Stockport County - Managerial Application

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Dear Mr Whiteside,

I am writing with regard to the vacant managerial position at Stockport County Football Club. I really hope that you can consider my CV in your search to find a manager to take you back to where you belong, The Football League. With my wealth of Football Manager experience, football coaching, playing and enthusiasm for the all round game, I believe I would be the outstanding candidate for the job.

At the age of just 18, my tactical knowledge for the game is unquestionably already up there with likes of Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas Boas and Martin Allen, and that has been demonstrated in my Football Manager 2010 campagin with San Marino Calcio who I took from Serie C2 (fourth tier of Italy) too back-to-back Champions League crowns in just 8 years. Just imagine what I could do with Stockport County with the backing of the board and fans. The success doesn’t stop there though. I later moved on to Debrecen who I took to the last 16 of the Champions League after 4 successive league titles, and then moved back to Italy to guide Inter Milan to 5 league championships in a row.

I have also had many successes in other foreign leagues on Football Manager, and I write a weekly blog about Hungarian football, which included an interview with George Hemingway, the chairman of Budapest Honvéd FC. With this knowledge I will able to find exciting talent in the depths of Hungary which will leave our Blue Square Premier competitors behind, and with the contacts I have in the game (Michael Cox and Jonathan Wilson both follow me on twitter), advice for certain matches will be readily available.

I know you might be thinking that my experience within England may be lacking, but I have managed my cousins Under 11 side a couple of times when their manager was away, and from these games I have learnt so much about the game. They currently play in the Young Elizabethan League second division, and are looking to get back to the promise land this season, the YEL – Division 1. When we played against Nigel Clough’s son’s side, Nigel shook my hand after the match and specifically said “Well done pal”, and I think we all know how valued his opinion is within the World of football.

Along with English, I can also speak fairly good Hungarian, a bit of German and can ask Andy Brassell on twitter for a translation of anything that is said in Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Moving to Stockport would not be a problem for me either, as I have a few friends who go to University in Manchester so I could crash with them for a couple of years until we get back into League One and you have the money to buy me a flat within the great city of Stockport. I will also be willing to this job voluntarily as long as you pay for my petrol to get to games and training (I will just use my student loan for everything else).

I am ready for an interview any time after the 13th May 2011, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely

Tom Mortimer

 

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Hungarian NB1 recap

Hungarian NB1 Roundup – Week 24

Results: Gyor 2-2 Haladas, Ujpest 4-2 Zalaegerszeg, Siofok 1-1 Szolnok, Kecskemeti 4-1 Kaposvar, Vasas 1-5 Debrecen, Honved 1-0 Paks and MTK 1-3 FerencvarosHungarian NB1

The Good Friday games were more than ‘Good’ and produced some incredible entertainment including 10 goals in just 2 games.

The first of the two games was the Western Hungarian Derby between Győr and Haladás. The first half was a pretty much non-event, but the 2nd half was truly something else. Győr raced to a two goal lead after just 10 minutes with both goals coming from Rati Aleksidze. Győr controlled the rest of the 2nd half up to the 80th minute when Krisztian Kenesei grabbed a goal to make it 2-1. With time ticking away Hali notched a late second with former Győr man, Peter Toth knicking the equaliser in added time. It was extra special for Toth, as he’d grown up supporting Haladás as a boy, and was also born in Szombathely. The scenes were wild, and Hali took another step to securing Nb1 football for next year. They’re now 6 points clear of MTK in 15th. Győr remain in 7th.

The other Friday game saw a real one sided affair between Újpest and Zalaegerszeg. Again the first half wasn’t a classic with the Estonian, Jarmo Ahjupera getting to only goal of the half to put Lilak one in front. Once more, after the break the game sprung to life with two quickfire goals from Bence Lazar and Balazs Balogh putting Újpest 3-0 up after just 50 minutes. This was quite the surprise as many people fancied ZTE to win this game, and continue their push for a Europa League spot. However they did rally, and a penalty from Prince Racojmar after 66 minutes gave ZTE a bit of hope for the last half an hour. That hope was soon extinguished as Ahjupera got another goal for Lilak to make it 4-1, before Delic netted a consolation 2 minutes later.

Another great win for Újpest who move up to 11th with their win. ZTE now sit in 6th position, 3 points off the Europa League spots.

