2013-14 Round Up

As the 2013-14 ends, here is a quick round up of the season.

Debrecen became champions of Hungary for the 7th time in the last 10 years. Quite a remarkable feat for a club that up until 2004 had only two Hungarian Cup trophies in the cabinet since their creation in 1902. Off the field, they moved into the magnificent Nagyerdei Stadion, which is a brand new state of the art ground with a capacity of just over 20,000. Next season, the club will be hoping to emulate the 2009-10 season where they reached the group stages of the Champions League. Judging by the atmospheres at the recent games played there, it would be a very tough place for anyone to go.

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Last season’s champions Győri ETO put up a brave challenge to Debrecen but fell short on goal difference only to finish in 2nd place. Attila Pintér resigned from his position as manager in December to become the new national team head but new man Ferenc Horváth ensured the change was as seamless as it could be. They will hope to have a better showing in Europe than last season where they went out to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League 2nd qualifying round.

Ferencváros finished 3rd in the league, battling Videoton all the way to the final day of the season. That finish ensured European football next season at another new stadium in Hungary. The new Flórián Albert stadium on the site of the old one is said to be one of Europe’s most modern and with it’s 20,000 capacity and boisterous fans, teams should rightly so fear going there. European competition was a must for next season and getting that should propel them into real title challengers next term.

 

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At the other end of the table we say goodbye after one season to Mezőkövesd-Zsóry who are relegated alongside Kaposvár, who return to the 2nd division after a 10 year stay in NB1. Taking their places will be 2nd division champions Nyíregyháza and runners up Dunaújváros.

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In the Hungarian League cup final, Diósgyőr beat Videoton 2-1 to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

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The Hungarian Cup saw Diósgyőr try to make it a cup double against Budapest side, Újpest. It took a last minute equaliser from Diósgyőr to take the game to extra time and eventually penalties but it was Újpest who kept their nerve and won the shootout 4-3. A huge boost after a season of turmoil off the field but sadly they won’t be competing in European competition next season as they were denied a UEFA license. Diósgyőr will take their place in the Europa League qualifiers, their first European adventure since 1998.

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Summary.

League winners: Debrecen
2nd division winners: Nyíregyháza
League Cup winners: Diósgyőr
Cup winners: Újpest
Super Cup: Győri ETO

Into European competitions 2014-15
Debrecen
Győri ETO
Ferencváros
Diósgyőr