Hungary national football team

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Hungary
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Magical Magyars
(In the 1950s)
AssociationMagyar Labdarúgó Szövetség (MLSZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachHungary Attila Pintér
CaptainZoltán Gera
Most capsJózsef Bozsik (101)
Top scorerFerenc Puskás (84)
Home stadiumStadium Puskás Ferenc
FIFA codeHUN
FIFA ranking46 Decrease -2
Highest FIFA ranking27 (September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking87 (July 1996)
Elo ranking45
Highest Elo ranking1 (1953–57, 1958, 1964, 1965)
Lowest Elo ranking80 (November 2003)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Austria 5–0 Hungary Hungary
(Vienna, Austria 12 October 1902)
Biggest win
 Russian Empire 0–12 Hungary Hungary
(Moscow, Russia; 14 July 1912)
Hungary Hungary 13–1 France 
(Budapest, Hungary; 12 June 1927)
Hungary Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
Biggest defeat
Hungary Hungary 0–7 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 10 June 1908)
England England Amateurs 7–0 Hungary Hungary
(Solna, Sweden; 30 June 1912)[1]
 Germany 7–0 Hungary Hungary
(Cologne, Germany; 6 April 1941)
 Netherlands 8–1 Hungary Hungary
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 11 October 2013)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1934)
Best resultRunners-up; 1938 and 1954
European Championship
Appearances2 (First in 1964)
Best resultThird place, 1964
 
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Hungary
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Magical Magyars
(In the 1950s)
AssociationMagyar Labdarúgó Szövetség (MLSZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachHungary Attila Pintér
CaptainZoltán Gera
Most capsJózsef Bozsik (101)
Top scorerFerenc Puskás (84)
Home stadiumStadium Puskás Ferenc
FIFA codeHUN
FIFA ranking46 Decrease -2
Highest FIFA ranking27 (September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking87 (July 1996)
Elo ranking45
Highest Elo ranking1 (1953–57, 1958, 1964, 1965)
Lowest Elo ranking80 (November 2003)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Austria 5–0 Hungary Hungary
(Vienna, Austria 12 October 1902)
Biggest win
 Russian Empire 0–12 Hungary Hungary
(Moscow, Russia; 14 July 1912)
Hungary Hungary 13–1 France 
(Budapest, Hungary; 12 June 1927)
Hungary Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
Biggest defeat
Hungary Hungary 0–7 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 10 June 1908)
England England Amateurs 7–0 Hungary Hungary
(Solna, Sweden; 30 June 1912)[1]
 Germany 7–0 Hungary Hungary
(Cologne, Germany; 6 April 1941)
 Netherlands 8–1 Hungary Hungary
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 11 October 2013)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1934)
Best resultRunners-up; 1938 and 1954
European Championship
Appearances2 (First in 1964)
Best resultThird place, 1964
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Gold1952 HelsinkiTeam
Bronze1960 RomeTeam
Gold1964 TokyoTeam
Gold1968 Mexico CityTeam
Silver1972 MunichTeam

The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation.

It has a respectable football history, having won three Olympic titles, finishing runners-up in the 1938 and 1954 FIFA World Cups, and third in the 1964 UEFA European Football Championship. Hungary revolutionized the sport in the 1950s, laying the tactical fundamentals of Total Football and dominating international football with the remarkable Golden Team which included legend Ferenc Puskás, top goalscorer of the 20th century,[2][3][4] whom FIFA dedicated[5] its newest award, the Puskás Award. The side of that era has the all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in the world, with 2166 in 1954, and one of the longest undefeated runs in football history, remaining unbeaten in 31 games, spanning over more than 4 years and including matches such as the Match of the Century.

The post-golden age decades saw a gradually weakening Hungary, though recently there is renewal in all aspects. The Hungarian Children's Football Federation was founded in 2008, as youth development thrives. For the first time in Hungarian football's history, they hosted the 2010 UEFA Futsal Championship in Budapest and Debrecen, the first time the MLSZ staged a UEFA finals tournament. Also, the national teams have produced some surprise successes such as beating Euro 2004 winner Greece 3–2[6] and 2006 FIFA World Cup winner Italy 3–1.[7] Although they have not qualified for a major tournament's finals since 1986, they came semi-finalists at the 2008 European Under-19 Championship and qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup which saw their U-20 national team gaining third place to bring home Hungary's first major tournament medal in nearly half a century, feeding their hopes of a future revival. Younger talents such as Balázs Dzsudzsák, Vladimir Koman and Ádám Szalai, having graduated from the U-17, U-19, and U-21 teams, now play for the senior squad.

History[edit]

Although Austria and Hungary were constituent countries of the dual monarchy known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, they formed separate football associations and teams around the start of the 20th century.

Alfréd Hajós, who won two gold medals in swimming in the first Olympic Games in 1896, was one of the first managers of the national team

The 1910s[edit]

The Hungarian national team at the 1912 Summer Olympics

The national side first appeared at the Summer Olympic Games in 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. The team had to ask for donations in order to be able to go to the games. Hungary played with the England and lost 7–0 and thus were eliminated. After the Olympic Games Hungary played two matches against Russia in Moscow. The first match was won by 9–0 while the second 12–0 which is still a record of the national side. The top scorer of the two matches was Imre Schlosser who scored seven goals. The beginning of the World War I had a deep impact on the thriving Hungarian football. Not only the country was suffering for financial problems but the clubs too. During World War I Hungary played Austria 16 times. In 1919 England claimed the exclusion of the Central Powers (including Hungary) from the FIFA. Since the FIFA refused England's plea, the British and the Irish associations (English, Scottish, Welsh) decided to quit from the FIFA.

The 1920s[edit]

Budapest was denied the opportunity to host the Summer Olympics in 1920, therefore it was held in Belgium. Moreover, the countries of the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria) were excluded from the Olympics. During this period the Fogl brothers (József Fogl and Károly Fogl) played in the national team. The formation the Hungarians used was 2–3–5 which was unique at that time. In 1924 The national team played at the Summer Olympics in Paris, France. In the first match Hungary beat Poland but in the second round they lost to Egypt. As a consequence, both the head coach and the head of the Hungarian Football Federation resigned. Between 1927 and 1930 Hungary participated in the Europa Cup, which is considered as the first international tournament, with Austria, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Russia, and Yugoslavia. In the final Hungary lost to Russia. On 12 June 1927 Hungary beat France by 13–1 which is still a record. József Takács scored six goals against France.

