Ultimate Guide to Caltex Socceroos v Hungary friendly
The Caltex Socceroos take on Hungary on Sunday morning (AEST) in their final chance to fine-tune their game before the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ gets underway.
Bert van Marwijk’s final 23-man squad have had another strong week of preparation in Antalya, Turkey and will relish one more 90-minute run out ahead of the opening FIFA World Cup™ group game against France on June 16.
Here’s all you need to know about the clash with Hungary and how you can keep across all the action in Budapest.
Current world ranking: 51
Where? Groupama Arena, Budapest
When?: Sunday, 10 June 2018, kicking off at 1.30am (AEST)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS 503 and Channel ONE
Star player: Balazs Dzsudzsak
In a 12-year professional career, the current national captain has played for PSV Eindhoven, Dynamo Moscow and Bursaspor before a move to the UAE club Al Wahda two years ago. He has appeared over 90 times for the Hungarian national side and was a standout at Euro 2016 where his side defied expectations to top a tough group that included Portugal, Austria, and Iceland.
Hungary has lost three of their last four internationals, with their only win coming against Costa Rica in November of 2017.
Peter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig), Barnabás Bese (Le Havre), Richárd Guzmics (Csenpien), Tamás Kádár (Dinamo Kiev), Zsolt Korcsmár (FC Midtjylland), Ádám Lang (AS Nancy Lorraine), Ákos Elek (Kajrat Almati), László Kleinheisler (Ásztana FK), Ádám Nagy (Bologna FC 1909), Ádám Pintér (Greuther Fürth), Sallai Roland (APOEL), Szabolcs Dominik (FC Liefering), Krisztián Vadócz (Kitchee SC), Balázs Dzsudzsák (al-Vahdat), Márkó futács (Hajduk Split), Adam Gyurcsó (Hajduk Split), Holman David (Slovan Bratislava), Zsolt Kalmar (DAC), Nemeth Krisztian (New England Revolution), Sallói Daniel (Sporting Kansas City), Zoltan Stieber (DC United ), Ádám Szalai (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
Twin friendly wins in Budapest in 1997 and 2000 mean Bert van Marwijk's men will be protecting a 100 percent record in the June fixture.
That's exactly what Terry Venables was enjoying when, just over six months out from the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Iran, he guided Australia to a 3-1 win.
Aurelio Vidmar struck a brace at either end of Venables' third match in charge, with Kevin Muscat having restored Australia's advantage late on following Laszlo Klausz's equaliser.
It was a similar story in February 2000 as Stephen Laybutt, Josip Skoko and Craig Moore earned a 3-0 victory, the Aussies again scoring twice in the final 20 minutes.
You can also keep up to date with the match at:
Caltex Socceroos Official Twitter - @Socceroos
Caltex Socceroos Official Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Socceroos/
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