Euro 2016: Austria vs Hungary… Live!
So, here we are again with another European Championship group match, and today we’re onto Group F and the match between Austria and Hungary. So, let’s get the brief history lesson out of the way first, shall we? The Austro-Hungarian Empire’s run wasn’t a long one, but it was historically significant. It was at its peak between 1867 until 1918, and in August 1914 the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, one of its outposts, was the catalyst for all concerned – some might argue that it was all the excuse they needed – to hurtle themselves into a war that would cost tens of millions of lives.
That, however, is all ancient history. Both Austria and Hungary have proud football pasts. Had there been a European Championships in 1930, the Austrian team of the era might well have won it. Had there been one twenty years later, the winners might well have been Hungary. And in both cases, these were great teams that were broken up by authoritarian neighbours, Austria by a subsummation into Nazi Germany and Hungary by the Soviet invasion of 1956. In the present day, Hungary, who finished third in their qualifying group, are making their first finals appearance in thirty years, whilst Austria have Europe’s longest unbeaten record at the moment – nine matches.
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