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Hungary vs Sweden: Final International Match Of The Year Is Not Just Another Friendly

Tamás Székely 2016.11.15.

Two days after the World Cup qualifier triumph over Andorra, Hungary’s national football team will take to the pitch tonight in Budapest’s Groupama Arena for their final fixture of the year, an international friendly match against Sweden arranged as a farewell to two stalwarts of the Hungary squad for the last twenty years, goalkeeper Gábor Király and defender Roland Juhász.

Budapest, 2015. március 29. Juhász Roland (b) és Király Gábor kapus a labdarúgó Európa-bajnokság selejtezõjének F csoportjában vívott Magyarország - Görögország találkozó végén a fõvárosi Groupama Arénában 2015. március 29-én. A mérkõzés gól nélküli döntetlennel zárult. MTI Fotó: Koszticsák Szilárd

Roland Juhász and Gábor Király have been through many great battles over the last two decades

Hungary head coach Bernd Storck said the friendly match against Sweden will be a great chance for some young players to prove they are worth a place in the national-team squad, and it will also allow Hungary supporters to pay tribute to Király and Juhász, two influential players of the last two decades who are retiring from international duty after what tonight will become 95 and 108 caps respectively.

The match, starting at 19:45, will be special for most of the Hungarian players, because on this day and in the same stadium in 2015 they defeated Norway to qualify for the European Championship held in France last summer. Preparing for tonight’s game, Hungary’s Euro2016 icon Gábor Király, who is known worldwide for his legendary grey sweatpants, has shared the following video on his Instagram feed: