Stieber Fever Grips Hungary as Egervari Names His Squad For The Qualifiers vs Sweden and Moldova

Yesterday saw Sandor Egervari announce his squad for the two crucial upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers vs Sweden and Moldova.

Whilst Egervari is known not to change his squad dramatically between games, the Hungary boss was expected to swap a few names around in preparation for the biggest game of the qualifying campaign so far.

Those tipped to be called up were; Akos Buzsaky who has played in both games this season for QPR – back in the Premier League, Daniel Tozser who is again performing well for Belgian Champions Racing Genk, Laszlo Koteles who is now first choice goalkeeper at Genk and Zoltan Stieber who has had a superb start to the season with Bundesliga outfit, Mainz.

However, only one of those four players feature in Egervari’s squad. Stieber was the one to get the nod by the Hungary boss which isn’t surprise after consistently performing for Aachen and now Mainz for about 18 months. His tricky wing play, superb passing and pinpoint crosses are features of his game and with Balazs Dzsudzsak still not performing to his best for the National Team, Stieber could really be pushing for a place in that starting eleven.

A player that did miss out is Akos Buzsaky. Buzsaky has been a superb servant for Hungary down the years but has had his past year blighted by niggly injuries which has affected his presence in the national team. But now back and fully fit, it looked for all the World that Buzsaky would replace Peter Czvitkovics who has had a less than impressive start at Beligan club, KV Kortrijk. A strange decision, especially considering Czvitkovics’s continued sub-standard performances at international level.

Laszlo Koteles’s omission is the most bizarre for me. Koteles hasn’t had a great time since joining Racing Genk in 2010, but with the departure of Thibaut Courtois, Koteles has now regained number one spot and has been a solid presence is the Genk goal so far this season. This in stark contrast to Norbert Csernyanszkyi who, as well as being 9 years older at 35, has had a torrid start to the new campaign with Paks making error after error and costing his team important games. The continued decision to call up the Paks keeper is a complete mystery to me. For one, he isn’t even the best Hungarian goalkeeper in NBI. Two, he’s never been capped by Hungary so he’s not in the squad to provide experience to the other players. Three, he’s 35 and at the end of his career! I honestly have no idea why he’s in the squad.

Daniel Tozser is a different kettle of fish. Tozser is a superb talented midfielder who likes to sit deep and control the game from in front of his defence. His set pieces are superb. His crosses are fantastic. His passing is equisite. His shots are deadly. But his style doesn’t fit the system, and Egervari has said this before. If you are to play in front of the defence for Hungary, you have to fight, get stuck in and work your socks off. Three things that Tozser doesn’t like to do. He may be a magnificent player, but I’m starting to understand Egervari’s reasoning for leaving Tozser out of the squad.

Other Talking Points

  • 30 year old, uncapped Zoltán Feher gets another call-up after some impressive performances for club side Gyor. Another bizarre decision if you ask me.
  • Experienced winger Peter Halmosi is once again called up after reviving his career at home town club Haladás. He’ll be acting as cover for Zsolt Laczko at left back.
  • Tamas Priskin is back in the squad, despite not featuring for Ipswich this season.
  • Adam Vass is still not present despite being first choice at Brescia. The reasoning is supposedly due to a fall out between Vass and the MLSZ over a match-fixing scandal.
  • Hungary captain, Zoltan Gera misses out due to injury.
Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Király Gábor (1860 München), Bogdán Ádám (Bolton Wanderers), Csernyánszki Norbert (Paksi FC)

Defenders: Varga József (DVSC-TEVA), Fehér Zoltán (Győri ETO), Lipták Zoltán (Videoton), Pintér Ádám (Real Zaragoza), Korcsmár Zsolt (Brann Bergen), Laczkó Zsolt (Sampdoria), Halmosi Péter (Haladás Sopron Bank), Vanczák Vilmos (FC Sion), Juhász Roland (Anderlecht)

Midfielders: Koman Vladimir (Sampdoria), Hajnal Tamás (VfB Stuttgart), Elek Ákos (Videoton), Vadócz Krisztián (Osasuna), Dzsudzsák Balázs (Anzsi Mahacskala), Czitkovics Péter (Kortrijk), Koltai Tamás (Győri ETO)

Strikers: Szabics Imre (Sturm Graz), Rudolf Gergely (Genoa), Priskin Tamás (Ipswich Town), Stieber Zoltán (Mainz)

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