International match Germany – Hungary: Pal Dardai – “The Hungarian team is like a machine”


Status: 09/22/2022 08:36 am

The German nationwide soccer team meets Hungary in Leipzig on Friday (September 23, 2022). As it is the ultimate group sport for each groups within the Nations League, the group victory might be an early decider. Pal Dardai is a nice connoisseur of Hungarian soccer. In an interview, the 46-12 months-previous explains the rise of the game in his nation.

Pal Dardai, the Hungarian team is at the moment enjoying massive within the Nations League. Two wins in opposition to England, a outstanding draw in opposition to Germany. Why is the team so sturdy at this level?

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Pal Dardai: First of all, a massive kudos to the complete management, coaches and full workers of the Hungarian FA for constructing soccer in Hungary. After I managed to qualify for the European Championships as nationwide coach with Bernd Stork, the team needed to be modified as a result of it was too previous. Now there is a generational change, which present nationwide coach Marco Rossi has accomplished very nicely. The team works like an Italian machine Catenaccio. She is excellent with the again 5. If you attempt to get by way of it with solely soccer video games – unimaginable. You need to take the lead in opposition to Hungary, in any other case it will likely be very troublesome.

Hungary line up with three RB Leipzig gamers – Willy Orban, Dominik Szoboszlai and Peter Gulasi – who’re at the moment underperforming within the league. Will this have an effect on the nationwide team?

Patient: No, that Break The Bundesliga is a win-win scenario for RB Leipzig and the gamers. There is a good ambiance within the nationwide team now. It was the perfect coaching camp of all three, so now they’re coming to Leipzig – a good stadium, good ambiance. It will assist. The Hungarians can even get a draw once more in Leipzig, possibly even an away win. We know that Lothar Mathews additionally managed to do this with the Hungarians at Kaiserslautern. Top groups favor Hungarians. They are good, they will counter-assault, solely 35 p.c possession would not hassle anybody.

Pal Dardai as Hungary’s nationwide coach in November 2014

Center of Hungary At 34, striker Adam Szalai is by far the oldest within the squad. He will get some enjoying time at FC Basel. His performances with the nationwide team additionally drew some criticism. Still, Coach Rossi holds on. Is that true?

Patient: Adam is Coach Rossi’s prolonged arm. Almost like Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich. It moderates the complete sport. When will we activate, when will we give up? He is very disciplined with set items each offensively and defensively and might at all times play collectively. Team gamers are searching for him to win the ball. He’s searching for a switching sport, he is fouled, requirements come out. The method he works for the ahead team is distinctive.

(Editor’s be aware: Adam Szalai will resign from the Hungarian nationwide team after the video games in opposition to Germany and Italy. This was introduced by the Hungarian Football Association through Twitter.)

Will it’s the identical sport in opposition to Germany on Friday?

Patient: I’m not being snooty once I say Hungary ought to win. Germany had no recourse in opposition to Hungary for 70 minutes within the first leg. Only then did they begin enjoying behind the chain with the lengthy ball. In phrases of particular person high quality, Germany is a thousand occasions higher. But there are days when issues are powerful, you simply have to drag it collectively. And when these come collectively, Hungary is higher. Because we’re machines.

Career of Pal Dardai

1997 – 2012 Player Hertha BSC (373 video games)
2001 – 2009 Player Hungarian National Team (28 video games)
2014 – 2015 Coach Hungarian National Team (7 video games)
2015 – 2019 Coach Hertha BSC (178 video games)
2021 Coach Hertha BSC (31 video games)

The Dardai household is a soccer household and their three sons are additionally soccer professionals. How do you spend your Friday night time?

Patient: We will half methods this time. I used to be invited to the sport by the Hungarian FA and needed to go along with my spouse, however my son Maarten is enjoying with the German U21 nationwide team in opposition to France in Magdeburg at across the identical time. So we will not do it on the identical time. So my spouse will go to Magdeburg and I’ll go to Leipzig.

When will we see one in all your sons within the Hungarian nationwide team?

Patient: That is not my choice. The kids are sufficiently old. I raised him so he has a lot of respect for Hungary too, however his house is Germany or Berlin, that is the place he was born. They converse good English, German and Hungarian. You need to determine that your self. For Marten, the German U21 nationwide team is the perfect factor that would have occurred to him. Of course, enjoying for the Hungarian team is not going to harm their picture.

Pal Dardai along with his son Marten as coach of Hertha.

Is there a males’s night at Dardai’s home the place everybody watches soccer collectively?

Patient: Very few, however they exist. It’s very troublesome to do as a result of everybody is into soccer. Sometimes one of many sons comes and brings his buddies with him, so we are able to barbecue and watch soccer collectively.

Your time at Hertha BSC not too long ago ended after 25 years? How do you are feeling about it at this time and what are your plans?

Patient: Football is a enterprise, it’s a must to settle for that. I accepted it. all proper I’m not one to supply myself all over the place. There have been some gives. There was nothing for me but. I need one thing the place I can say: I need this, I can do that, I’ll do that. I’m at house now. I’m retired (Laughs). I’ve had seven surgical procedures on my proper ankle, I’m actually fighting it.

…and if the Hungarian affiliation will get in contact?

Patient: That is not my aim. I used to be already the Hungarian nationwide coach. All nicely and good. National coaches are one other matter once more. You try this when you’re 60 to 70 years previous. I do not really feel like I’ve to guide the coaching session tomorrow. At the second I really feel nice the best way I’m proper now.

Jens-Martin Mickler carried out the interview.


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