The Caltex Socceroos have one final hitout before they head to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.
European outfit Hungary provide the opposition for Bert van Marwijk’s troops, who will want to put on another excellent performance with their FIFA World Cup™ opener against France the following week.
With the game kicking off at Groupama Arena in Budapest on Sunday morning 1.30am AEST (live on Fox Sports and Network Ten), Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday morning’s (AEST) opponents in Budapest!
CONFIRMED: Every 2018 FIFA World Cup™ 23-man squad
Current FIFA ranking: 49th in the world.
Coach: Georges Leekens
Captain: Balazs Dzsudzsak
History against the Caltex Socceroos: The two nations have met on two previous occasions, with the Caltex Socceroos enjoying a 100 percent record.
The first came in 1997 as Australia ran-out 3-1 winners in Budapest, with Aurelio Vidmar scoring a brace.
It was even more convincing in 2000 – the last time the two nations played – as the Caltex Socceroos triumphed 3-0 with Stephen Laybutt, Josip Skoko and Craig Moore getting on the scoresheet.
Key men: Skipper Balazs Dzsudzsak is the most experienced of the squad, appearing over 90 times for Nemzeti Tizenegy.
Dzsudzsak, who plays for UAE outfit Al Wahda, has vast experience in Europe at clubs like PSV Eindhoven, Dynamo Moscow and Aziz Behich’s current club Bursaspor.
He was a standout for Hungary at Euro 2016, where they made the Round of 16.
Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai, Dinamo Kiev defender Tamas Kadar and Bologna midfielder Adam Nagy are other players to watch.
Recent form: After their strong showing at Euro 2016, Hungary weren’t able to maintain their encouraging form, missing out on qualification for the tournament in Russia.
And their recent results in both 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying and friendlies hasn’t been strong.
Leekens’ men have managed just two wins from their last seven fixtures, losing the other five.
While that run included a 1-0 triumph against Russia bound Costa Rica, there was also embarrassing defeats to the likes of Kazakhstan, Scotland and Luxembourg.
Did you know? Former Perth Glory midfielder Krisztián Vadócz is part of the Hungary squad.
Vadocz, who now plays for Kitchee in Hong Kong, spent half a season at Glory back in 2016, scoring one goal in 11 appearances for the club.
He could come up against former Glory teammate Josh Risdon on Sunday morning (AEST), with the Caltex Socceroos right-back a strong chance to start at the Groupama Arena.
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