Hungary Euro 2024 squad review: Szoboszlai the standout star

The Hungary Euro 2024 squad was incidentally the first to be announced, in the midst of their preparations for a third successive Euros appearance. Here, we look at surprising inclusions, standout stars and potential starting XIs.

Hungary breezed through qualification, topping their group unbeaten and finishing on 18 points from their eight games. They will be hopeful of reaching the knockout stage of the competition after being placed in Group A along with hosts Germany, Scotland and Switzerland.

Hungary – Key facts

Year founded: 1902

Nickname: Magyars

Current FIFA ranking: 26

Highest FIFA ranking: 18

Year of Euro debut: 1964

Best Euro performance: 3rd

Player to watch: Dominik Szoboszlai

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Szoboszlai is the danger man for Hungary – Photo by Icon Sport

Full Hungary Euro 2024 squad





Surprise inclusions in Hungary Euro 2024 squad

Kevin Csoboth

Csoboth is perhaps a surprise inclusion, given that he has not had the best season at Ujpest. He's scored just seven goals in 35 appearances, while exciting attackers like Zalan Vancsa and Krisztian Liztes missed out. Csoboth has also never scored in seven senior caps for the national team.

Martin Adam

Adam is perhaps another surprising inclusion, given the wealth of attacking talent coming through in Hungary, as he has only scored once for K-League side Ulsan since March. The 29-year-old has also only netted three times in 20 senior appearances for his country.

Kerkez has enjoyed an impressive first season in the Premier League with Bournemouth – Photo by Icon Sport

In-form players for Hungary

Peter Gulacsi

Gulacsi enjoyed a particularly strong second half of the season in goal for RB Leipzig, helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League via fourth place in the Bundesliga. He is attracting transfer interest ahead of the summer window, notably from a number of clubs in the Premier League.

Milos Kerkez

Kerkez was one of the standout performers for Bournemouth by the end of his debut Premier League season. Indeed, he averaged the 2023/24 PL's highest rate of successful defensive actions amongst players aged under 23, at a rate of 9.85 per 90 minutes.

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Hungary's opener vs Switzerland might swing the expected battle for second place – (Photo by DeFodi Images) – Photo by Icon Sport

Hungary Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Hungary vs Switzerland

(3-4-3) Gulacsi, Orban, Lang, Szalai, Bolla, Schafer, Nagy, Kerkez, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Varga

Marco Rossi tends to set up in a three-at-the-back system with Hungary, with Bolla and Kerkez likely to operate as right and left wing-backs respectively. In the opening group game, we cannot see much tactical change from the usual.

Hungary vs Germany

(5-2-3) Gulacsi, Bolla, Orban, Lang, Szalai, Kerkez, Schafer, Nagy, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Varga

Against the strongest team in the group in Germany, we think Rossi may tweak his system slightly to have Bolla and Kerkez operate in a back-five, and therefore more reluctant to go forward and with more emphasis on staying solid.

Assuming no injuries or suspensions, the personnel is unlikely to change, as Rossi will want his best XI available for this one.

Hungary vs Scotland

(3-4-3) Gulacsi, Orban, Lang, Szalai, Bolla, Schafer, Nagy, Kerkez, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Varga

Rossi may revert back to his traditional three-back system against a weaker opponent on paper in Scotland, giving the wing-backs more licence to go forward and cause havoc in the final third.

As he looks to indulge in his penchant for long-range shooting, Szoboszlai could occupy central spaces more often to combat Scotland's strong midfield, which includes the likes of John McGinn and Manchester United's Scott McTominay.

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