Hungarian Summer Transfer Window – Roundup

 

It’s been a busy transfer window for the Hungarian players. We have seen some of the country’s best stars switch clubs including the likes of Krisztián Németh and Szabolcs Huszti. Here are all the players that have moved teams this summer brought to you by our new Chief Features Writer, Bence Bocsák:

Márko Futács

From: Portsmouth   To: Leicester City

The young Hungarian U21 international showed his class during his first season in England for Championship strugglers Portsmouth. However, he failed to help the team from avoiding relegation as Pompey finished third from bottom. With the club’s future in doubt due to financial trouble, Futács decided to flee the sinking ship in the summer and signed for Leicester City. So far he has made one League Cup appearance for the club in which he scored in during a 35 minute cameo. Now the task for the big man is to fight himself into the starting 11, it will be a difficult one for Futács but there is no doubt he is ready for it.

 

László Lencse

From: Videoton    To: Ironi Kiryat Shmona

Lencse had a successful loan spell at Kecskemét last season scoring goals for fun at the club. When the season finished Lencse went back to Videoton where he was told he wasn’t wanted by Paulo Sousa. He may have regretted that decision now as Videoton only have two recognised strikers in their squad.  At the end Lencse was sent on loan to Israeli title holders Ironi Kiryat Shmona. He was greeted like a star in Israel and so far he has proved that on the pitch as well scoring 4 goals in 6 matches for the club. The only disappointment for him was not making the Champions League group stages with Ironi Kiryat as they lost 3-1 on aggregate to BATE Borisov who advanced into to Europe’s elite instead of them. Lencse has been on unbelievable form so far and if he keeps this going he might even get his first Hungarian national team call up.

 

Róbert Feczesin

From: Brescia    To: Ascoli

Feczesin started last season on great form scoring 4 goals in his first 7 appearances for Brescia in Serie B. However, his form dipped after that as he went on a goal drought for 11 matches and he was soon dropped by his manager too. During the summer it was obvious that the club were trying to get rid of him, however the negotiations dragged on until the last day of the transfer window when Feczesin returned to Ascoli.  The striker previously spent a loan spell at the club where he scored 8 goals in 19 games during the 2010/2011 season. If he manages to get the same amount of goals this time around his season will definitely count as a success.

 

Szabolcs Huszti

From: Zenit St Petersburg     To: Hannover 96

Huszti was struggling in Russia, he wasn’t getting the minutes he deserved on the pitch and it was terrible to see a fantastic talented footballer’s career being ruined. However, Huszti was saved from his nightmare by the club he left Russia for, Hannover 96. He was greeted like an old hero at Hanniver and he was also given the number 10 shirt. So far his move has worked out great as Hannover and Huszti seem to be a match in heaven. In his last two games for the club Huszti has scored 2 goals and given 4 assists! Hopefully, there is more to come from this man and maybe just maybe, him and Sándor Egervári could put their differences aside and get Huszti playing for the national team again.

 

Dániel Tőzsér

From: Genk     To: Genoa

This deal was already done back in January and it was agreed that Tőzsér would join Genoa after the end of the season. At that time he was the captain of Genk who got themselves into the group stages of the Champions League. He was on great form too, however as soon as his manager heard about the move he stuck Tőzsér on the bench for the rest of the season. This was incredibly harsh considering the fact that Tőzsér was one of his best players. Meanwhile, Genoa was also facing a relegation fight and it looked possible that they could go down. However, it was all smiles for them at the end as they managed to keep their place in Serie A. Tőzsér made his full debut for the club last week losing 3-2 to Catania. He will need to play more games until we can fully judge his performances for his new club.

 

Ádám Vass

From: Brescia    To: CFR Cluj

Vass was a regular at Serie B side Brescia last season making 22 starts for the club. However, his contract ran out at the end of the season and he became a free agent in the summer. There was a number of clubs interested in Vass including a couple of teams from Hungary as well. At the end it was Romanian side CFR Cluj that won the race to sign him. He started really well for his new side helping them to qualify for the Champions League group stages where they have been drawn with Manchester United, SC Braga and Galatasaray. Unfortunately, he has just been ruled out for 2 months though with a serious injury which is a real shame as he was producing some brilliant performances since his move.

 

Vladimir Koman

From: AS Monaco    To: FK Krasnodar

This move has to be the surprise of the window in my opinion, Koman only signed for AS Monaco last January penning a 4 year contract. However, Russian club FK Krasnodar made him one of their top targets in the summer window and eventually signed him. Some Hungarians have found the Russian league very difficult in the last few years and I am hoping Koman won’t be one of them, as he is such a quality player on his day and Koman is also a very important member of the national team. So far he has made 7 starts for Krasnodar and it looks like he is fitting into the Russian league just fine.

 

Krisztián Németh

From: RKC Waaljwik    To: Roda JC

Krisztián Németh’s career looked like it was going downhill until he transferred to Eredvisie side RKC Waaljwik in January 2012. That move suited him perfectly as he was one of the best players at his new club and only missed out on getting a spot in the Europa League qualifiers by the play offs. He moved to Roda in the summer to reunite with Ruud Brood the boss who brought him to the Eredvisie. Németh has had a quite difficult start to the season suffering a 5-0 defeat to PSV and a 1-0 defeat to his former club RKC Waaljwik. However, last week he was on the score sheet as Roda managed to win their first game of the season. If he does more of that then there is no doubt he will be a sensational player for Roda.

 

Péter Czvitkovics

From: KV Kortrijk    To: Debrecen VSC

It was very late in the transfer window when Czvitkovics found out he was unwanted at Kortrijk. He only signed for the Belgian club last summer where he made 33 appearances scoring 3 goals and giving 4 assists. Towards the end of the season he was on great form and it looked like he was finally fitting into the team. However, with only 3 days left in the summer transfer window Czvitkovics’s future looked very uncertain and on transfer deadline day he completed his move to Debrecen. He will be a key player in Debrecen’s quest of retaining the NB1 title once again, playing abroad has definitely gave him  some vital experience which he will be able to offer to the team.

 

Zoltán Stieber

From: 1. FSV Mainz    To: Greuther Fürth

One thing for sure Zoltán Stieber will want to forget his disappointing season at Mainz. He barely got a game for the German club, and it seemed like it didn’t matter how hard he tried or how well he played the Mainz manager just wouldn’t pick him as Stieber only featured 7 times for the club in the Bundesliga. There was no surprise when Stieber left in the summer to sign for newly promoted Greuther Fürth. He will get the opportunity to play regular first team football in the Bundesliga at his new club which will be essential for Stieber in order to improve himself as a player.

 

Other deals during the summer:

Boldizsár Bodor  From: OFI Crete    To: Germinal Beerschot

Miklós Gaál        From: Volga NN     To: Slavia Sofia

Márton Fülöp      From: West Bromwich Albion     To: Asteras Tripoli

Tamás Kádár      From: Newcastle United     To: Roda JC

Dániel Nagy       From: Hamburger SV     To: Vfl Osnabrück

Loan moves:

Gergö Lovrencsics  From: Lombard Pápa    To: Lech Poznan

Attila Filkor            From: AC Milan    To: A.S. Bari

Ádám Kovácsik      From: Reggina    To: A.C. Pavia