Hungary to Win Euro 2016 Odds
The Magical Magyars are back on the main stream as the national football team of Hungary has qualified for its first ever European Championship after Euro 1974. Four decades later German manager Bernd Storck was the one who returned Hungary on the major map of European football as he's the successor of coaches like Lajos Baróti and Rudolf Illovszky, who led Hungary at their previous appearances back in 1964 and 1972, when Hungary finished respectively on third and fourth position, Of course, we must consider that back in the days the UEFA European Championship finals were formed by only four nations, but fact that you have reached the finals in such a competition speaks a lot.
Hungary was in qualifying Group F of UEFA Euro 2016
where they were next to the surprising champions from Euro 2004 Greece, as well alongside teams of Northern Ireland, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands. This surely looks like one of the most easiest groups but it surely was balanced. Fact that Greece finished at the bottom (6th), while Northern Ireland won it shows that Hungary was in one weird group, but however they managed to secure some football in its highest quality.
Hungary is back on the major scene. Euro 2016 qualifying campaign - mission accomplished
Hungary were really close to become the most luckiest team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers as they were leading in the ranking of third-placed teams, and as you may know the best third placed team from all 9 groups was directly promoted to the competition. Well, Hungary were on top of that standings until the closing seconds of the Group A game between Turkey and Iceland, when Selçuk İnan's successful free-kick won the game for Turkey and they have moved Hungary from that so-desired position. Nevertheless, Hungary had another chance being involved in the Euro 2016 play-offs where Bernd Storck's men were among the seeded teams and the draw arranged a two-legged playoff against Norway
. After two victories - 1:0 in Oslo and 2:1 in Budapest, Hungary finally celebrated and they can once again name themselves as "The Magical Magyars".
Hungary's best possible Euro 2016 lineup: Gábor Kiraly - Attila Fiola, Richárd Guzmics, Adam Lang, Tamas Kadar - Adam Nagy, Akos Elek - Krisztián Németh, Zoltan Gera, Balazs Dzsudzsak (c) - Tamas Priskin. (4-2-3-1)
New generation of footballers in Hungary's Euro 2016 squad
We couldn't find some specific individuality that we should highlight out of the Hungarian team, but maybe Balázs Dzsudzsák is the most recognizable and associated player when we hear Hungary, as the former winger of Debrecen, PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Moscow now plays for Bursaspor in Turkish Süper Lig. Balázs Dzsudzsák is current captain and except his presence, there are few more first team players who are more famous at the international scene. We all know Gábor Király who initially announced his retirement after the qualifying, but of course, Hungarian goalkeeper will extend his playing career until the end of Euro 2016. Since making his international debut against Austria back in 1998, Király has amassed more than 100 caps for Hungary's national team and he can move over the legendary midfielder József Bozsik, as they both share the top position in Hungary's all-time rankings for most capped players. Former goalkeeper of clubs like Hertha BSC, München 1860, Crystal Palace, Burnley, Aston Villa and Fulham now plays for his hometown club Szombathelyi Haladás in the "Nemzeti Bajnokság" which is the top level of football in Hungary. If you still can't remember who he is, well, maybe we should've started with the definition - "goalkeeper who always plays with grey tracksuit bottom".
There are few more names in the Hungarian roster who can boast with bigger national experience and they are of vice-captain Roland Juhász, who already hits 90 international caps, as well as two others from the Hungarian representatives in the English Premier League
- Zoltán Gera and Tamás Priskin, as they both now play in the region - Gera is part of glorious Hungarian club and current champions Ferencváros, while Priskin defends the jersey of Slovak Slovan Bratislava. You may also have some impression for players like Ádám Bogdán (Liverpool), Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig), Tamás Kádár (Lech Poznan), Zoltán Stieber (Nürnberg), László Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Adam Szalai (Hannover 96), Nemanja Nikolić (Legia Warsaw), Krisztián Nemeth (Al Gharafa) and Dániel Böde (Ferencváros).
Hungary's Euro 2016 fixtures and schedule
will start with their Euro 2016 quest in Group F where they're next to teams of Portugal
, Austria and Iceland. You may wonder how we have Hungary and Iceland both in one group, well, Hungary were the last team placed in Pot 3 of the Euro 2016 finals draw
and this secures them at least one game against a team with lower coefficient, in this case even with less experience as Iceland are absolute debutants. However, their first task is called Austria
when on 14 June in Bordeaux both nations that were together in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire will renew their European Championship history.
Four days after the Group F opener Hungary will play against Iceland
at "Stade Vélodrome" in Marseille, as thus we believe that after the first two rounds we will see how prepared Hungary is and what's their reliability for possible 1/8 final progress. Logically, their last game in Group F is against the most experienced nation in that group and that's Portugal. Both nations will play their last group stage game (hopefully for both teams not in the tournament) in Lyon and all stadiums where Hungary will play are among the venue who are capable to gather huge attendances, which also comes with great atmosphere.