The holders (Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal) kick off their defence in Budapest. The are in what is known as ‘the group of death’ along with favourites France and perennial achievers Germany.
Apologies Magyars, I have only ever been to your capital on my three visits to Hungary.
In 2006 my visit with Mrs Wilbur commemorated 50 years since the Hungarian Uprising.
It was a nationwide revolution against the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from the 23rd of October until the 10th of November 1956.
What started as a student protest against the Soviet backed regime, ended with over 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops being killed and around 200,000 Hungarians fleeing as refugees.
The iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the Danube was a key location for the poignant displays that marked the tumultuous event.
The dead leaves that you can see represent the victims of the uprising.
Porto is a mighty fine city to visit. The Douro River is the hub of the action with some wonderful bridges spanning it and famous port houses on its banks.
A boat trip is a must – especially as a combo ticket includes an open top bus ride and. visit with tasting to a port house.
Score prediction – Hungary 0 Portugal 2