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Euro 2016

Hungary exit with bright future


Euro 2016 team preview: Hungary hope to rediscover past glories

Group F: Portugal | Iceland | Austria | Hungary

Hungary's name is a romantic one in football, but they have struggled in recent years, as this is their first major tournament since 1986. That alone is enough to keep the public happy for now, and progress from the group stage would be seen as a major achievement.

How they qualified: Via playoffs

Hungary finished third in Group F, which was probably the weakest of the qualifying lineups. They faced Norway in the playoffs and performed superbly in both legs to win 1-0 in Oslo and 2-1 at home, with the highlight being a marvelous goal from ex-Watford and Ipswich striker Tamas Priskin.

How they'll proceed:

Although they have a reasonable mix of promise and experience, it is hard to see Hungary possessing the ingenuity to make the knockout phase. A win in the Austria or Iceland games will like be necessary to keep their hopes alive leading up to their matchup with the Portuguese.

TBD by Editor
Hungary last played in a European Championship in 1972.

Predicted lineup:

(4-3-3); GK: Gabor Kiraly; DF: Attila Fiola, Richard Guzmics, Adam Lang, Tamas Kadar; MF: Adam Nagy, Krisztian Nemeth, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Akos Elek, Balazs Dzsudszak; FW: Adam Szalai.

Key player: Balazs Dzsudzsak

Hungary's captain is primarily a left winger with an eye for goal, and he has scored 17 times in 75 caps. He is one of few players on the squad who has been decisive at the international level before and netted a famous equaliser in the qualifying draw with rivals Romania.

Manager: Bernd Storck

The German, who previously coached Kazakhstan and was an assistant at Borussia Dortmund, succeeded Pal Dardai in July 2015. Storck finished the job his predecessor had started by leading Hungary to a famous playoff success amid emotional scenes.


June 14 vs. Austria (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)

June 18 vs. Iceland (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseilleis)

June 22 vs. Portugal (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade de Lyon, Lyon)

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