The Season So Far…Vasas & Haladas


In the third of our installments, Gaby Kovacs and Tomasz Mortimer go over the season so far for all the sides in NBI. Starting from the bottom, we’ll be working our way up to the top sides every Monday. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here

Club:  Vasas SC

Position: 12th

Season so Far: No panic here yet for the Budapest club, currently sitting one place below last seasons finishing position. With 3 wins , 8 draws and 6 defeats it is not hard to see that turning 1 into 3 points has been the problem, unless of course your glass is half full. Good wins over Ujpest and Ferencvaros have been the highlights so far and they remain in the pack of 4 clubs, all on 17 points and 1 win away from the heady heights of 9th position.

Player so Far: Defender Gabor Kovacs is one of only 14 players in NB1 to have played every minute of the first half of the season and the 24 year old has been Mr consistent for a team that has been defensively sound. Expect more of the same in the second half and possibly a move at the end of the season.

Player to watch: Goalkeeper Robert Ambrusics found his time in England to be a  difficult time and has returned to Hungary. Still young enough to add to his skills and possibly earn another move, the coaching at Vasas is renound and will help him develop. Already a good keeper, getting confidence back is surely the order of the day.

Expectations: Mid table will suit the ironworkers fine this season and with the focus firmly on the youth academy to bring new blood into the team, they are doing very well. A recent run of 6 games without conceding a goal is very impressive but  Vasas were bought back down to earth with a bump, losing the last round 5-1 to Pécs  . I personaly think manager Marijan Vlak is doing a fine job so far, and he will be looking to instill that killer instinct into his players during the break which could see Vasas reach a decent league position.

Club: Szombathelyi Haladás

Position: 11th

Season So Far: After losing their first three games of the season, Hali have picked up recently and have settled into a mid-table position, though they only sit two points above the relegation zone. There is much to concern a Hali fan as the sides two key players, Peter Halmosi and Krisztian Kenesei, have regularly underperformed which has lead to them being in this poor position. After grabbing 11 goals in 23 league games last season, Kenesei has only been able to net 3 this season which has left the Hali side very short on goals. Hali go into the winter break without a win in 7, and if they are to stay in NBI for another season, key players just have to perform.

Player so Far: Daniel Rosza – Rosza has been many people’s pick for goalkeeper of the year and he has won points almost by himself this year, coming up with some tremendous performances. Without Rosza’s consistency, Hali could find themselves in a lot more trouble with the lack of firepower up front proving quite a problem. Rosza will be hoping to be less busy come 2012. Richard Guzmics also deserves an honourable mention. The former-Hungary Under 21 international has been a solid rock at the back for Hali this season, and with interest in his services coming from abroad, don’t be surprised if he moves on in January.

Player to Watch: Istvan Kovacs – The 19 year old attacking midfielder, has at times, lit up a really poor Haladás side. Even though he has quite a short, slight frame, Kovacs is still very strong on the ball and has chipped in with two goals this season in 11 starts. The Hungary Under 21 international’s trickery has become a menace for many teams in NBI this season and even though the final ball isn’t always there, at 19, Kovacs has a very bright future ahead of him.

Expectations: With Guzmics likely to move on next month, Hali will have to start scoring a lot more goals to compensate for his loss. The experienced Peter Halmosi just hasn’t performed on a regular enough occasion this season, and with Kenesei looking old, Hali may be looking at the younger talents such as Kovacs, Vujovic and Skibra. Branislav Fodrek has been a major loss to this Hali side, and the Slovak should be back in the second half of the season. If he can perform to the level of last season, Kenesei can start banging some goals in and Halmosi can be the force on the left, that he once was, Hali should have no worries about staying clear of relegation.




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