Euro 2016 Group F Preview: Hungary

Hungary head to a first European Championships since 1974 and it is going to take a big ask for Bernd Storck’s side to duplicate their success of over 40 years ago. How far will Hungary go at Euro 2016?

This is Hungary's image: skysports.com

This is Hungary’s first European Championships since 1972
image: skysports.com

History

Hungary head to a third European Championship but it is their first appearance at the finals in 44 years.

In their last European Championships in 1972, Hungary finished in fourth place after defeat by hosts Belgium in a third-placed play-off, but they did get the bronze medal in 1964 with a third-placed play-off victory over Denmark.

Key Player

Balazs Dzsudzsak was Hungary's player of the year in 2010 image: rte.ie

Balazs Dzsudzsak was Hungary’s player of the year in 2010
image: rte.ie

Bursaspor winger Balazs Dzsudzsak is key to this Hungary team, as they will look to their captain’s attacking threat and set-piece skills to cause a few upsets at Euro 2016.

The 29-year-old made 22 appearances for Turkish side Busaspor last season but it was at first club Debrecen and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven where he enjoyed his biggest success, with three Hungarian league titles and an Eredivisie title among his accomplishments.

Dzsudzsak  has been an influential player in the Hungary side for ten years with 18 goals in over 70 appearances and his main threat will be cutting in off the right-wing and using his left foot to whip in a cross or shoot at goal.

One to Watch 

Newcastle fans may or may not remember left-back Tamas Kadar, but the 26-year-old has been immense for Hungary in qualifying and he will hope to keep up his good run of form for his country in France.

Tamas Kadar played just 18 senior games in five years at Newcastle image: gettyimages.com

Tamas Kadar played just 18 senior games in five years at Newcastle
image: gettyimages.com

It never really happened for Kadar at Newcastle but since leaving the Magpies in 2012, he has grown and improved a lot as a footballer with him becoming a key man with Diosgyor before moving to Lech Poznan in 2014, making 44 appearances for the Polish side last season.

He has made 30 appearances for Hungary and kept six clean sheets in qualifying and not only does he give you strength at the back, he can also shoot down the left-wing and create an opportunity for a teammate to strike at goal.

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: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg).

Strikers: Adám Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (Al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros).

Hungary's best result at the Euros was third place in 1964 image: eurosport.com

Hungary’s best result at the Euros was third place in 1964
image: eurosport.com

Prediction: Group Stages

Hungary head to their first major tournament in 30 years and while they were a strong side back then, this Hungary team does not match up to them, so I think their stay in France will be a short one.

They finished third in qualifying in a very easy group with Northern Ireland and Romania ahead of them, before seeing off Norway in a play-off. They didn’t get the worse possible group but it will take a lot of hard work and effort to reach the knock-out stages.

Striker Adam Szalai, winger Dzsudzsak and former Newcastle man Kadar are among the important players for Bernd Storck’s side but I think it is going to be a struggle for Hungary and might even fail to pick up a single point.

Hungary’s Fixtures

14 Jun v Austria (1700)

18 Jun v Portugal (2000)

22 Jun v Portugal(1700)

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