FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Hungary’s golden era on the global stage came towards the middle of the last century when they finished as runners-up at the 1938 FIFA World Cup France and at Switzerland 1954. They lost 4-2 to Italy in the Final of the last tournament prior to the Second World War, and were defeated 3-2 by West Germany in the title-decider 16 years later, despite being overwhelming favourites to win in light of a four-year unbeaten streak. Hungary were eliminated at the group stage from their last three finals appearances, the most recent of which was at Mexico 1986, when they failed to advance from a group including the Soviet Union, Canada and France.

The team
Zoltan Gera’s vision and ability to read the game mean he pulls the strings in central midfield, a position which allows him to link up with nimble-footed wingers Zoltan Stieber and captain Balazs Dzsudzsak in particular. Robust centre-forward Adam Szalai poses a constant threat up front, while veteran goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly provides the Magyars with a safe pair of hands and stability at the back.

The coach
Bernd Storck replaced Pal Dardai at the helm in July 2015. Storck led Hungary to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

The stat
31 – Hungary went undefeated in 31 consecutive official international matches between 14 May 1950 and 4 July 1954, with their run only coming to an end in the World Cup Final against Germany FR. It was almost 40 years until their record was equalled by Argentina.  

The former stars
Jozsef Bozsik, Laszlo Fazekas, Ferenc Puskas, Karoly Sandor, Lajos Detari, Sandor Kocsis, Imre Schlosser-Lakatos, Nandor Hidegkuti