Hungary aiming for 2nd historic win, face Slovakia

The Hungarian national team has reached several milestones since its formation three years ago. The most important was their first victory against Poland in a dramatic game in 2016.

This Saturday they are aiming for their second win, and the opponent is Slovakia for the first time. There had been a lot of changes in Hungary’s roster since the win against the Polish. Key player Tamás Harsányi (Debrecen Gladiators), who caught an interception against Poland, is dealing with a serious knee injury. In addition, this time wide receiver Balázs Szabolcska (Budapest Cowbells) could not make it to the final squad.

Nevertheless, these new faces can bring energy to the team. Wide receiver Bence Takács had a good season with the Cowbells, and teammate Mihály Bánfi could leave his injury problems behind and make it to the final roster. In addition, the young and talented János Zilai (Szekszárd Bad Bones) seems to be a good addition to the team’s defense, while Attila Heitz (Debrecen Gladiators), who started playing football in 2015, could boost the offensive line.

A lot of Hungarian players know many of the players on the Slovakian Team since the Bratislava Monarchs makes up for most of the roster. The Monarchs met a lot of Hungarian teams as well because they won the Hungarian Football League in 2015 and participated in the Central European Football League.

Vilmos Grátz, Hungarian National Team head coach:

“In our first training camp we tried to put the team together, and in the second we were preparing for the Slovakia game. However, our opponent did not played in a while, thus, our preparation was rather difficult. In addition, their quarterback is fast. I believe in ourselves and that we will win. The two sides seem to be evenly matched. I expect a good game and Hungarian victory.”

The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 in Budapest.

Photos: Norbert Radó

László Makranczi is a radio reporter, announcer and American Football journalist in Hungary. He lives in Debrecen and works for the Hungarian American Football Federation. Studied at the University of Debrecen, got a master’s degree in American