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Orban-backed football club causing a stir in Slovakia


It’s a powder keg of a game day in Dunajska Streda – population 25,000 – a small, ethnic Hungarian city tucked away in southern Slovakia. The city’s football club, DAC, are facing off against rivals Slovan Bratislava, and the majority of fans make it crystal clear where their nationalistic allegiances lie. “Ria, ria, Hungaria! Ria, ria, Hungaria!” This small Hungarian enclave is where football meets nationalism meets politics, whether European football’s governing body UEFA likes it or not. Hungarian roots You may not find Dunajska Streda (Dunaszerdahely in Hungarian) in most travel guides, but its football team has certainly put the city on …

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