The 1930s - Silver medal at the 1938 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Hungary national football team (including György Sárosi) in the 1930s

The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930.[8] Hungary did not take part in the tournament since they were not invited and there were no qualification matches. Therefore, Hungary first appeared in the World Cup in Italy where the 1934 FIFA World Cup was held.[9] Hungary's first World Cup match was played against Egypt on 27 May 1934, in the end the match was won 4–2. The goals were scored by Teleki, Toldi (2) and Vincze.[10] In the quarter-finals Hungary faced neighbouring arch-rivals Austria and lost 2–1. The only Hungarian goal was scored by Sárosi.[11]

The 1938 FIFA World Cup was held in France.[12] The first match was played against Dutch East Indies and Hungary won 6–0. Sárosi and Zsengellér scored twice while Kohut and Toldi also scored a goal each.[13] In the quarter-finals Hungary played with Switzerland and the match was won 2–0 thanks to a goal by Sárosi and Zsengellér each.[14] The semi-finals at the Parc des Princes in Paris Hungary played against Sweden and won 5–1. Sas, Sárosi and Zsengellér's hat-trick sent them to the 1938 FIFA World Cup final.[15] In the final Hungary faced Italy at the Stade Olympique de Colombes in Paris. The final result was 4–2 to Italy. The Hungarian goals were scored by Titkos and Sárosi.[16]

The 1950s - The Golden Era[edit]

The restored match clock has been installed in front of the Stade de Suisse as a memorial.

Hungarian football was best known for being one of the most formidable and influential sides in football history, which revolutionized the play of the game. Centred around the dynamic and potent quartet of strikers Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, attacking half-back József Bozsik and withdrawn striker Nándor Hidegkuti, the "Aranycsapat" (Golden Team) of the "Magnificent Magyars", captivated the football world with an exciting brand of play drawn from new tactical nuances and amassed, barring the 1954 World Cup Final, a remarkable record of 46 victories, 6 ties, and no defeats from 14 May 1950 until they lost 3–1 to Turkey on 19 February 1956.

The formation of the Aranycsapat (Golden Team or Magical Magyars)

On 25 November 1953 took place the match of the century between England and Hungary at the Wembley Stadium, London, England. The English team were unbeaten for 90 years at home. In front of 105,000 spectators Nándor Hidegkuti scored the first Hungarian goal in the first minute. In the first half the result was 4–2 to Hungary. The Hungarian goals were scored by Nándor Hidegkúti (1st, 22nd) and Ferenc Puskás (25th 29th). In the second half the Hungarians scored twice (Hidegkúti and József Bozsik) which resulted the most important victory of the Hungarians in the twentieth century. The final result was 6–3. On 23 May 1954 the Hungarian national team beat England by 7–1, which has been the biggest defeat of England, at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium.[17] At that time in Hungary there was a saying about the match which is the following: Az angolok egy hétre jöttek és 7:1-re mentek in English: The English came for a (one) week (seven days) and went home with seven (7) one (1) (the result of the match).

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was held in Switzerland.[18] The first match was played against South Korea and Hungary won by 9–0 at the Hardturm in Zurich.[19] In the second group match Hungary played against West Germany and won the match by 8–3 at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel.[20] In the quarter-finals Hungary beat Brazil 4–2 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern.[21] In the semi-finals Hungary played with the two-times World Cup winner Uruguay in Lausanne. Hungary won by 4–2 after extra time.[22] In the final Hungary faced with West Germany again. Although Hungary won the group match against the Germans, they lost 3–2 in the final in Bern at the Wankdorf Stadium.[23] The Golden Team, built around the legendary Ferenc Puskás, led early 2–0, but ended up 2–3 in a game the Germans subsequently christened "The Miracle of Bern".

The MÁV 470 010, a train from 2012 celebrating the 60th anniversary of the golden team

In 2010 Erik Eggers, professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin, revealed in a study that the Germany team may have used drugs to beat the Hungarian team, which were considered invincible at that time.[24][25][26]

Jenő Buzánszky, one of the two living members of the Gold Team

Hungary qualified for the 1958 FIFA World Cup which was held in Sweden.[27] Hungary played their first match against Wales at the Jarnvallen stadium in Sandviken and the final result was 1–1.[28] The second group match was played against the host country, Sweden. Hungary lost 2–1 in the Råsunda Stadium, Solna.[29] Although Hungary won their last group match against Mexico at the Jarnvallen stadium in Sandvinken,[30] they were eliminated from the World Cup after losing a play-off to Wales, who they had drawn level with on points. The Welsh had managed to draw all the group games and then beat the once-mighty Hungarians in a play-off match to decide which nation should follow Sweden into the knock-out stage. Had goal difference been the decider, Hungary would have gone through, as the Hungarians had a goal ratio 6-3 compared to 2-2 of Wales. As it was, Wales had the honour of meeting Brazil in the quarterfinals and becoming the recipient of young Pelé´s first World Cup goal.


The 1960s[edit]

Hungary qualified for the 1962 FIFA World Cup which was held in Chile.[31] On 31 May 1962 in the first group match Hungary beat England by 2–1 thanks to the goals of Tichy and Albert at the El Teniente stadium in Rancagua in front of 7938 spectators.[32] The second match on 3 June 1962 was even more convincing against the Bulgarian national side. The match was won by 6–1 in Rancagua.[33] The last group match was against Argentina on 6 June 1962 and the final result was a goalless draw in front of 7945 spectators in Rancagua.[34] Hungary qualified for the quarter-finals by gaining 5 points and winning the group. In the quarter-finals of the World Cup Hungary was eliminated by Czechoslovakia by 1–0 at the El Teniente stadium in Rancagua in front of 11690 spectators.[35]

Hungary qualified for the 1964 European Nations' Cup which was organised in Spain. Hungary played against Spain in the semi-finals of the tournament. The final result was 2–1 after extra time. The only Hungarian goal was scored by Ferenc Bene. In the third place play-off Hungary beat Denmark 3–1 after extra time. Dezső Novák scored twice in the extra time.[36]

Hungary also managed to qualify for the 1966 FIFA World Cup which was held in the home of football, England.[37] On 13 July 1966 Hungary lost their first group match against Eusébio's Portugal by 3–1 at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.[38] Two days later in the second group match Hungary beat Brazil thanks to the goals of Bene, Farkas and Mészöly in the Goodison Park in Liverpool.[39] In the last round of the group matches on 20 July 1966 Hungary beat Bulgaria by 3–1.[40] The goals were scored by Mészöly and Bene. Hungary finished second in the group and qualified for the quarter finals. In the quarter-finals Hungary were eliminated by the Soviet Union on 23 July 1966 by 2–1 at the Roker Park in Sunderland in front of 26844 spectators.[41]

Flórián Albert was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967. He was the most successful footballer of Ferencváros since the formation of the club, scoring 255 goals in 351 matches from 1958–74.

