Hungary appoints Egervári as new head coach
29 July 2010 – The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) has terminated Erwin Koeman’s contract as coach of the national team since 2008 and named Sándor Egervári (60) on 23 July as his replacement.
Egervári’s (Photo: MLSZ) first game will be a friendly against England at Wembley on 11 August. Aim No. 1 for the new head coach of course is the qualification for EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine which starts in Sweden on 3 September. The other opponents in group E are the Netherlands, Finland, Moldovia and San Marino.
Playing professional for Honved and MTK Budapest in Hungary’s NB I between 1972 and 1981, Sándor Egervári started his coaching career in 1983 with MLSZ – assisting György Mezey in charge of the national team that reached the World Cup in Mexico three years later. Going on to successfully coach national first division clubs such as MTK Hungária FC (championships in 1999 and 2003), Dunaferr (champion in 2000), Vasas SC and finally Györi ETO FC, he returned to the MLSZ in 2009 to lead Hungary’s U20 and U21 sides. Egervári finally led Hungary to a bronze-medal in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt last year.
Testimonials of his extraordinary quality and competence as a football coach are the six title awards as Hungarian “Coach of the Year” between 1996 and 2003 which was even topped in 2009 by being awarded “Coach of the Year in all Sports” in Hungary.
In 2002 Sándor Egervári acquired the UEFA Pro Diploma and since 2001 he serves the Hungarian Football Trainer’s Corporation (HFTC) as its President. HFTC became an U.E.F. (now known as the AEFCA) member in 1990.