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: [ˈkaːrpaːtɒjjɒ]) 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 Goal 30' Goal 42'

2017 Results[edit]

6 June 2017 Kárpátalja  2–2  Abkhazia Atatürk Stadium, Nicosia
20:00 EEST Roland Goal 33'
Roman Goal 77'
Anatoli Semyonov Goal 20'Goal 50'
7 June 2017 South Ossetia  1–4  Kárpátalja Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium, Famagusta
20:00 EEST Kochiev Goal 85' Mile Goal 20'
Baksa Goal 33'
Barta Goal 45+1'
Kész Goal 62'
9 June 2017 Kárpátalja  3–3
(5–4 p)
 Ellan Vannin Üner Berkalp Stadium, Morphou
20:00 EEST Kelly (o.g.) Goal 2'
Fodor Goal 30'
Kész Goal 61'
Cown Goal 23'
Cannell Goal 61'
Doyle Goal 83'

2018 Results[edit]

2 June 2018 Abkhazia  0–2  Kárpátalja Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield
14:00 BST Report Gajdos Goal 11'
I. Sándor Goal 90+8'
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
3 June 2018 Kárpátalja  5–1  Tibet Larges Lane, Bracknell
15:00 BST Gajdos Goal 2'
G. Sándor Goal 36' (pen.)
Takács Goal 42'77'
Svedjuk Goal 75'
Report Yougyal Goal 69' Referee: Raymond Mashamba
5 June 2018 Kárpátalja  3–1  Cascadia Gander Green Lane, Sutton
18:00 BST Gyürki Goal 49'
Takács Goal 59'
Gadjos Goal 87' (pen.)
Report Haddadi Goal 80' Referee: Fehim Dayı
7 June 2018 Kárpátalja  4–2  Székely Land Colston Avenue, Carshalton
20:00 BST Toma Goal 36'57'
Gyürki Goal 75' (pen.)
Peres Goal 90+1'
Report Csizmadia Goal 77'
Bajkó Goal 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 Penalty missed
Kurt Penalty missed
Oshan Penalty scored
Ersalan Penalty scored
Turan Penalty missed
Penalty scored Gyürki
Penalty scored Toma
Penalty missed Baksa
Penalty missed I. Sándor
Penalty scored 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 25) 0 0 Romania Sepsi OSK
3 3MF Roland Szabó (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 27) 4 0 Hungary Nyírbátori FC
4 2DF László Rácz (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary SZEOL
5 3MF György Sándor (1984-03-20) 20 March 1984 (age 37) 0 0 Hungary Aqvital FC Csákvár
7 4FW Norbert Angyal (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Hungary Szolnoki MÁV FC
8 3MF Zoltán Baksa (captain) (1983-01-02) 2 January 1983 (age 38) 4 1 Hungary Cigánd SE
9 3MF Gergő Gyürki (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Hungary FC Sopron
10 3MF István Sándor (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 35) 0 0 Hungary Ceglédi VSE
11 3MF Zsolt Gajdos (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Hungary Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC
12 4FW Tibor Molnár (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Hungary Aqvital FC Csákvár
13 2DF Robert Molnar (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 29) 0 0 Hungary Kisvárda FC
14 2DF Milán Lászik (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary SZEOL
16 3MF Kristóf Késmárki (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Hungary Paksi FC
17 3MF Ronald Takács (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Hungary MTK Budapest FC
18 3MF Alex Svedjuk (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary Békéscsaba 1912 Előre
19 2DF Sándor Szidor (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Hungary Tarpa SC
20 1GK Szergej Petranics (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972 (age 49) 0 0 Retired
21 2DF Csaba Peres (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary Ceglédi VSE
22 3MF György Toma (1996-04-27) 27 April 1996 (age 25) 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.