Once a superpower of international football, the Magyars failed to qualify for a single major tournament between 1988 and 2016 until finally making it to France five years ago. But despite being tipped by many to be a dangerous side, Hungary crashed out in the round-of-16 phase with just one win from four games under their belts.
Italian coach Marco Rossi has guided the Hungarians back to the big time again this summer with a talented squad including RB Leipzig trio Peter Gulacsi, Willi Orban and Dominik Szoboszlai. But being drawn into the proverbial ‘group of death’ alongside holders Portugal, world champions France and perennial tournament heavyweights Germany, it’s safe to say little is expected of them this time.
Can Hungary defy the odds and make it out of Group F alive, or will it be a predictable early exit at the hands of European royalty?
Hungary Euro 2020 odds
It’s going to be a big ask for Hungary to even make it off the bottom of Group F, so it’s little surprise to see them priced at 400/1 by 888sport to win Euro 2020. Only Finland and North Macedonia (500/1) have longer odds.
It says enough about the difficult of that draw that the odds available on the Magyars winning Group F stand as far out as 40/1, leaving Hungary with little change of progression from the first round, never mind later into the tournament.
Hungary have some experienced veterans in their ranks, while Szboszlai looks set to become one of Europe’s biggest talents over the next couple of years. But Rossi’s men cannot match the riches at the disposal of their Group F counterparts. Of course, with Gulacsi in goal and Orban marshalling the backline, Hungary will be tough to break down and it’d be unfair to write them off before a ball is kicked, but they’ll certainly be up against it this summer.
Hungary’s potential path to Euro 2020 final
Hungary were drawn into Group F, which quickly became the ‘group of death’ with current holders Portugal, world champions France and Germany also drawn in the group.
Hungary kick off their Euro 2020 group stage against Portugal in Budapest, followed by another game at the Puskas Arena against France before their final group match against Germany in Munich.
Last 16: The third-placed side Group A/B/C (likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine, Austria) in Budapest on June 28.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Last-16 match 5, which is played between the runner-up of Group D (England/Croatia expected) and the Group E runners-up (Sweden/Poland expected).
Semi-finals: The winner of the quarter-final will player either the winner of Group A (Italy favourites), winner of Group B (Belgium favourites), runners-up of Group C (Ukraine or Austria expected) or a third-placed side from Group A/D/E/F.
If Hungary qualify from Group F
If Hungary don’t win Group F, and merely qualify, it could become a lot more complicated.
Last 16: The winner of Group D, which could be any of England, Croatia, Scotland or Czech Republic in London on June 29.
Quarter Finals: The winner of Last-16 match 8, which is played between the winner of Group E (which includes Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia) and the third place in A/B/C/D (likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine and Austria).
Semi-finals: The winner of that Quarter Final will play the winner of Quarter Final Match 3, which will likely be the winner of Group C (expected to be the Netherlands) or runners-up from Group A/B.
If Hungary finish third in their group and do enough to be ranked among the top third-placed teams, they would play the winner of Group B and then join the path they’d take if they won Group B (talk about over-complicating things!). This is their most realistic chance of progression into the knockout rounds.
Hungary Golden Boot odds
Given their huge underdog status in Group F, it’s little surprise that you have to go right down the list to find a Hungarian player in the Golden Boot stakes. Former Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic — now playing for Fehérvár in his homeland — and compatriot Szoboszlai are among the most likely to be among the goals – but even then, scoring enough to trouble the Golden Boot rankings seems nigh-on impossible.