Hungary national football team

Hungary national football team

The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation. It has a rich and proud pedigree in the game and a rightful place in football annals as one of the first original footballing nations in continental Europe and an innovator in the sport in the 1950s. In recent times the team's strength has diminished greatly, failing to qualify for any major tournament since 1986. However they hold the record for going the most number of consecutive games unbeaten-32, a record which still stands today.

The Golden Team (aka The Magical Magyars)

Hungarian football is best known for one of the most formidable and influential sides in football history, which revolutionized the play of the game. Centered around the dynamic and potent quartet of strikers Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, attacking half-back József Bozsik and withdrawn striker Nándor Hidegkuti, the "Aranycsapat" (Hung. lit Golden Team) of the "Magnificent Magyars", captivated the football world with an exciting brand of play drawn from new tactical nuances and amassed, barring the 1954 World Cup Final, a remarkable record of 43 victories, 7 ties, and no defeats from the 15th of June 1952 to the end of its historic unbeaten run on February 18th 1956. Hungary has the unique distinction of posting the highest ever Elo football rating of 2173 points in June (1954) along with the second highest with 2153 (1956); surpassing that of Brazil, England, Argentina and Germany in all-time competition.

The Hungarians were runners-up twice in the World Cup, losing to Italy 4–2 in 1938 and 3–2 to West Germany in 1954, despite beating them 8–3 earlier in the competition. The team, built around the legendary Ferenc Puskás, led early 2–0 in that match, but ended up 3–2 losers in a game the Germans subsequently christened "The Miracle of Bern". Two highly controversial calls surround this final game: firstly when Puskas apparently equalized the match in the 89th minute only to have the goal disallowed for offside, the second being a blatant foul on Kocsis in the penalty area which would have given Hungary a penalty in the final minute.

Hungary has won gold at the Olympic three times, in 1952, 1964, and 1968. The under-23 team, which was the age limit for Olympic teams, won the UEFA U-23 Championship in 1974. Since the 1976 reshuffle by UEFA, the under-23s are now classified with the under-21s.

Records

The match between Austria and Hungary in Vienna in 1902 was the first international match played between two non-British European countries.

Hungary was the first team from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to beat England at home, famously winning 6–3 at Wembley on November 25, 1953. This victory had worldwide significance as it effectively ended England's 90 year old mythical reign since the creation of association football in 1863 against all sides outside the United Kingdom and Ireland. They beat England 7–1, this time in Budapest a year later, in 1954. This still ranks as England's record defeat.

Hungary holds the longest consecutive run of matches unbeaten with 33 international games between 14 May 1950 and 4 July 1954, when they lost the World Cup final to Germany. Argentina and Spain jointly hold the second longest string of 31 unbeaten matches (Argentina from 1991 to 1993 and Spain from 1994 to 1998).

After the Golden Team

Hungary remained a force in European football for two to three decades after the era of the "Magnificent Magyars". Reaching the quarter-finals of both 1962 and 1966 World Cups, Hungary was blessed with a dazzling array of talent including Lajos Tichy, Ferenc Bene, Flórián Albert, János Farkas, Gyula Rákosi, Zoltán Varga, János Göröcs, Károly Sándor and Máté Fenyvesi. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Championship in 1964 and 1972.

Returning to the World Cup in 1978 and 1982, Hungary did not reach the same heights but nonetheless performed respectably—indeed, the talents of László Fazekas, Tibor Nyilasi and László Kiss inspired Hungary to a 10–1 win over El Salvador in 1982, which remains a World Cup record. The 1986 World Cup is seen by many fans as the final confirmation of Hungary's decline. Expectations were very high, but poor performances in defeats to the Soviet Union and France were a bitter blow, despite the presence of talent like Lajos Détári. Since then, Hungary has continued to produce fine individual talent- notably Béla Illés and Krisztián Lisztes – but further success as a team has eluded them.

Most recently, in Euro 2004 qualifiers, Hungary found themselves within sight of qualification with two games remaining, but was scuppered by defeats to Latvia and Poland.

