After having fought an injury for half a year now, Hungary’s biggest football talent and star Dominik Szoboszlai will unfortunately miss out on the upcoming European Championships. Coach Marco Rossi announced his final, 26-strong squad yesterday.
“He is not in a good shape. Not even in a state to play a few minutes. As my grandfather said, a living donkey is worth more than a dead doctor … For me, it’s painful not to be able to play him in the European Championships (…) I had to keep in mind the interests of Hungary, the interests of the national team. Fate did not treat us well, in addition to Szoboszlai we also lost our other talented midfielder, Zsolt Kalmár. The other cruelty from fate is this group itself. But regardless, I trust the qualities and abilities of the players on the squad,” Italian coach Marco Rossi explained.
After successful years in Austrian top club RB Salzburg, Szoboszlai signed with German RB Leipzig in January. However, he hasn’t been able to make any appearances for the Bundesliga side due to a groin injury. Still, RB Leipzig extended his contract some two weeks ago, and he was also named for the national team’s provisional squad.
“When I say I feel pity, that doesn’t describe the frustration I’m feeling. In recent days, together with the medical staff, we have been doing our best to be a member of the final squad too. However, no matter how difficult this is to live with, it was the only responsible decision. At the moment, the most important thing is for the team to perform well in the European Championships and for me to fully recover as soon as possible, so that in September the coach could count on me,” Szoboszlai, aged 20, commented after the decision.
The Hungarian national team began training with 30 players, but only 26 of them could eventually be named for the tournament. Defender Szilveszter Hangya’s (Mol Fehérvár FC) injury made it clear one and half a week ago that he wouldn’t be able to take the field either. Beside Szoboszlai and Hangya, defender Csaba Spandler and goalkeeper Balázs Tóth (both Puskás Academy) are set to be omitted from the final squad.
Hungary’s final, 26-strong squad for the EURO:
Goalkeepers: Ádám Bogdán (Ferencváros), Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros), Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig)
Defenders: Bendegúz Bolla (Mol Fehérvár FC), Endre Botka (Ferencváros), Attila Fiola (Mol Fehérvár), Ákos Kecskés (FC Lugano), Ádám Lang (Omonia Nicosia), Gergő Lovrencsics (Ferencváros), Willi Orbán (RB Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahce)
Midfielders: Tamás Cseri (Mezőkövesd), Dániel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), Filip Holender (Partizan Beograd), László Kleinheisler (NK Osijek), Ádám Nagy (Bristol City), Loic Nego (Mol Fehérvár), András Schäfer (DAC), Dávid Sigér (Ferencváros)
Forwards: János Hahn (Paksi FC), Nemanja Nikolics (Mol Fehérvár), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Szabolcs Schön (FC Dallas), Ádám Szalai (Mainz), Kevin Varga (Kasimpasa), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest)
The Hungarian national team’s schedule in Group F:
- June 15 (Tuesday), 18:00: Hungary-Portugal (Budapest)
- June 19 (Saturday), 15:00: Hungary-France (Budapest)
- June 23 (Wednesday), 21:00: Germany-Hungary (Munich)
fetaured image via Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI