Once considered a world powerhouse, Hungary returned to a major international competition for the first time in 30 years when it qualified for Euro 2016. Led by former superstar striker Ferenc Puskas — who is still the country’s top all-time goal scorer — Hungary, nicknamed The Magical Magyars, was a national side to be reckoned with during the 50s. The team captured a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games and were runners-up at the World Cup in 1954 — the second time Hungary earned silver at the tournament. The Hungarians returned to the Euro Championship for the first time since 1964, when they placed third at that tournament.
The last time Hungary played at a major international tournament was at the 1986 World Cup, when they failed to make it out of the group stage. The Hungarians debuted on the international stage in 1902, when they were blanked 5-0 against Austria. Hungary, once ranked as low as 87th in the FIFA rankings, made a statement in 2016 when it sat 18th in the world — its highest-ever seeding on the list.
Puskas, who has a FIFA award named after him, played internationally from 1945 to 1956 and scored an all-time leading 84 goals in 85 matches. Current goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly — now 40-years-old — has played on the national team since 1998 and has showed no signs of slowing down. With a national team-leading 102 international caps, Kiraly was added to Hungary's roster for Euro 2016. It is more than likely, however, this will be his final major competition at the world level.
Hungary Soccer Team Betting Lines Today
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Hungary has a historically mediocre track record on the international stage over the last 30 years, but the team has shown promise under current coach Bern Storck.
You can view Hungary's complete schedule for the tournament along with odds for each match in the table provided below.
It won't take long before Hungary is tested at the European Championships, as they open the tournament against Austria on June 14. The Hungarians will face Iceland in a much more winnable game on June 17.
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Hungary's rise on the international stage make them a threat to compete for qualifying spots at major tournaments — as proven in 2016 when the national team secured a berth for the European Championship.
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Expectations won’t be running very high for Hungary, which finished qualifying with a record of six wins, four draws and two defeats. The team needed a playoff victory over Norway to sneak into Euro 2016. They’ll have their work cut out for them when the tournament begins as the Hungarians were mixed into Group F along with Portugal, Austria and Iceland. They scored 13 times in qualifying but allowed 10 goals against.
The Hungarians will lean on winger Balazs Dzsudzsak to create much of the offence. The 29-year-old is an energetic wide player, who turned in a solid performance in qualifying with a goal and two assists to help Hungary move on to the next stage. Hungary’s midfield will have a mix of young and old, as Zolten Gera, 37, will be paired alongside 20-year-old Adam Nagy, who is rather green with the national team with only seven international caps.
Adam Szalai will likely start as the lone striker in Hungary’s formation, however that could change as the Hannover player has struggled tremendously after failing to score a single goal in 12 Bundesliga matches this season. He also netted just one goal during Hungary’s qualifying stage.
As one of the biggest dark horse teams at Euro 2016, expecting Hungary to advance out of the group stage may be asking too much. According to Bovada odds, Hungary (+1200) will finish dead last in Group F. Bet365.com odds have Hungary at +35000 to win the tournament — only Northern Ireland and Albania are bigger outsiders.
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