Modern times

Today, Hungary are a lesser force and haven't qualified for a World Cup since 1986, or for the European Championship finals since 1972.

Euro Cup '80 Qualifying

They finished 2nd in their group behind Greece.

1–2 Finland (in Finland)
2–0 U.S.S.R. (in Hungary)
1–4 Greece (in Greece)
0–0 Greece (in Hungary)
2–2 U.S.S.R. (in U.S.S.R.)
3–1 Finland (in Hungary)

Euro Cup '84 Qualifying

They finished 4th out of 5 positions.

6–2 Luxembourg (in Luxembourg)
6–2 Luxembourg (in Hungary)
0–2 England (in Hungary)
2–3 Greece (in Hungary)
1–3 Denmark (in Denmark)
0–3 England (in England)
1–0 Denmark (in Hungary)
2–2 Greece (in Greece)

Euro Cup '88 Qualifying

They came in 3rd out of 5 positions (behind Holland & Greece).

0–1 Holland (in Hungary)
1–2 Greece (in Greece)
1–0 Cyprus (in Hungary)
0–2 Holland (in Holland)
5–3 Poland (in Hungary)
2–3 Poland (in Poland)
3–0 Greece (in Hungary)
1–0 Cyprus (in Cyprus)

Euro Cup '92 Qualifying

They came 4th out of 5 positions, only being over Cyprus.

0–0 Norway (in Norway)
1–1 Italy (in Hungary)
4–2 Cyprus (in Hungary)
2–0 Cyprus (in Cyprus)
0–1 Russia (in Hungary)
1–3 Italy (in Italy)
2–2 Russia (in Russia)
0–0 Norway (in Hungary)

Euro Cup '96 Qualifying

They came in 4th out of 5, only getting over Iceland.

2–2 Turkey (in Hungary)
0–2 Sweden (in Sweden)
2–2 Switzerland (in Hungary)
1–0 Sweden (in Hungary)
1–2 Iceland (in Iceland)
0–2 Turkey (in Turkey)
0–3 Switzerland (in Switzerland)
1–0 Iceland (in Hungary)

Euro Cup 2000 Qualifying

This campaign ended with Hungry in fourth place, the team finishing ahead of only minnows Azerbaijan & Liechtenstein.

1–3 Portugal (in Hungary)
4–0 Azerbaijan (in Azerbaijan)
1–1 Romania (in Hungary)
5–0 Liechtenstein (in Hungary)
0–0 Slovakia (in Slovakia)
0–2 Romania (in Romania)
0–1 Slovakia (in Hungary)
0–0 Liechtenstein (in Liechtenstein)
3–0 Azerbaijan (in Hungary)
0–3 Portugal (in Portugal)

The same thing happened in the World Cup 2002 qualifiers, when they trailed after Italy, Romania and Georgia, and in the Euro 2004 qualifiers, where they were surpassed by Sweden, Latvia and Poland. In the World Cup 2006 qualifiers they finished fourth after Croatia, Sweden and Bulgaria. The Euro 2008 qualifiers did not provide much cheer, as they ended sixth in their group, even dropping a match to unfancied Malta. On August 22, 2007, they surprisingly upset world champions Italy in a friendly game, beating them 3–1 at Puskás Ferenc Stadium in Budapest. This resulted in Hungary becoming the Unofficial Football World Champions.

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Did Not Enter
1934 Quarter-Finals 6 2 1 0 1 5 4
1938 Final 2 4 3 0 1 15 5
1950 Did Not Enter
1954 Final 2 5 4 0 1 27 10
1958 Round 1 10 4 1 1 2 7 5
1962 Quarter-Finals 5 4 2 1 1 8 3
1966 Quarter-Finals 6 4 2 0 2 8 7
1970 Did Not Qualify
1974 Did Not Qualify
1978 Round 1 15 3 0 0 3 3 8
1982 Round 1 14 3 1 1 1 12 6
1986 Round 1 18 3 1 0 2 2 9
1990 Did Not Qualify
1994 Did Not Qualify
1998 Did Not Qualify
2002 Did Not Qualify
2006 Did Not Qualify
Total 9/18 2 Finals 32 15 3 14 87 57
''**Silver background color indicates second place finish in the tournament.

