We have the second coaching change since the first Week of Football, with Attila Pintér's nine-month reign as Hungary coach coming to an end. He has been replaced on a temporary basis by former international midfielder Pál Dárdai. He becomes Hungary's 51st head coach and their youngest since Mihály Pataki in 1930. The former Pécsi MFC and BVSC Budapest central midfielder has been given the role for three matches and will work on a voluntary basis until the end of the year.
Ahead of Hungary's Group F opener with Northern Ireland, all the headlines were stolen by 26-year-old striker Ádám Szalai's premature retirement from international football following his omission from the squad for today's match.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim forward Szalai wrote an open letter to the fans this week via Hungary's only daily sport newspaper Nemzeti Sport, saying: "In connection with comments made last year my opinion has not changed that the current circumstances will not lead the team to the best possible success in the forthcoming series of European Championship matches, therefore I have come to the decision that under the current national team coach I wish not to be considered for national team selection. If conditions were to change and the Hungarian Football Federation would have a need for the experience gained so far in my career, I would naturally be available again and would help the team. I would like to concentrate on my career with a clear mind and therefore my decision is final. I wish my national team colleagues much success in the coming match!"
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