Our prediction for this match:
Friday’s football game at Szusza Ferenc Stadion pits together Hungary and Cyprus, the two teams who face each other for the first time since 2007. Back then Cyprus defeated Hungary 2-1, but the hosts are seen as favourites to win this friendly. Marco Rossi’s men continue their preparations for the EURO 2020 finals, and we are positive that they will take Friday’s warm-up game very seriously. A man to watch in the home team will be Freiburg ace Roland Sallai.
The Cypriotes, on the other hand, missed out on a place at the European Championship finals. Nikos Kostenoglou’s troops have been having their ups and downs in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and they will have a big fish to fry in the friendly against Hungary, who have been making progress year by year. It has to be noted that Cyprus key attacker Sotirou has been left out of the squad.
Highlighted Player (Willi Orban):
Willi Orban was born on 3 November, 1992 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Orban plays as a centre back, but he can operate as a defensive midfielder as well. The 185-cm-tall footballer is a product of Kaiserslautern’s youth academy and he played 35 league games for the reserve team between 2011 and 2013.
Orban made his debut for the first team in 2011, against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The Kaiserslautern footballer made 68 league appearances for Kaiserslautern, scoring 7 goals for the German outfit between 2011 and 2015, but in May 2015 he signed a contract with Leipzig. Kaislerslautern fans were very angry with the defender when he decided to join die Bullen.
Willi Orban has two caps for Germany U21, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. He has a contract with Leipzig, which expires on 30 June, 2019. Willi Orban has a dual citizenship (Germany, Hungary).
Highlighted Team (Cyprus):
Cyprus’ first match took place back in July, 1949, only one year after they became a member of FIFA. The Cypriotes played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Maccabi Tel Aviv and seven days later they played their first international game. Cyprus suffered a 3-1 loss to Israel in Tel Aviv back then and in November, 1960 they had their first official match as an independent country.
The Cyprus national football team shared the spoils with Israel in the 1962 World Cup qualifier and three years later they recorded their first international win (3-1 over Greece). Cyprus suffered their biggest loss on May 21, 1969, with the team losing to West Germany 12-0 and in 2000 they hammered Andorra 5-0 which is considered the team’s biggest win.
The Cypriotes have yet to qualify for the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the European Championship, but their victory over Bosnia in Zenica in the Euro 2016 qualifiers will be remembered. GSP Stadium in Nicosia is considered the national team’s home ground.