Priskin predicts bright future

TAMAS Priskin believes that the good times are coming back, not only for his club Ipswich Town, but also his native Hungary.

TAMAS Priskin believes that the good times are coming back, not only for his club Ipswich Town, but also his native Hungary.

Town striker Priskin is in the Hungary squad for their two Euro 2012 qualifiers over the next few days, against San Marino tomorrow and then Finland away next Tuesday.

It looks to be a tall order for the Hungarians to qualify for the finals from a difficult Group E, which includes both Sweden and the Netherlands.

But Priskin has such faith in the new-look, youthful Hungarian squad, that he is adamant that it won’t be long before his country will qualify for a major championship again. The last time was 24 years ago, at the 1986 World Cup.

“We’ve got a new team and a new manager over there,” enthused Priskin, with reference to head coach Sandor Egervari.

“The squad is quite young as well, and hopefully we can go through the competition. I think Hungary has a chance to get to the finals.

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“But if not, I hope this team is going to stay together and make it for 2014,” added Priskin.

Town fans will be keeping a close eye on Hungary’s results this weekend, because in addition to front-man Priskin, his team-mate Marton Fulop is also in the squad.

Both men have been on the substitutes’ bench in recent games. Keeper Fulop was an unused substitute for the first two Euro 2012 qualifiers, against Sweden (2-0 defeat) and at home to Moldova (2-1 win), while Priskin came on after an hour against the Swedes.

“Hopefully the two of us will get into the final squad and play in the two games,” continued Priskin.

“We’ve got San Marino at home and Finland away. Both are very winable games so I hope we are going to get six points.”

Hungary were a major footballing force during the 1950s. Having finished runners-up to Italy at the World Cup of 1938, they were beaten by West Germany in the 1954 World Cup final and spent much of that decade as the world’s No. 1 ranked country. They actually went on an unbeaten run of 31 games in the 1950s.

But then came the hard times. They have not qualified for the European Championships since 1972, and they failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup after finishing fourth in their group.

Closer to home, 24-year-old Priskin has already bagged a couple of goals for Town this term, having found it difficult to live up to his �1.7m price tag (from Watford) last season.

“I’m fighting for my place in the Ipswich team, although I know we have very good strikers at the club,” added Priskin.

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