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August 8, 2022

WC qualifiers: Hungary vs. Romania “derby” getting closer

Hungarian national football team coach Egervari Sandor stated that Romania, the team he will meet on Friday in Budapest in a World Cup 2014 qualifiers game, has very good players such as Mutu, Grozav and Torje, as well as Steaua players he noticed in Europa League, especially in Steaua’s two-leg fixture with Chelsea. “The game against Romania is very important, a real derby, two neighboring countries will meet and the football rivalry is traditional. (…) A good example concerning the strength of Romanian players was given by Steaua, which obtained good results in the European cups. (…) I am confident that we can speculate our opponents’ weak points, even though there aren’t a lot of them,” Hungary’s coach stated, ‘Nemzeti Sport’ daily informs, being quoted by Mediafax.

Goalkeeper Bogdan Adam (Bolton) stated in his turn that “Romania is a powerful team” and referred to Steaua, “the team that played an important role in Europa League and proved it against Chelsea too.”  Striker Bode Daniel (Ferencvaros) expects an aggressive game from Romania, while midfielder Koman Vladimir (FK Krasnodar) believes that this “will be a difficult and very important game.” Last Sunday, during the League I game that pitted CFR Cluj against Rapid, a group of Rapid fans burnt a Hungarian flag, a gesture that Budapest protested against. The Professional Football League decided that Rapid will play their next game behind closed doors as a result.

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