Hungarian football team return to heroes' welcome

Hundreds of football fans greeted the team at the airport to help them celebrate their best performance in 30 years

The Hungarian football team were treated to a heroes’ welcome when they flew home to Budapest after taking part in the Euro 2016 football tournament yesterday.

Hundreds of football fans greeted them at the airport as the team celebrated their greatest succes in international football in 30 years.

Qualifying for the event was an achievement in itself for the Hungarian team, but the fact that the players ended up topping their group and reaching the knock-out round of 16 teams went far beyond expectations.

Zoltán Gera was delighted by the reception. "We are happy to be home again, although we would have stayed a little longer if it was possible, but it turned out this way, and we are very happy about a welcome like this and we hope that this is just the beginning," he told Euronews.

Hungary’s supporters have had lots to cheer about during their spell in the tournament in France, including the team being part of arguably one of the best matches so far – their draw with Portugal. Sadly they went out to Belgium in the round of 16 on Sunday.

A video of the team's airport arrival has been posted on the Euronews website today, available here.