Euro 2024

Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews: Hungary

Hungary are the latest nation we’re profiling in our Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews.

In these country-by-country guides, we’ll be looking at the best players from each nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the road to Germany and more.

To do this, we’ll be calling on the help of correspondents from each country.

Here, Fantasy Football Scout user deyell answers questions about his homeland.

All prices given are from the official Fantasy Euro 2024 game.

THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATION

PosTeamPWDLGFGADiffPts
1Hungary8530167+918
2Serbia8422159+614
3Montenegro8323911-211
4Lithuania8134814-66
5Bulgaria8044714-74

After failing to qualify for a major international tournament for 44 years, Hungary have now reached their third in a row.

And they did so with plenty to spare this time around, going unbeaten in a qualifying group that included Serbia and Montenegro to finish top after five wins and three draws.

Marco Rossi’s side were particularly strong at home, where they recorded four wins out of four, the pick of them a 3-1 comeback win over Montenegro in which Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai (€7.0m) scored two goals in three second-half minutes.

Though their qualifying section was not exactly the group of death this is possibly the best national side Hungary have produced since the 1960s – and they will fancy their chances of getting past Germany, Switzerland and Scotland.


QUALIFICATION IN NUMBERS

  • Most starts: Denes Dibusz, Adam Nagy, Attila Szalai, Dominik Szoboszlai (8), Adam Lang, Milos Kerkez (7)
  • Most goals: Dominik Szoboszlai, Barnabas Varga (4)
  • Most assists: Dominik Szoboszlai (5), Loic Nego, Roland Sallai (2)
  • Clean sheets: 3 from 8
UNDERLYING STATS

RECORD SINCE QUALIFYING

DateCompetitionOppositionResultScoreGoalscorersAssists
22 MarchFriendlyTurkey (h)W1-0Szoboszlai (pen)
26 MarchFriendlyKosovo (h)W2-0Szoboszlai, Zs NagySchafer, Lang
4 JuneFriendlyRepublic of Ireland (a)L1-2LangOrban
8 JuneFriendlyIsrael (h)W3-0
Sallai, Varga x2
Varga, Bolla, Sallai

Hungary kept their unbeaten record going with friendly victories over Turkey and Kosovo in March. Szoboszlai scored from the spot in the 1-0 home win over Turkey and was on target again at the Puskas Arena four days later in a 2-0 win in which Adam Nagy (€5.5m) also scored.

The Magyars had been unbeaten since September 2022, when they suffered a 2-0 Nations League defeat to Italy in Budapest. Indeed it is worth remembering that in that Nations League campaign in June 2022 Hungary beat England twice including a 4-0 thrashing at Molineux.

However, that 14-match run came to an end last week thanks to a last-minute Ireland winner in Dublin. The hosts had only two shots on target all game, with their winner being their only effort of the second half, so there was an element of bad luck for the Magyars.

Budget defender Adam Lang (€4.0m) was on target for Hungary at the Aviva Stadium. Don’t get too excited: that was his first international goal since 2016.

That loss to Ireland was quickly forgotten about four days later, with an early three-goal blitz seeing off Israel in Debrecen. Forward Barnabas Varga (€6.0m) was involved in all three goals, assisting once and scoring a brace.

An injury scare surrounding Szoboszlai in that match has been downplayed.


MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS

22/03/2024 – Turkey (h)

(3-4-2-1): Gulacsi; Balogh (Dardai 67), Lang, Szalai; Nego (Bolla 46), A Nagy (Styles 61), Schafer, Kerkez (Zs Nagy 61); Sallai (Kleinheisler 80), Szoboszlai; Varga (Adam 80)

26/03/2024 – Kosovo (h)

(3-4-2-1): Dibusz; Lang, Dardai, Szalai; Bolla (Nego 68), A Nagy (Schafer 46), Styles (Vancsa 84), Zs Nagy (Mocsi 88); Gazdag (Kleinheisler 46), Szoboszlai; Adam (Varga 46)

04/06/2024 – Republic of Ireland (a)

(3-4-2-1): Gulácsi (Dibusz 46); Lang (Balogh 73), Dárdai, Orbán; Négo (Botka 46), A Nagy, Schäfer (Styles 71), Kerkez (Zs Nagy 71); Szoboszlai, Sallai; Varga (Kleinheisler 61).

08/06/2024 – Israel (h)

(3-4-2-1): Gulácsi; Lang (Fiola 46), Orbán, Szalai; Bolla, A Nagy, Styles (Kleinheisler, 41), Kerkez (Zs Nagy 78); Sallai (Gazdag 46), Szoboszlai (Csoboth 57); Varga (Ádám 57).


GROUP FIXTURES

Fantasy Euro 2024 complete guide: Best players, squads, team reveals + more 5

  • 15 June: Switzerland
  • 19 June: Germany
  • 23 June: Scotland

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET?

