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FIFA rankings: Hungary back in world’s top 50

FIFA rankings: Hungary back in world’s top 50 Hungary’s men’s national team has leapt five places to 49th in the latest FIFA world rankings issued this week.
There has been no change in the top 15 positions with Germany still top ahead of Brazil and Portugal. Elsewhere, Hungary’s three Nations League opponents, Greece, Finland and Estonia lie in 45th, 66th and 87th spot respectively.
FIFA world rankings (last month’s positions in brackets):
1. ( 1.) Germany 1602 points
2. ( 2.) Brazil 1484
3. ( 3.) Portugal 1358
4. ( 4.) Argentina 1348
5. ( 5.) Belgium 1325
6. ( 6.) Spain 1231
7. ( 7.) Poland 1213
8. ( 8.) Switzerland 1190
9. ( 9.) France 1183
10. (10.) Chile 1153
11. (11.) Peru 1128
12. (12.) Denmark 1099
13. (13.) Colombia 1095
14. (14.) Italy 1052
15. (15.) Croatia 1048 …
49. (54.) HUNGARY
 As we wrote on nuary, Hungary will face Estonia, Finland and Greece in this year’s inaugural UEFA Nations League competition after the four teams were drawn together in Group 2 of League C in the tournament draw in Lausanne.

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Match Thread: Luxembourg  2-1  Hungary

Luxembourg scorers: Aurelien Joachim (15′), Marvin Da Graca (84′)

Hungary scorers: Nemanja Nikolic (18′)

Venue: Josy-Barthel



Anthony Moris, Marvin Da Graca, Kevin Malget, Gerson Rodrigues (Daniel Da Mota), Aurelien Joachim (Aldin Skenderovic), Christopher Martins Pereira (Dwayn Holter), Chris Philipps, Mario Mutsch (Daniel Sinani), Olivier Thill (Vincent Thill), Mathias Janisch (Dirk Carlson), David Turpel.

Subs: Laurent Jans, Tim Hall, Ricardo Delgado, Ralph Schon, Eric Veiga, Youn Czekanowicz.



Adam Kovacsik, Tamas Kadar, Zsolt Korcsmár, Mihaly Korhut, Gergö Lovrencsics, Adam Nagy (Balázs Balogh), Balázs Dzsudzsák (Zoltan Stieber), Mate Patkai, Nemanja Nikolic (Tamas Priskin), Krisztián Németh (Roland Sallai), Roland Ugrai (Barnabas Bese).

Subs: David Grof, Roland Varga, Paulo Vinicius, Dániel Böde, Dénes Dibusz, János Szabó.

Match Commentary

90’+2′ Substitution, Luxembourg. Dwayn Holter replaces Christopher Martins Pereira.
88′ Substitution, Luxembourg. Aldin Skenderovic replaces Aurélien Joachim.
85′ Marvin Martins (Luxembourg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
84′ Goal! Luxembourg 2, Hungary 1. Marvin Martins (Luxembourg) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vincent Thill.
83′ Substitution, Hungary. Zoltán Stieber replaces Balázs Dzsudzsák.
83′ Substitution, Hungary. Balázs Balogh replaces Ádám Nagy.
77′ Roland Sallai (Hungary) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
75′ Kevin Malget (Luxembourg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
74′ Substitution, Hungary. Tamás Priskin replaces Nemanja Nikolic.
69′ Daniel Alves Da Mota (Luxembourg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
63′ Substitution, Hungary. Roland Sallai replaces Krisztián Németh.
62′ Substitution, Luxembourg. Dirk Carlson replaces Mathias Jänisch.
62′ Substitution, Luxembourg. Daniel Sinani replaces Mario Mutsch.
56′ Substitution, Hungary. Barnabás Bese replaces Roland Ugrai.
52′ Second yellow card to Gergö Lovrencsics (Hungary) for a bad foul.
45′ Substitution, Luxembourg. Vincent Thill replaces Olivier Thill.
45′ Substitution, Luxembourg. Daniel Alves Da Mota replaces Gerson Rodrigues.
40′ David Turpel (Luxembourg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
20′ Gergö Lovrencsics (Hungary) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
18′ Goal! Luxembourg 1, Hungary 1. Nemanja Nikolic (Hungary) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tamás Kádár.
15′ Goal! Luxembourg 1, Hungary 0. Aurélien Joachim (Luxembourg) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
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Hungary to host world military cross country championships

Hungary to host world military cross country championships The 57th world military championships in cross country running is to be held in Balatonakarattya,

in western Hungary, from November 3 to 7. The event is taking place in the park of the Hungarian Army‘s holiday resort at Lake Balaton, organisers told public television.
Fully 246 competitors of 27 countries are expected to compete on a 2,300-metre track, with men covering two or five laps, and women two ones.
They will face several obstacles, ranging from water-jumps and tree trunks to sand hills. The event is organised by the International Military Sports Council (CISM).

