George Leekens is the new Hungary coach

2017-10-30 16:23:34

George Leekens is the new Hungary coach

The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) has decided that Belgian George Leekens, famous in the football world as a player and a coach, will be the men's full national team's next head coach.

Leekens, 68, won several Belgian league championships and a Belgian Cup as a reliable defender, as well as playing in European Cup and UEFA Cup finals in the 1970s. He took part in more than 300 domestic club fixtures and 40 European club matches.

As a coach, he has won the Belgian league title once and the Belgian Cup twice, also winning the accolade of domestic coach of the year. He has coached the Belgian men's national team on two separate occasions, once between 1997 and 1999 when he led them in the group stages of the 1998 FIFA World Cup and between 2010 and 2012 when he nurtured future international stars such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Amongst his successes since then have been the guidance of African national teams Tunisia and Algeria at the 2015 and 201 Africa Cup of Nations respectively.

The veteran head coach will take charge of the Hungary team after November's two international friendly matches which will continue to be overseen by Zoltán Szélesi as planned.

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