Hungary Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament | Hungary barely qualified but all their games are full of excitement
Hungary had gone 30 years without qualifying for a major international tournament before they qualified for the 2016 Euros. They have now qualified for the second consecutive competition. It is very unlikely they will qualify out of their group since they need to content with France, Germany, and Portugal. But anything can happen in football.
- Hungary were on the thinnest of edges to qualify for the Euro tournament and only made it by scoring a winning goal against Iceland during injury time.
- Dominik Szoboszlai is one of Hungary’s more exciting players and scored the goal against Iceland that helped Hungary qualify.
Hungary Team Guide: Tactics
Hungary play a 3-5-2 counter-attacking system. Their defensive midfielders do not venture up the field and are tasked with shielding the defence. Dominik Szoboszlai is the creative player and dictates play while the forwards make piercing runs behind the opposition defence.
A disciplined midfielder, he is tasked with staying in front of the defensive line and control the play. He also acts as a passing outlet. He might not shine in the limelight, but he is very much the heart of the team that sets their pace and rhythm.
Rossi has been coaching in Hungary since 2012 when he led Budapest Honved to their first title in 24 years in 2017. He was appointed as Hungary national team head coach in 2018. He favours a 3-5-2 system that relies on defensive stability and quick counterattacks.
Hungary Team Guide: Player Profile
For a few weeks at the end of 2020 Dominik Szoboszlai was one of the most wanted players in Europe. Heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, he eventually moved to RB Leipzig for an estimated price of €20m making him the most expensive Hungarian player ever.
He is a pacey midfielder with a mean free kick. He can score and create, and can change the disposition of a game.
Since Budapest is one of the Euro 2021 venues, Szoboszlai will be playing in front of a home crowd and will have everything to prove. Hungary will need to compete against France, Germany, and Portugal in their group, so there is a lot of pressure on the midfielder. If he can grab the game by the scruff of its neck like he did against Iceland, they just might push through to the knockout stages.
Hungary Team Guide: Hungary Euro 2021 Odds to win
Hungary are one of the extreme outliers in this Euro tournament. It will be an uphill task just to qualify from their group. A selection of odds are below.
All odds were correct at time of publication on 23/04/21. Odds are subject to change.