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of the Romanian squad were transferred abroad after the finals. In

In December 1990 there were over 200 Hungarian footballers officially playing abroad. Around three-quarters of them were playing in the Austrian regional third and fourth divisions. These players are semiprofessionals, who live in Hungary and cross the border each weekend to play for Austrian teams in return for match expenses. Austrian match expenses are very desirable as they are higher than a full-time salary in Hungary. In October 1990 there were 170 Czechoslovak footballers officially playing abroad. Around two-thirds of them were located with lower division teams near the border in Germany and Austria. As with Hungary, these players are semi-professionals who continue to live in their home country. The largest outflow of players has been from Croatia with more than 1,500 leaving to play elsewhere between 1992 and 1996.