Hungarian national football team


July 5, 2022

The Hungarian national football team is the national team of Hungary, managed by the Hungarian Football Association. The national team achieved its greatest success between 1938 and 1968: it finished as a silver medalist at the 1938 and 1954 World Cups, and a bronze medalist at the 1964 European Cup. He also won gold medals at the 1952, 1964 and 1968 Olympics. The Hungarian national team has the longest unbeaten streak in the world: between June 4, 1950 and June 30, 1954, it did not suffer defeat in 30 matches. for a sporting event in 2016. At the European Championship, it advanced from its group in first place, but suffered a 4-0 defeat by Belgium in the round of 16. Gábor Király, the only national team record holder at the time, resigned from the national team after the European Championship. The national team achieved its best FIFA world ranking of the past period on March 7, 2016, when it was ranked 18th.


Prehistory and beginning of Hungarian football

The first "football" was brought in by Miksa Esterházy in 1875 as an attaché of the Monarchy. We keep the oldest written memories of Hungarian football from 1879, because in his book Lajos Molnár: Athletic exercises, he describes the sport that was considered a novelty until then, football. Three years later, in 1882, the Open Air Play Society was founded in the reformed high school in Pest. In 1890, small booklets explaining the rules of the sport were published in the newspaper Sport-Világ, through Mihály Bély and Manó Szaffka. Károly Löwenrosen recruited a football team from members of the Törekvés dalárda, who were ordinary workers and not athletes. After three months of preparation, on November 1, 1896, they played in a clearing in Pékerdő (in the vicinity of today's MTK track). The huge falling snow did not deter the teams either. The match had to be abandoned after 20 minutes due to three broken ankles. The first official match was played on May 9, 1897. Two teams of the Budapest Gymnastics Club clashed. Ferenc Stobbe financed the red-white and blue-white jerseys. The match was washed away by a sudden downpour and the interested spectators fled the Millenáris. In the autumn of the same year, the Vienna Cricket and Football-Club played a guest role here. In the first international club match in BTC colors: Ferenc Stobbe, József Harsády, Tamás Asthon, Károly Iszer, Vilmos Pesky, Géza Klebersberg, Ferenc Ray, Arthur Yolland, Alfréd Hajós, István Ramaseder and Ernő Lender took the field. Despite the 2-0 defeat, interest in football revived. 1901. On January 19, the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) was founded in the special hall of the Archduke István Hotel. Géza Jász is elected as the first president of MLSZ, Ferenc Gillem, Árpád Füzeséry as vice-presidents, and Ferenc Horváth as general secretary. And Károly Iszer becomes an honorary member. The founding associations were classified into two classes and the championship was announced. The first Hungarian league football match was played by BTC and BSC teams. In the first (unofficial) match of the national team, the opponent was also the national team. Teams A and B, compiled by the MLSZ Steering Committee, clashed with each other and team B won 4–3. So the first unofficial national team goals were scored by the Hungarian team against the Hungarian team. The organizer and first national team captain of the Hungarian national football team was Ferenc Gillemot, who was one of the founding members of the MLSZ. At the age of 27, he was a captain sooner than a footballer. Between 1902 and 1904, he coached the team in 5 national team matches. His first international match