The 1970s[edit]

Hungary qualified for the finals of the UEFA Euro 1972 which was held in Belgium. In the semi-finals Hungary played with the Soviet Union and lost 1–0. In the third place play-off Hungary lost to Belgium 2–1. The only Hungarian goal was scored by Lajos Kű. Hungary finished fourth in the 1972 UEFA Euro.[42]
Hungary participated in the 1978 FIFA World Cup which was held in Argentina. On 2 June 1978 at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires Hungary played with Argentina. Although Károly Csapó scored an early goal, the home side won the match by 2–1. Hungary played their second group match against Italy and the Azzurri won by 3–1. Hungary's third match was played against Michel Platini's France and Hungary lost 3–1 which resulted the farewell of the national side.[43]

The 1980s - Sign of decline[edit]

During the 1980s Hungary qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice. The first group match of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain[44] was played against El Salvador and Hungary won by 10–1 at Estadio Nuevo in Elche.[45] The goals were scored by Nyilasi (2), Pölöskei, Fazekas (2), Tóth, Kiss (3) and Szentes. In spite of the big victory, Hungary lost to 4–1 to Maradona's Argentina in the second match of the group stages. Maradona scored twice, while the only Hungarian goal was scored by Pölöskei at the Estadio José Rico Pérez in Alicante.[46] Although Hungary drew in the last match against Belgium,[47] they were eliminated from the World Cup. However, Hungary was leading in the first half thanks to a goal by Varga.
Hungary's last World Cup appearance was the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.[48] In the first match of the group Hungary lost 6–0 to the Soviet Union.[49] Football experts date the crisis of the Hungarian football from this match. Although Hungary won their second match against Canada by 2–0[50] (the goals were scored by Esterházy and Détári), they lost to Platini's France 3–0 in the last group match.[51] This has been the last World Cup appearance of the Hungarian national team.

The 1990s - Nadir[edit]

Antal Dunai's team qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics

During the 1990s Hungary were not able to qualify for any international tournaments except for the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, the United States. The 1980s were considered as the most bitter years of the Hungarian football, but the 1990s proved to be the worst. In 1996 Hungary reached its lowest FIFA ranking (87). The fall of the Communist regime caused financial problems to many Hungarian clubs. Formerly successful clubs like Ferencváros and Újpest faced with financial crisis and bankruptcy. This had a deep effect on the Hungarian national team as well since earlier the biggest clubs from Budapest (Ferencváros, Újpest, Honvéd and MTK) produced the players for the national side. Another important reason for the decline can be attributed to the Bosman ruling. Since the Hungarian clubs lost the financial aid from the state in the early 1990s, they were not able to compete with the richer European clubs. The crisis in the Hungarian club football affected the performance of the national team.
The Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskás was appointed as the head coach of the national side in 1993 in order to bring back the earlier success. However, he led the team during only four matches. Consequently, the coaching of the former Honvéd and Real Madrid could not change anything. The only remarkable success in the 1990s was the qualification of the Hungarian national team for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Antal Dunai's team played its first group match against Nigeria and lost to 1–0 in Orlando, in the United States.[52] In the second group match Hungary played with Brazil and lost to 3–1.[53] The only Hungarian goal was scored by Csaba Madar. The last group match was played against Japan. Hungary lost to 3–2.[54] The Hungarian goals were scored by Csaba Madar and Tamás Sándor. Although the Olympic qualification of the young team was a big surprise and people thought that Hungary would have a better future in football history, the team never reached any similar success later.
In the 1990s Hungary were the closest to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup but they were eliminated in the play-offs by Yugoslavia.[55]

The 2000s - Abyss[edit]

Zoltán Gera in action playing for Fulham in August 2009

The most talented players of the 2000s were Gera and Dárdai. Both played abroad (Gera in the Premier League for West Bromwich Albion F.C. and Fulham F.C., while Dárdai in the Bundesliga for Hertha BSC). However, other significant players did not emerge in order to form a strong national team which resulted the consecutive failures of the qualification for the international competitions in the 2000s. Hungary were unable to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2000, 2004, 2008 and for FIFA World Cup 2002, 2006, and 2010. Moreover, during the UEFA Euro 2008 qualification Hungary finished sixth in their group reaching their nadir in their football history. They even lost to Malta which resulted the resignation of Péter Bozsik. Couple of days later Péter Várhidi was appointed who was famous for his appearances in the Sport 1, Hungarian sport television, and analysing the Italian Serie A clubs. He proved his talent by beating the 2006 FIFA World Champions Italy by 3–1 at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in a friendly tie. However, neither Bozsik nor Várhidi could do well in the official matches which resulted their removal.

The Hungarian Football Federation even tried out foreign coaches. Both the German Lothar Matthäus[56] and the Dutch Erwin Koeman[57] failed to qualify for any tournaments.

In the 2000s only the Hungary U-20 team could bring back the emotions of the early years. Hungary won a bronze medal in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[58] The new talents of the U-20 team were immediately signed by foreign clubs. Koman to Sampdoria, Németh to Liverpool, Simon to Palermo. However, the big question was whether they can develop enough to be able to play in the senior team.

The 2010s - Signs of hope and the Egervári era[edit]

Gergely Rudolf became member of the national squad from the six-time Hungarian League champion Debrecen

The success trainer of the U-20 team Sándor Egervári was nominated as the head coach of the national side.[59] He tried to imbed the new talents into the senior team creating a balance between the younger (Koman and Dzsudzsák) and the older players (Gera and Juhász).

