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Hungary appoint Gyor's Pinter as national coach
December 19, 2013 / 11:57 AM / 4 years ago

Hungary appoint Gyor's Pinter as national coach

Sandor Csanyi (L), Chairman of the Hungarian Football Association, and Attila Pinter (R), new national coach of the Hungarian national football team, attend a news conference in Telki, 20 km (12 miles) west of Budapest, December 19, 2013.Bernadett Szabo

TELKI, Hungary (Reuters) - Hungary named Attila Pinter as national team coach on Thursday in a surprise move after searching for, and then deciding against an overseas appointment.

"We talked and looked at at least 20 foreign coaches, but after all we thought a native coach would be better," Hungarian FA president Sandor Csanyi told a news conference.

"Pinter is a fighter, knows the Hungarian players and sees what's behind the scenes in our football. His will to win is strong.

Pinter, coach at top-flight champions Gyor, replaces Sandor Egervari who resigned in October after Hungary suffered a demoralising 8-1 defeat against Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier.

The former Hungarian international and Ferencvaros defender said the country needed to have realistic expectations of success having not qualified for a major tournament since 1986.

"I think we cheated each other in the recent years, we targeted fake goals, after a win we thought we could beat any team, after a defeat we were the worst team in Europe," the 47-year-old said.

"It is time to get real, time to make the players understand that when they put on the Hungarian shirt, they play for a whole country."

Reporting by Zoltan Fazekas, editing by Justin Palmer

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