Previewing Hungary’s run-up to Euro 16

Following a riveting friendly against Croatia at the Ferenc Puskas stadium last month, the Hungarian national team will be taking away hard lessons learned as they continue preparations for the hugely anticipated Euro 16 tournament.

The friendly saw Hungary manage to gain a respectable 1-1 draw against the fearsome Croatian side thanks to a deeply welcome late goal from Balázs Dzsudzsák. But Hungary will have to do a lot of work in the coming months if they’re to rise up the sports betting rankings and pull in a tournament performance to be proud of at Euro 16.

Their first challenge will come when they face Ivory Coast at the Groupama Arena in Budapest on 20 May. Although the African side are placed only in 34th position in the world rankings, they can still provide some exceptional results as seen with a comprehensive 3-1 win against Algeria that saw them reaching the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations last year.

Key to Hungarian success in this match will be whether the head coach Bernd Storck can produce winning performances from hotly-tipped youngsters like László Kleinheisler. The Werder Bremen star has already surprised many thanks to pivotal goals in victories over the likes of Norway that helped the Hungarian side reaching their first major tournament in 30 years.

It’s performances like this that have led many to suggest that Hungary could be the underdogs of the Euro 16 competition. And with the coverage of the Euro’s over at the Betway website revealing some promising odds for anyone backing the Hungarian side, it’s going to be interesting to see how they will face their friendly against Germany on 4 June.

The friendly will be the Hungarians’ last match before the main occasion kicks off on 10 June, and it will undoubtedly bring back many painful memories of the 1954 World Cup which saw Germany snatch victory in a thrilling comeback.

And it will certainly be a tough contest for Hungary when they travel to the Veltins Arena as the German side have been in great form recently with a commanding 4-1 win against Italy illustrating just how confident the World Cup title-holders have become.

But the Hungarian side will have something to prove as veteran players like Zoltán Gera will undoubtedly be viewing matches like this with added poignancy as they face what could be the Mighty Magyars’ most thrilling footballing occasion in years.