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Imre Szabics celebrates his goal against Sweden in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying ©Getty Images


Best result: third place 1964
Attila Pintér
Leading scorers: all-time – Ferenc Puskás (84); current – Balázs Dzsudzsák (14)
Most appearances: all-time – József Boszik (101); current – Gábor Király (90)
Association formed: 1901
Nickname: Mighty Magyars
Where they play: Ferenc Puskás Stadium, 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 have failed to qualify for a major tournament since the 1986 World Cup. 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: P113 W47 D22 L44 F188 A157
Final tournament: P4 W1 D0 L3 F5 A6
Qualifying: P109 W46 D22 L41 F183 A151

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
08/10/2010: Hungary 8-0 San Marino, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
A hat-trick from Ádám Szalai helped propel Hungary to their biggest EURO win.

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's home stadium is 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 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.31CET

Club 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)