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 may very well be an early decider. Pal Dardai is a nice connoisseur of Hungarian soccer. In an interview, the 46-yr-outdated explains the rise of the game in his nation.

Pal Dardai, the Hungarian team is at the moment taking part in large within the Nations League. Two wins towards England, a outstanding draw towards Germany. Why is the team so sturdy at this level?

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Pal Dardai: First of all, a large kudos to the whole management, coaches and whole 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European Championships as nationwide coach with Bernd Stork, the team needed to be modified as a result of it was too outdated. Now there is a generational change, which present nationwide coach Marco Rossi has completed very properly. Crews work like machines, like the Italian catenaccio. She is superb with the again 5. If you attempt to get by way of it with solely soccer video games – not possible. You must take the lead towards Hungary, in any other case will probably 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, a break within 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 one of the best coaching camp of all three, so now they’re coming to Leipzig – a excellent stadium, good ambiance. It will assist. The Hungarians may also get a draw once more in Leipzig, possibly even an away win. We know that Lothar Mathews additionally managed to try this with the Hungarians at Kaiserslautern. Top groups favor Hungarians. They are good, they’ll counter-assault, solely 35 % 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 taking part in 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 whole sport. When will we activate, when will we stop? He is very disciplined with set items each offensively and defensively and may all the time 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 manner he works for the ahead team is distinctive.

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

Will it’s the identical sport towards Germany on Friday?

Patient: I’m not being snooty once I say Hungary ought to win. Germany had no recourse towards Hungary for 70 minutes within the first leg. Only then did they begin taking part in 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 tug 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 wished to go together with my spouse, however my son Maarten is taking part in with the German U21 nationwide team towards France in Magdeburg at across the identical time. So we won’t 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 residence is Germany or Berlin, that is the place he was born. They converse excellent English, German and Hungarian. You must determine that your self. For Marten, the German U21 nationwide team is one of the best factor that might have occurred to him. Of course, taking part in for the Hungarian team is not going to harm their picture.

Pal Dardai together 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 mates with him, so we will barbecue and watch soccer collectively.

Your time at Hertha BSC just lately ended after 25 years? How do you’re feeling about it at this time and what are your plans?

Patient: Football is a enterprise, it’s important to settle for that. I accepted it. all proper I’m not one to supply myself all over the place. There had been some provides. 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 residence now. I’m retired (Laughs). I’ve had seven surgical procedures on my proper ankle, I’m actually combating 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 properly and good. National coaches are one other matter once more. You do this when you’re 60 to 70 years outdated. 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 will conduct the interview.


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