As Euro 2020 is getting ever closer, we have taken a look at the potential starting eleven of the Hungary squad for Euro 2021 as they are aspiring to enhance their performance by far better than what they did in 2016, despite all the challenges ahead of them.
For the first time, Hungary qualified for the European Championships in 1964, during the early post-Puskas era, as they advanced to the semi-finals. Although in1968, they failed to qualify, they reached the semi-finals for the second time in 1972.
They also did not manage to qualify in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, until they flourishingly came back in France 2016 reaching the second round.
Currently, a hard-fought battle tournament is ahead of them as the
Hungary Euro 2020
group has consisted of some rather toughest teams like Portugal, France and Germany; so if they are to reach the knockout stages, they have to overcome all of them.
Not to mention the absence of their influential midfielderDominik Szoboszlai
Hungary Euro 2020
squad due to his injury, that is just icing on the cake.
After all, no one expected them to succeed five years ago either. Besides, they have got some improvements in their qualification too. Since the Magyars only lost one of their eight games in 2020 and won their 2020-21 Nations League B pot ahead of Russia to the end of gaining promotion to the top tier as they had nine games unbeaten in March.
Here let's take a look at Hungary Euro 2020 fixtures: (All times CEST)
Tuesday 15 June (18:00):
Hungary vs Portugal
Saturday 19 June (15:00):
Hungary vs France
Wednesday 23 June (21:00):
Germany vs Hungary
Marco Rosssi, the manager of the Hungary National team, has picked 26 players who are eligible to play in the Hungary Euro 2020 squad as they are included here:
: Peter Gulacsi, Denes Dibusz, Ádám Bogdán
: Gergo Lovrencsics, Endre Botka, Adam Lang, Akos Kecskes, Attila Fiola, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai, Bendeguz Bolla
: Loic Nego, Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler, David Siger, Daniel Gazdag, Andras Schafer, Tamas Cseri, Filip Holender
: Adam Szalai, Roland Sallai, Nemanja Nikolic, Kevin Varga, Roland Varga, Szabolcs Schon, Janos Hahn
At the helm of Hungary, Rossi often prefers the systems of 3-4-1-2 and 3-5-2 for the arrangement of the team. But we predict in all probability that the starting eleven of the Hungary Euro 2020 squad would arrange on the basis of a 3-5-2 system.
Because with the right players, this formation has the potential to be a deadly formation against any opponent, especially if they are supposed to cope with the toughest of Euro 2020.
The proficiency of the formation hugely relies on possessing two incredibly fit wing backs like Andras Schafer andGergo Lovrencsics
who pace up and down the flanks throughout the entire duration of the game.
They are the indispensable part of the formation and without the right players, effectively playing the 3-5-2 would be challenging.
It has the advantage of having an attacking nature that provides the best form of defence by forcing the opposition back towards their goal. Finally, it is the cohesion of the team that would determine the success of the 3-5-2 formation.
Peter Gulacsi is undeniably his country's best player. He has been a rock for RB Leipzig for the past six years, stopping countless shots and being extremely proactive off his line, so most probably he would feature in the
Hungary squad for Euro 2021
Gulácsi created history forRB Leipzig
in the 2019–20 season by qualifying for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time.
On the international stage, his senior debut was on 22 May 2014 in a 2–2 draw against Denmark. Also, he was selected for Hungary's Euro 2016 squad.
S.K player, on 8 March 2021, he put away his first goal in a 3-0 victory over Konyaspor on the 29th game week of the 2020-21 Süper Lig season at the Konya Büyükşehir Stadium.
At the international level, his debut for the Hungary national football team was on 15 November 2019 in a friendly against Uruguay as he was replaced with Botond Baráth in the 72nd minute.
Likewise on 1 June 2021, his name was among the final 26-man squad to represent Hungary at the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, therefore it is presumable to have his contribution as one of the starting eleven of
Hungary Euro 2020 squad
As the star of RB Leipzig,Willi Orbán
provides excellent composure and stability in possession and would play an indispensable role in
Hungary Euro 2020 squad
so as to secure them to see their fair share of the ball against their though Group F opponents.
Being incredibly dominant in the air, his form in front of Gulacsi would hold the key to Hungary’s chances this summer.
At the international level just to indicate that on 8 October 2020, he netted his 4th international goal for Hungary in a 3–1 victory over Bulgaria in a European Championship qualifying play-off semi-final.
