The Hungarian national football team played a heroic 2-2 draw against Germany. Unfortunately, the result did not allow Hungary to advance to the Round of 16 from the ‘group of death,’ but the performance of the Hungarian players on the pitch was still nothing short of amazing. Many leading Hungarian politicians, regardless of party affiliation, also cheered for Hungary, agreeing that the Hungarian team had played an excellent game in Munich, one which they can be proud of forever.
Although Prime Minister Viktor Orbán did not attend Wednesday’s football match in Munich despite previous plans, he did commemorate the Hungarian team’s performance in a Facebook post.
“And the time has come when Hungarians are no longer afraid. We are proud of you!”, Orbán wrote in a Facebook post, along with several pictures of Hungarian football stadiums illuminated with the colors of the Hungarian flag. The pictures are a clear response to Munich’s city government’s idea to light up the local stadium in a pride rainbow in protest against a new Hungarian law that many consider targeting the LGBTQ community.
Independent MP Ákos Hadházy also expressed his thanks in a post, but also had some tough words for the government.
“Thanks to the Hungarian national team for washing off at least a bit of the filth the Hungarian government has smeared on us,” he wrote on Facebook.
Cheering from Amsterdam, András Fekete-Győr also congratulated the Hungarian team on Facebook. According to the president of opposition Momentum, this was the most beautiful game in Hungarian football since he was born.
Fekete-Győr firmly believes the Hungarian team deserved to qualify from the group of death “which is an incredible achievement in itself.” Finally, he thanked the team for the unforgettable goals and memories.
Justice minister, Judit Varga, also praised the Hungarian national team’s performance against the three-time European champion Germany in a social media post.
“Indeed, sometimes the ending of even the most beautiful fairytales are not necessarily happy ones, but the Hungarian team made a name for themselves in Europe and we won, even if not the match, but the hearts of millions of people last night. Thank you Captain!”, Minister Varga wrote.
In a short post, government spokeswoman, Alexandra Szentkirályi, also congratulated the Hungarian national team.
“Well done, guys! We are proud of you! You are a worthy opponent to anyone,” she wrote.
Former Socialist PM and current leader of opposition DK, Ferenc Gyurcsány, chose an even shorter form to express his appreciation of the Hungarian team’s performance. He simply wrote “10/10.”
Budapest Mayor, Gergely Karácsony, also thanked the players for yesterday’s match.
“Thank you for the hope, thank you for the effort, thank you for the sense of pride. A great team. Well done, guys!”
Featured photo via Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page