After the two fantastic games on Friday, many people expected the Saturday games to be pretty boring in comparison. However Saturday’s games produced 18 goals in 5 games, including one team winning away from home for the first time in 358 days.

The day kicked off with a convincing 4-0 win for the champions elect, Videoton over Papa. The first half was all Videoton, and they were very unlucky not to be leading at the break. The experienced Laszlo Szucs producing some incredible saves to keep Papa level. Szucs’ continued his superb form into the second half, and produced a wonderful penalty save from Alves, but was incredibly unfortunate as the rebound fell straight to the Brazilian’s feet, who made it 1-0. Now the floodgates opened and goals from Lencse, Alves again and Nikolic fashioned a deserved 4 goal victory for Vidi.

Another good draw for Szolnok saw them move just 9 points from safety, but they probably needed to win this one. They were up against relegation candidates Siofok and with a win Szolnok would have moved just 6 points behind their fellow promoted side. And they did lead for 40 minutes of the game after Milicic put the bottom side ahead after 35 minutes. Szolnok seemed to be in control but with 15 minutes to go Delczeg produced an equaliser for Siofok who now move 3 points clear of MTK.

KTE got back to winning ways by thrashing Kaposvár 4-1 at home to stop the rot of 3 straight defeats and move them 6 points clear of relegation. Incredibly KTE haven’t been involved in a draw all season, and that’s down to their awful defence and their superb attacking ability. Goals from Bori, Tokoli, Listingi and Foxi secured the victory, with the consolation coming from Peric. Kaposvár dropped down to 4th place. But being just 1 point behind Paks in 3rd, their season has still panned out much better than everyone expected.

Now onto the big shock of the weekend. Vasas, who have racked up the most points in the league in 2011 hosted Debrecen who hadn’t won an away game in the league for 358 days. An easy Vasas win was expected but it was far from it. Goals from Simac, Bodi twice and Coulibaly twice, secured the champions first away win in just under a year, beating Vasas 5-1, the consolation coming at 4-0 from Norbert Nemeth. The change of manager from Debrecen really seemed to have galvanised the Loki players, and with 6 games to go and just 3 points off the Europa League spots, I expect Loki to be there come the end of the season. Vasas on the other hand don’t have much to play for anymore. They’re 8 points off the relegation zone, and 8 points off the Europa spots. Achieving either relegation or Europe will be a miracle if they were to do so.

In the final game of Easter Saturday, Honvéd kept up their good form with a 1-0 victory over Paks to secure their third win in a row, and move up to 8th place. With this loss, Paks dropped one place to 2nd, but only one point off Ferencvaros – 13 off leaders Videoton!

Easter Sunday treated us to the 200th ‘örökrangadó’ (eternal derby of rank) between MTK and Ferencvaros. MTK were looking for an Easter Surprise that would lift to them outside of the relegation zone, and that looked to be on the cards after 65 minutes when Norbert Konyves put MTK into a surpise lead. However the lead lasted no longer than a minute as Andras Schembri put Fradi level, before scoring again to turn the game on its head. Bela Maroti then added the 3rd 4 minutes before the end to condemn the champions of 2008 to their 5th loss in  6 games, and they remain winless in 11. Fradi on the other hand leapfrogged Kaposvár and Paks to move to 2nd. They now look odds on to secure a spot in Europe next year.

 

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Hungarian NB1 recap

Hungarian NB1 Roundup – Week 23

Results: Szolnoki 1-0 Újpest, Ferencváros 0-1 Vasas, Debrecen 2-3 Siofok, Zalaegerszeg 1-1 Győr, Paks 2-0 Kecskeméti, Pápa 0-1 Honvéd, Kaposvár 2-1 MTK and Haladás 2-0Hungarian NB1 recap Videoton

The weekend kicked off with yet another win for bottom side Szolnoki over the struggling Ujpest. Before the turn of the year Szolnoki had just 8 points from 16 games, and were certainties to go down. But after 7 tricky games they’ve picked up 9 more points, and sit only 9 points from safety. It’s still very unlikely they’ll stay up, but since the Hungarian Under 21 international Peter Mate has joined the club, they look unbeatable at the back, and that’s the way it was on Friday. Ujpest didn’t create many chances at all due to the lack of creativity they have, and partially because Mate and co performed admirably at the back. Laszlo Fitos put MAV ahead, and they never looked back from there. With a recent draw to runaway leaders Videoton and victory over KTE, Szolnoki are definitely gathering a bit of momentum, but their recent good form may have come a little too late.

