Football – in Hungary, its more than just a game.
The country has rallied around its national football team – currently enjoying a run of success in the Euro 2016 championships in France.
Euronews correspondent Beatrix Asboth explains:
“Football fever has permeated all ages and levels of Hungarian society. The national team can take to the field knowing that the country is supporting them, heart and soul.”
“Inspired by goalie Gabor Kiraly’s favourite attire, the movement “Go to work in grey sweatpants today” has become a sign of solidarity.”
The Right Trousers
People from all walks of life across Hungary have heeded the call to back their boys in France.
You will never love anything as much as Hungary's goalkeeper loves playing soccer in sweatpants. pic.twitter.com/tD09GlS3uL— patrick (@patrickredford) June 14, 2016
“You can’t buy the national strip, we were a bit late, it is sold out. So I came up with a better idea,” organiser Attila Vizi told Euronews.
“Anyone can wear their country’s strip but here in Hungary, we have something special which you only get in our national team.”
Its patriotic – and practical.
“Those of us who have to stay behind and work, we can’t cheer them on at the match. This is a great opportunity to show our support and cheer for the Hungarian national team,” worker Eszter Varga told Euronews.
For Hungarians, the success of the national team in Euro 2016 really is pants. And that is not a bad thing.