(Source: MTI)

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Hungary to play in League C of new UEFA Nations League

With the qualification groups for the 2018 World Cup now finished, UEFA has announced the seedings for the inaugural 2018/19 Nations League. Hungary will participate in League C, the draw being made on 24 January next year.

Hungary, seeding 25th in the UEFA coefficient rankings will play in League C of the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League after being edged out of a League B spot at the last-gasp by Turkey.

Each of UEFA’s 55 member countries will compete in the new competition, being split into four divisions – A, B, C, and D, with the four league winners earning the right to play at UEFA Euro 2020. Seeds 1-12 will play in League A, seeds 13-24 in League B, seeds 25-29 in League C, and seeds 40-55 in League D.

The new competition will also see promotion and relegation, with the four group-winners in leagues B, C, and D moving up a division for the next edition of the competition, and the four bottom teams in their respective groups in leagues A, B, and C being relegated to the league below. In March 2020 the four group winners at each division level will play semi-finals and a final to decide the final four remaining places at Euro 2020 for those teams who have failed to qualify via the top two places in the traditional qualification groups, which will come to a close in autumn 2019.

League A: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands

League B: Austria, Wales, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey

League C:
Pot 1: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia
Pot 2: Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway
Pot 3: Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland
Pot 4: Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania

League D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar

As we wrote last week, a late goal from substitute Dániel Böde gave Hungary a well-deserved victory against the Faroe Islands in the final fixture of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in the Groupama Aréna in Budapest tonight and ensured a third-place finish for his country in the final group standings.

(Source: – press release)

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Böde hands Hungary third place in World Cup qualifying group

A late goal from substitute Dániel Böde gave Hungary a well-deserved victory against the Faroe Islands in the final fixture of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in the Groupama Aréna in Budapest tonight and ensured a third-place finish for his country in the final group standings.

Another unfamiliar lineup was forced upon Hungary head coach Bernd Storck due to injuries, János Szabó making his first start for his country at left-back alongside Richárd Guzmics and Tamás Kádár at centre-back and Attila Fiola on the right side of defence. Máté Patkai came in for Ákos Elek in central midfield next to Ádám Nagy with Balázs Dzsudzák on the left wing and Zoltán Stieber on the right. Márton Eppel partnered Roland Ugrai upfront.

A tepid first half never really sparked into life, despite home-team efforts on goal from Eppel, Patkai, Ugrai and Dzsudzsák, only the first of which from the host’s captain troubling Faroes goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen at all, but even that curling 20-metre free-kick was punched clear without serious difficulty.

At the other end of the pitch, the Faroes created one moment of real danger when Gilli Sorensen plucked a long ball out of the air, cut inside and fired low towards goal from the edge of the area, only for Péter Gulácsi to get down well to his left and gather the ball cleanly at the first attempt. There was little else for either keeper to though in an opening period which remained goalless.

Bernd Storck shuffled his pack for the first time at half-time, bringing on Dániel Böde for Márton Eppel but the pattern on the match didn’t change, Hungary on the front foot far more but unable to break down a stubborn, stoic Faroes defence. In came attacking midfielder Dániel Nagy from the bench as efforts to break the deadlock stepped up a gear and finally the clear opportunity which Hungary had craved came to pass, a right-wing corner earned by Roland Ugrai and curled in by Dzudzsák landing at Böde’s feet just five metres from goal.

Faroes goalkeeper Nielsen did extremely well to block the Ferencváros striker’s intial low, first-time shot but he couldn’t do anything about Böde’s second effort on the rebound which found its way past him and nestled in the net to give Hungary a precious lead they never relinquished, despite late pressure from the visitors.

well behind higher-ranked teams Portugal, who have qualified for the World Cup in first spot, and Switzerland, who enter the play-off stage as one of the eight best group runners-up.