Friday’s other game, was the Budapest Derby between Ferencvaros and Vasas with Fradi needing to win to consolidate 2nd place and keep up their slim chance of winning the league. However, Fradi didn’t perform and Hungary’s form team won their 4th game in 6 to move up to 8th. Vasas are another team who have had an incredible start to the year. They sat just one point clear of the relegation zone, in 13th position but their recent resurgence has seen them move 8 points clear with the Europa League spots in their sights. Ferencvaros on the other hand moved down to 4th place with their loss.

Saturday saw a few shock results. Champions Debrecen lost yet again, to relegation threatened Siofok. As a result Zdeněk Ščasný resigned after just 4 months in charge. Under his tenure Loki only managed to win 1 game in 7 and their slim chances of retaining the league title became non-existent. In the weekend’s game, Debrecen were 3-0 down after 50 minutes, and but for a late rally with goals coming from Bodi and Coulibaly, Loki would have been truly embarrassed by the newly promoted Siofok. With this win for Siofok, they move out of the relegation zone up to 13th 2 points from safety.

ZTE slipped down to 5th following their 1-1 draw with 7th placed Győr. The game was quite eventful, and saw ZTE take the lead early in the first half thanks to an own goal from the unfortunate
Ganugrava. Then things got worse for Győr when Fomumbod was sent off for a second yellow, but a late goal from Volgyi continued Győr’s good start to the year.

Paks recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over KTE to move up to 2nd. Paks really have had an incredible season, which no-one has predicted after their 14th place finish last year. Their team also consists of only Hungarian players, and now only sit 10 points behind Videoton at the top of the table.

Another shock on Saturday saw Papa lose at home to Honvéd. Before this game Honved had won just one game in 11 in the league, and sat precariously close to the relegation zone. But a first half goal from New Zealand international, Kris Bright saw the Army move up to 10th place, one position below Papa.

Kaposvár kept up their good form to move up to third thanks to a 2-1 win over MTK. Kaposvár are another team who have surprised many after their superb season, and Europa League qualification for them is now a very real possibility. MTK on the other hand have surprised everyone with their incredibly poor season. They now sit in the relegation zone, 2 points behind Siofok, haven’t won  a game since February, and have just 2 wins in 16 games in the league. An insane record for a team who won the title back in 2008, and have arguably the best youth system in the league.

The last shock of the weekend came on Sunday with runaway leaders Videoton losing in Szombathely to on form Haladás who recorded their 8th home win in a row. Goals from Hungarian internationals Peter Halmosi and Krisztián Kenesei saw Haladás move up to 11th.

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Hungarian NB1 recap

Hungarian NB1 Roundup - Week 22

Results: Vasas 1-1 MTK, Videoton 3-0 Zalaegerszegi, Siofok 1-1 Ferencvaros, Kecskmeti 0-1 Papa, Paks 2-3 Kaposvar, Honved 3-1 Haladas, Gyor 4-2 Szolnoki and Ujpest 2-2Hungarian NB1 recap Debrecen

Videoton recorded their 5th home win in a row at the weekend to extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points with just 8 games to go. Their win came over 5th place Zalaegerszegi in the biggest game of the weekend. With the scores level at half-time after an uneventful first 45 minutes, Videoton knew they had to up the tempo in their 2nd half, and that’s exactly what they did. Substitute Vasiljevic got the first goal for the league leaders before Robert Varga was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 76th minute. It wasn’t long before things got from bad to worse for ZTE. Goalkeeper Vlaszak was then sent off for a challenge which was deemed to be denying a goalscoring opportunity by the referee, and with ZTE having already made their 3 substitutes, midfielder Djordje Kamber was forced to go in goal. He incredibly got a hand to Andre Alves’ ferocious penalty but couldn’t keep it out. Alves finished the game off by scoring a superb solo effort, to really put the icing on the cake for the champions elect.

The other result from Friday night was the hotly contested Derby between Vasas and MTK. MTK were the better side throughout the game but the 14th place team, couldn’t hold on and were eventually reduced to 9 men, firstly after goalkeeper Hegedus was sent off for a late challenge on Ferenczi, and the second coming after Suto inexcusably elbowed his marked in the face. MTK did however escape with a 1-1 draw which I’m sure they’ll be delighted with.