“Round of 16. Although all of our group opponents have a stronger squad on paper, the Hungarian national team has a tendency to show up big for the Euros. I think we will edge out Scotland and qualify for the next round as one of the four best third-placed teams.” – deyell


STRENGTHS

“Hungary’s biggest strength is grit and playing above our level. Our players take tournaments like this very seriously and play their hearts out. The backline, anchored by RB Leipzig centre-back Willie Orbán, is disciplined, which allows the talented Szoboszlai to show off his playmaking abilities.

“Freiburg winger Roland Sallai is also a standout for the national team with his dribbling abilities and high work rate. Barnabás Varga, the striker from Ferencváros, has scored six goals in 11 matches for Hungary, two of which came against Serbia in qualifying.” – deyell


WEAKNESSES

“Defensive midfield and depth in general.

“The defensive midfield, where we play a double pivot, lacks talent. Ádám Nagy plays in Serie B, while Callum Styles plays for Sunderland in the Championship. Although these two players usually perform better for the national team than for their clubs, they can be exposed by good teams.

“If we have to rely on substitutes, that can also be a problem due to the lack of quality depth.” – deyell


BEST EURO 2024 FANTASY PLAYERS: HUNGARY

 

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61 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    Hard to look past the Ginter/Gunter defensive double up!

  2. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    I’ve been to Hungary, mine friend and I bathed in the Gellert baths. They made us wear shower caps! Mine friend, bald as a badger, took his off and the life-guard blew his whistle loudly and repeatedly gesticulating that he put it back on! T’was a very embarrassing episode.

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Badgers arent bald

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        15 days, 4 hours ago

        They are when barbers steal their backside hair to make shaving brushes! The original saying is bald as a badger’s backside, but I didn’t want mine post modded by using the risqué term ‘backside’!

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Oh I went to the big outdoor baths, Szechenyi I think. Beautiful place, and no prison guards as far as I recall

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        15 days, 3 hours ago

        I also went to bathe at Egerzalok after too much bikavar (Bull’s Blood). I thought it a fine idea to bathe fully armoured, including with mine passport! It went very wrinkly after being dried but somehow still worked!

  3. Scratch
    • 14 Years
    15 days, 11 hours ago

    Might be a stupid question but I can't find the answer explicitly stated in the rules...
    Captaincy... can you change your captain more than once within a Matchday as long as they play on a different weekday or is it one twist and you get what you get ?

    1. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      Once a day during Matchday so matchday 1 you could potentially have had 5 captains but you only get double points on your final choice and can not pick a player who has already played
      Cheers

    2. F4L
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      as far as i can tell you can make any changes to your team after all matches on a day have finished, before the earliest KO the next day. so the former, you can have 5 different captains in matchday 1.

  4. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    No one else going with Dovbyk?

    1. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      Might of done but my punt is Yilmaz

    2. F4L
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      Scamacca vs mitro vs Dovbyk is tough. scamacca best team, serbia with very attacking philosophy and dovbyk most in form striker. iirc dovbyk goal scoring record for Ukraine isnt very good though

      1. The Mentaculus
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        • 2 Years
        15 days, 3 hours ago

        Nowhere near what he hit for Girona this season, but he does have Tsyhankov to link up with, and Sudakov now bringing some extra creativity so I think Ukraine attack could be on the uptick. I wouldn't go near Scamacca personally; think might you be overrating Italy attack a bit

        1. OLDHERMAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 18 hours ago

          Or you being underrating it, imho more likely.

    3. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Considered it, had him in for a while, but now that I've had a look at Romania they seem pretty solid & now I think that game looks like a 1-0.

  5. Sgt. Schultz
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 4 hours ago

    Viera and Keane on Stick to football. hope its a good listen

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Hogaaaaan!

      1. Sgt. Schultz
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        Class show! 🙂

  6. Gizzachance
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 2 hours ago

    Is there ffs euro m/l code? Cheers

    1. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      veGr6F

      1. Gizzachance
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 1 hour ago

        Thanks

  7. The-Red-1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 2 hours ago

    Hi all, when roughly do we think FPL will open up again for registration? I assume we're looking after the Euros?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      Stay tuned, no rush.

      1. Sgt. Schultz
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        looking to get into the Team id HOF 😉

    2. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 22 hours ago

      We usually get a few days of "price reveals" first, so that's what to look out for. I suspect it will be before the Euros finish.

  8. Remi
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 2 hours ago

    Hojlund or Dovbyk?
    They cost both 7.5m

  9. Sterling Archer
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    Saka nailed for MD1? seems a little bit of doubt if hes only playing 25 mins 1 week out. Even if he starts he will likely be subbed off.

