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.

Imre Szabics (Hungary)

Best result: third place 1964
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

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