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Hungary team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.23CET
Runners-up in the FIFA World Cups of 1938 and 1954 and having won three Olympic titles, Hungary went 30 years without reaching a major tournament before qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.23CET

Hungary team profile

Runners-up in the FIFA World Cups of 1938 and 1954 and having won three Olympic titles, Hungary went 30 years without reaching a major tournament before qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016.

Best result: third place 1964
Coach:
Bernd Storck
Leading scorers: all-time – Ferenc Puskás (84); current – Zoltán Gera (24)
Most appearances: all-time – József Bozsik (101); current – Gábor Király (100)
Association formed: 1901
Nickname: Mighty Magyars
Where they play: Groupama Aréna, Budapest

Top five qualifying goals

Once giants of European and world football, finishing runners-up in the FIFA World Cups of 1938 and 1954 and claiming three Olympic titles, Hungary failed to qualify for 14 successive major tournaments after reaching the 1986 World Cup but ended that miserable run by making it through to UEFA EURO 2016 via the play-offs.

The golden age of Ferenc Puskás, József Bozsik, Sándor Kocsis and the rest of the Mighty Magyars, who reigned supreme in the 1950s, is a distant memory; Hungary finished third and fourth respectively in the UEFA European Championships of 1964 and 1972 but have not featured since.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P125 W53 D26 L46 F202 A167
Final tournament: P4 W1 D0 L3 F5 A6
Qualifying: P121 W52 D26 L43 F197 A161

Flórián Albert inspired Hungary as they finished third in 1964 and fourth in 1972. In 1964 they overcame Wales, East Germany and France before suffering a 2-1 extra-time semi-final defeat by Spain. Three days later Hungary prevailed 3-1 in extra time in the third-place play-off with Denmark, Dezső Novák scoring twice. In 1972 they overcame Romania in a quarter-final replay, but a late penalty miss by Sándor Zámbó confirmed defeat against the USSR and this time the third-place play-off ended in a 2-1 reverse to hosts Belgium.

Hungary's next ten qualifying campaigns were unsuccessful, though under Sándor Egervári they finished a creditable third behind the Netherlands and Sweden in their UEFA EURO 2012 section. The highlight came in the home fixture against Sweden when Gergely Rudolf's 90th-minute goal earned a 2-1 victory. It was Hungary's first competitive win against a team above them in the FIFA world rankings this century.

Memorable EURO matches
15/11/2015: Hungary 2-1 Norway, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
Hungary ended their 30-year wait for a major tournament appearance with this play-off second-leg win, qualifying 3-1 on aggregate.

17/05/1972: Hungary 2-1 Romania, 1972 UEFA European Championship quarter-final replay
Hungary sealed a semi-final spot in Belgrade after home and away draws with Romania.

25/04/1964: France 1-3 Hungary, 1964 UEFA European Championship quarter-finals
A comprehensive win in Paris set up Hungary perfectly for the home leg in Budapest.

Did you know?
Hungary often play at a stadium named after their most celebrated player, Ferenc Puskás; the press outside Hungary nicknamed the forward 'The Galloping Major' since, like all his Budapest Honvéd FC club-mates, he was technically a soldier.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 04/12/15 15.26CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 31/05/2016 13:02 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary1-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:51
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania1-1Hungary
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
01/08/2016 08:06:23
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands0-1Hungary
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary1-0Finland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:52
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary1-2Russia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
12/17/2015 16:29:42
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary0-0Greece
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:52
5 June 2015 05 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary4-0Lithuania
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:07:37
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland0-1Hungary
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary0-0Romania
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:51
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland1-1Hungary
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary2-1Faroe Islands
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:51
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece4-3Hungary
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
05/30/2016 11:05:30
12 November 2015 12 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Norway0-1Hungary
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:44
15 November 2015 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Hungary2-1Norway
Aggregate: 3-1 (agg: 3-1)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:52
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary1-1Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:50
20 May 2016 20 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary0-0Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: not available Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
05/31/2016 12:13:01
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Germany
18.00
Hungary
Referee: TBD Stadium: Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
05/11/2016 10:13:34
AustriaHungary
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
05/30/2016 15:01:52
IcelandHungary
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
05/30/2016 14:25:48
HungaryPortugal
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Lyon (FRA)
05/30/2016 15:17:53
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Faroe IslandsHungary
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
04/27/2016 11:11:54
HungarySwitzerland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:10:32
LatviaHungary
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:37:47
HungaryAndorra
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:17:32
PortugalHungary
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:56:33
AndorraHungary
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:11:48
HungaryLatvia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:29:47
HungaryPortugal
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:05:03
SwitzerlandHungary
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:05:04
HungaryFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 22:18:18

General info

  • Founded : 1901
  • Stadium : Ferenc Puskás
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/10/2010, Hungary 8-0 San Marino, Budapest
  • Biggest defeat:
    25/03/2011, Hungary 0-4 Netherlands, Budapest
    06/06/2007, Norway 4-0 Hungary, Oslo
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 39
    Gábor Király (HUN)
  • Top scorers: 12
    Zoltán Gera (HUN)