Budapest, August 11 (MTI) – The national eleven of Szeklerland, a region in central Romania, will play its first home match against Transcarpathia in Odorheiu Secuiesc (Szekelyudvarhely) on Saturday, the Szekler Football Association said.
In a statement sent to MTI on Monday, the association stressed the amateur, non-political nature of the initiative. The team is patronised by Laszlo Boloni, a one-time mainstay of Romania’s national eleven, Jeno Buzanszky, the last surviving member of Hungary’s Golden Team, and Franciscan friar Csaba Bojte, who founded a network of orphanages in Romania.
The team made its debut against Debrecen, Hungary’s champion, in July.
The Szekler Football Association joined the N.F.-Board, a federation of football associations representing nations, dependencies, unrecognized states, minorities, stateless peoples, regions and micronations not affiliated to FIFA, in February.