I have no particular affinity to Hungary. I have been lucky enough to visit once back in 1993, spending a great day with some Slovakian friends in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Beyond that nothing else. I’ve visited Austria more often, four times in fact. Austria are playing Hungary in the Euro 2016 Football Tournament
So I sit here at a local bar in Mwanza, Tanzania supporting Hungary – why?
It all started in the last World Cup. To make things more interesting we took the 32 teams and divided them amongst the four of us. The teams were ranked so that they were distributed fairly but randomly between us. Each of us getting a team from 4 ranked similarly. Each match had one of us playing another and occasion playing ourselves. Points for wins were given rewarding progression in the tournament. Since I had both Germany and Brazil I had been confident but in the end it was honors even between my son and I.
In the Euros we have done the same with the 24 teams, with the added bonus of extra points if a lower ranked team draws or beats a higher ranked one. More points if you score 3 goals or more.
This time round I have Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia and of course Hungary.
So the fact they are 2-0 up against a higher ranked Austria (my daughter’s team) is good for me.
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