As a new NBI season is upon us, so is a brand new HungarianFootball.com
Over the last one and half years we’ve been doing our best to keep the English speaking world up to date with Magyar Foci across the globe from Norway to Vietnam.
Thanks to the tireless work of Fraz and Gaby Kovacs the site finally has a new makeover with all updated Club Profiles ready in time for the kick off between Szombathely Haladas and Egri at 17:00 CET later today.
Now as we focus on the upcoming season, I’ll quickly take you through the teams and players who are expected to light up Hungary over the next year.
Who are the contenders?
After Debrecen’s unbeaten dominance last season, it’s hard to find any reason why they won’t lift the crown again. Organised in defence, blistering in attack, their side is full of quality and with a man like Coulibaly up front, it’s a side who are always going to be sharp in front of goal.
Videoton will be looking to bounce back after finishing 2nd last season. It took some time for Videoton to gel with Sousa’s new tactics but once the second half of the season begun, they were the form side. A great footballing side which has been invested in this summer, and if they can start well this season, there’s no reason why they can’t claim back that title from Debrecen’s clutches.
Gyor came up short last season after starting the season in blistering form. Following the surprise sacking of Csertoi in March, the side fell apart but now under the leadership of former boss Attila Pinter, they’ll be there or thereabouts next June.
Who’s challenging for Europe?
Honved cemented fourth place last season, and they’ll be looking to replicate that form this year. After losing their two best strikers in January they never quite looked the same, and they might struggle to score goals. It’ll be interesting to see how they start after a tough spell in Europe.
Newly promoted MTK are tipped for big things this season. A young vibrant squad is accompanied by a vastly experienced manager in Jozsef Garami, and last season’s Magyar Kupa finalists have a point to prove.
Who’s in for a struggle?
Well the familiar faces of Siofok are certain to be near the bottom. They’ve been proving everyone wrong season upon season, but if they start poorly, there could be no going back for the team from Balaton.
Newly promoted Egri will find it tough this year. Due to their stadium not being up to the NBI standards, they’re going to be forced to play their home games at Debrecen’s ground which will lessen their home field advantage. What comes up, might go straight back down.
Pecs and Kaposvar are two teams sure to struggle. Pecs started brilliantly last season, but sacked their manager inexplicably in March and never recovered ending the season in relegation form. Kaposvar have lost two of their best players recently in Kornel Kulcsar and Milan Peric so don’t back against them taking the drop.
Adamo Coulibaly, last season’s top scorer is sure to be up there again. He’s been like a hungry wolf in Europe so far, and he’s sure to take that form into the new NBI season.
Nemanja Nikolic finished second in the top scoring charts, just one behind Coulibaly and with the support of his Videoton team, could just go one better this season.
The DVTK midfielder, Tibor Tisza netted just 8 times last season, but he’s traditionally a machine when he gets into his stride. One to look out for when on form.
Daniel Bode is another one from midfield who may get his name to the top of the charts. He’s been in superb form for Paks this past two years, bagging 25 goals, and now at Ferencvaros with arguably better players around him, he could be up there
Bright Sparks Emerging?
Istvan Kovacs has got to be the cream of the crop. At just 19, Kovacs has been superb since joining Videoton from Haladas. He’s quick, has great technical ability and can grab a goal. Definitely one to look out for in the future.
Roland Szolnoki. Another Videoton man who has become first choice at just 20. Can play right or left back, and is always comfortable on the ball whilst more than competent defensively. Big prospect.
Gergely Bobal. The 18 year old was set to move to Man City in the summer, but the deal fell through so he has his chance to prove what he’s really worth in NBI. Found limited opportunities with Honved’s first team last season but has bags of ability and can score with both feet.
Patrik Tischler. The big lumbering striker is great on the floor, but equally as good in the air. Really strong on the ball, and a master of set pieces. The 20 year old will need to live up to expectations in MTK are to do well this season.
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