Sandor Egervari Continues To Surprise

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The Hungarian boss Sandor Egervari again continues to perplex many Magyar fans and players alike by selecting a squad which again is without Daniel Tozser, Adam Vass and Zoltan Stieber, but does include Tamas Koltai, 34 year old Attila Tokoli and Jozsef Varga.

Egervari’s squads have been bizarre from the start, but from his recent blog entries he has finally started to watch some players playing abroad such as; Imre Szabics, Zsolt Korcsmar, Daniel Tozser and Zoltan Stieber. However only one of these players were called up, Szabics, and the only reason he was called up was due to the ongoing injury crisis Hungary have up front (Szalai, Rudolf and Priskin are all injured). Quite why it has taken so long for Egervari to wake up, smell the coffee and look abroad is quite bizarre. Just as a part-time blogger I hear and see how fantastic some of the boys are playing, and that’s not even my job!

But from taking a look at this squad, it makes you wonder if Egervari has actually watched any football this year (outside of Hungary). Varga, Czvitkovics, Koltai and Tokoli should not be in the squad – period. Varga showed in his last international outing that he is not yet up to the top level just yet, but at the age of 22 I’m sure he’s got a bright future ahead of him, and will hopefully get a move abroad soon.

Peter Czvitkovics is now 28, and should have moved away from Hungary by now. He’s a very good player, but the lad has no ambition to further himself in the game, and by playing in NB1 you can see it affects his performances for the National Team.

Tamas Koltai of Gyor is probably the most ridiculous of call ups. At 24 Koltai has only ever had three minutes of international football and two caps. He hasn’t even had a particularly strong year, scoring just 3 goals in 28 appearances in the league, from midfield.

Finally, Attila Tokoli. Tokoli has had a good year in NB1 for KTE, netting 13 times in 27 games, but at the age of 34, Tokoli is way over the hill and should not be getting a call up, especially as Egervari said “We are looking towards the future”.

Now who should replace these four I hear you say? Well it’s simple, and I think everyone in Hungary would agree with me on this – Adam Vass, Daniel Tozser, Zoltan Stieber and Akos Buzsaky (Buzsaky maybe excluded). Adam Vass has been a regular starter for relegated Serie A side Brescia, and has put in some very good performances against top teams. However there seems to be a problem with Vass and the MLSZ (Hungarian Football Federation) over some sort of match fixing scandal from a few years ago (no specific details have been released), which is stopping him getting a call up. The sooner the situation is sorted out the better – for both parties.

Daniel Tozser in an incredible omission. Tozser has probably had the best season of his career and was instrumental as vice-captain of Genk in them securing the title ahead of rivals Anderlecht, and is now touted with a €7million move to Fiorentina. Now please tell me how a 28 year old playing for Debrecen is better than Daniel Tozser.

Zoltan Stieber could be the most ridiculous exclusion in International Football since Javier Zanetti was left out of the Argentinian World Cup squad. Stieber has been far and away the best player in the 2. Bundesliga this year for an average Aachen side, and has since secured himself a move to Europa League outfit, Mainz. His pace, crossing, passing and shooting is up there with Balazs Dzsudzsak and some say he’s even better than the PSV winger. The advantage that Stieber has as well is that he is not as greedy as Dzsudzsak and can also play up front where he has featured a lot for Aachen. 11 goals and 14 assists and you choose Koltai over him, okay.

Now I know a lot of people might disagree with me on this one, but I think Akos Buzsaky should be one of the first names in the squad list if it was to come to me. Buzsaky has superb technique and can do things not many other players can do. He has a great shot, superb passing range and even though he’s had an on and off season with QPR, he’s since regained full fitness and featured heavily in their title success nearing the end of the season. Again, playing in a better league than Tokoli, he can play behind the front man or on either wing and can be dangerous from anywhere. Inexcusable not have this man in the squad.

There were a few other surprises in the squad including the recall of ex-Liverpool man Krisztian Nemeth who has had a very poor season with Olympiakos Volos in Greece, scoring 1 goal in 13 games. However the lad does have a lot of talent, he’s 22 and with a call up for the National Team he could regain his confidence and starting banging in the goals once more.

The final exclusion which was surprising is Brann’s Zsolt Korcsmar who has had a terrific season by all accounts (thanks @BrendanHusebo). He was talked up a lot in recent weeks by Egervari, and he’s since gone to see him play in Norway, but with the defenders all doing fairly well in the squad, it would be harsh to drop any of them.

Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Király Gábor (1860 München), Bogdán Ádám (Bolton Wanderers), Fülöp Márton (Ipswich Town)

Defenders: Lázár Pál (Videoton), Lipták Zoltán (Videoton), Juhász Roland (Anderlecht), Vanczák Vilmos (Sion), Laczkó Zsolt (Sampdoria), Pintér Ádám (Real Zaragoza)

Midfielders: Gera Zoltán (Fulham), Koman Vladimir (Sampdoria), Elek Ákos (Videoton), Varga József (DVSC-TEVA), Vadócz Krisztián (Osasuna), Dzsudzsák Balázs (PSV Eindhoven), Koltai Tamás (Győri ETO), Hajnal Tamás (VfB Stuttgart), Czvitkovics Péter (DVSC-TEVA)

Strikers: Tököli Attila (KTE-Ereco), Szabics Imre (Sturm Graz), Németh Krisztián (Olimpiakosz Volosz)



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