József Varga, Vilmos Vanczák and Robert Lewandowski in a friendly tie against Poland on 15 November 2011

In the Euro 2012 qualifying Hungary was drawn into Group E. On 3 September Hungary lost 2–0 to Sweden at the Råsunda Stadium, in Solna.[60] In the second match Hungary beat Moldova by 2–1 at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest.[61] In the 50th Rudolf and in the 66th Koman scored. On 8 October 2010, Hungary scored eight goals against San Marino at the Pukás Ferenc Stadium.[62] Szalai scored a hat-trick. On 12 October, After many years Hungary was able to win away against a team which was ranked ahead. Hungary beat Finland by 2–1 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.[63] Szalai's and Dzsudzsák's goal resulted the success. In the spring of 2011 Hungary played with World Cup 2010 finalist the Netherlands. At home Hungary was beaten by 4–0,[64] while away 5–3.[65] Although Gera scored twice and Rudolf once, Hungary was unable to win or draw at the Amsterdam Arena. On 7 June 2011 Hungary beat San Marino away by 3–0.[66] On 2 September 2011, Egervári had to leave out the key people (Dzsudzsák, Juhász and Gera) from the national side due to injuries and suspension. In spite of the difficulties Hungary beat Sweden at home. Szabics scored against Sweden at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium in the last minutes of the first half. However, Sweden equalized in the second half. A late goal by Rudolf resulted the celebration of 25,000 spectators after beating Sweden by 2–1 at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium.[67] On 6 September 2011, Hungary beat Moldova 2–0 at the Zimbru Stadium in Chişinău.[68] An early goal by Vanczák in the 7th minute calmed down the national side and in the second half a goal by Rudolf secured the victory away in order to stay in the hunt for the play-offs of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Since Hungary won the two matches in September 2011 there was still hope for the play-offs of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. In September 2011 Hungary reached its highest FIFA ranking in the team's history with the 27th position due to the victories over Sweden and Moldova in the qualifiers.[69] In the penultimate round of the Euro 2012 qualifiers Sweden beat Finland away (2–1), as a consequence the last match was without any stake for the Hungarian national side which left its mark on it. Hungary drew with Finland at home (0–0).[70]

In the last two matches of the year 2011 Hungary played with Liechtenstein at home (the match was aimed as a commemoration of the recently deceased football legend Flórián Albert[71] who was the only Hungarian football player who won the prize Ballon d'Or) and the Euro 2012 hosts Poland away. On 1 June 2012 in a friendly tier Hungary beat the Czech Republic by 2–1. Egervári invited Szakály, Mészáros and Gyurcsó for the first time. Gyurcsó was the first player from the Puskás Ferenc Academy and he contributed to the success by a late goal.[72][73] Three days later Hungary drew with Ireland.[74][75][76]

Qualifying results in the Egervári eraPldWDLGFGAGDPts
2012 UEFA Euro qualification106132214+819
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification105232120+117
Overall2011364334+936
Sándor Egervári has been the most successful coach in the last 20 years

Hungary started the FIFA world cup 2014 qualifying campaign in group D along with the Netherlands, Turkey, Romania, Estonia and Andorra. Egervári, head coach of the national team, said in an interview with the FIFA that Netherlands are the favourites and the battle for the second place will be between Romania, Turkey and Hungary.[77] On 7 September, Hungary started the FIFA world cup 2014 qualifying campaign with a 5–0 win over Andorra.[78][79] Just four days later Hungary lost to the Netherlands at home 4–1.[80][81] On 12 October Tamás Hajnal celebrated his 50th appearance in the national team with a goal against Estonia which resulted the 1–0 victory over the Baltic linguistic relatives in the FIFA world cup 2014 qualifiers.[82][83] Four days later, on 16 October 2012 Hungary battle back to beat Turkey at home 3–1.[84][85] In March 2013 Hungary played two crucial matches in their group. On 22 March 2013 Hungary drew with Romania at the empty Puskás Ferenc Stadium.[86] Vanczák's header was equalized by Mutu's penalty, while Dzsudzsák's penalty was equalized by Chipciu's late goal finishing tha match 2-2.[87][88][89] and on 26 March 2013 Turkey hosted Hungary at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul. Böde's equalizer secured a 1-1 draw in Turkey.[90][91][92] Hungary prepared for their crucial autumnal FIFA qualifiers with a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic at home and on 6 September 2013 Hungary lost 3-0 to Romania in Bucarest.[93][94][95] Four days later Hungary beat Estonia 5-1 at home,[96][97][98] On 11 October 2013 Hungary suffered an 8-1 record defeat at the Amsterdam Arena against the Netherlands,[99][100] which resulted the resignation of Egervári.[101] Therefore, on 14 October 2013 Csábi, caretaker, led the team against Andorra in a 2-0 victory.[102][103]

On 19 December 2013, Attila Pintér was appointed as the head coach of the national team by the Hungarian Football Federation in Telki.[104]

Home stadium[edit]

The home stadium of the Hungarian national side is the Ferenc Puskás Stadium (also called Népstadion). The stadium was built between 1948 and 1953 using a large number of volunteers, including soldiers. The stadium was opened in 1953. On 23 May 1954 England lost to 7–1 against the Hungarian national team. The capacity of the stadium is 41,000 (approved by the UEFA) though its original capacity exceeded the 100,000. The stadium also hosted one of the Derbies of Budapest, including Ferencváros, Újpest, MTK, Honvéd or Vasas. The stadium is going to be demolished after the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland in order to replace the old Ferenc Puskás stadium with a new multi-purpose stadium. Ferenc Puskás Stadium is considered as the primary home of the national side since it does not belong to any clubs. However, the national side plays at different stadia all over Hungary. These stadia are the Sóstói Stadion (home of Videoton FC), ETO Park (home of Győr), Albert Stadion (home of Ferencváros), Szusza Ferenc Stadium (home of Újpest) and ZTE Arena (home of Zalaegerszeg).

StadiumCityFirst matchLast match
Puskás Ferenc StadiumBudapest20/08/195315/10/2013
Szusza Ferenc StadiumBudapest14/11/200107/09/2010
ETO ParkGyőr03/03/201006/06/2013
ZTE ArenaZalaegerszeg24/04/200426/03/2008
Albert StadionBudapest31/05/198419/11/2003
Stadion PMFCPécs08/05/200208/05/2002

Colours and kits[edit]

Hungary home kit 2008.svg
Hungary away kit 2008.svg

Hungary's traditional home colurs are red shirts, white shorts and green socks. The combination of the colours represent the Hungarian flag. However, the team sometimes wears all white kit even at home. The coat of arms are worn on the left side of the shirt, where the human heart can be found. When the Hungarian players listen to the national anthem of Hungary, Himnusz, they put their arms on to their chest. The national anthem is considered beautiful by Hungarians but many football fans criticize it because of its melancholy which can have an effect on the players. The actual coat of arms could have always been found on the shirt of the national team in contrast with many other national teams which wear the logo of the football federation. Adidas has been the main designer of the Hungary kits.

