Following May’s 3-0 defeat to Germany, Hungary terminated the contract of coach Erwin Koeman. The new man, Sándor Egervári, begans his tenure next week with an not particularly highly anticipated fixture against England at Wembley.
For next Wednesday’s fixture, the Dutchman’s successor has picked a squad containing stellar names, newbies and trusted veterans.
Akin to the lack of enthusiasm England’s media, public and managers are giving this tie in the build-up, Egervári has named a suitably unspectacular squad.
Fabio Capello’s players have one eye lingering on the imminent Premier League campaign, while Egervári picked his squad knowing that his nation’s U21 game against Bosnia is of greater importance.
Nevertheless, Football League fans will recognise the likes of Zoltán Gera, Ákos Buzsáky, Gábor Király, Márton Fülöp and Tamás Priskin, all of whom will feature at Wembley.
In order to bolster the casual fan’s knowledge of what other players lie in store for England, allow me to introduce five players likely to cause problems to the 1966 world champions on Wembley’s woeful turf.
Egervári takes charge having earned promotion from the U21 set-up. One of that side’s stars was Vladimir Koman, a 21-year-old midfielder who spent last season on-loan with Bari in Serie A.
Koman already boasts a significant milestone in the international arena, winning silver boot at the U20 World Cup in 2009.
The Samp-owned fantasista oozes creativity, often veering behind the strikers to play through-balls. Colleagues at Bari recognised the incisiveness of these, rushing forwards to be the recipient.
This drifting infield also gets Koman on the scoresheet, epitomised by his crowning of a fine move in il Galletti’s 4-2 win over southern rivals Palermo.
Alas, as the Serie A club are overloaded by options on the flank, Giampiero Ventura provided the starlet mere scraps of competitive action last season.
Regardless, he especially impressed in the 2-2 draw against Inter. Positioned on the left wing of Bari’s adventurous 4-2-2-2, right-footed Koman was a menace in both offence and defence.
The youngster comfortably rose to such an occasion, persistently robbing and panicking dithering world class superstars. Juventus were another side not afforded a moment’s peace by the livewire, struggling to cope with his incisiveness.
However, Koman’s shortcomings were also highlighted at the Stadio Olimpico. One ghost into the box saw him one-on-one with Gianluigi Buffon. The pressure told, and the all-important trap was nervous, allowing Buffon to smother the ball.
Dzsudzsák requires little introduction, and one imagines newspapers will link him to Manchester City in the coming days. The left-footer lines up for PSV on the left, offering Fred Rutten a beat-your-man style winger.
PSV’s prize catch is no one-trick pony mind as he’s comfortable coming inside to shoot on his right foot too. Correspondingly, one-twos with teammates at club level, Otman Bakkal and Ibrahim Afellay, are always masterfully executed and routinely deployed.
You’re unlikely to hear about Dzsudzsák’s flaws in the coming pre-match period, however. For one, his tendency to go to ground and milk any *contact* is irksome and wins him little credit with referees and rivals.
Eindhoven’s set-pieces are entrusted entirely to last season’s top-scorer (14 goals), but the non-shots follow the same pattern – obvious, slow and easy-to-defend floaters.
The 23-year-old is notoriously feisty too. During a Europa League qualifier at modest Bulgarian outfit Cherno More, said temperament overruled any maturity. Resultantly, his distribution was shoddy, and right-back Mihail Lazarov had it easy.
PSV were lucky to escape with progression from that tie: if anything, the former Debreceni flyer appeared frustrated because Cherno More’s Zdravko Lazarov was the player wowing the crowd.
Still, England know committing a foul near the D might well result in swift left-footed punishment. Last season’s free-kicks against Ajax weren’t merely isolated moments of his genius.
Similarly, seeking to shut him off instantaneously often fails as Dzsudzsák is so quick off the mark, he’ll turn his feet into a pair of pinball flippers and shimmy through arresting opponents.
Under Koeman, Dzsudzsák played on the right of a 4-1-3-2. This accommodated right-footed Buzsáky on the left, giving Hungary inside-out wingers.
Debreceni’s Joszef Varga played behind Rudolf and Torghelle – the latter, a former Crystal Palace employee, was overlooked by the new regime for this exhibition match.
The alert Italians recently acquired this supremely talented striker from Hungarian champions Debreceni.
His former employers might have unsurprisingly floundered in the Champions League last season, but Rudolf’s goals and contribution live long in the memory.
Genoa’s new striker is the type who won’t give opposition defenders a moment of peace, constantly seeking to hurry their decision-making.
The attacking midfielder is another who fuses hard work with the spectacular. One passage of play in Zenit’s round nine clash with Spartak Nalchik epitomised this versatility.
After nutmegging and sprinting by lured centre-back Miodrag Džudović, Huszti went in pursuit of a ball lost in Nalchik’s defensive swamp, hounding then dispossessing covering right-back Viktor Vasin.
If England fans are unwilling to support Capello’s sorry excuse of a side, Huszti is just the type of player to make ticket buyers cheer for Hungary.
That imagination-laden trick against Russian surprise package Spartak Nalchik was merely one example of the 27-year-old’s party piece. A few more of these at Wembley will get England fans asking “Shaun Wright-who?!”
Capable of playing at trequartista at club level (often interchanging with Danny in the AML slot), the former Metz midfielder poses great danger from his viciously whipped left-footed corner-kicks.
Beginning his career with MTK at the tender age of 16, this towering centre-back ticks most of the boxes that all top centre-backs should.
Twenty-seven years of age and approaching his sixth season in the Jupiler League, the right-footer is commanding in the air, a good situational reader and hungry (excuse the pun) in the tackle.
Juhász will zoom out to intercept or stop a runner in their tracks, but despite this, he isn’t one to bring the ball out himself.
By no means slow, he is sometimes guilty of getting too tight, thus exposing a paucity of acceleration. Hamburg’s Ruud van Nistelrooy exploited this fault during Anderlect’s Europa League exit last season.
The owner of multiple Belgian football medals, Juhász tends to play on the right of central defence for his club, but closer to the left-back on international duty.