The mandate of Bernd Storck, the German head coach of Hungary’s national eleven, has been extended until the end of next year’s Euro 2016, Sándor Csányi, president of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ), said. “After the tournament, we shall discuss his long-term future, how he could be a national coach as well as general director of the youth programme as he is now,” said Csányi.
The President also said the Hungarian Football Association would receive 12 million euros from UEFA for the qualification to the European Championship. One-third of the sum would be shared among the players and staff who contributed to the the long-awaited success in the recent years, he added. At the same time Csányi said thank you everyone involved, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who – according to Sándor Csányi – took a “huge political risk” by supporting Hungarian football.
“I have to thank everyone for the trust placed in me, especially to Mr Csányi, who took my side even when my decisions were not so popular amongst others,” said Bernd Storck, who replaced Pál Dárdai so he could focus on his Hertha Berlin job. Former Hungary midfielder Dárdai was appointed on an interim basis following Attila Pintér’s dismissal in September and had intended to stay until the end of the qualifying campaign. However, Bernd Stork took over the team in the summer and under his leadership Hungary earned a draw against Romania as well as Northern Ireland, won over Faroe Island and Norway twice and also lost once against Greece.
The Hungarian team defeated Norway 2:1 in the Sunday playoff to make its way to a European Championship for the first time since 1972. “It is a great achievement, I am proud to be a part of it. I voted for the younger players and they repaid my faith,” said Storck, who has led Hungary to their first major tournament appearance since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. “This is huge success for the football team and the country. Now I’m Hungarian!”, the German trainer said right after the Norway game.
via hungarymatters.hu, MTI and Reuters photo: Tibor Illyés – MTI