Evolution of the kits[edit]

50s
2001
2005
2007
2008

Current kits[edit]

Home
Away
1st alternative
2nd alternative
Goalkeeper
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3

Recent Times[edit]

With the appointment of Erwin Koeman the Hungarians had high hopes for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. However, a good start turned to a moderate finish with Hungary ending up fourth in Group 1, holding close with 16 points to Sweden's 18, Portugal's 19 and Denmark's 21. Albania finished fifth with a deep gap of 9 points, gaining 7, while Malta harvested one. This qualifying run saw them three points away from making it into the world cup, and the closest they have been since the 1986 world cup in Mexico. This positive result gave the Hungarians more hope to qualify for UEFA Euro 2012 and more importantly the 2014 FIFA World Cup, however, following two disappointing season-end defeats to World Cup participants Germany and Netherlands, Erwin Koeman got dismissed as the head coach. 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup bronze medal winner Sándor Egervári replaced Koeman to coach the senior Hungarian squad at the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifiers. Again, Hungary were in a tight race against the Sweden right up until the last match, however the Hungarians were eliminated following their nil draw with Finland and with the Swedes defeating the Netherlands 3–2. Despite not qualifying for the 2012 UEFA Euro, the Hungarian team is currently enjoying a competitive resurgence at the world stage, as they have earned their highest ever FIFA ranking in September 2011, listing at 27 overall. With their best team in recent history, the Hungarians have positive expectations to compete with the Netherlands, Turkey and Romania in Group D of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary draw.

UEFA Euro 2012[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Netherlands10901378+2927
 Sweden108023111+2024
 Hungary106132214+819
 Finland103161616010
 Moldova103071216−49
 San Marino100010053−530
 FinlandHungaryMoldovaNetherlandsSan MarinoSweden
Finland 1–24–10–28–01–2
Hungary 0–02–10–48–02–1
Moldova 2–00–20–14–01–4
Netherlands 2–15–31–011–04–1
San Marino 0–10–30–20–50–5
Sweden 5–02–02–13–26–0


World Cup 2014[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Netherlands10910345+2928
 Romania106131912+719
 Hungary105232120+117
 Turkey10514169+716
 Estonia10217620−147
 Andorra100010030−300
 AndorraEstoniaHungaryNetherlandsRomaniaTurkey
Andorra 0–10–50–20–40–2
Estonia 2–00–12–20–20–2
Hungary 2–05–11–42–23–1
Netherlands 3–03–08–14–02–0
Romania 4–02–03–01–40–2
Turkey 5–03–01–10–20–1


Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Netherlands and Andorra on 11 and 15 October 2013. Caps and goals up to 15 October 2013.[106]

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKÁdám Bogdán(1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 26)180England Bolton Wanderers
121GKGábor Király (Captain)(1976-04-01) 1 April 1976 (age 37)900Germany 1860 München
221GKBalázs Megyeri(1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 23)00Greece Olympiacos
32DFVilmos Vanczák(1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 30)764Switzerland Sion
142DFSzilárd Devecseri(1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 23)30Hungary Haladás
162DFGábor Gyömbér(1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 25)10Hungary Ferencváros
172DFNorbert Mészáros(1980-08-19) 19 August 1980 (age 33)90Hungary Debrecen
212DFZsolt Korcsmár(1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 25)220Germany Greuther Fürth
232DFZoltán Lipták(1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 29)141Hungary Győr
53MFMáté Pátkai(1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 25)30Hungary Győr
63MFÁkos Elek(1988-07-21) 21 July 1988 (age 25)281Hungary Diósgyőr
73MFBalázs Dzsudzsák (Vice-captain)(1986-12-23) 23 December 1986 (age 27)5814Russia Dynamo Moscow
83MFJózsef Varga(1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 25)250England Middlesbrough
103MFVladimir Koman(1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 (age 24)347Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
183MFZoltán Stieber(1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 25)30Germany Greuther Fürth
203MFTamás Hajnal(1981-03-15) 15 March 1981 (age 32)597Germany Ingolstadt 04
94FWÁdám Szalai(1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 26)197Germany Schalke 04
114FWKrisztián Németh(1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 25)151Netherlands Roda JC
154FWGergő Lovrencsics(1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 25)20Poland Lech Poznań
194FWNemanja Nikolić(1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 26)21Hungary Videoton

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been selected by Hungary in the past 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKPéter Gulácsi(1990-05-06) 6 May 1990 (age 23)00Austria Red Bull Salzburgv.  Netherlands, 11 October 2013
DFTamás Kádár(1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 23)150Hungary Diósgyőrv.  Netherlands, 11 October 2013
DFRichárd Guzmics(1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 26)70Hungary Haladásv.  Netherlands, 11 October 2013
DFZsolt Laczkó(1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 27)220Italy Padovav.  Estonia, 10 September 2013
DFAttila Fiola(1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 23)00Hungary Paksv.  Estonia, 10 September 2013
DFRoland Juhász INJ(1983-07-01) 1 July 1983 (age 30)786Hungary Videotonv.  Czech Republic, 14 August 2013
DFRoland Szolnoki(1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 22)00Hungary Videotonv.  Belarus, 6 February 2013
MFPéter Szakály(1986-08-17) 17 August 1986 (age 27)40Hungary Debrecenv.  Netherlands, 11 October 2013
MFÁdám Pintér INJ(1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 (age 25)160Russia Tom Tomskv.  Czech Republic, 14 August 2013
MFIstván Kovács INJ(1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 21)20Hungary Videotonv.  Czech Republic, 14 August 2013
MFÁdám Gyurcsó(1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 22)81Hungary Videotonv.  Kuwait, 6 June 2013
MFJózsef Kanta(1984-03-24) 24 March 1984 (age 29)30Hungary MTKv.  Kuwait, 6 June 2013
MFZoltán Gera(1979-04-22) 22 April 1979 (age 34)7723England West Bromwich Albionv.  Turkey, 26 March 2013
MFPéter Halmosi(1979-09-25) 25 September 1979 (age 34)350Hungary Haladásv.  Turkey, 26 March 2013
MFTamás Koltai INJ(1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 26)120Hungary Győrv.  Belarus, 6 February 2013
FWDániel Böde(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 27)72Hungary Ferencvárosv.  Netherlands, 11 October 2013
FWImre Szabics(1981-03-22) 22 March 1981 (age 32)3613Austria Sturm Grazv.  Estonia, 10 September 2013
FWRoland Varga(1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 24)00Hungary Győrv.  Czech Republic, 14 August 2013
FWTamás Priskin(1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 27)4212Russia Alania Vladikavkazv.  Kuwait, 6 June 2013
FWGergely Rudolf(1985-03-09) 9 March 1985 (age 28)249Hungary Győrv.  Turkey, 26 March 2013

