Adam Szalai, 34 years old, made his debut for the Hungarian national team on February 11, 2009, at the age of 21 in a 0-1 loss against Israel. Since then, he has represented Hungary 84 times, scoring 25 goals. Szalai is currently the captain of the Hungarian national team.
The next two matches in the Nations League against Germany (tonight) and Italy (September 27) will be Adam Szalai’s final international matches. According to the Hungarian Football Federation’s confirmation on Wednesday, the veteran striker has informed them of his decision to bid farewell to the national team.
xoilac-Szalai currently plays for Swiss club FC Basel, where he moved in February last year. Before that, he mainly played for several Bundesliga clubs, including Mainz, Hannover, Schalke, and Hoffenheim. In the top German league, the 34-year-old has made a total of 276 appearances, scoring 54 goals.
It is truly regrettable for the Hungarian national team that Adam Szalai is leaving, as he is not only a key striker but also an influential figure for the Hungary team, thanks to his experience and leadership skills.
xoilac-However, Szalai has his own reasons to step back, and age is also a contributing factor that compelled him to bid farewell to the national team and focus on Basel. Szalai wants to ensure he has enough energy to contribute to this club.