Kárpátalja football team

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Kárpátalja
Shirt badge/Association crest
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachIstván Sándor
First colours
First international
Kárpátalja Kárpátalja 0–5 Székely Land 
(Berehovo; 16 August 2014)
Biggest win
Kárpátalja Kárpátalja 5–1 Tibet 
(Bracknell; 3 June 2018)
Biggest defeat
Kárpátalja Kárpátalja 0–5 Székely Land 
(Berehovo; 16 August 2014)

The Kárpátalja football team (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkaːrpaːtɒjjɒ], Hungarian: Kárpátaljai magyar labdarúgó-válogatott) is a team representing the Hungarian minority in Carpathian Ruthenia, a historic region mostly located in western Ukraine's Zakarpattia Oblast. It is a member of ConIFA, an umbrella association for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA.[1]

History[edit]

Kárpátalja joined ConIFA in 2016, first competing in the 2017 ConIFA European Football Cup as an invited team. They lost their first ever international game 1–0 against host nation Northern Cyprus, but defeated South Ossetia on the final day to finish 3rd in Group A and put them in the 5th place play-off. A 5–4 penalty shootout win over Ellan Vannin ensured that they finished 5th overall.[2][3]

Due to their inactivity after the tournament, Kárpátalja failed to qualify for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup. However, after the withdrawal of Felvidék, they were admitted to the final tournament as a wildcard replacement.[4] Kárpátalja went on to win the tournament, defeating Northern Cyprus on penalties in the final.

In October 2018, it was reported, by ConIFA, that the Football Federation of Ukraine had banned Kárpátalja players with Ukrainian citizenship from footballing activities for life, whilst Hungarian nationals on the team have been advised they can no longer enter Ukraine.[5]

ConIFA World Football Cup record[edit]

Year Position P W D L F A
Sápmi 2014 Did not enter
Abkhazia 2016 Did not qualify
Barawa 2018 Champion 6 4 2 0 15 5
Total 1 title 6 4 2 0 15 5

Fixtures & Results[edit]

2014 Results[edit]

16 August 2014 (2014-08-16) Kárpátalja  0–5  Székely Land Druzhba Stadium, Berehove, Ukraine

2016 Results[edit]

1 August 2016 (2016-08-01) Felvidék Felvidek (Upper Hungary) football flag.png 1–1
(5–4 p)
 Kárpátalja Erzsébet-ligeti Sporttelep, Szarvas, Hungary
17:45 CEST Renczes 30' 42'

2017 Results[edit]

6 June 2017 Kárpátalja  2–2  Abkhazia Atatürk Stadium, Nicosia
20:00 EEST Roland 33'
Roman 77'
Anatoli Semyonov 20', 50'
9 June 2017 Kárpátalja  3–3
(5–4 p)
 Ellan Vannin Üner Berkalp Stadium, Morphou
20:00 EEST Kelly (o.g.) 2'
Fodor 30'
Kész 61'
Cown 23'
Cannell 61'
Doyle 83'

2018 Results[edit]

2 June 2018 Abkhazia  0–2  Kárpátalja Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield
14:00 BST Report Gajdos 11'
I. Sándor 90+8'
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
3 June 2018 Kárpátalja  5–1  Tibet Larges Lane, Bracknell
15:00 BST Gajdos 2'
G. Sándor 36' (pen.)
Takács 42', 77'
Svedjuk 75'
Report Yougyal 69' Referee: Raymond Mashamba
5 June 2018 Kárpátalja  3–1  Cascadia Gander Green Lane, Sutton
18:00 BST Gyürki 49'
Takács 59'
Gadjos 87' (pen.)
Report Haddadi 80' Referee: Fehim Dayı
7 June 2018 Kárpátalja  4–2  Székely Land Colston Avenue, Carshalton
20:00 BST Toma 36', 57'
Gyürki 75' (pen.)
Peres 90+1'
Report Csizmadia 77'
Bajkó 79'
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
9 June 2018 Northern Cyprus  0–0
(2–3 p)
 Kárpátalja Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield
18:00 BST Report Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Penalties
Mehmet soccer ball with red X
Kurt soccer ball with red X
Oshan soccer ball with check mark
Ersalan soccer ball with check mark
Turan soccer ball with red X
soccer ball with check mark Gyürki
soccer ball with check mark Toma
soccer ball with red X Baksa
soccer ball with red X I. Sándor
soccer ball with check mark Svedjuk

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup.[6]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Béla Fejér (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 27) 0 0 Romania Sepsi OSK
3 3MF Roland Szabó (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 28) 4 0 Hungary Nyírbátori FC
4 2DF László Rácz (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Hungary SZEOL
5 3MF György Sándor (1984-03-20) 20 March 1984 (age 38) 0 0 Hungary Aqvital FC Csákvár
7 4FW Norbert Angyal (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 30) 0 0 Hungary Szolnoki MÁV FC
8 3MF Zoltán Baksa (captain) (1983-01-02) 2 January 1983 (age 39) 4 1 Hungary Cigánd SE
9 3MF Gergő Gyürki (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 29) 0 0 Hungary FC Sopron
10 3MF István Sándor (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 36) 0 0 Hungary Ceglédi VSE
11 3MF Zsolt Gajdos (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 29) 0 0 Hungary Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC
12 4FW Tibor Molnár (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 29) 0 0 Hungary Aqvital FC Csákvár
13 2DF Robert Molnar (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 31) 0 0 Hungary Kisvárda FC
14 2DF Milán Lászik (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Hungary SZEOL
16 3MF Kristóf Késmárki (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary Paksi FC
17 3MF Ronald Takács (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary MTK Budapest FC
18 3MF Alex Svedjuk (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Hungary Békéscsaba 1912 Előre
19 2DF Sándor Szidor (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Hungary Tarpa SC
20 1GK Szergej Petranics (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972 (age 50) 0 0 Retired
21 2DF Csaba Peres (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Hungary Ceglédi VSE
22 3MF György Toma (1996-04-27) 27 April 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Hungary Cigánd SE

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Hungary István Sándor
Assistant Manager Hungary Istvan Marton
Coach Hungary Krisztiján Mile
Coach Hungary József Dörfler
Physio Hungary Róbert Andrejcsák

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karpatalya". CONIFA. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  2. ^ "CONIFA Euro Cup 2017 gets underway in North Cyprus tonight – T-VINE". www.t-vine.com.
  3. ^ "Kárpátalja". CONIFA. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  4. ^ "Karpatalya to replace Felvidék at 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup". ConIFA. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  5. ^ "CONIFA condemns Ukraine's actions against Karpatalya". ConIFA. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  6. ^ World Football Cup 2018 Squad Lists ConIFA. Retrieved 12 December 2020.