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Hungary hire Marco Rossi as coach to replace Georges Leekens

Hungary have named former Brescia defender Marco Rossi to replace Belgian Georges Leekens as national team coach, the country's Football Association (HFA) announced on Tuesday.

The Italian coach, 53, has a two-year deal and his task is to take the 1938 and 1954 World Cup finalists to the Euro 2020 tournament, when Hungary will host four matches.

Leekens was appointed last October but failed to make an impact as Hungary lost three and drew one of their friendly games, with the HFA saying in a statement...

George Leekens appointed as new manager of Hungary

George Leekens
George Leekens has taken over the Hungary national team.

Former Belgium and Algeria coach George Leekens was appointed Hungary manager on Monday.

The Hungarian Football Federation gave Leekens a two-year contract to the end of qualifying for the 2020 European Championship, with the option of a six-month extension if the team qualify.

The federation said Leekens will assume his post after Hungary's two friendlies in November, when the team will be led by interim coach Zoltan Szelesi. Former coach Bernd Storck left the job two weeks ago.

"I can't guarantee...

Hungary part ways with Bernd Storck after failing to reach World Cup

Bernd Storck
Bernd Storck qualified Hungary to Euro 2016 but not the 2018 World Cup.

The Hungarian Football Federation says Bernd Storck is out as coach of the national team, which he led to the 2016 European Championship, its first appearance there in 44 years.

Despite that high point, Hungary failed to advance to the 2018 World Cup, which included a crushing loss in qualifying to Andorra.

Hungary last participated in the World Cup in 1986 in Mexico.

Storck, from Germany, was also the federation sporting director and took over the top team in July 2015, compiling a record of eight...