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 coachPál Dárdai
CaptainBalázs Dzsudzsák
Most capsJózsef Bozsik (101)
Top scorerFerenc Puskás (84)
Home stadiumStadium Puskás Ferenc
FIFA codeHUN
FIFA ranking44 Increase 6 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking27 (September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking87 (July 1996)
Elo ranking46
Highest Elo ranking1 (1953–57, 1958, 1964, 1965)
Lowest Elo ranking80 (November 2003)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Austria 5–0 Hungary 
(Vienna, Austria 12 October 1902)
Biggest win
 Hungary 13–1 France 
(Budapest, Hungary; 12 June 1927)
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 0–7 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 10 June 1908)
England England Amateurs 7–0 Hungary 
(Solna, Sweden; 30 June 1912)[1]
 Germany 7–0 Hungary 
(Cologne, Germany; 6 April 1941)
 Netherlands 8–1 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 coachPál Dárdai
CaptainBalázs Dzsudzsák
Most capsJózsef Bozsik (101)
Top scorerFerenc Puskás (84)
Home stadiumStadium Puskás Ferenc
FIFA codeHUN
FIFA ranking44 Increase 6 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking27 (September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking87 (July 1996)
Elo ranking46
Highest Elo ranking1 (1953–57, 1958, 1964, 1965)
Lowest Elo ranking80 (November 2003)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Austria 5–0 Hungary 
(Vienna, Austria 12 October 1902)
Biggest win
 Hungary 13–1 France 
(Budapest, Hungary; 12 June 1927)
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 0–7 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 10 June 1908)
England England Amateurs 7–0 Hungary 
(Solna, Sweden; 30 June 1912)[1]
 Germany 7–0 Hungary 
(Cologne, Germany; 6 April 1941)
 Netherlands 8–1 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 second 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.

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 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 World War I had a deep impact on the thriving Hungarian football. Not only was the country suffering financial problems but the clubs were too. During World War I Hungary played Austria 16 times. In 1919 England claimed the exclusion of the Central Powers (including Hungary) from FIFA. Since FIFA refused England's plea, the British and the Irish associations (English, Scottish, Welsh) decided to resign from 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]

The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] In the quarter-finals Hungary faced neighbouring arch-rivals Austria and lost 2–1. The only Hungarian goal was scored by Sárosi.[9]

Hungary entered the 1936 Olympics. In the first round they were eliminated by Poland 0 - 3.

The 1938 FIFA World Cup was held in France.[10] 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.[11] In the quarter-finals Hungary played with Switzerland and the match was won 2–0 thanks to a goal by Sárosi and Zsengellér each.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

The 1950s - Hungary - the Undefeated[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 43 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)

In the 1952 Summer Olympics that was held in Helsinki, Hungary beat Romania 2 - 1 thanks to a goal each from Czibor and Kocsis in the Preliminary Round. In the first round Hungary won 3 - 0 against Italy. In the quarter-finals Hungary beat Turkey easily 7 - 1. In the semi-finals Hungary faced Sweden, the 1948 Olympics champions and Hungary won 6 - 0. In the final Hungary beat Yugoslavia 2 - 0 by a goal each from Puskás and Czibor and thus won the Olympic title for the first time.

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 remains their worst defeat to date, at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium.[15] 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.[16] The first match was played against South Korea and Hungary won by 9–0 at the Hardturm in Zurich.[17] In the second group match Hungary played against West Germany and won the match by 8–3 at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel.[18] In the quarter-finals Hungary beat Brazil 4–2 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern.[19] In the semi-finals Hungary played with the two-times World Cup winner Uruguay in Lausanne. Hungary won by 4–2 after extra time.[20] 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.[21] 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".

In 2010 Journalist Erik Eggers speculates in a study that the Germany team may have used drugs to beat the Hungarian team, which were considered invincible at that time.[22][23][24]

Jenő Buzánszky, the last living member of the Golden Team

.

Although Hungary is qualified as the defending champions for 1956 Olympics, they did not enter the tournament.

