After a rocky few decades, it looks like Hungarian football is finally getting back to its best. The barren landscape that was Hungarian football — no major tournament appearances for thirty years — has given way to a young, vibrant team that have tournament experience under their belts and a bright future to look forward to.
While many elements have contributed to this turnaround, it’s the players who have done the most work. Today, you’ll find Hungarian players competing in major leagues across Europe, and especially in the Bundesliga. There are several key players that can more than hold their own in Germany’s top division. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few of the best.
It took a while for Péter Gulácsi to find his way in professional football, but there’s no doubt that the Hungarian goalkeeper has found his place now. After a rocky start to his career, during which he played for Liverpool, Hull, and Red Bull Salzburg, Gulácsi’s move to RB Leipzig marked a significant development. Today, he’s a highly regarded member of the team and is a key reason why the German side continues to outperform expectations. Indeed, the quality of Gulácsi’s performance means there’ll be more than a few people using Unibet to back RB Leipzig to win at least one trophy this year.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Dominik Szoboszlai. Indeed, he’s the best prospect that Hungarian football has had in years. Still only 21, he plays alongside Gulácsi at Leipzig, only Szoboszlai brings his A-game to the attack. A midfielder, the youngster got off to the best possible start to his career with his new team by scoring twice on his debut. Since then, the goals have tapered off, but he’s proven that he belongs at that level. And with time on his side, there’s no telling just how good he may become. There was a reason, after all, why Leipzig were happy to make him the most expensive Hungarian footballer of all time.
Willi Orban is a reminder that you don’t need to have star power to have an influence in football. A no-nonsense defender, he’s been a mainstay for RB Leipzig for years, making more than 150 appearances over a six-year spell. He’s been there for many of Leipzig’s most notable moments over the past few years, including captaining the side in their first ever DFB-Pokal Final appearance. They lost that game, but it won’t have mattered all that much to Orban. It was historical, after all. He’s still only 29, too, so there’s plenty of time to make it to another final!
Roland Sallai has quietly transformed himself into a key player for his side, SC Freiburg, and his country. After several years of bouncing around clubs in Hungary, Italy, and Cyprus, Sallai joined Freiburg, where he continues to impress on the wing. Fast, tricky, and with an eye for goal, the 24-year-old has settled into his role and, with time on his side, looks set to be a regular in the German top division for years to come.