UEFA European Football Championship record

  • 1960Did not enter
  • 1964 – Third place
  • 1968Did not qualify
  • 1972 – Fourth place
  • 1976 to 2008Did not qualify

FIFA World Cup qualification (Group 1)

Matches 2008

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Hungary scorers Attendance
2008-02-06 Limasol Slovakia 1–1 Friendly Gera 100
2008-03-26 ZTE Arena Slovenia 0–1 Friendly 6 000
2008-05-24 Stadium Puskás Ferenc Greece 3–2 Friendly Dzsudzsák, Juhász, Vadócz 7 000
2008-05-31 Ferenc Szusza Stadium Croatia 1–1 Friendly Niko Kovac(og) 10 000
2008-08-20 Stadium Puskás Ferenc Montenegro 3–3 Friendly Priskin, Hajnal(2) 1 500
2008-09-06 Stadium Puskás Ferenc Denmark 0–0 FIFA World Cup qual. 19 000
2008-09-10 Råsunda Sweden 1–2 FIFA World Cup qual. Rudolf 28 000
2008-10-11 Stadium Puskás Ferenc Albania 2–0 FIFA World Cup qual. Torghelle, Juhász 15 000
2008-10-15 Ta' Qali Stadium Malta FIFA World Cup qual.
2008-11-19 Northern Ireland Friendly

Last match

Next match

Hungary squad

Current squad

(for FIFA World Cup qualification Albania and Malta in October)

Caps and goals as of game against Albania on 11 October 2008, .Goalkeepers

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Gábor Babos October 241974 (age 33) NEC Nijmegen 20 (0) v Croatia, 19 March 1997
Márton Fülöp May 31983 (age 25) Sunderland 16 (0) v France, 31 May 2005
Ádám Bogdán September 271987 (age 21) Bolton 0 v N/A
László Köteles September 11984 (age 24) Diósgyőr 0 v N/A
Defenders
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Roland Juhász July 11983 (age 25) Anderlecht 40 (4) v Japan, 25 April 2004
László Bodnár February 251979 (age 29) Red Bull Salzburg 36 (0) v Lithuania, 11 October 2000
Vilmos Vanczák June 201983 (age 25) Sion 35 (0) v Slovakia, 30 November 2004
Zoltán Szélesi November 221981 (age 26) Strasbourg 19 (0) v China, 1 June 2004
Boldizsár Bodor April 271982 (age 26) Roda 15 (0) v Estonia, 19 November 2003
Tamás Vaskó February 201984 (age 24) Avellino 11 (0) v Latvia, 7 February 2007
Midfielders
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Zoltán Gera (captain) April 221979 (age 29) Fulham 55 (16) v Switzerland, 13 February 2002
Pál Dárdai March 161976 (age 32) Hertha BSC 54 (5) v Slovenia, 19 August 1998
Szabolcs Huszti April 181983 (age 25) Hannover 36 (6) v Japan, 25 April 2004
Tamás Hajnal (vice-captain) March 15 1981 (age 27) Borussia Dortmund 27 (3) v Sweden, 9 October 2004
Balázs Tóth September 241981 (age 27) Genk 24 (0) v Latvia, 19 February 2004
Péter Halmosi September 251979 (age 29) Hull City 20 (0) v Czech Republic, 12 February 2002
Krisztián Vadócz May 301985 (age 23) CA Osasuna 16 (2) v Slovakia, 30 November 2004
Balázs Dzsudzsák December 231986 (age 21) PSV Eindhoven 14 (1) v Greece, 2 June 2007
Ákos Buzsáky May 71982 (age 26) Queens Park Rangers 12 (1) v Malta, 3 September 2005
Strikers
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Sándor Torghelle May 51982 (age 26) FC Augsburg 28 (8) v Armenia, 18 February 2004
Gergely Rudolf March 91985 (age 23) Debreceni VSC 4 (1) v Montenegro, 20 August 2008