Saturday’s games contained 18 goals in just 5 games. 15th place Siofok climbed 1 point closer to safety after securing a vital draw against 2nd place Ferencvaros. Gergely Delczeg took the leader for Siofok before the Maltese international, Andras Schembri equalised late in the second half.

Honved won their first game in the league since October, after beating Haladas 3-1 with defender Ivan Lovric notching a brace for the ‘Army’.

The pick of the games came between 3rd place Paks and 4th place Kaposvar. Kapi claimed the win thanks to goals from Peric, Pavlovic and Olah. Kaposvar took a 2-0 lead after 50 minutes, and looked like they would cruise to a comfortable victory before two quick goals from Barta and Magasfoldi made it all square. But a late goal from Kaposvar kept their dream of a Europa League place, still very much alive.

Gyor recorded a 4-2 win over bottom of the table Szolnoki. However it was far from routine for ETO. 10 man Szolnoki scored a dramatic late equaliser through Djurovic with just 2 minutes to play, but two injury time goals for Gyor won the game, to condemn newly promoted Szolnoki to their 1st loss of the year, but their 14th loss of the campaign.

The other Saturday result saw two mid-table sides battle in a dead-rubber game, bar the remarkable (incredible saying that with 8 games left). Kecskmeti lost 1-0 to 9 men Papa. Rebryk scored with just 10 minutes left, but was sent off for a second yellow following the removal of his shirt. Zulevs was also sent off for Papa later in the game.

The final result of the weekend came on Sunday between Ujpest and Debrecen. The two sides fought out a superb contest in which ‘Loki’  took the lead twice before two goals from Ajhupera levelled the tie for Ujpest. That game meant that Debrecen haven’t won an away game since last March - that’s 344 days! Incredible!

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My Trip To Holland

Having got back from Amsterdam just over a week ago, I thought it was time to write about how my trip to the Dutch capital panned out.

I’d never been to Holland before, so I was genuinely excited to visit a country that seemingly had no laws, and was supposedly always high on football, or any other recreational drugs that you could pick up in any random street.

I had to decided to don my Hungary shirt for the flight, so initially in East Midlands airport I was getting a few people staring at me in the terminal. Standing at 6ft, underweight, blonde hair and looking about 16, I don’t think anyone would have mistaken me for a Hungarian ultra, but people seemed to be perplexed for why a young British national was to board a plane to Amsterdam to watch Hungary vs Holland, in a game they knew was to be as one-sided as a circle.

However when I landed in Amsterdam, people seemed to be lot kinder (or more patronising, whatever way you look at it). People were smiling, laughing (probably because I fell asleep on the train and ended up in Almere) and seemed to be excited that some Hungarians had actually ventured over for the game – following the 4-0 mauling just 4 days earlier.

After finally making it into Amsterdam, it seemed sort of surreal. The first thing I noticed (and later annoyed me) was the amount of bikes in Amsterdam. Seriously?! Can’t you just use the trams, there’s enough of them. Then people were stopping me in the street every 10 minutes asking me for photo’s, asking me if there could be a chance of double figures and one guy even asked me for €20. Do they think Hungarians are rich?! Then I thought I saw Royston Drenthe. I asked him if he was. He wasn’t. I walked off. Red faced, and VERY embarrassed.

I wandered around the city centre for a bit longer, taking it all in (most of it being the fumes from the coffee shops), before heading to my hotel in the Western part of Amsterdam. While just outside my hotel, I decided to get my flag out my bag and tie it round my neck then headed into a local ‘Lidl’ to get some crisps and coke before someone asked me if I worked there, first in Dutch then in English. Another surreal moment, and there would be plenty more to come.

After taking a two hour nap, in my hotel I headed to meet my two buddies, Sanyi and John who sorted my ticket for the big game. We headed to a Brazilian restaurant, which was amazing before going to the stadium.

We arrived about an hour and a half before kickoff and what struck me at first was how busy the streets were outside the stadium, even when the start of the game was so far away. Being a Man Utd season ticket holder, the streets are never that packed, as most people seem to get into the ground just before, or just after kick off. That is one of a number of things that annoy me about English football. People are more bothered about getting a few more drinks in, rather than see the first few minutes of the game, and build up an atmosphere.

