Football: Hungary's Kiraly Hangs Up His Baggy Trousers

Football: Hungary's Kiraly hangs up his baggy trousers

BUDAPEST, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 3rd Augst,2016) - Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who became something of a cult hero during Euro 2016 for his trademark grey tracksuit trousers, announced his international retirement on Wednesday after 107 games for his country. "I am a maximalist and always want to give the maximum. But at 40, I am no longer able to give the required level for my club and national team," the former Hertha Berlin and Crystal Palace keeper said on his website.

"(Hungary) manager Bernd Storck gave me the decision to stay or leave after Euro 2016, and what more noble way is there to leave than after taking part in a tournament that set the whole country in football fever?" In addition to his legwear, which started a craze in his home country as Hungary exceeded expectations by storming into the last 16 in this summer's European Championship, Kiraly was also the tournament's oldest ever player. "I'm not a top model, my job is defending, it's both a physical and psychological thing, I don't feel comfortable without them," he told AFP of his baggy trousers in an interview earlier this year. Hungary finished top of Group F in their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup, downing Austria 2-0 and holding eventual winners Portugal to a thrilling 3-3 draw before being dumped out by Belgium 4-0 in the last 16.