Recent call-up

Caps and goals as of 20 August2008, included against Montenegro.Goalkeepers

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
Péter Gulácsi May 61990 (age 18) Liverpool 0 v N/A v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Defenders
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
Zsolt Löw April 291979 (age 29) Hoffenheim 25 (1) v Croatia,
8 May 2002
v Sweden,
10 September 2008
Csaba Csizmadia May 30 1985 (age 23) Mattersburg 12 (0) v Cyprus,
6 February2007
v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Béla Balogh December 301984 (age 23) Real Murcia 9 (0) v Canada,
15 November 2006
v Moldova,
17 November 2007
Krisztián Timár October 41979 (age 28) Plymouth Argyle 2 (0) v Slovenia,
26 March 2008
v Montenegro,
20 August 2008
Tamás Kádár March 141990 (age 18) Newcastle United 0 v N/A v Greece,
24 May 2008
Midfielders
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
Dániel Tőzsér May 121985 (age 23) Genk 15 (1) v Mexico,
14 December 2005
v Slovenia,
26 March 2008
Ádám Vass September 91988 (age 20) Brescia 11 (0) v Canada,
15 November 2006
v Montenegro,
20 August 2008
Leandro de Almeida March 191982 (age 26) Debrecen 10 (0) v China,
June 1 2004
v Greece,
21 November 2007
Attila Filkor July 121988 (age 20) Sassuolo 6 (0) v Latvia,
7 February 2007
v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Tibor Tisza November 101984 (age 23) Újpest 5 (0) v Cyprus,
6 February2007
v Slovenia,
26 March 2008
László Zsidai July 161986 (age 22) MTK Budapest 2 (0) v Latvia,
7 February2007
v Slovenia,
26 March 2008
Tamás Koltai April 301987 (age 21) Győri ETO FC 1 (0) v Greece,
24 May 2008
v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Strikers
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
Tamás Priskin September 271986 (age 22) Watford 18 (7) v Argentina, 17 August 2005
v Montenegro,
20 August 2008
Péter Rajczi

April 31981 (age 27) Újpest 11 (3) v Slovakia,
30 November 2004
v Montenegro,
24 March 2007
István Ferenczi September 141977 (age 31) Ferencváros 9 (2) v Jordan,
7 March 2001
v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Róbert Feczesin February 221986 (age 22) Brescia 8 (3) v Mexico,
14 December 2005
v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Péter Orosz August 191981 (age 27) OFI Crete 3 (0) v Slovenia,
26 March 2008
v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Krisztián Németh January 51989 (age 19) Liverpool 0 v N/A v Croatia,
31 May 2008
Balázs Farkas April 241988 (age 20) Dynamo Kyiv 3 (0) v Canada,
15 November 2006
v Montenegro,
24 March 2007

Hungary current line-up for versus Greece May 24 2008

Coaching staff

Head Coach Erwin Koeman
Assistant Coaches Zoltán Aczél
Csaba Máté
Goalkeeping Coach Zsolt Petry
Technical Manager Tamas Szekeres
Team Doctors Dr. Miklós Kator
Dr. Gergeley Pánics
Scientific associate Dr. Máté Petrekanics
Psychologist Sándor Nagy
Masseurs László Eisemann
Kit Manager Imre Ambrus

Famous players

Notable past players

 

 

Top appearances

Pos Player Caps Goals Tenure
1 József Bozsik 101 11 1947–1962
2 László Fazekas 92 24 1968–1983
3 Gyula Grosics 86 0 1947–1962
4 Ferenc Puskás 85 84 1945–1956
5 Imre Garaba 82 3 1980–1991
6 Sándor Mátrai 81 0 1956–1967
7 Ferenc Sipos 77 1 1957–1966
8 László Bálint 76 3 1972–1982
Ferenc Bene 76 36 1962–1979
Máté Fenyvesi 76 8 1954–1966

