BUDAPEST – Belgian Georges Leekens has been hired as Hungary’s national soccer team coach, succeeding German Bernd Storck, the Hungarian federation announced on Monday.
Leekens is set to take charge of both first national team and U-21 squad.
Federation’s president Laszlo Csanyi said that Leekens signed a contract until 2020, without excluding the possibility of extending it.
The 68-year-old Leekens said he was keen to work hard to qualify for Euro 2020.
He was in charge of the national teams of Belgium during two terms; (1997-1999) and 2010-2012), Algeria in two periods; (2013 and 2016-2017), and Tunisia (2014-2015), as well as 15 different clubs.
Considered as one of the best teams in the world in the1950s, Hungary has not qualified for FIFA World Cup since 1986, but they reached Euro 2016 last 16 under Storck.