The Hungarian national team will play in the Puskás Aréna’s opening match against Uruguay on 15th November.

Head coach Marco Rossi: 

“The two matches before us will be special occasions for different reasons. I would have loved to have been playing our decisive qualifying match at the Puskás Aréna but unfortunately, we didn’t have a say in the matter. Uruguay are a team full of world-class players. Friday will be an historic occasion and we’d like to play our part”, said Rossi. Turning his attention to the Wales match, Rossi went on to add that:

“We’re not looking great in defence. Tamás Kádár is injured, Mihály Korhut is suspended, and I don’t have a crystal ball when it comes to knowing what shape Willi Orban’s knee will be in.

We’re down to the bare bones but I have full trust in all my players. We know Wales’ strengths and weaknesses and we’ll prepare thoroughly for them; we’ll be fine-tuning ourselves for the match”.

As regards Friday’s match, Rossi added that

although the match is also a farewell game for Zoltán Gera, given that the 97-times capped midfielder retired from the game a year ago and isn’t match-fit, they decided together that Gera would not play against Uruguay. 

Dominik Szoboszlai spoke of the huge honour it will be to play at the new Puskás Aréna, but that next week’s match against Wales is already in his mind.

“It’ll be an amazing experience to play in this stadium as a 19-year-old,” added Szoboszlai.

“You can’t describe the atmosphere of the place; you must feel it and see it for yourself. I went out onto the pitch a few minutes ago and it was an indescribable feeling even with the stands empty so it’ll be spine-tingling to play in front of a full house here. We’re primarily preparing for the Uruguay match but it’s true that the Wales match is already on our minds”, the FC Salzburg midfielder concluded.


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