Hungary 1-0 Faroe Islands (HT: 0–0) Goal: Böde (81′)

HUNGARY (surnames first): Gulácsi Péter – Fiola Attila, Guzmics Richárd, Kádár Tamás, Szabó János – Stieber Zoltán (Nagy Dániel 66.), Nagy Ádám, Pátkai Máté, Dzsudzsák Balázs – Eppel Márton (Böde Dániel 46.), Ugrai Roland (Sallai Roland 89.)

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Hungary 6th Most Unhealthy Country, Survey Says



Hungary ranks sixth on a list of the worldʼs most unhealthy countries in terms of alcohol and tobacco consumption and prevalence of obesity, according to a survey compiled by Clinic Compare, a British clinic comparison website, based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other sources.

Clinic Compare compiled a ranking of the most unhealthy countries in the world, based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the CIA World Factbook and the World Lung Association.

The survey analyzed a total of 179 countries, looking at annual per capita alcohol and tobacco consumption, as well as the prevalence of obesity. An average was then determined for each country to find which populations subject themselves to the greatest threat to health through harmful behaviors.

Central and Eastern Europe emerged as by far the unhealthiest region in the world, with CEE countries occupying nine out of the top 10 spots. The Czech Republic emerged as the most unhealthy country in the world, followed by Russia and Slovenia.

Czech citizens are some of the heaviest drinkers, each consuming 13.7 liters of pure alcohol every year, the equivalent in volume to 550 25ml shots, says the report. The country also ranked 11th highest for the number of cigarettes smoked each year, despite having some of the strictest laws on tobacco purchase and consumption in the EU. Some 29% of Czechs qualify as obese.

Hungary ranks sixth on the list, thanks to its eighth place among heaviest drinkers, as well as high consumption of tobacco, while some 40% of men and 30% of women are described as overweight.

The United States was the only non-European country to rank in the top 10 due to having one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, where 35% of the adult population is classified as being dangerously overweight. Only relatively low tobacco and alcohol consumption saved the U.S. from ranking higher than joint 10th in the list, the report notes.

“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are now the primary cause of premature deaths worldwide, killing over 36 million people each year,” notes Clinic Compare. “A large percentage of these conditions are self-inflicted, caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices such as drinking, smoking and an unbalanced diet.”

(Source: BBJ)

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Hungary fall to defeat in Basel

The Hungarian national team suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Switzerland at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel in their penultimate World Cup 2018 qualifier, meaning that they now require a draw at home to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday to secure third place in Group B.

Switzerland hadn’t put a foot wrong in their qualification campaign going into the match, winning all their first eight matches and giving themselves a fighting chance of pipping Portugal to an automatic place in Russia. Hungary meanwhile, had little to play for from a qualification perspective but did have the motivation of trying to ensure third place in the group and thereby bolster their chances of receiving a strong seeding in the upcoming UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Switzerland began on the front foot, Xherdan Shaqiri firing over from the edge of the box, but the hosts had done little else in the opening minutes to suggest that they’d be comfortably two goals before the half was midway through. That they would be was largely down to two pieces of awful Hungarian luck within as many minutes. First, Granit Xhaka broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, Péter Gulácsi slipping when receiving a Richárd Guzmics backpass and the Arsenal midfielder rounding him to roll the ball into the net. Worse was in store for Hungary two minutes later, Steven Zuber finding Fabian Frei on the left-side of the box, and his low shot deflecting up off Barnabás Bese and into the corner of the net with Gulácsi, this time, helpless.

Hungary’s misfortune continued on the half-hour, right-back Bese being injured during an attack, stretchered off, and replaced by Ádám Lang. Switzerland continued to dominate, Haris Seferovic contriving to miss an open goal from a couple of yards out, but the third goal came two minutes before the break, Xherdan Shaqiri slipping the ball to Zuber, and the midfielder shooting low into the right-hand corner of the net.

The second began as badly for Hungary as the first had finished, Bernd Storck’s team finding themselves 4-0 down in the 48th minute. Again Zuber was the scorer, his 25-yard shot dipping into the roof of the net despite Gulácsi being able to get a hand to it. Switzerland were now playing with freedom, dominating possession and threatening to add to their goal tally as Hungary were in danger of being completely overrun.