Hungary qualified for the 1958 FIFA World Cup which was held in Sweden.[25] Hungary played their first match against Wales at the Jarnvallen stadium in Sandviken and the final result was 1–1.[26] The second group match was played against the host country, Sweden. Hungary lost 2–1 in the Råsunda Stadium, Solna.[27] Although Hungary won their last group match against Mexico at the Jarnvallen stadium in Sandvinken,[28] 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 - The Golden Era continuation[edit]

In 1960 Hungary again entered the Olympics held in Italy and was drawn into Group D with France, Peru and India. Hungary finished top of the group with all wins and a goal difference of +12. In the Semi-finals they lost to Denmark 0 - 2, but beat Italy in the Bronze medal match 2 - 1 thanks to a goal each from Orosz and Dunai and thus won a Bronze medal.

Hungary qualified for the 1962 FIFA World Cup which was held in Chile.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33]

In 1964 Hungary again qualified for the 1964 Olympics held in Tokyo and was drawn into Group B with defending champions Yugoslavia, Morocco and North Korea, who withdrew. In their first match against Morocco Hungary won 6 - 0 with all 6 goals scored by Ferenc Bene. In their second match Hungary won narrowly with a 6 - 5 against Yugoslavia and advanced into the next round along with runners-up Yugoslavia. In the Quarter-finals Hungary beat Romania 2 - 0 with goals from Csernai. In the Semi-finals Hungary beat United Arab Republic (Egypt) 6 - 0 with 4 goals from Bene and 2 from Komora. In the finals Hungary beat Czechoslovakia 2 - 1 thanks from an own goal by Weiss and a goal by Bene, thus won their second gold medal.

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.[34]

Hungary also managed to qualify for the 1966 FIFA World Cup which was held in the home of football, England.[35] On 13 July 1966 Hungary lost their first group match against Eusébio's Portugal by 3–1 at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.[36] 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.[37] In the last round of the group matches on 20 July 1966 Hungary beat Bulgaria by 3–1.[38] 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.[39]

In 1968 Olympics Hungary qualified as defending champions to defend their title and was drawn into Group C with Israel, Ghana and El Salvador. Hungary finished top and advanced into the next round with Israel. In Quarter-finals Hungary beat Guatemala narrowly with 1 - 0 from a goal by Szűcs. In the Semi-finals they beat Japan 5 - 0 thanks to Szűcs with 3 goals and 2 from Novák. In the finals they beat Bulgaria 4 - 1 and won their third title, being the most successful team at the Olympics in football (Great Britain also won 3 titles but their first title is in 1904, and football became an official event in 1908).

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 to 1974.

The 1970s - Signs of decline[edit]

Hungary came back again as long-time defending champions in the 1972 Olympics in Munich and was drawn into Group C with Denmark, Iran and Brazil. They finished top and advanced into the next round with Denmark. In their Second group round they were drawn into Group 1 with East Germany, West Germany and Mexico. They again finished top undefeated and advanced into the finals with East Germany. In the finals they faced Poland and lost 1 - 2. The only Hungarian goal was scored by Varady.

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.[40]

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.[41]

The 1980s - Troubles[edit]

During the 1980s Hungary qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice. The first group match of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain[42] was played against El Salvador and Hungary won by 10–1 at Estadio Nuevo in Elche.[43] 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.[44] Although Hungary drew in the last match against Belgium,[45] 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.[46] In the first match of the group Hungary lost 6–0 to the Soviet Union.[47] Football experts date the crisis of the Hungarian football from this match. Although Hungary won their second match against Canada by 2–0[48] (the goals were scored by Esterházy and Détári), they lost to Platini's France 3–0 in the last group match.[49] This has been the last World Cup appearance of the Hungarian national team.

The 1990s - The Bitterness[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 financial crisis and bankruptcy. This had a profound 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 Western 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 earlier success. However, he led the team during only four matches. Consequently, the coaching of the former Honvéd and Real Madrid legend 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.[50] In the second group match Hungary played with Brazil and lost to 3–1.[51] The only Hungarian goal was scored by Csaba Madar. The last group match was played against Japan. Hungary lost to 3–2.[52] 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 FR Yugoslavia.[53]

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[54] and the Dutch Erwin Koeman[55] 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.[56] 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[edit]

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

Euro 2012 qualifying[edit]

The successful trainer of the U-20 team Sándor Egervári was nominated as the head coach of the national side.[57] He tried to include new talents into the senior team creating a balance between the younger (Koman and Dzsudzsák) and the older players (Gera and Juhász).

