Bernd Storck counting on Hungary midfield and Adam Szalai in attack

Here's a look at the Hungary squad for Euro 2016, with the midfield balance and Adam Szalai's role in attack the main talking points.


The biggest omission from the Hungary squad came when Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan's name was left off the provisional 30-man list to meet at the pre-tournament training camp in Austria. Bogdan, who has 20 caps for Hungary and has spent time as the national team No.1, has had a horrendous season after moving to Anfield last summer, and has become a laughing stock among the Reds' faithful following a string of errors.

The three keepers making their way to the tournament will be Ferencvaros' title-winning Denes Dibusz, former Liverpool and RB Leipzig's new No. 1 Peter Gulacsi and 40-year-old, tracksuit bottom wearing, cult hero Gabor Kiraly.

Kiraly will be first-choice after an impressive qualification campaign and a solid season at his hometown club Szombathelyi Haladas back in the Hungarian top tier and will provide a wealth of experience, which may be vital to settle any jitters in the Hungary defence.


There are no stars at the back, with former Newcastle United left-back Tamas Kadar and former Anderlecht stalwart Roland Juhasz the most likely names to ring a bell with the average football fan.

Five of the seven defenders in the squad are home based. There's Juhasz and Adam Lang, who play together at Videoton and will be in competition for a centre-back place; Attila Fiola -- who'll start at right back -- of Puskas Akademia; Mihaly Korhut from Debrecen; and uncapped right-back Barnabas Bese of MTK.

The two others, Kadar of Lech Poznan and Richard Guzmics from Wisla Krakow, both play in Poland and are expected to start at left-back and centre-back respectively. Defensively, Hungary were solid in qualification and while there'll be a lack of grace at the back, keeping the ball away from the goal by whatever means will be the priority.


The squad almost picks itself here. Zoltan Gera, formerly of Fulham and now captain of Ferencvaros; his teammate Adam Pinter; Akos Elek of Diosgyori VTK and 20-year-old Adam Nagy, also of Ferencvaros, will compete to play at the base of Hungary's midfield. All performed well in qualification and had solid seasons in Hungary.

Laszlo Kleinheisler, who netted a crucial goal in the playoff against Norway on his debut, will start as No. 10 with captain Balazs Dzsudzsak on the left.

Dzsudzsak has had a bad time of it at club level since leaving PSV Eindhoven in 2011 but remains an important figure for his country. On the right, Gergo Lovrencsics of Lech Poznan, Zoltan Stieber of Nurnberg in the 2.Bundesliga and former Liverpool youngster Krisztian Nemeth, known mostly as a striker but played mainly as a winger by coach Bernd Storck, will battle it out for the starting spot.

With a bit of guile, creativity, steel and defensive awareness, Hungary's midfield may not scare many sides on paper, but it has the right components to potentially surprise a big name or two.


Tamas Priskin, Nemanja Nikolics and Daniel Bode scored 55 goals between them in the Slovakian, Polish and Hungarian leagues this season but it's likely that Adam Szalai, who failed to net a single goal in 12 Bundesliga games for Hannover and four for Hoffenheim, will start as the lone striker. His style of football, which may not be aesthetically pleasing, is suited best to Hungary and he'll almost play like a defensive striker; pressing the defenders, coming deep to receive the ball, using his big frame to play the more technical footballers in behind him.

There will be controversy back in Hungary over who gets the starting spot but all four strikers offer something different, which can only be seen as a positive for Storck.

Predicted starting XI for opening game vs. Austria:

Kiraly; Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kadar; Nagy, Gera; Nemeth, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak; Szalai.