    1. Udogie-style
        15 days, 1 hour ago

        Not sure, but I've taken everyone out but Kane now. They haven't been convincing and I think there are a lot of other options for a cheaper price which allows for expanding in other areas.

    2. Who let Udogie out?
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      A)Gundogan and Dimarco
      B)Shaqiri and T.Hernandez

      1. Udogie-style
          15 days, 56 mins ago

          I'd probably prefer Shaqiri and Dimarco, pocketing the 0.5 m for when needed.

        • The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 55 mins ago

          C) Ginter and Gunter

          1. The Mentaculus
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            • 2 Years
            15 days, 46 mins ago

            You ever seen Bodger & Badger? For some reason you've got Ginter & Gunter, to the theme tune of Bodger & Badger, going round & round in my head now

            1. The Knights Template
              • 10 Years
              15 days, 38 mins ago

              I only know Gunter was the evil penguin and crony of the Ice King in Adventure Time!

              1. The Mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 2 Years
                15 days, 35 mins ago

                Everybody knows, Gunter loves... mashed potatoes!

                https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uNV7beaAghQ

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 10 Years
                  15 days, 32 mins ago

                  Tis a latter day Basil Brush!

                2. panda07
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  15 days, 15 mins ago

                  Excellent, that brought me back to my days as a panda cub when my only worries were, what I would watch next or what tree I would climb.

      2. Who let Udogie out?
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 1 hour ago

        A)Dimarco
        B)Grimaldo

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 34 mins ago

          Thespians from a Shakespearean play? Perchance Two Gentlemen from Hull?

        2. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          15 days, 32 mins ago

          I like A slightly more for MD1, but B after that

        3. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 13 mins ago

          Is Grimaldo nailed?

          1. Who let Udogie out?
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            Not quite. But I think he will start

      3. Silecro
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 1 hour ago

        which one better to start with?

        A) Ronaldo & Trossard
        B) Lukaku & Fernandes

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 31 mins ago

          A while you can.

        2. CONNERS
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 23 hours ago

          Prefer B myself.

          Trossard's minutes are unreliable and he's often subbed off early.

      4. Who let Udogie out?
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 50 mins ago

        A)THE KNIGHTS TEMPLATE
        B)THE MENTACULUS

        1. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 11 mins ago

          Can you do both for a -4?

          1. Who let Udogie out?
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            I am choosing a name for my team and I can't choose both.

          2. Who let Udogie out?
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            Should I replace Ginter&Gunter or Bodger&Badger with THE KNIGHTS TEMPLATE&THE MENTACULUS?

        2. Berkshire Hafaway-Line
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 23 hours ago

          Bemba Da

        3. Now I'm Panicking
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 22 hours ago

          Who is the third option in this game of shag, marry, kill?

          1. Holmes
            • 10 Years
            14 days, 21 hours ago

            FPL Virgin

          2. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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            • 2 Years
            14 days, 21 hours ago

            Eugene Starlington

      5. Who let Udogie out?
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 18 mins ago

        Should I replace Ginter&Gunter or Bodger&Badger with them?

      6. fenixri
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 17 mins ago

        RMT, LL MD3, WC QF

        Pentz Costa
        Gvardiol Mittelstadt Dimarco VVD Castagne
        Bruno KDB Szoboszlai Baumgartner Vargas
        Mbappe Lukaku Hvaertz*

        Havertz is only doubt, looking at Hojlund/Dovbyk/Havertz.

        1. Udogie-style
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            I like the attacking defence, but feel your midfield is underpowered. I think Lukaku is enough for Belgium and that extra cash saved on KDB can be spread to improve cheaper mids slightly.

        2. Udogie-style
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            Currently on about my 30th draft...
            Players still up for changing are in caps. Any thoughts?

            Verbruggen, MOLDOVAN
            MAEHLE, FRIMPONG, Mittelstadt, Dimarco, Faes
            RODRI, FRATTESI, ERIKSEN, Wirtz, Fednandes
            KANE, Lukaku, Mbappe

            Cheers.

          • azz007
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            Who's nailed for Portugal? Do they play win backs with dalot or mendes. 5m to spare.

          • CosmicTed
              14 days, 21 hours ago

              Pickford+Faes or Casteels+Guehi? Or Costa+Faes/Guehi

            • Alan The Llama
              • 14 Years
              14 days, 21 hours ago

              Why are comments disabled on the latest article? In case we start slagging off their picks?

              Well done on the fixture ticker, a useful addition.

              1. Skonto Rigga
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                • 6 Years
                14 days, 21 hours ago

                No idea, Alan! That's occured twice now, may be a tech issue. Fixed for now and will keep an eye on it. Slag away...

                1. Alan The Llama
                  • 14 Years
                  14 days, 21 hours ago

                  Haha, thanks.