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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

Team profiles

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 16/11/2017 15:08 CET
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Faroe Islands0-0Hungary
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
11/02/2017 16:54:44
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary2-3Switzerland
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:48
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Latvia0-2Hungary
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
11/02/2017 16:54:50
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary4-0Andorra
Referee: Christos Nicolaides (CYP) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:53
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Hungary0-2Sweden
Referee: not available Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:57:35
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal3-0Hungary
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:55
5 June 2017 05 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Hungary0-3Russia
Referee: not available Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:57:19
Andorra1-0Hungary
Referee: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
11/02/2017 16:54:57
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary3-1Latvia
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary0-1Portugal
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:57
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland5-2Hungary
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:55:03
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary1-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:46
9 November 2017 09 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Luxembourg2-1Hungary
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/16/2017 14:09:38
14 November 2017 14 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Hungary1-0Costa Rica
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/15/2017 13:46:40

General info

  • Founded : 1901
  • Stadium : Ferenc Puskás
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, 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:
    26/06/2016, Hungary 0-4 Belgium, Toulouse
    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: 43
    Gábor Király (HUN)
  • Top scorers: 13
    Zoltán Gera (HUN)
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