Hungary’s national football team will host group leader Romania on Friday in Budapest and will play against currently second-placed Northern Ireland in Belfast on Monday. There is much at stake as the results of the two games could be decisive factor in the Group F final race for the Euro 2016 qualification. Bernd Storck, Hungary’s newly-appointed German head coach said the national team started the preparation in a good mood and in a concentrated manner.
“I’m glad that we finally started training together, it has been a while”, the German trainer told a press conference held at the training centre of the Hungarian team located in Telki, 20km west of Budapest. “Our task is not easy, because there is a huge difference between the players’ physical condition. Therefore we are going to play a training match involving those player who did not play a full match last weekend”, Storck said. Team captain and Bursaspor star Balázs Dzsudzsák told reporters that the players are really happy for the fans who can’t wait the Friday match. “The atmosphere is going to be fantastic but we must to keep our feet on the ground and play our own game”, he added.
Previously Bernd Storck narrowed down his initial 33-man shortlist to a confirmed 25-man squad for the EURO 2016 qualifiers against Romania at home on 4th September and Northern Ireland away three days later. The 28 outfield players and five goalkeepers had made up the squad picked by Storck in his first match as Hungary national team coach and from that list several players promoted from the youth national teams. Bernd Storck has surprised the Hungarian fans as first division top goalscorer and Ferencváros striker Dániel Böde has been left out of the squad.
The Hungarian national team squad:
Goalkeepers: Gábor Király (Haladás); Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros); Ádám Bogdán (Liverpool)
Defenders: Attila Fiola (Puskás Academy); Endre Botka (Budapest Honvéd); Roland Juhász (Videoton FC); Vilmos Vanczák (FC Sion); Richárd Guzmics (Wisla Krakow); Ádám Lang (Videoton FC); Tamás Kádár (Lech Poznan); Leandro (Ferencváros); Pedrag Bosnjak (Haladás)
Midfielders: Ákos Elek (Changchun Yatai); Ádám Nagy (Ferencváros); Bódi Ádám (Debreceni VSC); Dániel Tőzsér (QPR); Zoltán Gera (Ferencváros); Zsolt Kalmár (RB Leipzig)
Forwards: Zoltán Stieber (Hamburger SV); Gergő Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan); Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsawa); Balázs Dzsudzsák (Bursaspor); Krisztián Németh (Sporting Kansas City); Ádám Szalai (Hoffenheim); Tamás Priskin (Slovan Bratislava)
via mlsz.hu and MTI photo: Tibor Illyés – MTI