Kárpátalja football team

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Kárpátalja
Shirt badge/Association crest
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachIstván Sándor
First colours
First international
 Kárpátalja 0–5 Székely Land 
(Berehovo; 16 August 2014)
Biggest win
 Kárpátalja 4–1 South Ossetia 
(Famagusta; 7 June 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Kárpátalja 0–5 Székely Land 
(Berehovo; 16 August 2014)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultChampions, 2018

The Kárpátalja football team (Hungarian: [ˈkaːrpaːtɒjjɒ]) is the team representing the Hungarian minority in Carpathian Ruthenia[further explanation needed] (Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine). They are not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA, and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championships.

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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

2018 Results[edit]

Squad for 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Béla Fejér (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Romania Sepsi OSK
3 3MF Roland Szabó (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Hungary Nyírbátori FC
4 2DF László Rácz (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Hungary SZEOL
5 3MF György Sándor (1984-03-20) 20 March 1984 (age 34) 0 0 Hungary Aqvital FC Csákvár
7 4FW Norbert Angyal (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Hungary Szolnoki MÁV FC
8 3MF Zoltán Baksa (captain) (1983-01-02) 2 January 1983 (age 35) 4 1 Hungary Cigánd SE
9 3MF Gergő Gyürki (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Hungary FC Sopron
10 3MF István Sándor (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 32) 0 0 Hungary Ceglédi VSE
11 3MF Zsolt Gajdos (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Hungary Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC
12 4FW Tibor Molnár (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Hungary Aqvital FC Csákvár
13 2DF Robert Molnar (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Hungary Kisvárda FC
14 2DF Milán Lászik (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Hungary SZEOL
16 3MF Kristóf Késmárki (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Hungary Paksi FC
17 3MF Ronald Takács (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Hungary MTK Budapest FC
18 3MF Alex Svedjuk (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Hungary Békéscsaba 1912 Előre
19 2DF Sándor Szidor (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Hungary Tarpa SC
20 1GK Szergej Petranics (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972 (age 46) 0 0 Retired
21 2DF Csaba Peres (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Hungary Ceglédi VSE
22 3MF György Toma (1996-04-27) 27 April 1996 (age 22) 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. ^ "CONIFA Euro Cup 2017 gets underway in North Cyprus tonight – T-VINE". www.t-vine.com.
  2. ^ "Kárpátalja". CONIFA. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  3. ^ "Karpatalya to replace Felvidék at 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup". ConIFA. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ "CONIFA condemns Ukraine's actions against Karpatalya". ConIFA. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.