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.[58] In the second match Hungary beat Moldova by 2–1 at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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,[62] while away 5–3.[63] 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.[64] 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.[65] On 6 September 2011, Hungary beat Moldova 2–0 at the Zimbru Stadium in Chişinău.[66] 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.[67] 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).[68]

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[69] 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.[70][71] Three days later Hungary drew with Ireland.[72][73][74]

Sándor Egervári has been the most successful coach in the last 20 years

FIFA world cup 2014 qualifying[edit]

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.[75] On 7 September, Hungary started the FIFA world cup 2014 qualifying campaign with a 5–0 win over Andorra.[76][77] Just four days later Hungary lost to the Netherlands at home 4–1.[78][79] 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.[80][81] Four days later, on 16 October 2012 Hungary battle back to beat Turkey at home 3–1.[82][83] 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.[84] 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.[85][86][87] 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.[88][89][90] 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 Bucharest.[91][92][93] Four days later Hungary beat Estonia 5-1 at home,[94][95][96] On 11 October 2013 Hungary suffered an 8-1 record defeat at the Amsterdam Arena against the Netherlands,[97][98] which resulted the resignation of Egervári.[99] Therefore, on 14 October 2013 Csábi, caretaker, led the team against Andorra in a 2-0 victory.[100][101]

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

On 19 December 2013, Attila Pintér was appointed as the head coach of the national team by the Hungarian Football Federation in Telki.[102] Some has seen this decision as controversial, given Pintér's low popularity with fans and players alike.[103]

On 7 September 2014, Hungary were defeated by Northern Ireland by 2-1 at the newly built Groupama Arena on the first matchday of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[104] Pintér was subsequently dismissed, with Pál Dárdai appointed as a temporary replacement for three matches.[105][106] He turned down an offer from the Hungarian Football Federation to manage the team on a permanent basis.[107] Sándor Csányi, president of the Hungarian Football Federation, said that Dárdai will manage the Hungarian national team for free during the three UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches.[108]

On 11 October 2014, Romania hosted Hungary at the Arena Națională. The match ended with a 1-1 draw.[109] Three days later Hungary beat Faroe Islands 1-0 at the Tórsvøllur in Tórshavn.[110]

On 14 November 2014, Hungary won their first match at the newly-built Groupama Arena by beating Finland 1-0 thanks to Gera's 84th-minute goal in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.[111] Four days later, Hungary lost to Russia 2-1 in a friendly match at the Groupama Arena.[112]

On 9 December 2014, the Hungarian Football Federation announced that Dárdai remains the coach of the Hungarian national football team until 30 November 2015.[113][114][115] Dárdai admitted that his son influenced him in making the decision by saying "You have to go back because without you they are not going to win".[116]

Home stadia[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.

On 29 May 1974, Hungary host Yugoslavia at the Stadion Sóstói in Székesfehérvár in front of 16,000 spectators. The final result was 3-2 to Hungary.

On 25 April 2004, Hungary host Japan at the ZTE Arena in front of 7,000 spectators. This was the first national team match in Zalaegerszeg. The final result was 3-2 to Hungary. In the 53rd minute Kuttor scored for Hungary. In the 67th minute Juhász scored and Hungary was winning by 2-0, but in the 75th and 77th minutes Japan equalised. In the last minute Huszti scored a penalty kick and Hungary won the match by 3-2.

On 1 May 2014, Debrecen's Nagyerdei Stadion was opened.[117] On 22 May 2014, the first match of the Hungarian national football team was played at the stadium in front of 20,000 spectators which ended with a 2-2 draw against Denmark national football team. The first goal was scored by the former Debrecen legend Dzsudzsák. Eriksen equalised the score in the 56th minute. The debutant Varga took the lead in the 69th minute again, but the score was equalised by Schöne in the 72nd minute.[118][119][120]

On 10 August 2014, Ferencváros's Groupama Arena was opened which will host the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches.[121]

Stadia by capacities over 15,000
StadiumLocationOpenedCapacity
Ferenc Puskás StadiumBudapest195380,000
Groupama ArenaBudapest201422,000
Nagyerdei StadionDebrecen201420,340
ETO ParkGyőr200816,000

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 is currently has been the main designer of the Hungary kits.