Anyway, back to Holland. The stadium was fantastic, probably the 2nd best stadium I’d ever visited, there even seemed to be a car park under the ground, but I didn’t investigate further. We then headed up the steps, right to the top tier – which took forever, and certainly took the air out of your lungs.

Sanyi then bought a (non-alcoholic) beer (that’s all they sold!), and we headed to our seats. Ah, well I say seats. Everyone had decided to sit where they like, so because we only got into the ground AN HOUR before kickoff, we had to stand. And yep, we were standing with the ultras. I didn’t mind this. I like singing, I like jumping, I like clapping, and I like going mental hugging every person I can possibly see in sight of me, when my team score. It’s just, 1. I didn’t expect a goal and 2. I didn’t expect a great atmosphere with the Hungary fans as I expected it to be 3-0 to Holland after 15 minutes.

Just before kickoff there was a special tribute to Giovanni Van Bronkhorst followed the national anthems - which was observed impeccably by both sets of fans.

After 15 minutes or so, Hungary were doing fairly well, but then disaster struck as Van Persie scored from a corner, unmarked. I was happy with the start. We weren’t 3-0 down, and we’d lasted 8 minutes longer than we did in Budapest the Friday before. The Hungary fans were still singing throughout the first half, and no more goals were scored - incredibly.

Half-time entertainment wasn’t up to much. Three men trying to hit the cross bar from the edge of the area with 5 attempts. They all failed.

Then the second half, and what a second half. Egervari made one change, taking off the defensive Pinter, and brought on the more creative Koman. Just one minute later, another surreal moment. Dzsudzsak takes a short corner to Rudolf who beats a couple of men before taking a hopeful shot from the area which cannons off two defenders into the corner of the net. Cue pandemonium. I was jumping around like a cricket (do they jump? Think so). It was insane. No-one could believe it. The familiar chorus of ‘Ria Ria Hungaria’ rang out from the travelling Magyar fans which it had whenever Hungary had got forward.

However the surreal moments of the trip weren’t finished. Just 3 minutes later, Hungary struck again. Dzsudzsak whipped in a hopeful cross and Gera powered a volley past the helpless Michel Vorm. It was mayhem. People were crying (not literally), screaming and leaping all over the place. It was literally a dream.

With Hungarians being statistically the most pessimistic people in the World, we knew it wouldn’t last. And it didn’t. Two goals, the first from Sneijder, then followed 10 minutes later from Van Nistelrooy made us realise we weren’t in a dream. It wasn’t a nightmare though, and I think at that point any Magyar in that stadium would have taken that result before the game.

But incredibly, the Hungarian scoring was not finished. Dzsudzsak (again), set Gera free, and the Hungarian captain again dispatched the chance to make it 3-3. Again havoc wreaked out through the Magyar fans.

Unfortunately it didn’t end that way. A late brace from Dirk Kuyt ended any hope of Hungary scraping a draw against the World Cup runners up but the performance from the Hungarian boys was outstanding and left me leaving the stadium absolutely buzzing. I wasn’t even that bothered that we didn’t hold on. Of course a draw would have done nicely, and put us in a good position to claim 2nd place, but the display that they produced was fantastic, and they’ll gain so much confidence from it, which will certainly stand them in good stead for the upcoming qualifiers.

The only blemish of the night was when Eliah came on, there was a bit of racist chanting. Only 15 or so, and some people did respond very angrily to it, but in the 21st century, you expect that sort of thing to have petered out within football fans.

I was again being patronised by the Dutch fans as I went back to the hotel, “Oh, you did really well”, “You did better than last time” and a lot of “Balazs Dzsudzsak”. Yeah, just leave me alone please, I’m tired.

That night I watched the highlights of the game at the hotel on BBC World, and it really did make me smile and realise what a performance that was from the boys. Without our best centre mid and our top striker and to score 3 goals in Amsterdam. Incredible.

The next day I was so tired (I’m very lazy as you might have noticed), I just strolled around the city before eventually going to a bar to watch India beat Pakistan in the cricket, paying €5 for a Heineken! Then headed to the airport to end my first Hungarian away trip, and what a trip it was!

