18-Year Old Hungarian Football Prodigy Invited to National Team
Ábrahám Vass 2019.03.12.
For the first time in his career, Hungary’s most promising young talent, Dominik Szoboszlai, has been called up for the senior national team’s two upcoming EC-qualifiers.
At the moment, Szoboszlai is considered the top talent in Hungarian football. The Székesfehérvár-born player began his career with Főnix Gold FC, a youth club founded by his father. He later signed and spent one year with MTK. Aside from appearing in 38 games with Hungarian U teams, in 2016, he signed with the wealthiest Austrian club, RB Salzburg. Salzburg lent him to its second division feeder club, FC Liefering. He was called to train with the first team last summer. Thus far, he has played in six matches with Austrian Bundesliga and scored twice in the two cup matches he appeared in.
In October 2017, theGuardian named him among the 60 best young talents. According to the detailed article, Szoboszlai “has almost Toni Kroos-like qualities – brilliant ball-striking ability with both feet, a great range of passing, beautiful balance and a really high footballing IQ.”
In addition, as Italian Il Tempo revealed, Szoboszlai might be on Italian top club Juventus’ radar as well as a summer target. In January, the club’s sporting director accidentally left a paper detailing the names of potential signings at a restaurant. According to the “document,” Fabio Paratici estimates Szoboszlai’s value at EUR 10 million.
According to Transfermarkt, he is currently valued at EUR 2 million, making him the ninth most valuable Hungarian footballer and the 50th most valuable player born after the Millenium worldwide.
In the two upcoming qualifiers, the Hungarian team is scheduled to play Slovakia next Thursday in Nagyszombat (Trnava) and WC silver medalist Croatia in a game hosted by Budapest’s Groupama Arena. Both matches are already sold out.