Weekly newsletter

The Young Pál Dárdai Can Be Either Hungarian Or German International

Tamás Székely 2017.04.04.

Hertha Berlin’s Hungarian head coach Pál Dárdai celebrated his 75th Bundesliga match with his club with a 3-1 home defeat against Hoffenheim last weekend. On the memorable occasion, German sports magazine Kicker made an interview with Dárdai, who not only spoke about his own ambitions but also about his son’s future.


Under Pál Dárdai’s leadership Hertha BSC has become a strong and respected Bundesliga team

In the interview Dárdai said his currently fifth-place Hertha BSC, which had been struggling hard to avoid relegation from German first division before he took over the team, has reached its limits. “Of course, we still have a lot to improve, but we need to know the reality, we shouldn’t come up with non-realistic expectations. If the team will finish the season eighth-placed, I won’t blame anybody”, he said. Dárdai, who considers himself a die-hard Hertha fanatic, also said currently he could not imagine himself working elsewhere. “Yes, I received several offers both from Germany and abroad, but I did not care. I’m living my dream here, Hertha is more than a job for me.”

Answering a question, Dárdai also spoke about his son, who grew up in Berlin and is about to turn 18. This is an important moment in the young football player’s life, since “Palkó” (Hungarian nickname for “Pál”) holds both German and Hungarian passport, therefore he will have to choose between the two nations, if he eventually gets a call-up for international duty. “He knows what is the best for him. From now on he can not only attend to training courses of the German Football Federation (DFB), but also play for the national (youth) team. Of course, it won’t go that quickly. I have shown my homeland to all of my sons, they know the history of the country. Palkó will turn eighteen in three weeks. If either the German or the Hungarian national team will be interested in him, it is Palkó who must take the decision”, the old Pál Dárdai said.

According to the FIFA rules, young football players can play for a national youth team and choose a different national adult team later. However, if somone played once in a national adult team, he will no longer be allowed to choose another national team in the future.

via index.hu and kicker.de; featured photo: Ottmar Winter – bz-berlin.de