You can view my pictures of the trip on my facebook page and you can follow me on twitter at @hungariafootbal

 


Football Around The World - Magyar Foci

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Written by Tomasz Mortimer for False10 in March 2011

These last few months for Hungarian football have been brilliant by our standards. We currently sit 36th in the FIFA rankings, 2nd in our Euro 2012 qualifying group and Debrecen achieved their first win in Europe (excluding qualifying) with a 2-0 win over Sampdoria back in December. You would think that’s enough to make the World’s most pessimistic nation feel at least a little bit positive.

But the joy doesn’t stop there. Hungary also have a lot of talent coming through the ranks with Balazs Dzsudzsak and Vladimir Koman impressing for club and country, and at the age of 24 and 22 respectively it bodes well for the Magyars. The only blemish – the horrific knee injury that Adam Szalai suffered last month which will see him out till the end of 2011.

And recently there’s been even more Hungarian youngsters starting to creep into the top leagues and feature semi-regularly from a young age. 23 year old Adam Bogdan is definitely one to look out for in the future, making six first team appearances this season for Bolton, and keeping three clean sheets. Other Hungarian youngsters to keep an eye on are; Adam Vass (Brescia), Adam Pinter (Zaragoza), Peter Gulacsi (Liverpool), Adam Szalai (Mainz), Krisztian Nemeth (Olympiakos Volos) and Tamas Kadar (Newcastle). All of these players, except Peter Gulacsi, have featured for their first team this season, all of them are 23 or younger and all of them have some real talent.

With back-to-back games against Holland coming up at the end of March these players will really have to prove their mettle, along with the more experienced players like Gera and Hajnal, as these games could decide whether Hungary qualify for Poland and Ukraine.

Moving away from the national team, the Hungarian league hasn’t been a spectacular one. Videoton currently have a 9 point lead over the rest of the pack, and are really starting to hit their stride achieving 13 points out of a possible 15 including an absolute mauling of 2nd place Ferencvaros, beating them 5-0 away from home. The bottom of the table doesn’t get any closer either. Szolnoki are currently propping up the table reaching just 12 points from 19 games, and fellow promoted side, Siofok, are 6 points above them, 5 points from safety.

Probably the most exciting battle this season will be the push for the two Europa League spots. Currently Ferencvaros and ZTE occupy the two spaces on 34 points and 33 points respectively, but anyone down to Papa in 7th place have a chance of making that push for Europe. Debrecen currently sit in 4th place, one point behind ZTE, after their poor first half of the season. Many pundits expected “Loki” to struggle this year with having Europa League games and league games to contend with, but no-one expected them to be 11 points off Videoton at this stage of the season. I do expect the champions to pick up this term though, and I predict they’ll finish 2nd.

Kaposvar are currently in 5th place, and they’ve been the surprise package this year but with two losses on the bounce, I can see them sliding down the table at an alarming rate. Paks below them have had a solid year too but I think their squad isn’t prepared to mount a challenge for the Europa league, neither are Papa in 7th place who quite simply, don’t score enough goals.

With just 11 points separating 2nd to 14th, the middle of the table is definitely the tight area of Nb1. Ujpest down in 11th have been the main disappointment this year, with such a talented squad, they’ve been unable to live up to the hype and found themselves near the bottom two just before the winter break. But after a couple of superb performances from youngster Bence Lazar, they now sit 5 points above the relegation zone, and should start to make movements up the table.

Haladas have been the form team in 2011 however and have surprised everyone by how they’ve started the New Year. Achieving 4 wins from 5 games since the end of February, they’ve moved 5 points clear of relegation zone, and with ex-Hull City winger, Peter Halmosi starting to hit a bit of form, this team could really be going places.

The most entertaining team to watch this year is definitely Kecskemeti. Every game involving them this year has been a spectacle and you predict to see at least 3 goals in their matches. They’ve scored 35 goals this year, conceded 39 and not been involved in a single draw in the league. They currently sit in 9th place, and if they can sort out their defence next year, they could even mount a title challenge. Great free, attacking side who really have lit up NB1 this year.

Even though the league hasn’t exactly been great watching this year, and is unlikely to have the last day drama like last season, the national team have certainly delivered. They’ve moved up to a 20 year high in the FIFA rankings, are currently on a 5 game winning streak and have a really young and exciting squad which is definitely going places. I can’t see Hungary qualifying for Euro 2012, but by the time the World Cup in Brazil comes around, I expect to see Hungary making an appearance for the first time since 1986.

 

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