Hungary, though, scored next, Richárd Guzmics swivelling to fire home from ten yards in the 59th minute after Yann Sommer had beaten out a Tamás Kádár header after a Varga corner. Indeed, they could have had a second goal with quarter of an hour left to play, Gergő Lovrencsics heading into the grateful arms of Sommer with the goal gaping, after substitute Roland Sallai had set him up.

Switzerland continued to look dangerous as the half wore to a close, with substitutes Embolo and Zakaria in particular looking dangerous, but it was captain and right-back Stephan Litchtsteiner who finally got the fifth with seven minutes left to play, rifling into the far corner from 15 yards with the outside of his right foot after Shaqiri had played him in.

Hungary replied a minute before the final whistle to set a final scoreline of 5-2, Roland Ugrai sending a looping header into the net from eight yards after Sommer had pushed an Ádám Nagy into his path. Switzerland now go into their final match of the campaign needing a draw away to Portugal to top the group, whilst Hungary now take on the Faroe Islands at the Groupama Aréna in Tuesday in their final match, where a draw will see them secure third place in the group.

Switzerland 5-2 Hungary (3-0)

Switzerland: Sommer – Lichtsteiner, Schär, Djourou, Moubandje – Xhaka, Freuler (Derdiyok) – Shaqiri, Frei (Zakaria 73’), Zuber – Seferovic (Embolo 63’)

Hungary: Péter Gulácsi – Barnabás Bese (Ádám Lang 32’), Richárd Guzmics, Tamás Kádár, Mihály Korhut – Ákos Elek (Dávid Márkvárt 56’), Máté Pátkai – Roland Varga (Sallai Roland 68’), Ádám Nagy, Gergő Lovrencsics – Roland Ugrai

Goalscorers: SWI: Xhaka (18’), Frei (20’), Zuber (43’, 49’), Lichtsteiner (83’); HUN: Guzmics (59’), Ugrai (89’)

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Hungary to play Luxembourg and Costa Rica in November

The Hungarian national team will play two friendly matches this year following the last two World Cup qualification games in October; away to Luxembourg and at home to Costa Rica.

The Hungarian national team has two matches remaining in the current World Cup qualification campaign; away to Switzerland in Basel on 7 October, and then at home against the Faroe Islands on 10 October at the Groupama Aréna. It has been announced that following these matches the team will play two further friendly matches this year; away to Luxembourg on 10 November, and then at home to Costa Rica on 14 November.

First-ever meeting with Costa Rica

Costa Rica are the most successful national team in the Central American region, having won the CONCACAF championship on three occasions, and the Copa Centroamericana on eight occasions. They are the only Central American nation to qualify for four World Cups and currently lie 21st in the world rankings.

The team made their World Cup debut in Italy 1990, reaching the second round. They also made it to the finals in 2002, 2006 and 2014, and on that most recent occasion progressed as group winners from the ‘group of death’ containing England, Italy and Uruguay, and disposing of Greece in the last sixteen before being knocked out by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on penalties.

Costa Rica have not yet secured qualification for the 2018 World Cup but only require one point from their final two matches to do so (indeed if other results go their way they might not even require a point).

Star players include Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, team captain Bryan Ruiz, who plays for Sporting CP in Portugal and has 105 caps, midfielder Celso Borges of Deportivo La Coruña, forward Joel Campbell of Arsenal who is currently on loan to Real Betis, as well as Ádám Nagy’s Bologna teammate, centre-back Giancarlo González.

Costa Rica have only lost three of their last 21 international matches, during which time they have defeated Russia (4-3 in Krasnodar), as well as the USA (4-0 and 2-0 in their World Cup qualification campaign). Head coach Óscar Ramírez won 75 caps for Costa Rica and has been in charge since 2015.

Hungary have never played Costa Rica at senior level, but the teams did meet in the 2009 U20 World Cup, Hungary prevailing on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their 3rd place play-off match. Playing that day was goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi – who saved three penalties – whilst current national team members Balázs Megyeri, Ádám Kovácsik, Roland Varga and Krisztián Németh were also in the squad. Current internationalists Kenner Gutiérrez, Bryan Oviedo, Cristian Gamboa, Marco Ureña and Pedro Leal were key members of the Costa Rica squad.