Being ranked the 17th player among all Hungary footballers, in May 2014,Adam Lang
featured in his first match against Denmark in a 2–2 draw friendly game at the Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen. He was chosen for Hungary's Euro 2016 squad as well.
On 14 June 2016, he starred in the first group match in a 2–0 winning against Austria at the UEFA Euro 2016 Group F match at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, France. Just after three days, on 18 June 2016, he featured in a 1–1 draw against Iceland at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.
Likewise, he starred in the last group match in a 3–3 draw against Portugal at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon on 22 June 2016. Finally, on 1 June 2021, he was named in the ultimate 26-man squad to play in the Hungary squad for Euro 2021.
Being ranked as the number 27 among all players from Hungary, his debut with the Hungary national team was on 3 September 2020 in a 1–0 UEFA Nations League victory over Turkey.
On 1 June 2021, he was among the final 26-man Hungary Euro 2020 squad to represent his country in the tournament. Besides he put away his first international goal on 4 June 2021, in a 1–0 victory over Cyprus.
player since 2016, his debut in the national team took place on 6 June 2013, against Kuwait. On 14 November 2014, he provided his first goal assist for the Hungarian team in a 1–0 victory over Finland.
In addition, he had been selected for Hungary's Euro 2016 squad before he featured in the last group match in a 3–3 draw against Portugal at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon on 22 June 2016.
On 1 June 2021, Lovrencsics was a member of the final 26-man squad who might play in the Hungary Euro 2020 tournament.
As a player ofBristol City
, his debut for the club was on 10 August 2019, in the 2019–20 EFL Championship against Birmingham City F.C. at St Andrew's while he put away his first goal against QPR just in the following game.
Adam Nagy made 8 caps and netted 1 goal for Hungary at youth level while his full international debut was on 7 September 2015 against Northern Ireland as he appeared as a substitute and then was selected for UEFA Euro 2016.
Likewise on 18 November 2018, he put away his first national goal in a 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C match against Finland at the Groupama Aréna, Budapest. On 1 June 2021, he was part of the final 26-man who might participate in the Hungary Euro 2020 squad.
Currently playing for hisOsijek
, Kleinheisler's inclusion in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-off match against Norway was a big surprise. Because he had not featured in a single match in the 2015–16 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season.
Much to many people's consternation, just six days later, he put away a goal on his debut match against Norway at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, in the first leg of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs.
Likewise, he featured the full 90 minutes in each of Hungary's first two matches in the group phase. In the first match, which was a 2–0 victory over Austria, he assisted Ádám Szalai for the first goal for which he was voted "Man of the Match".
Eventually, on 1 June 2021, his name was among the final 26-man players who are qualified enough to take part in the Hungary 2020 squad.
Kevin Varga was transferred to Turkish clubKasımpaşa
in a four-year-long contract for a fee of around 850,000 € on 2 September 2020.
On the international stage, he debuted for the Hungary national team on 9 June 2018 in a friendly against Australia.
On 1 June 2021, he was enlisted in the final 26-man players who might participate in the Hungary Euro 2020 squad.
In his third season at theFreiburg
, Sallai provided one goal and one assist in a 3–2 victory over VfB Stuttgart. Incredibly, he put away two goals in a 2–0 victory against Schalke 04 in Veltins-Arena and his name had been enlisted in the team of the 12th match day by sports magazine kicker, so it is self-evident the reason why he might feature in Hungary squad for Euro 2021 squad.
He played in two matches of the Hungarian U-20 team at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup while making his debut for the U-21 team against Italy U21 on 12 August 2015.
His full international debut was on 20 May 2016 in a friendly game against Ivory Coast at the Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary.
Besides, On 11 September 2018, he managed to net his first goal for the national team against Greece at the Groupama Arena, Budapest, in a 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C match. Finally, on 1 June 2021, he was named on the list of the final 26-man who might take part in the Hungary Euro 2020 squad.
As a Hungarian international since 2009, Szalai participated in the two European Championships. He was chosen for Hungary's Euro 2016 squad as he started and surprisingly, netted the opening goal in their first game in the tournament, which was a 2–0 defeat of Austria in Bordeaux.
Moreover, on 10 October 2016, he put away his third goal in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase, as he led the team to a 2–0 victory in Latvia. Finally, in June 2021, he was a component of the final 26-man list who would most likely join the Hungary Euro 2020 squad.