August 24th 2020
Hungarian 6 a side Football Transformed By Leisure Leagues

Leading figures in Hungarian 6 a side football signed up for their brand new Leisure Leagues Franchise last week and declared: “We are going to change the mind set in the country.”

Tibor Csuhai (pictured above with Sam Jones of Leisure Leagues), together with Balazs Banfalvi and Janos Szlifka formed the delegation that came to England last week to ink the deal and undergo the training that will enable them to transform 6 a side football in Hungary forever.

The sport is already popular in Hungary, with regular tournaments all year round, which the trio organise, but now the league network that will be provided through Leisure Leagues expertise, is planned to grow quickly. “We want to start eight by the end of September,” confirmed Tibor. “It’s a tough target, but we have to move quickly.”

And they have big plans. “We want to alter the mind-set of footballers in Hungary,” he stated. A country that is used to one-off tournaments is now going to be given the best leagues in the history of the nation, and the reason for that is simple, as Tibor put it: “We want to be on top of the world.”

The Hungarian national side impressed at their first ever Leisure Leagues powered World Cup, the 2019 event in Crete – reaching the quarter finals losing 4-3 to eventual winners, Russia in an epic tussle – but now, says Tibor the goals are set: “We want to be the champions of the world.”

Tibor admitted he was “amazed” by the set up in Crete last Autumn, adding: “It was an incredible  experience, and one we want to sample again.”

The professionalised league network can only help as Balazs added: “The leagues will be very useful in this regard, the fact we can get more people and better environments for them to play in, is going to be really important.”

Those lucky players will be given the opportunity to enter events such as the Champions League, as well as being able to represent their country in World Cup’s – a tournament that Tibor admits he “fell in love” with last year:  “It was amazing. Both in terms of the organisation, and the standard, but we showed that we had the players and the heart, now there is a big excitement for the next part of our journey.”

The Hungarians have a five year plan, which includes growing that league network, but also to show their team to be the best in the world. “Absolutely.” Said Tibor, firmly: “We have the vision, the leagues are great, but the World Cup is the flagship, and we are going to be the Champions!”

Hungary are the latest country to sign up to the Leisure Leagues worldwide family, following the likes of Pakistan and Mexico, there are now over a million players worldwide playing in Leisure Leagues competitions on five continents.

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