legendary striker Ferenc Puskas still holds the top scorer record for Hungary with 84 goals in 85 appearances from 1945-1956.

Hungary versus…

… Austria P 136 W 66 D 30 L 40 F 297 A 252
… Iceland P 10 W 7 D 0 L 3 F 21 A 10
… Portugal P 10 W 0 D 3 L 7 F 7 A 23

Stats

Population: 9.9m
Nicknames: The Magyars, Nemzeti Tizenegy
Calcio fans might remember... Gergely Rudolf – Genoa (2010-2012) Bari (2011)
Top Division: Nemzeti Bajnoksagl I (NBI Hungarian League)
Fifa World Ranking: 18
International honours: None
Most capped player: Jozsef Bozsik (101), Gabor Kiraly (101)
Leading international scorer: Ferenc Puskas (84)
Hungary at the European Championships:

1960 – Did not qualify
1964 – Third place
1968 – Did not qualify
1972 – Fourth place
1976 – Did not qualify
1980 – Did not qualify
1984 – Did not qualify
1988 – Did not qualify
1992 – Did not qualify
1996 – Did not qualify
2000 – Did not qualify
2004 – Did not qualify
2008 – Did not qualify
2012 – Did not qualify

How they got to Euro 2016: Defeated Norway in the play-offs after coming third in Group F.