Eight Hungarians Find A Way Into Europe

Seeing as all the Hungarian sides crashed out of Europe early on, the focus now is set on the Magyar players who will be competing in both of UEFA’s landmark competitions.

There will probably be only two Hungarians being represented in the Champions League this season (two more than last year) after Laszlo Koteles’ penalty shootout heroics sent Genk into the Group Stages for the first time in 9 years. Koteles will be joined by Vice-captain Daniel Tozser who scored a penalty in the shootout on Wednesday night.

Genk have been given a very tough group and will face; Chelsea, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen.

Krisztian Nemeth and Balazs Megyeri also play for Olympiakos but it’s unlikely they’ll play in any part in the competition.  Olympiakos have been drawn alongside; Arsenal, Marseille and Dortmund.

Meanwhile over in the Europa League we’re not exactly overloaded with Hungarians but there are a few more players of interest.

Vilmos Vanczák will feature for FC Sion who have been put in the group death alongside; Udinese, Rennes and Atletico Madrid. The Hungarian defender will certainly have his hands full in Europe this season (assuming Celtic’s appeal against Sion’s use of ineligible players is rejected).

Fulham’s Hungarian goalkeeper Csaba Somogyi is unlikely to feature in the competition but if Schwarzer gets injured – who knows. The 2010 runners-up have been draw alongside; Twente, Odense and Wislaw Krakow.

Group L is of most interest to Magyars as two Hungarians square off against each other – Roland Juhász of Anderlecht and Imre Szabics of Sturm Graz. Juhász has been tipped to leave the Belgium giants this season but looks set to stay after netting Anderlecht’s equaliser in the previous qualifying round while Szabics’ side will be disappointed not to have reached the Champions League after a poor showing at home to BATE in the last round.

With only eight (3 of which are unlikely to feature) Hungarian players competing in Europe this season, it’s not exactly going to be a great watch for the people in Hungary but at least we have Viktor Kassai!

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