Evolution of the kits[edit]

1950s
2000
2004
2006
2008
2010

Current kits[edit]

Home
Away
Goalkeeper 1
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


UEFA Euro 2016[edit]

PosTeam PldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationRomaniaNorthern IrelandHungaryFinlandFaroe IslandsGreece
1 Romania431061+510Advance to final tournament2–01–18 Oct '1529 Mar '157 Sep '15
2 Northern Ireland430163+3913 Jun '157 Sep '1529 Mar '152–08 Oct '15
3 Hungary421143+17Final tournament or play-offs4 Sep '151–21–08 Oct '1529 Mar '15
4 Finland411245−140–211 Oct '1513 Jun '157 Sep '151–1
5 Faroe Islands410326−4311 Oct '154 Sep '150–11–313 Jun '15
6 Greece401315−410–10–211 Oct '154 Sep '150–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2014. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Russia on 18 November 2014.
Caps and goals up to 18 November 2014 after the match against Russia.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKGábor Király(1976-04-01) 1 April 1976 (age 38)920England Fulham
1GKÁdám Bogdán(1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 27)190England Bolton Wanderers
1GKDénes Dibusz(1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 24)20Hungary Ferencváros
2DFRoland Juhász (Vice-captain)(1983-07-01) 1 July 1983 (age 31)856Hungary Videoton
2DFJózsef Varga(1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 26)310Hungary Debrecen
2DFTamás Kádár(1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 24)200Hungary Diósgyőr
3MFÁdám Pintér(1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 (age 26)170Greece Levadiakos
2DFÁdám Lang(1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 21)40Hungary Győr
2DFAttila Fiola(1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 24)30Hungary Paks
2DFGyula Forró(1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 26)20Hungary Újpest
2DFPatrik Poór(1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 21)10Hungary MTK
3MFZoltán Gera(1979-04-22) 22 April 1979 (age 35)8024Hungary Ferencváros
3MFBalázs Dzsudzsák (Captain)(1986-12-23) 23 December 1986 (age 28)6616Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MFÁkos Elek(1988-07-21) 21 July 1988 (age 26)311Hungary Diósgyőr
3MFDániel Tőzsér(1985-05-12) 12 May 1985 (age 29)261England Watford
3MFÁdám Gyurcsó(1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 23)131Hungary Videoton
3MFGergő Lovrencsics(1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 26)80Poland Lech Poznań
3MFZoltán Stieber(1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 26)60Germany Hamburg
3MFKrisztián Simon(1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 23)40Hungary Újpest
3MFZsolt Kalmár(1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 19)50Germany RB Leipzig
3MFIstván Kovács(1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 22)50Hungary Videoton
3MFÁdám Simon(1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24)10Hungary Videoton
4FWTamás Priskin(1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 28)4715Hungary Győr
4FWÁdám Szalai(1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 27)238Germany Hoffenheim
4FWNemanja Nikolić(1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 26)102Hungary 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 24)20Austria Red Bull Salzburgv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
GKBalázs Megyeri(1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 24)00Greece Olympiacosv.  Faroe Islands, 14 October 2014
GKDániel Rózsa(1984-11-24) 24 November 1984 (age 30)20Hungary Haladásv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014 (Preliminary)
GKTamás Horváth(1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 27)00Hungary Videotonv.  Kazakhstan, 7 June 2014
GKJános Balogh(1982-11-29) 29 November 1982 (age 32)10Hungary Nyíregyházav.  Finland, 5 March 2014
MFZsolt Laczkó(1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 28)220Hungary Kecskemétv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
DFMihály Korhut(1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 26)40Hungary Debrecenv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
DFZsolt Korcsmár(1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 25)240Germany Greuther Fürthv.  Faroe Islands, 14 October 2014
DFKrisztián Tamás(1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 19)00Italy Varesev.  Romania, 11 October 2014
DFVilmos Vanczák(1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 31)794Switzerland Sionv.  Romania, 11 October 2014 INJ (Preliminary)
DFZoltán Lipták(1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 30)181Hungary Győrv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014
