Hungary were a surprise package at Euro 2016, finishing top of Group F which included eventual champions Portugal.
Luck is not on their side this time around, however. Drawn in the ‘group of death’ alongside France, Portugal, and Germany, combined with the absence of star man Dominik Szoboszlai through injury, leaves them with slim hopes of replicating their 2016 success.
Group F: HUNGARY, Portugal, France, Germany
Manager: Marco Rossi
Odds (PP): 325/1
Recent Tournaments: World Cup 2018 (did not qualify), Euro 2016 (round of 16)
FIFA World Ranking: 37th
Willi Orban. In the absence of Szoboszlai, who’s wonder-goal sent Hungary to the Euros, Leipzig skipper Willi Orban will have to step-up if Hungary are to avoid complete humiliation in Group F. He is a tall, athletic defender with decent ball playing ability. He will be responsible for dealing with the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, aswell as starting Hungary’s attacks from the back. His leadership and presence at the back will be huge this summer.
Another Leipzig man, Peter Gulacsi, once of Liverpool, is named and will start in goals. He replaces the veteran Gabor Kiraly, famous for his grey tracksuit bottoms at Euro 2016. Gulacsi has developed into one of the Bundesliga’s top keepers and is one of Hungary’s most important players.
In front of Gulacsi Willi Orban is joined by Fenerbache defender Attila Szalai and Omonoia’s Adam Lang.
Bristol’s Adam Nagy is named and should start in centre midfield, while Loic Nego and Filip Holender will play out wide as the wing-backs.
In attack Freiburg forward Roland Sallai will start. He had a decent season with 8 goals and 6 assists in the Bundesliga, helping Christian Streich’s men to an impressive mid-table finish.
Joining him up front is Mainz’s Adam Szalai, who spent three years with Real Madrid’s Castilla team from 2007-2010.
Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan (Ferencvaros), Dénes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig)
Defenders: Bendeguz Bolla (Fehervar), Endre Botka (Ferencvaros), Attila Fiola (Fehervar), Akos Kecskes (Lugano), Adam Lang (Omonia Nicosia), Gergo Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Loic Nego (Fehervar), Willi Orban (Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahce)
Midfielders: Tamss Cseri (Mezokovesd), Daniel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Osijek), Adam Nagy (Bristol City), Andras Schafer (Dunajska Streda), David Siger (Ferencvaros), Kevin Varga (Kasımpasa), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest), Filip Holender (Partizan)
Forwards: Janos Hahn (Paks),Nemanja Nikolic (Fehervar), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Szabolcs Schon (FC Dallas), Adam Szalai (Mainz)