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head CoachHungary Attila Pintér
Assistant CoachesT.B.D.
vacant
Goalkeeping CoachHungary József Andrusch
Technical ManagerHungary József Bazsánt
Team DoctorHungary Dr. György Szilágyi
Chief Press OfficerHungary László Pajor-Gyulai
MasseursHungary László Eisemann
Hungary Tamás Halmai
Kit ManagerHungary Imre Ambrus

Former squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

UEFA Euro[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

The gold medal of the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki

FIFA World Cup[edit]

YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGA
Uruguay 1930Did Not Enter
Italy 1934Quarter-Final6210154
France 1938Runners Up2nd4301155
Brazil 1950Did Not Enter
Switzerland 1954Runners Up2nd54012710
Sweden 1958Round 110411275
Chile 1962Quarter-Final5421183
England 1966Quarter-Final6420287
Mexico 1970Did not qualify-------
Germany 1974Did not qualify-------
Argentina 1978Round 115300338
Spain 1982Round 1143111126
Mexico 1986Round 118310229
Italy 1990Did not qualify-------
United States 1994Did not qualify-------
France 1998Did not qualify-------
South KoreaJapan 2002Did not qualify-------
Germany 2006Did not qualify-------
South Africa 2010Did not qualify-------
Brazil 2014Did not qualify-------
Russia 2018To Be Determined
Qatar 2022To Be Determined
Total9/222 Finals32153148757

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
France 1960Did not qualify
Spain 1964Third Place3rd210143
Italy 1968Did Not Qualify
Belgium 1972Fourth Place4th200213
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 to Poland Ukraine 2012Did not qualify
France 2016To Be Determined
TotalThird Place2/15410356
Olympics record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGA
France 1900Did Not Enter
United States 1904
Greece 1906
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912Round 210th100107
Belgium 1920Did Not Enter
France 1924Round 29th210153
Netherlands 1928Did Not Qualify
Nazi Germany 1936Round 113th100103
United Kingdom 1948Did Not Qualify
Finland 1952Champions1st6600202
Australia 1956Did Not Enter
Italy 1960Third Place3rd5401179
Japan 1964Champions1st5500226
Mexico 1968Champions1st5510183
Germany 1972Runners-up2nd7511215
Canada 1976Did Not Qualify
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992
United States 1996Round 111th300337
Australia 2000Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Total3 Gold Medal9/2635262810746

Honours[edit]

International titles[edit]

W.Cup.svg FIFA World Cup
UEFA European Cup.svg UEFA European Championship
  • Third place (1): 1964
  • Fourth Place(1): 1972
Gold medal.svg Olympic football tournament
  • Winner (2): 1936–38, 1948–53

Friendly titles[edit]

Records[edit]

Puskás, Top scorer of the 20th century

The match between Austria and Hungary in Vienna in 1902 was the first international match played between two non-British European countries.

Hungary was the first team from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to beat England at home, famously winning 6–3 at Wembley on 25 November 1953. Six months later they beat England 7–1 in 1954, this time in Budapest. This still ranks as England's record defeat.

The trainer responsible for gelling together the elements of the Hungarian side on the 1950s, Gusztáv Sebes holds the highest ratio of victories per game past 30 matches with 72.06% (49 wins, 12, draws, 7 defeats). Brazil great Vicente Feola (1955–1966) owns the second highest with 71.88% (46 wins, 12 draws, 6 defeats).

Hungary owns the records for quality in offensive throughput in a single World Cup finals competition. Football historians often relate to the 27 goals (5.4 gls / game) and a goal differential of +17 as records likely never to be passed in the more preventive modern game. Sándor Kocsis, along with his record 7 hat tricks in the international game, owns the single World Cup finals competition's record with 2.2 goals/match. In 1953, they also became Central European Champions

Hungary has the distinction of setting the highest Elo football rating ever recorded with 2166 points. This was set after their 4–2 victory over Uruguay in the 1954 World Cup semi-final on 30 June 1954, the final match in their 31 game unbeaten streak (see below). They also own the second highest rating of 2156, set in 1956. Brazil owns the third highest with 2153, and Spain with 2142 is fourth.

Ferenc Puskás was recognized to be the top scorer of the 20th century, by the IFFHS.

Top international goalscorers of the 20th century[edit]

Three of the six top international goalscorers of the 20th century were Hungarian, two of them from the Golden Team of the 1950s.[citation needed]

#PlayerNationGoals ScoredGames PlayedYears Active
1.Ferenc Puskás Hungary84 goals85 internationals1945–1956
2.Pelé Brazil77 goals92 internationals1957–1971
3.Sándor Kocsis Hungary75 goals68 internationals1948–1956
4.Gerd Müller West Germany68 goals62 internationals1966–1974
5.Hussein Saeed Iraq63 goals126 internationals1976–1990
6.Imre Schlosser Hungary59 goals68 internationals1906–1927

Undefeated run[edit]

Hungary, with its master narrative of being undefeated in the 1950s also broke one of football's timeless benchmarks being first to eclipse an 1888 Scotland national football team record of being undefeated in 22 consecutive matches. They bettered the old mark by nine additional games to 31 (or 32 counting the match against East Germany, that is not considered an official international for that team). Hungary holds the third longest consecutive run of matches unbeaten with 31 international games between 14 May 1950 and 4 July 1954, when they lost the World Cup final to Germany.[107]

Spain and Brazil holds the longest string of 35 unbeaten matches.

