ConIFA World Football Cup 2018: Who are Székely Land?
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As part of The National Student's coverage of the ConIFA World Football Cup, we're giving you the low down on all 16 teams in the tournament. This time we're introducing Székely Land. Who are they? Székely Land represent the Hungarian minority in Romania. The Székelys get their name from a Hungarian expression translating to "frontier guards". It is believed they were first sent to Hungary's border on the Carpathian Mountains. They have claimed descent from Atila's Huns, with some historical evidence to support this. They may have been Huns who remained in Transylvania and aligned themselves with the Hungarian Army or Magyarized Turkic peoples. Evidence of the existence appears as early as the 5th Century, they were placed under the control of a royal official, a Count in the 1200s and saw less destruction during the Mongol invasion than other regions of Hungary and within two years had forced out the invaders and freed prisoners. Székelys could not have their land confiscated like other Hungarian subjects. In the 1330s, there were 150 Catholic parishes in the country and no evidence of Orthodox communities. They grew an economy primarily based on agriculture in the 15th Century.
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