In our Hungary: Euro 2016 team preview, we review Hungary’s schedule and squad as well as making a preview of how far they’ll advance in the tournament.
Hungary: Euro 2016 team preview:
Manager: Bernd Storck
Captain: Balazs Dzsudzsak
Hungary: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Tuesday, June 14
Saturday, June 18
Wednesday, June 22
Hungary: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly (Haladas), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig).
Defenders: Attila Fiola (Puskas Akademia), Barnabas Bese (MTK), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Roland Juhasz (Videoton), Adam Lang (Videoton), Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Mihaly Korhut (Debrecen).
Midfielders: Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg).
Forwards: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Adám Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros).
Hungary: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Formerly the most feared football nation on the planet during the days of the iconic Golden Team in the 1950s, those from Hungary are now just contented to see their team back in a major tournament once again.
It’s the first time since the 1986 World Cup they’ve been involved in a summer showpiece and remarkably, 44 years since they last made it to the finals of their continental competition. But after overcoming Norway impressively in the playoffs, they’ve benefitted from the expansion of the competition and will be keen to show what they can do in France.
Admittedly, it’s not a list of players that’ll strike fear into the hearts of their group stage opponents. Former Premier League stars Gabor Kiraly—set to become the nation’s record appearance-maker at the tournament—and Zoltan Gera, despite being well past their very best, remain key men in the squad. Skipper Dzsudzak is their biggest threat going forward.
They do have a lot of resilience, though, with Storck galvanising this group to battle for every ball and go toe-to-toe with their opponents, traits that have been scarce in recent Hungary teams. Their two wins over Norway—1-0 away from home and 2-1 in the return leg—epitomised the togetherness that’s got them so far.