* = not official

OpponentTypeDateResult
 PolandFriendly match4 June 19505–2
 AlbaniaFriendly match24 September 195012–0
 AustriaFriendly match29 October 19504–3
 BulgariaFriendly match12 November 19501–1
 PolandFriendly match27 May 19516–0
 CzechoslovakiaFriendly match14 October 19512–1
 FinlandFriendly match18 November 19518–0
 East GermanyFriendly match18 May 19525–0*
 PolandFriendly match15 June 19525–1
 FinlandFriendly match22 June 19526–1
 Romania1952 Olympics15 July 19522–1
 Italy1952 Olympics21 July 19523–0
 Turkey1952 Olympics24 July 19527–1
 Sweden1952 Olympics28 July 19526–0
 Yugoslavia1952 Olympics2 August 19522–0
  SwitzerlandCentral European Cup20 September 19524–2
 CzechoslovakiaFriendly match19 October 19525–0
 AustriaFriendly match26 April 19531–1
 ItalyCentral European Cup17 May 19533–0
 SwedenFriendly match5 July 19534–2
 BulgariaFriendly match4 October 19531–1
 CzechoslovakiaFriendly match4 October 19535–1
 AustriaFriendly match11 October 19533–2
 SwedenFriendly match15 November 19532–2
 EnglandFriendly match25 November 19536–3
 EgyptFriendly match12 February 19543–0
 AustriaFriendly match11 April 19541–0
 EnglandFriendly match23 May 19547–1
 South Korea1954 FIFA World Cup17 June 19549–0
 West Germany1954 FIFA World Cup20 June 19548–3
 Brazil1954 FIFA World Cup27 June 19544–2
 Uruguay1954 FIFA World Cup30 June 19544–2 (a.e.t.)

Player history[edit]

Top appearances[edit]

Bold indicates players who are still active.

PosPlayerCapsGoalsTenure
1József Bozsik101111947–1962
2László Fazekas92241968–1983
3Gábor Király9001998–present
4Gyula Grosics8601947–1962
5Ferenc Puskás85841945–1956
6Imre Garaba8231980–1991
7Sándor Mátrai8101956–1967
8Roland Juhász7862004–present
9Ferenc Sipos7711957–1966
Zoltán Gera77232002–present
11László Bálint7631972–1982
Ferenc Bene76361962–1979
Máté Fenyvesi7681954–1966
Vilmos Vanczák7542004–present
15Flórián Albert75311959–1974
Károly Sándor75271949–1964
17Lajos Tichy72511955–1971
18József Kiprich70281984–1995
Tibor Nyilasi70321975–1985
20Nándor Hidegkuti69391945–1958
21Imre Schlosser68591906–1927
Sándor Kocsis68751948–1956
23Béla Illés64151991–2001
24György Sárosi62421931–1943
János Göröcs62191958–1970
26Kálmán Mészöly6161961–1971
Lajos Détári61131984–1994
Pál Dárdai6151998–2010
29Tamás Hajnal5972004–present
30Péter Lipcsei5811991–2005
Balázs Dzsudzsák58142007–present
32Gábor Halmai5741993–2001
33Kálmán Kovács56191985–1995
József Tóth5611974–1983
35Sándor Sallai5511981–1989
36Sándor Bíró5401932–1946
37Mihály Lantos5351949–1956
38Vilmos Sebők5291996–2006
39Károly Fogl5121918–1929
Szabolcs Huszti5172004–2010
41György Bognár5071985–1994
42Krisztián Lisztes4991994–2004
Gyula Lázár4911931–1941
Jenő Buzánszky4901950–1956
45Pál Titkos48131929–1938
József Turay48111928–1939
47Vilmos Kertész47111909–1924
48Géza Toldi46251929–1940
László Bodnár4602000–2010
László Sárosi4601956–1965

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 15 October 2013

PosPlayerGoals (Caps)TenureAvg/game
1Ferenc Puskás84 (85)1945–19560.99
2Sándor Kocsis75 (68)1948–19561.10
3Imre Schlosser59 (68)1906–19270.87
4Lajos Tichy51 (72)1955–19640.61
5György Sárosi42 (62)1931–19430.68
6Nándor Hidegkuti39 (69)1945–19580.56
7Ferenc Bene36 (76)1962–19790.47
8Gyula Zsengellér32 (39)1936–19470.82
Tibor Nyilasi32 (70)1975–19850.46
10Florián Albert31 (75)1959–19740.41
11Ferenc Deák29 (20)1946–19491.45
12József Kiprich28 (70)1984–19950.4
13Károly Sándor27 (75)1949–19640.36
14József Takács26 (32)1923–19330.81
15Géza Toldi25 (46)1929–19400.54
16István Avar24 (21)1929–19351.14
László Fazekas24 (92)1968–19830.26
18Zoltán Gera23 (77)2002–present0.29
19Mihály Pataki21 (39)1912–19200.82
20János Farkas19 (33)1964–19690.57
Kálmán Kovács19 (56)1982–19950.33
János Göröcs19 (62)1958–19700.3
23Sándor Bodnár18 (20)1910–19160.9
Ferenc Szusza18 (24)1942–19560.75
Péter Palotás18 (43)1950–19560.41
26Alfréd Schaffer17 (15)1915–19191.13
Zoltán Czibor17 (43)1949–19560.39
28László Cseh15 (34)1932–19390.44
Béla Illés15 (64)1991–20010.23
30Vilmos Kohut14 (26)1925–19380.53
Ferenc Hirzer14 (33)1922–19320.42
Balázs Dzsudzsák14 (58)2007–present0.25
33Ferenc Machos13 (29)1955–19630.44
György Orth13 (32)1917–19270.40
Imre Szabics13 (36)2003–present0.38
Béla Várady13 (36)1972–19820.36
Pál Titkos13 (48)1929–19380.27
Lajos Détári13 (61)1984–19940.21
39Tamás Priskin12 (41)2005–present0.29
András Törőcsik12 (45)1976–19840.26
40György Molnár11 (27)1920–19270.40
József Braun11 (28)1918–19260.39
Ferenc Horváth11 (32)1996–20010.34
László Kiss11 (33)1979–19840.33
Gáspár Borbás11 (41)1903–19160.26
Sándor Torghelle11 (42)2004–20100.26
Vilmos Kertész11 (47)1909–19240.23
József Turay11 (48)1928–19390.22
József Bozsik11 (101)1947–19620.10
50Béla Egresi10 (23)1943–19530.43
Jenő Károly10 (25)1903–19180.4
Márton Esterházy10 (29)1980–19880.34
László Budai10 (39)1949–19590.25

Head coaches[edit]

