George Leekens Appointed As New Head Coach Of Hungary’s National Football Team
The Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) has appointed former Belgium and Algeria head coach Georges Leekens as the national coach of Hungary. The 68-year Belgian football expert was MLSZ’s number one choice for the position, MLSZ President Sándor Csányi said at a press conference on Monday.
A férfi A-válogatott szövetségi kapitánya: Georges Leekens.
Leekens, who succeeds Germany’s Bernd Storck as head of the Hungarian team, has signed a two-year contract with an optional extension. MLSZ expects the experienced Belgian coach to qualify Hungary for the UEFA Euro 2020 championship to be held jointly by several European cities, including Budapest. Leekens will start working only in January as interim head coach Zoltán Szélesi will be in control for the year’s final friendly matches away to Luxembourg on 10 November and at home to Costa Rica on 14 November.
A former successful Club Brugge player, George Leekens led Belgium to the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals but was sacked from his role after a disappointing 3rd place in the World Cup group stage. However, he returned to his role in 2010 for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, discovering future star players such as Hazard, De Bruyne and Lukaku. In 2016, Leekens coached the Algerian national football team, and made them reaching the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.