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Magyars enter tournament on unbeaten streak

Group A preview: Hungary

2024/06/07 10:50
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Hungary have previous when it comes to Euro success having finished third in 1964 and fourth in 1972, and the Magyars will hope to rekindle past glories in Germany. 

One of six teams unbeaten in qualifying (alongside Portugal, England, France, Belgium and Romania) Marko Rossi's side are at their third straight Euros. 

With Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai a potential star of the tournament, Hungary look well-placed to reach the knockout stages. 

To get the lowdown on the Magyars ahead of the Euros, we chatted with Alex Ohari from X account Hungarian Football who talked us through Hungary's main players and their chances out in Germany. 

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros and the 24 nations competing in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

Without question, Hungary's main man is their skipper Dominik Szoboszlai. Given license to roam by coach Rossi, the Liverpool man has the freedom to drop deep to receive the ball in transition, as well as bomb forward. 

Also on set-piece duties, the most expensive Hungarian in history is essential to the Magyars' chances and it was Szoboszlai's brace versus Montenegro back in November, which secured his team’s qualification to these Euros.


Hungary's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
Hungary
Paksi
Goalkeeper
Hungary
Ferencváros
Goalkeeper
Germany
RB Leipzig
Defender
Italy
Parma
Defender
Germany
SC Freiburg
Defender
Cyprus
Omonia
Defender
Germany
RB Leipzig
Defender
Hungary
Ferencváros
Defender
Switzerland
Servette
Defender
England
Bournemouth
Defender
Hungary
Puskás Akadémia FC
Defender
France
Le Havre
Defender
Hungary
MOL Fehérvár FC
Defender
Germany
Hertha BSC
Midfielder
England
Sunderland
Midfielder
Hungary
Kecskeméti TE
Midfielder
England
Liverpool
Midfielder
Italy
Spezia
Midfielder
Germany
1. FC Union Berlin
Midfielder
Croatia
Hajduk Split
Midfielder
Hungary
MTK
Midfielder
USA
Philadelphia Union
Forward
Hungary
Újpest FC
Forward
South Korea
Ulsan Hyundai
Forward
Hungary
Ferencváros
Forward
Germany
SC Freiburg
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

With Man City prospect Zalán Vancsa just missing out, the Hungarian youngster to watch is Torino's Krisztofer Horváth. The 22-year old attacking midfielder registered 12 goals and nine assists on loan at Kecskemét TE in the Hungarian top flight this season.

Tipped to feature in Torino's plans moving forward, the Euros represent a huge stage for Horváth to show what he can do. Technically adept and excellent at linking attacks, he will probably feature off the bench.


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Wildcard

Avid watchers of previous Euro tournaments may remember central midfielder László Kleinheisler for his man-of-the-match displays against Austria at Euro 2016 and France at Euro 2020. 

Although lacklustre club form and injury issues may see “Lacika” operating off the bench, his work rate, ball recovery and progressive play make him an attractive back-up option. Renowned as a ´big game' player, he could make a difference in Germany even if no longer a starter.


Opinion

Undefeated in 14 matches dating back to September 2022, Hungary are a real dark horse.

Over the past two years, they have handed England their biggest home defeat (4-0) since 1928, and won away in Germany and Serbia. Marco Rossi has instilled belief and a strong mentality alongside an efficient counter-attacking style of play. 

Hungary have a knack of raising their level against good opposition and I believe they will qualify for the knockout rounds. I would also back them to compete against whoever they face in the last 16. Watch out!


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2024-06-07 12h07m by hturnerford
Playing for RB Salzburg, he&
2024-06-07 11h29m by ocollinsworth
The young midfielder is already making a name for himself at RB Leipzig and has shown his quality on the international stage as well. As a fan of Hungary, I am excited to see how he performs at the Euros and believe he will be crucial to our success. Despite being a relatively young team, I have high hopes for Hungary and believe we have what it takes to make it to the knockout stages.
2024-06-07 11h11m by jgibsonson
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2024-06-07 11h02m by eedwards
He has had a great season with Liverpool and has been a key player for Hungary in the past. His performance at Euro 2020 will be crucial for Hungary's success.



As a Hungarian football fan, I'm excited to see what our team can do at Euro 2020. With players like Dominik Szoboszlai leading the way, we have a strong chance of making it to the knockout stages. Can't wait for the tournament to start!
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