DFRóbert Litauszki(1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 24)00Hungary Újpestv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014 (Preliminary)
DFPredrag Bošnjak(1985-11-13) 13 November 1985 (age 29)10Hungary Ferencvárosv.  Kazakhstan, 7 June 2014
DFPál Lázár(1988-03-11) 11 March 1988 (age 26)60Hungary Debrecenv.  Albania, 4 June 2014
DFJános Szabó(1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 25)10Hungary Paksv.  Albania, 4 June 2014 INJ (Preliminary)
DFRichárd Guzmics(1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 27)70Poland Wisła Krakówv.  Finland, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
MFPéter Halmosi(1979-09-25) 25 September 1979 (age 35)350Hungary Haladásv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
MFBálint Vécsei(1993-07-13) 13 July 1993 (age 21)20Hungary Honvédv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
MFGábor Gyömbér(1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 26)10Hungary Ferencvárosv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
MFKrisztián Vadócz(1985-05-30) 30 May 1985 (age 29)402India Pune Cityv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
MFDominik Nagy(1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 19)00Hungary Ferencvárosv.  Romania, 11 October 2014 (Preliminary)
MFSzabolcs Varga(1995-03-17) 17 March 1995 (age 19)00Netherlands Heerenveenv.  Romania, 11 October 2014 (Preliminary)
MFLászló Zsidai(1986-07-16) 16 July 1986 (age 28)30Hungary Debrecenv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014
MFTibor Heffler(1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 27)20Hungary Videotonv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014
MFBalázs Balogh(1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 (age 24)10Hungary Újpestv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014
MFGábor Nagy(1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 29)10Hungary Újpestv.  Northern Ireland, 7 September 2014 (Preliminary)
MFMáté Pátkai(1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 26)50Hungary Győrv.  Kazakhstan, 7 June 2014
MFAndrás Radó(1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 21)00Hungary Haladásv.  Albania, 4 June 2014
MFVladimir Koman(1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 (age 25)367Unattachedv.  Albania, 4 June 2014 (Preliminary)
MFPéter Szakály(1986-08-17) 17 August 1986 (age 28)60Hungary Debrecenv.  Albania, 4 June 2014 INJ (Preliminary)
MFGyörgy Sándor(1984-03-20) 20 March 1984 (age 30)90Hungary Videotonv.  Finland, 5 March 2014
MFLeandro(1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 32)110Cyprus Omoniav.  Finland, 5 March 2014 INJ
MFÁdám Vass(1988-09-09) 9 September 1988 (age 26)110Hungary MTKv.  Finland, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
FWGergely Rudolf(1985-03-09) 9 March 1985 (age 29)2810Hungary Győrv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
FWMárkó Futács(1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 24)30Turkey Mersin İdmanyurduv.  Finland, 14 November 2014 (Preliminary)
FWRoland Varga(1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 24)32Hungary Győrv.  Faroe Islands, 14 October 2014
FWDániel Böde(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 28)72Hungary Ferencvárosv.  Finland, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head CoachHungary Pál Dárdai
Assistant CoachesHungary Imre Szabics
Hungary Tibor Nyilasi
Goalkeeping CoachHungary József Andrusch
Technical ManagerHungary József Bazsánt
Team DoctorHungary Dr. Gergely Pánics
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]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup qualification recordManager(s) 
YearRoundPositionPldWonDrawn*LostGFGAPldWonDrawnLostGFGAPos
Uruguay 1930Did Not EnterWas not invitedHungary Mihály Pataki
Italy 1934Quarter-Finals6th / 16 teams2101542200821/3Hungary Károly Dietz
France 1938Runners-Up2nd / 16 teams430115511001111/2Dietz
Brazil 1950Did Not Enter-Hungary Gusztáv Sebes
Switzerland 1954Runners-Up2nd / 16 teams54012710Qualified automatically (Poland withdrew)1/1Sebes
Sweden 1958Group stage10th / 16 teams41127543011241/3Hungary Lajos Baróti
Chile 1962Quarter-Finals5th / 16 teams42118343101151/3
England 19666th / 16 teams4202874310831/3
Mexico 1970Did not qualify
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978Group Round 115th / 16 teams300338
Spain 198214th / 24 teams3111126
Mexico 198618th / 24 teams310229
Italy 1990Did Not Qualify
United States 1994
France 1998
South KoreaJapan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018To Be Determined
Qatar 2022To Be Determined
TotalRunners Up9/2032153148757

