Euro 2020 team profile: Group F – Portugal and Hungary
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Head coach: Marco Rossi
Captain: Àdám Szalai
Most capped player: Balázs Dzsudzsák and Gábor Király (108)
Top scorer: Ferenc Puskás (84)
FIFA ranking: 37
European Championship appearances: 4 (first in 1964)
Best run: Third place (1964)
Group rivals: France, Portugal, and Germany
Key players: Peter Gulácsi, Àdám Szalai, Àtila Szalai, Willi Orban, Dominik Szoboszlai, Àdám Nágy
Status: In 1964, Hungary made their first appearance in the European Championships in the early days of the post-Puskás era and, surprisingly, made it to the semis, finishing third after beating Denmark in the third-place playoff.
The Magyars made their third and most recent appearance in the tournament in 2016, their first one in more than four decades, and won their group, a group that also contained eventual winners, Portugal.
They would be knocked out in the last 16 by a ruthless Belgium side. That was their best finish in the tournament in more than 40 years. This year, they are among devourers in a group that’s dubbed the group of death.
No one wants to be a Hungarian right now knowing that the team have to face France, Germany, and Portugal in a single tournament.
Verdict: No chance of them surviving group F.
Head coach: Fernando Santos (Portuguese)
Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
Most capped player: Cristiano Ronaldo (174)
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (103)
FIFA ranking: 5
European Championship appearances: 8 (first in 1984)
Best run: Champions (2016)
Group rivals: France, Germany, and Hungary
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, João Felix, Pepe, Rui Patricio, Raphäel Guerreiro, João Cancelo, Andre Silva, João Moutinho
Verdict: The defending champions will fancy their chances of emulating their Iberian neighbors and arch-rivals, Spain in winning consecutive European Championships this year.
A Seleção have climbed up the ladder of world football to the top half, since 2016, dining with the very best nations at the pinnacle of world and European football, since the appointment of national hero, Fernando Santos as head coach.
After winning the Euros in 2016 in Paris, they followed it with more success as they clinched the inaugural UEFA Nations League on home soil.
Their surge to the football powerhouse level has been meteoric and, the 5th best national team in the world, they have finally become a force to reckon with.
They’re in a group including two of the most successful nations in football history, Germany and France, but they have the opportunity to kickstart their campaign with a good result when they face group F and tournament underdogs, Hungary on June 15, 2021.
Buoyed with the services of one of the greatest ever footballers in history, and team captain and national icon, Cristiano Ronaldo, A Seleção stand a chance to win the title again this year.
Portugal looks like an even better team than they were five years ago when they won the title in France, boasting some of the best players in the world.
Verdict: Expect them to battle for the top spot in Group F and go as far as the final – if they make it to the knockout stages.