NameYearsPlayedWonDrawnLostWin %
1.Hungary Ferenc Gillemot1902–04530260.0
2.Hungary Ferenc Stobbe1904–06, 1907–081032530.0
3.Hungary Alfréd Hajós1906211050.0
4.Hungary Frigyes Minder1908–11, 1914–17, 1919, 193022132759.1
5.Hungary Ede Herczog1911–1422145363.6
6.Hungary Ákos Fehéry1918–195500100.00
7.Hungary József Harsády19201010&00.0
8.Hungary Lajos Tibor19202002&00.0
9.Hungary Gyula Kiss1921–24, 1926–28402081250.0
10.Hungary Ödön Holits19241100100.00
11.Hungary Lajos Máriássy1924–26, 1930–32311281138.7
12.Hungary János Földessy1928–29632150.0
13.Hungary Mihály Pataki19303021&00.0
14.Hungary Ödön Nádas1932–341673643.8
15.Hungary Károly Dietz1934–39411991346.3
16.Hungary Dénes Ginzery1939–411467142.9
17.Hungary József Fábián1941-423012&00.0
18.Hungary Kálmán Vághy1942–43650183.3
19.Hungary Tibor Gallowich1945–4822161572.7
20.Hungary Gusztáv Sebes1949–56664911674.2
21.Hungary Márton Bukovi1956–57861175.0
22.Hungary Lajos Baróti,
Hungary Károly Lakat,
Hungary Károly Sós
1957430175.0
23.Hungary Lajos Baróti1957–66, 1975–7811762272853.0
24.Hungary Rudolf Illovszky1966–67, 1971–744920101940.8
25.Hungary Károly Sós1968–691054150.0
26.Hungary József Hoffer1970–711043340.0
27.Hungary József Bozsik19741001&00.0
28.Hungary Ede Moór1974–75622233.3
29.Hungary János Szőcs19751001&00.0
30.Hungary Ferenc Kovács1978–79824225.0
31.Hungary Károly Lakat1979–80630350.0
32.Hungary Kálmán Mészöly1980–83, 1990–91, 1994–956023122538.3
33.Hungary György Mezey1983–86, 198835207857.1
34.Hungary Imre Komora19863012&00.0
35.Hungary József Verebes1987, 1993–941433821.4
36.Hungary József Garami1987521240.0
37.Hungary László Bálint1988622233.3
38.Hungary Bertalan Bicskei1989, 1998-20014515191133.3
39.Hungary Róbert Glázer19914022&00.0
40.Romania Emerich Jenei1992–931464442.9
41.Hungary Ferenc Puskás1993410325.0
42.Hungary János Csank1996–971662837.5
43.Hungary Imre Gellei2001–0323831234.8
44.Germany Lothar Matthäus2004–06281131439.3
45.Hungary Péter Bozsik2006730442.9
46.Hungary Péter Várhidi2006–081671843.8
47.Netherlands Erwin Koeman2008–102074935.0
48.Hungary Sándor Egervári2010–1334178950.0
49.Hungary Attila Pintér2013–0000!

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Hungary's all-time international record, correct as of 7 September 2012.

AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGD
 Albania5410180+18
 Algeria110031+2
 Andorra110050+5
 Antigua and Barbuda110030+3
 Argentina7115615−9
 Armenia110020+2
 Australia200216−5
 Austria136663040297252+45
 Azerbaijan5500151+14
 Belarus100125−3
 Belgium122281627−9
 Bolivia220092+7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina422063+3
 Brazil5311117+4
 Bulgaria2212555224+28
 Canada220030+3
 Chile201115−4
 China PR100112−1
 Colombia110031+2
 Croatia9153714−7
 Cyprus7601135+8
 Czech Republic4623121110576+29
 Denmark159333814+24
 East Germany179443017+13
 El Salvador2110112+9
 Egypt421195+4
 England2252153056−26
 Estonia210151+4
 Finland13931429+33
 France2212284731+16
 Georgia210154+1
 Germany331110126469−5
 Greece174583026+4
 Iceland107032110+11
 India110021+1
 Iran4400111+10
 Israel512235−2
 Italy2266102427−3
 Japan220042+2
 South Korea2200100+10
 Latvia5401116+5
 Lebanon110041+3
 Liechtenstein3210100+10
 Lithuania4310102+8
 Luxembourg1010004710+37
 Macedonia321060+6
 Malta12921286+22
 Mexico7115615−9
 Moldova7421106+4
 Montenegro201145−1
 Netherlands155282739−12
 New Zealand330062+4
 Northern Ireland440061+5
 Norway167543217+15
 Peru200235−2
 Poland3220488739+48
 Portugal10037723−16
 Qatar321082+6
 Republic of Ireland125522518+7
 Romania2111554523+22
 Russia27681344440
 San Marino4400190+19
 Saudi Arabia2020220
 Scotland84221813+5
 Serbia3215985854+4
 Slovakia402213−2
 Slovenia410335−2
 Jordan1010110
 Spain133551821−3
 Sweden441810169076+14
  Switzerland44305912758+69
 Turkey116142814+14
 Ukraine220052+3
 United Arab Emirates220061+5
 United States3111220
 Uruguay312064+2
 Wales103251415−1

FIFA ranking[edit]

Last updated 4 July 2013

Key to FIFA Ranking table
Highest position
Lowest position
YearJanFebr.Mar.Apr.MayJun.Jul.Aug.Sep.Oct.Nov.Dec.
199236. (–)
199342. (36)48. (34)49. (33)50. (34)50. (34)
199450. (34)49. (34)52. (32)53. (32)49. (33)56. (30)55 (31.)55 (31.)54. (32)52. (32)59. (31)61. (31)
199561. (31)63. (30)63. (30)57. (32)53. (35)54. (35)55. (35)61. (30)54. (32)65. (32)60. (33)62. (33)
199664. (33)66. (33)66. (33)74. (29)82. (26)82. (26)87. (26)81. (29)74. (32)78. (32)72. (34)75. (34)
199775. (34)76. (34)76. (34)72. (35)74. (35)71. (38)71. (38)72. (38)71. (38)68. (40)78. (37)77. (37)
199877. (37)84. (36)82. (36)73. (37)62. (41)62. ()56. (42)60. (41)59. (41)49. (44)45. (46)46. (47)
199945. (533)146. (531)47. (528)45. (540)44. (540)46. (532)48. (531)50. (530)43. (547)46. (538)47. (536)45. (533)
200046. (533)50. (532)50. (530)53. (526)54. (524)53. (523)50. (529)53. (528)49. (540)53. (532)48. (555)47. (556)
200148. (556)49. (554)47. (560)48. (559)53. (551)53. (561)54. (559)54. (557)64. (540)67. (532)64. (540)66. (537)
200267. (537)68. (535)68. (531)68. (528)68. (523)68. (523)67. (511)71. (499)64. (517)54. (546)58. (533)56. (533)
200358. (532)56. (538)56. (535)58. (534)54. (544)49. (570)48. (568)48. (564)52. (549)67. (525)67. (524)72. (517)
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