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Bernd Storck in action against England.

Hungary's Euro 2016 coach gains revenge for England humilation

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Bernd Storck, a manager who once oversaw 4-0 and 5-1 defeats at the hands of England, has now outstripped the European Championship achievements of Three Lions after guiding Hungary to shock opening game victory over Austria.

The German is the toast of Euro 2016 after guiding Hungary to a deserved 2-0 victory over one of the tournament's dark horses for success.

Appearing in their first European Championship since 1972, Storck's team achieved what England have never managed to do in the history of the tournament by recording a victory in their opening group fixture.

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It represents a remarkable reveral of fortunes for the German manager, who could only watch on in his previous role as manager of the Kazakhstan national team as England humilated his young side.

Kazakhstan Dreams

Once assistant manager at Borussia Dortmund, Storck had caught the eye of the Kazakh Football Association after helping FC Almaty avoid relegation from the country's top flight league.

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Appointed to the role of Kazakhstan national team manager in 2008, the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign was supposed to be about building the foundations for a more concerted attempt to reach the European Championship, two years later.

But from the off Storck encountered problems, with facilities proving poor and many local clubs uncooperative to the efforts of the national side. In spite of this, though, he successfully blooded in several young players in the national team setup, having worked closely with the under-21 side.

However, though they beat Andorra home and away in qualifying and suffered encouraging 2-1 defeats to Ukraine and Croatia along the way, England were less forgiving.

England Anguish

In two games against Fabio Capello's Three Lions side, Storck's team shipped nine goals losing 4-0 at home and 5-1 at Wembley with Wayne Rooney scoring three of England's goals over the two games and Kazakhstan receiving a serious wake-up call about their prospects.

Speaking to The Independent around the time of the two games, Storck lamented his youthful but inexperienced Kazakh team's propensity for watching the ball, rather than their man.

"This is a big problem in the whole of the country," he explained. "They look the whole time like children playing."

Having finished the qualification campaign with six points and plenty of positives, defeats to Belgium, Turkey and Austria in qualifying for Euro 2012 proved too much for the Kazakhstan Football Association who duly dispensed with his services despite the progress made.

Moving On

Brought in as Hungary manager in early 2015, after impressing with the country's under-20 side, Storck is now having the last laugh with Hungary on course to progress to the knockout phase of Euro 2016.

Regarded by many as one of the weakest sides in France, Storck could soon be sitting pretty in the last-16 while the England team that once gave him nightmares potentially heads home.

Under Storck, Hungary now stand on the brink of history. Meanwhile those painful memories of Wayne Rooney and Co. have been consigned to exactly that: history.

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