French fans miss Euro 2020 game against Hungary in Budapest by mistakenly traveling to Bucharest
A group of French fans managed to miss their team’s Euro 2020 game against Hungary this weekend after not only going to the wrong stadium, but completely to the wrong country.
Blues were playing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest last Saturday afternoon but, according to Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National, the six unfortunate co-workers boarded a flight that morning that landed more than 500 miles in the capital Romanian from Bucharest.
Budapest. Bucharest. You can see where the confusion lies.
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According to Jurnalul National, the supporters only realized their mistake when they arrived in Bucharest a few hours before kick-off. They had been drinking in the city with Ukrainian supporters they had met at the airport – where neither the Romanian flags nor the language spoken by the airport officials made them understand that they had landed in the wrong place – and went to the city center with them on the bus.
The Ukrainians were rightly in Bucharest ahead of their country’s final Group C game against Austria at the Arena Nationala, which was due to be played on Monday night.
“We thought it was Hungarian fans going to the match and we followed them, thinking that since they were coming from the city, they knew the way to the stadium,” one of the French fans told Jurnalul National.
During their rejoicing, French fans realized that they were actually a long way from Puskas Arena in Hungary, with no chance of getting there in time to watch the world champions in action. When asked if they had come from Kiev by Romanian journalist Adi Munteanu, who noticed that they did not join in chants from Ukrainian supporters, the lost French supporters replied: “We arrived here by mistake. . It is becoming increasingly clear that we are not where we need to be. to be.”
Once the reality emerged, the French supporters decided to stay put, book emergency accommodation online and watch the game on TV, watching the 1-1 draw from a much further distance than they were. had hoped for.
The group decided to stay in the Romanian capital and watch their heroes play at Puskas Arena again on Wednesday in the decisive Group F game against Portugal (LIVE on ESPN and ESPN + at 3 p.m. ET in the US). If France wins this match and therefore finishes at the top of its group, it will play its round of 16 on June 28 in – you guessed it – Bucharest. If this happens, the unlucky group will try to get tickets for that game.
“We need to learn more about Europe,” admitted one of the group members. No kidding.
Navigating the logistics of an international trip abroad can be tricky at the best of times, and many other hapless football fans over the years have discovered the hard way what can happen when place names get mixed up. .
Bucharest / Budapest (again)
“The Unlucky Six“(” The Unlucky Six “) are not the only supporters to suffer after mixing up the names of the Romanian and Hungarian capitals.
In 2012, a large group of 400 Athletic Bilbao supporters missed the Europa League final after making the exact same mistake. Fans sent a private plane to Budapest, not Bucharest, so they missed Bilbao’s biggest game in years. The Basque team lost to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid so maybe that was just as good.
Ghent / Genk
Als iemand deze twee kent of hun gegevens heeft, zeg hen dat ze vanavond welkom zijn in de Ghelamco Arena voor #GntWol!
🇬🇧 If anyone knows these two or has their contact details, tell them they are invited to our match against @VfL_Wolfsbourg tonight.https: //t.co/rtr90pYMqo
– KAA Gent (@KAAGent) October 24, 2019
Who could forget the plight of the Liverpool fans who managed to miss their Champions League team game after going to the wrong destination by the narrowest margins. The pair arrived well in time to watch their side play against Belgian club Ghent – the only problem being that the Reds were preparing to play Genk (with a “k”) from nearly 100 miles away. Of course, the fans completely missed the game, but there was a silver lining, with the local team KAA Gent (with a “t”) giving them free tickets to watch their Europa League game against Wolfsburg the following night. as a gesture of good will.
Wales / Wales
Satellite navigation error sends Belgian fans to Wales… Yorkshire http://t.co/JIGz7afX60 pic.twitter.com/8nAFyoAWYz
– ITV Wales News (@ITVWales) June 12, 2015
Have a thought for the Belgian fans who made the grave mistake of placing all their faith in satellite navigation before their long road trip to watch their country play Wales in a vital qualifying match for the Euro 2016. The supporters simply entered “Wales” into their GPS and set off in their minibus, diligently following the directions all the way to find themselves in a small English village of the same name – some 200 miles from the Cardiff City Stadium and in the bad country entirely.
Frankfurt / Frankfurt
” We are screwed up ! Benfica fan travels to WRONG Frankfurt for Europa League draw – https://t.co/ItPcT2VmyA pic.twitter.com/80iN7024Vj
– Simon Head (@simonhead) April 18, 2019
Satellite navigation was to blame again when a group of Benfica fans decided to make the 28-hour drive from Lisbon across mainland Europe to watch their team play Eintracht Frankfurt in the League semi-finals. Europa 2019. Unfortunately for driver Alvaro Oliveira, he selected the wrong “Frankfurt” from his GPS options list and therefore took his friends to a small village in northern Germany, 380 miles from the Commerzbank- Arena.
Fortunately, there was just enough time for Oliveira to turn around and get back to the correct Frankfurt in time for kick-off, even though he was completely exhausted by that point. Sadly, Benfica were unable to deliver a positive end to the odyssey as the Portuguese side lost 2-0 on the night and withdrew from the competition on away goals.