Euro 2020: László Bölöni and Zsolt Kalmár will be NS's experts
Along with Zsolt Kalmár, László Bölöni is also helping Nemzeti Sport to process the happenings at the European Football Championship. Kalmár, formerly played in Germany, has been left out of the Hungarian national team lineup only due to an injury while László Bölöni is a successful coach in French and Portuguese football.
|László Bölöni and Zsolt Kalmár (Photos: Csaba Dömötör, Miklós Szabó)|
The two Hungarian experts know much more about the Hungarian team matches than the fans or even the majority of other professionals. They will publish their opinions daily on the matches of the “Hungarian” group of the European Championship both in the printed and online edition of Nemzeti Sport.
Zsolt Kalmár played a key role in qualifying Hungary for the European Championship. Against Bulgaria, for example, he scored an important goal in last year's qualifying playoffs. He was the national team's key player during the World Cup qualifying match against Andorra when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. To the great sadness of the fans and himself, of course, he cannot play at the European Championship because of it. However, he's agreed that he would help us with his opinions and comments before, after, and during the matches, which we are very grateful for.Zsolt Kalmár, born in Győr, is currently playing football for Dunajská Streda, the most-loved club by Slovakian Hungarians, and is selected as the best player in the Fortuna League. For many years, he's also played for RB Leipzig in Germany, where he was mainly in the second division and was on loan to FSV Frankfurt, Brøndby (Denmark), and then DAC (Slovakia).
The involvement of our other expert, László Bölöni, is also a huge help to us. We could hardly find a better football professional for the job since the legend is a European Cup winner with Steaua, won 102 caps for Romania and has successfully worked as a coach in the French and Portuguese top flights. He was the head coach of Nancy, Rennes, Monaco, and Lens in Ligue 1, while becoming the Portuguese champion and Portuguese Cup winner in 2002 with Sporting Lisbon.
It's well-known that Laszló Bölöni was the first to introduce Cristiano Ronaldo into the senior team, but several of his former players are also in the rival teams. For example, he discovered French player, World Champion, and Champions League winner Raphaël Varane who plays in the defender position for Real Madrid.
In addition to the Hungarian experts László Bölöni and Zsolt Kalmár commenting on the group Hungary is in, a number of other renowned footballers and coaches will help NSO daily with their work, opinionating on the European Championship matches, memorable moments, players, and controversial cases.
Football fans can meet with NS' regular and guest experts in UEFA's official fan zone in Városliget.
Translated by Vanda Orosz