A hard-working midfielder with a cultured right foot, Akos Buzsaky was a contributor to the most successful season QPR have savoured in recent years, helping the club to win the Championship title in 2010/11. His nine-year stay in England saw him represent the R’s, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth and Barnsley, while he also won 20 caps for Hungary. Euro 2016 will be the first major tournament in 30 years the country of his birth has participated in and Buzsaky remains optimistic about their chances…
AB on playing for Plymouth Argyle and current situation at Home Park…
At the time I was playing for Porto and I couldn’t make the break through as they had a really strong team under Jose Mourinho and it was not an easy situation for a young player. As a result, I had to move on to get regular game time and I had the opportunity to go to Plymouth. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the club at the time but I always wanted to play in England and I thought it was a good opportunity.
My agent told me that Plymouth were interested and I wasn’t thinking about any other clubs. I went on loan and from day one I started to play so that was incredibly important for me. Playing every week at a senior level was great and it was the most important part of my career in terms of gaining experience and developing. I really enjoyed my time there.
I recently visited to watch a match and I hope that the club can get promoted to League One because they deserve much better than League Two football. When I played there, we were in the Championship and there was talk about promotion to the Premier League, so this is definitely a club who can achieve greater things. Unfortunately, things went on behind the scenes and the club lost a lot of money and suddenly they had to start from the bottom again.
AB on playing for Queens Park Rangers and the current situation at Loftus Road…
The best period in my football career was at QPR. I was scoring goals and really fitted in with that team. Sometimes you can find your best form at certain teams and I feel that I really did give my best at QPR. Unfortunately, during my time there I struggled with injuries but it was still a good time for me. The fans are great and it was a good time to play for the club.
We had some great players whilst I was there such as Anton Ferdinand, Joey Barton and Christopher Samba, who were signed on big wages, approved by the board.
Overall, spending money doesn’t always work, having the right players in the right positions is more important. I think QPR have struggled to find this for the last few years and, consequently, have been unable to get promoted again.
AB on R’s boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink…
It’s difficult for Jimmy because he has inherited players who aren’t his and who are not used to his style, so we need to judge him next season when he’s had a full pre-season under his belt and has bought a few of his own players.
QPR definitely have the players to compete in the Championship but their Premier League push will depend on whether Jimmy can bring in effective signings and find a good unity amongst the squad. The Championship is a more difficult league in some ways than the Premier League because of its unpredictability, so QPR will need to be more consistent next season.
AB on Portsmouth and why he decided to go there…
It was a combination of things. I made a decision not to take the contract extension from QPR because I was starting to become a bit-part player. I don’t think, looking back at it, that it was the right decision.
There was interest from Bristol City but at the time, they weren’t as strong as QPR. After that move didn’t materialise I was waiting and waiting for a transfer, I was starting to get desperate to play again and what I wanted didn’t come. Eventually, Portsmouth approached me when they were struggling and I signed with them.
It was not a good point in my career because I was in very good form, playing some of my best football and then I was in League One. It was difficult to take because it was the wrong decision and I struggled with injuries really badly too. It all took its toll on me.
As a fan base, Portsmouth are amazing and there is always a great atmosphere at Fratton Park. It’s sad to see a team that was playing European football not so long ago playing in League Two, having lost all their good players who they couldn’t afford to pay.
The fans deserved more from the club and unfortunately they weren’t able to deliver. Unless they can find someone to invest money, the situation will not change at all. It’s upsetting to see such a great club in this way.
AB on Hungary ahead of Euro 2016…
We haven’t qualified for 30 years so, now that we have, everybody is a football fan in Hungary. I think we have a good group with Austria, Iceland and Portugal; there are much harder groups in the tournament than that. That doesn’t mean to say it’s going to be easy but we have much more of a chance in this group than we would’ve done in others.
We always do well against Austria, Iceland are a tricky opponent and Portugal are the favourites. Crucially, if we can get a few points from the first two games, then we stand a good chance of qualifying. Most importantly, however, we must go and enjoy ourselves and show what we can do.
AB on the lack of firepower in the team…
We’ve got a couple of strikers who are in good form, but they’re not top strikers. Tamas Priskin, who is known in England, is one. It’ll be between him and Adam Szalai as to who leads the line.
Szalai is a bit of a prima donna but he has Bundesliga experience, so hopefully he turns up with the right attitude and helps the team.
AB on Hungary’s prediction and star man…
If we can qualify from the group, that would be unbelievable; a dream come true. It really depends on the first game and if we can get off to a good start. If we do, I think we stand a really good chance.
Obviously, Balazs Dzsudzsak is a big player for us but we have a good, young talent in Adam Nagy who can have a big tournament too.
Prediction: Last 16
Star Man: Balazs Dzsudzsak