UEFA European Championship[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

UEFA European Football Championship recordUEFA European Football Championship qualification recordManager(s) 
YearRoundPositionPldWonDrawn*LostGFGAPldWonDrawnLostGFGA
France 1960Did not qualify200214Hungary Lajos Baróti
Spain 1964Third Place3rd2101436420148Baróti
Italy 1968Did Not Qualify8512178Hungary Károly Sós
Belgium 1972Fourth Place4th2002139531179Hungary Rudolf Illovszky
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976Did Not Qualify
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016To Be Determined
TotalThird Place2/14410356

Summer Olympic record (Unofficial)[edit]

YearRoundPositionPldWonDrawn*LostGFGA
France 1900Was not invited
United States 1904
Greece 1906
Total0/3000000

The first 3 Olympic football events were only unofficial tournaments, with a few nations represented by a club team. Starting from 1908, the Olympic football tournament became an official event, with representation of the official national football teams.

Summer Olympic record (Official)[edit]

The gold medal of the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki

     Gold medal  

     Silver medal  

     Bronze medal  

Olympic Games recordOlympic Games qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWonDrawn*LostGFGAPldWonDrawnLostGFGAPos
England 1908Did not enterNo qualification
Sweden 1912Round 210th100107
Belgium 1920Did Not Enter
France 1924Round 29th210153
Netherlands 1928Did Not Enter
Nazi Germany 1936Round 113th100103
England 1948Did Not Enter
Finland 1952Gold medal1st6600202No qualification
Australia 1956Did Not EnterQualified as defending champions
Italy 1960Bronze medal3rd540117944001031/3
Japan 1964Gold medal1st550022643101131/3
Mexico 1968Gold medal1st5510183Qualified as defending champions
West Germany 1972Silver medal2nd7511215Qualified as defending champions
Canada 1976Did Not Qualify
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988
Total3 Gold Medal, 1 Silver medal, 1 Bronze medal8/1732262510439

Summer Olympics (U-23)[edit]

After the Olympics 1988, the football event was changed into a tournament, with participation only for the Under-23 national teams.

Olympics record
YearRoundPositionPldWonDrawn*LostGFGA
Spain 1992Did Not Qualify
United States 1996Group Stage16th300337
Australia 2000Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004
China 2008
England 2012
Total1/6300337

Honours[edit]

International titles[edit]

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 (1): 1948–53
  • Runners-up (1): 1955 - 60
  • Third Place (2): 1931 - 32, 1933 - 35

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 had the distinction of setting the then highest Elo football rating of 2166 in 1954, a record that stood for 60 years until it was bettered by Germany in the 2014 World Cup. It was set after Hungary's 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 third highest rating of 2156, set in 1956. Brazil owns the fourth highest with 2153, and Spain with 2142 is the fifth.

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.[122]

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]

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 Harsády1920101000.0
8.Hungary Lajos Tibor1920200200.0
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 Pataki1930302100.0
14.Hungary Ödön Nádas1932–341673643.8
15.Hungary Károly Dietz1934–39411991346.3
16.Hungary Dénes Ginzery1939–411467142.9
17.Hungary József Fábián1941-42301200.0
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 Bozsik1974100100.0
28.Hungary Ede Moór1974–75622233.3
29.Hungary János Szőcs1975100100.0
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 Komora1986301200.0
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 Glázer1991402200.0
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 József Csábi20131100100.00
50.Hungary Attila Pintér2013–14521240.0
51.Hungary Pál Dárdai2014421150.0

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Hungary's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2014.

AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGD
 Albania6510190+19
 Algeria110031+2
 Andorra220070+7
 Antigua and Barbuda110030+3
 Argentina7115615−9
 Armenia110020+2
 Australia200216−5
 Austria136663040297252+45
 Azerbaijan5500151+14
 Belarus100125−3
 Belgium132381728−9
 Bolivia220092+7
 Bosnia-Herzegovina422063+3
 Brazil5311117+4
 Bulgaria2212555224+28
 Canada220030+3
 Chile201115−4
 China PR100112−1
 Colombia110031+2
 Croatia9153714−7
 Cyprus7601135+8
 Czech Republic4723131110677+29
 Denmark169434016+24
 East Germany179443017+13
 El Salvador2110112+9
 Egypt421195+4
 England2252153056−26
 Estonia220161+5
 Faroe Islands110010+1
 Finland1510324411+33
 France2212284731+16
 Georgia210154+1
 Germany331110126469−5
 Greece174583026+4
 Iceland107032110+11
 India110021+1
 Iran4400111+10
 Israel512235−2
 Italy2266102427−3
 Japan220042+2
 Jordan1010110
 Kazakhstan110030+3
 Kuwait110010+1
 Latvia5401116+5
 Lebanon110041+3
 Liechtenstein3210100+10
 Lithuania4310102+8
 Luxembourg1010004710+37
 Macedonia321060+6
 Malta12921286+22
 Mexico7115615−9
 Moldova7421106+4
 Montenegro201145−1
 Netherlands1752102953−22
 New Zealand330062+4
 Northern Ireland540162+4
 Norway177553219+13
 Peru200235−2
 Poland3220488739+48
 Portugal10037723−16
 Qatar321082+6
 Republic of Ireland125522518+7
 Romania2411774832+16
 Russia2868134546−1
 San Marino4400190+19
 Saudi Arabia2020220
 Scotland84221813+5
 Serbia3215985854+4
 Slovakia402213−2
 Slovenia410335−2
 South Korea2200100+10
 Spain133551821−3
 Sweden441810169076+14
 Switzerland44305912758+69
 Turkey137243216+16
 Ukraine220052+3
 United Arab Emirates220061+5
 United States3111220
 Uruguay312064+2
 Wales103251415−1

FIFA ranking[edit]

Last updated 23 October 2014

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)
200472. (516)74. (514)67. (531)72. (519)68. (522)74. (519)78. (514)77. (514)76. (523)68. (540)74. (539)64. (562)
200563. (562)65. (561)69. (556)69. (556)69. (552)65. (561)66. (559)65. (557)66. (557)66. (562)71. (551)74. (547)
200670. (552)72. (550)72. (548)75. (538)76. (535)76. (535)84. (383)280. (383)59. (484)76. (437)67. (466)62. (483)
200761. (494)64. (474)64. (474)58. (518)57. (521)66. (461)65. (461)65. (464)55. (544)48. (630)52. (581)50. (588)
200850. (594)52. (598)51. (594)56. (546)57. (546)52. (580)52. (591)50. (591)50. (561)62. (507)56. (551)47. (603)
200947. (606)43. (629)48. (596)44. (662)43. (662)43. (687)44. (681)43. (681)47. (669)50. (645)55. (603)54. (613)
201052. (615)48. (645)52. (589)56. (567)57. (565)57. (565)62. (534)62. (534)51. (567)44. (598)43. (615)42. (632)
201141. (632)37. (632)36. (654)52. (559)52. (559)45. (603)47. (603)45. (613)27. (754)36. (701)37. (665)37. (665)
201237. (665)37. (678)37. (658)36. (692)35. (692)31. (735)31. (716)28. (746)37. (663)49. (593)30. (753)32. (750)
201332. (750)33. (728)32. (752)33. (749)33. (749)33. (759)32. (749)30. (746)30. (744)43. (636)44. (668)44. (668)
201446. (668)44. (673)43. (652)44. (623)45. (623)47. (624)38. (642)34. (656)54. (548)50. (561)44. (632)18/12
Notes

See also[edit]

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