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


Status: 22.09.2022 08:36

Germany’s soccer team will face Hungary in Leipzig on Friday (September 23, 2022). This would be the final group recreation for each groups within the Nations League, a foregone conclusion of the group victory. Pal Dardai is a nice connoisseur of Hungarian soccer. In the interview, the 46-yr-previous explains the sports activities increase in his nation.

Pal Dardai, Hungary’s nationwide team is at present having a nice efficiency within the Nations League. Two wins in opposition to England, a nice draw in opposition to Germany. Why is the team so robust in the mean time?

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Pal Dardai: First of all, a large shout out to the complete administration of the Hungarian Football Federation, the coaches and the complete team that helped construct soccer in Hungary. After I certified for the European Championship with Bernd Stork as nationwide coach, I needed to change the team as a result of it was too previous. Now there is a generational change, which the present nationwide coach, Marco Rossi, has executed very effectively. The crew works like a machine, like an Italian catenaccio. He is excellent with the again 5. If you are making an attempt to get by it with simply soccer video games, it is unimaginable. We have to get forward in opposition to Hungary, in any other case will probably be very tough.

Three RB Leipzig gamers within the Hungarian aspect – Willy Orban, Dominik Soboslay and Peter Gulacsi – are at present underperforming within the league. Will it have an effect on the nationwide team?

Darday: No, the Bundesliga break is a win-win state of affairs for RB Leipzig and the gamers. Currently, there is a good environment within the nationwide team. The three had a good coaching camp, so now they arrive to Leipzig – full stadium, good environment. It helps. The Hungarians may get one other attract Leipzig, and even an away win. We know that Lothar Matthäus was in a position to do the identical with the Hungarians in Kaiserslautern. The finest groups belong to the Hungarians. They’re good, they’ll counter-assault, solely 35 p.c possession will not hassle anybody.

Pal Dardai turned the coach of the Hungarian nationwide team in November 2014

The middle of Hungary 34-yr-previous striker Adam Salai is the oldest within the team. He has little taking part in time at Basel. He was additionally criticized for his efficiency within the nationwide team. Nevertheless, coach Rossi is protecting him. Is that right?

Darday: Adam is an extension of Coach Rossi. Like Thomas Müller in Bavaria. He controls the complete recreation. When can we get on and when can we get off? He is very disciplined with the balls each in assault and protection and might all the time play collectively. His teammates search for him to win the ball. He’s searching for a transition recreation, he is disruptive, he is taking requirements away. His method of working for the team is distinctive.

(Editor’s notice: Adam Shalay will step down from the Hungarian nationwide team after the video games in opposition to Germany and Italy. The Hungarian Football Association introduced on Twitter.)

Will there be a recreation in opposition to Germany on Friday?

Darday: I’m not unhappy once I say that Hungary ought to win. Germany didn’t discover a trick for 70 minutes within the first recreation in opposition to Hungary. Only then did they begin taking part in behind the chain with lengthy balls. In phrases of particular person high quality, Germany is a thousand instances higher. But there shall be tough days, now we have to unravel it collectively. And in terms of this collectively, Hungary is higher. Because we’re machines.

Pal Dardai’s profession

1997 – 2012 Hertha BSC participant (373 video games)
2001 – 2009 Hungarian nationwide team participant (28 video games)
2014 – 2015 Hungarian nationwide team coach (7 video games)
2015 – 2019 Coach Hertha BSC (178 video games)
2021 Coach Hertha BSC (31 video games)

The Dardai household is a household of soccer gamers, and their three sons are additionally skilled soccer gamers. How do you spend your Friday evening?

Darday: This time we are going to break up. I used to be invited by the Hungarian Football Federation and I wished to go together with my spouse, however my son Marton is taking part in in opposition to France in Magdeburg on the similar time with Germany’s U21 team. So we won’t do it on the similar time. So my spouse will go to Magdeburg and I’ll go to Leipzig.

When will we see considered one of your sons within the Hungarian nationwide team?

Darday: This is not my resolution. The kids are sufficiently old. I raised them to respect Hungary a lot, however their dwelling is Germany or Berlin, the place they have been born. They are fluent in English, German and Hungarian. You should resolve that your self. For Marton, the German Under-21 nationwide team is the most effective factor that would have occurred to him. Of course, taking part in for the Hungarian nationwide team doesn’t hurt their picture.

Pal Dardai with son Marton as coach of Hertha.

Will there be a males’s occasion at Dardai’s home the place all of them watch soccer collectively?

Darday: Very few, however they exist. It is very tough to do as a result of everybody is keen about soccer. Sometimes one of many boys comes and brings his mates with him, we make barbecue and watch soccer collectively.

Has your time at Hertha BSC just lately come to an finish after 25 years? How do you’re feeling about it right this moment and what are your plans?

Darday: Football is a enterprise, it’s a must to settle for it. I accepted it. It’s all proper. I’m not the sort to current myself all over the place. There have been a few recommendations. Nothing occurred to me but. I would like one thing the place I can say I would like this, I can do that, I’ll do that. Now I’m at dwelling. I’m retired (laughs). I’ve had seven surgical procedures on my proper ankle and I’m actually battling it.

…and if the Hungarian neighborhood contacts?

Darday: That’s not my purpose. I used to be the Hungarian nationwide coach. All effectively and good. The nationwide coach is one other matter. That’s what you do whenever you’re in your 60s and 70s. I do not really feel like I’ve to run tomorrow’s coaching camp proper now. Right now I really feel actually good.

The interview is performed by Jens-Martin Mickler.


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