100% record against Luxembourg

Luxembourg currently lie in 101st place in the world rankings and have never qualified for a major competition albeit their qualification results have showing steady improvement in recent years. In September they held group-leaders and favourites France to a 0-0 draw having already beaten Belarus 1-0 a few days earlier.

Hungary and Luxembourg have met on ten previous occasions, Hungary winning all ten and with a goal-difference of 47-10. The last time the two teams met was in 2011 when an Imre Szabics goal gave Hungary a 1-0 victory. Three players from the current squad – Ákos Elek, Balázs Dzsudzsák and Ádám Pintér – played in the match.

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Azerbaijan overcome pressure to rally to comprehensive victory over Hungary

2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women
Baku, Azerbaijan, September 22, 2017. The hosts from Azerbaijan had a little bit of a rusty start to their matchup with Hungary as they obviously felt the pressure resulting from the home debut but they eventually got rid of it – and they did so in style!

After coming from behind in the opening set, they rallied to a comprehensive 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-14, 25-16) over Hungary to get proceedings underway in Pool A of the 2017 women’s EuroVolley. They provided something to cheer about not only to a raucous home crowd, but also to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, who paid a visit to the National Gymnastics Arena on the opening day of the historic tournament co-hosted by Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Hungary vs. Azerbaijan 0-3 (23-25, 14-25, 16-25)

After a furious start by the home side, who were obviously extra motivated to please the 4,500+ crowd in attendance at the National Gymnastics Arena, Hungary rapidly found their rhythm to lead the way almost from the beginning to the end of the opening set. Azerbaijan’s reception looked way too shaky for the hosts to be able to develop their game and this resulted in a five-point advantage for the visitors at the second technical time-out. However, Azerbaijan suddenly woke up and stormed back to 18-19 – after finally getting rid of the pressure they inevitably felt while making their debut at a historic #EuroVolleyW on home soil. The hosts eventually levelled the score at 22-all, as the noise inside the hall was getting louder and louder. A crosscourt by Polina Rahimova flipped the charts around and Azerbaijan crowned their comeback with success as they cashed their second set ball (25-23).

After overcoming their initial troubles, Azerbaijan found their game and much to the delight of their State President, Mr Ilham Aliyev, who was closely watching the match from the stands, they put on a real show in the second set. Rahimova looked almost unstoppable and Hungary could not do much to stand the physical prowess of their opponents despite the loud cheers coming from a small group of Hungarian fans in attendance. Azerbaijan’s success in the second set was a pure formality – and it eventually turned into reality at 25-14 following another kill by Rahimova.

The early stages of the third set were far less one-sided with Azerbaijan leading by one point only at the first technical time-out. However, slowly but surely Azerbaijan opened a comfortable gap (17-12) and the home team’s show continued until Kseniya Poznyak sealed a 25-16 win passionately celebrated by a jubilant home crowd and by President Aliyev as well.


Rita Bokorne Liliom, team captain of Hungary: “The first set was what we wanted to achieve, to have this kind of focus for the whole game, but at 16-11 we started to lose concentration and thinking that this may not be the right position for us. From that moment on, we wanted to come back, but they were always a step or two steps ahead of us. As for the next match against Poland, we are going to try our best; we will not put our heads down but keep playing.”

Alberto Salomoni, head coach of Hungary: “We started very well and made it very difficult for Azerbaijan. We had a good strategy and the girls did great in executing that strategy from the very start. Unfortunately, we lost that first set. If we had won it, this would have completely changed the game. After we lost the first set, Azerbaijan were calmer and with the weapons they have like Rahimova and Mammadova they put us in a difficult situation. I would not say we started to play bad – Azerbaijan started to play better. We are the underdog also in the next match and we will do just the same – make it difficult for the opponent and take the chance when we have such a chance.”

Kseniya Poznyak, player of Azerbaijan: “The first set was very difficult for us. We could not find our rhythm and made many mistakes. Towards the end of set, however, Shafagat Habibova had a good run from the service line and we eventually changed the course of the game. We are now celebrating but already thinking about our second match in the pool against Poland. We must play better than we did today and we will be trying to do so.”

Famil Aghayev, assistant coach of Azerbaijan: “Our start was a rusty one, because the players have been waiting for the entire summer for the European Championship to come. It was not a terrific game for us but we fought for every point. Now we are happy but we need to do better in the next matches.”