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Goals(Caps) Tenure Avg/game
1 Ferenc Puskás 84(85) 1945–1956 0.99
2 Sándor Kocsis 75(68) 1948–1956 1.10
3 Imre Schlosser 59(68) 1906–1927 0.87
4 Lajos Tichy 51(72) 1955–1964 0.61
5 György Sárosi 42(62) 1931–1943 0.68
6 Nándor Hidegkuti 39(69) 1945–1958 0.56
7 Ferenc Bene 36(76) 1962–1979 0.47
8 Gyula Zsengellér 32(39) 1936–1947 0.82
Tibor Nyilasi 32(70) 1975–1985 0.46
Florián Albert 32(75) 1959–1974 0.41

Former head coaches

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Ferenc Gillemot 1902–04 5 3 0 2
Ferenc Stobbe 1904–06 3 0 2 1
Alfréd Hajós 1906 2 1 1 0
Ferenc Stobbe 1907–08 7 3 0 4
Frigyes Minder 1908–11 13 6 3 4
Ede Herczog 1911–14 22 14 5 3
Frigyes Minder 1914–17 14 8 2 4
Ákos Fehéry 1918–19 5 5 0 0
Frigyes Minder 1919 2 1 0 1
József Harsády 1920 1 0 1 0
Lajos Tibor 1920 2 0 0 2
Gyula Kiss 1921–24 23 11 7 5
Ödön Holits 1924 1 1 0 0
Lajos Máriássy 1924–26 14 6 2 6
Gyula Kiss 1926–28 17 9 1 7
János Földessy 1928–29 6 3 2 1
Mihály Pataki 1930 3 0 2 1
Frigyes Minder 1930 4 3 0 1
Lajos Máriássy 1930–32 17 6 6 5
Ödön Nádas 1932–34 16 7 3 6
Károly Dietz 1934–39 41 19 9 13
Dénes Ginzery 1939–41 13 5 7 1
József Fábián 1941 1 0 0 1
Dénes Ginzery 1941 1 1 0 0
József Fábián 1942 2 0 1 1
Kálmán Vághy 1942–43 6 5 0 1
Tibor Gallowich 1945–48 22 16 1 5
Gusztáv Sebes 1949–56 66 49 11 6
Márton Bukovi 1956–57 8 6 1 1
Lajos Baróti - Károly Lakat - Károly Sós 1957 4 3 0 1
Lajos Baróti 1957–66 80 43 18 19
Rudolf Illovszky 1966–67 10 8 1 1
Károly Sós 1968–69 10 5 4 1
József Hoffer 1970–71 10 4 3 3
Rudolf Illovszky 1971–74 29 12 9 8
József Bozsik 1974 1 0 0 1
Ede Moór 1974–75 6 2 2 2
János Szőcs 1975 1 0 0 1
Lajos Baróti 1975–78 57 19 9 9
Ferenc Kovács 1978–79 8 2 4 2
Károly Lakat 1979–80 6 3 0 3
Kálmán Mészöly 1980–83 31 13 6 12
György Mezey 1983–86 30 18 5 7
Imre Komora 1986 3 0 1 2
József Verebes 1987 4 2 1 1
József Garami 1987 5 2 1 2
László Bálint 1988 6 2 2 2
György Mezey 1988 5 2 2 1
Bertalan Bicskei 1989 9 2 4 3
Kálmán Mészöly 1990–91 18 8 3 7
Róbert Glázer 1991 4 0 2 2
Imre Jenei 1992–93 14 6 4 4
Ferenc Puskás 1993 4 1 0 3
József Verebes 1993–94 10 1 2 7
Kálmán Mészöly 1994–95 11 2 3 6
János Csank 1996–97 16 6 2 8
Bertalan Bicskei 1998–01 36 13 15 8
Imre Gellei 2001–03 23 8 3 12
Lothar Matthäus 2004–05 28 11 3 14
Péter Bozsik 2006 7 3 0 4
Péter Várhidi 2006–08 16 7 1 8
Erwin Koeman 2008– 5 1 3 1

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