The Future Stars of Hungarian Football

There are a plenty of exciting young Hungarian prospects around the world at the moment, impressing for their clubs. Many have the potential to become influential players for the National Team in years to come. Here are just a few a few of them.

 

István Kovács

Age: 21   Club: Videoton

In my opinion he’s the Hungarian Jack Wilshere. Kovács is undoubtedly the country’s biggest star playing in one of Hungary’s strongest teams right now. The midfielder likes to play just off the striker however he can play in a number of different positions in midfield as well, which has allowed him to make more appearances this season for Videoton. Koko as the Vidi fans call him, is incredibly strong on the ball and defenders literally find it impossible to stop him, when he’s at his best.

This season has been a highly successful one for the youngster, with Videoton reaching the Group Stages of the Europa League, so therefore Kovács was able to show his ability at a higher level. Although he wasn't really a regular during the early stages of the season, with Sándor, the Videoton captain considered ahead of him in the pecking order. He had to make do with substitute appearances to show his ability, which Kovács did, especially during the qualifying rounds.

Unfortunately, Videoton did not manage to qualify for the knockout rounds of the tournament which ultimately resulted in Paulo Sousa departing the club during the winter break. This may turn out to be a positive move for Kovács, as the newly appointed Vidi manager seems to start him regularly and has more faith in the youngster hence why this will be such an important half a year for Kovács as if he impresses there’s no doubt that there will be interest from clubs abroad in the summer. However Kovács does need to score more frequently, as he usually scores about 2-3 goals a season which isn't good enough for an attacking midfielder.  Although playing regularly will help him to overcome that as he’ll have more time on the pitch, which means he’ll have more opportunities to score as well.

 

Krisztián Adorján

Age: 20   Club: Liverpool FC

The Hungarian playmaker has really made an impression this season, becoming an extremely influential player for Liverpool’s second string side, the U21s. With many of the players like Sterling and Suso making the step up to the first team, Adorján got the opportunity to play further forward which is where he prefers to play.

At the start of the season Adorján was involved in the club’s pre-season tour of America where he had the opportunity to impress newly appointed boss Brendan Rodgers and got his first taste of first team action with the reds.

Following the tour to America, Adorján returned to the U21s where he was told by Rolfo Borrell, the U21 manager at the time, to add more goals to his name. Adorján didn't let his manager down and he is now the top scorer for the U21s this season scoring 10 goals in all competitions hence why Brendan Rodgers has kept a close eye on the Hungarian, who has been regularly attending first team training sessions. The Hungarian was even involved in the Liverpool first team squad against Mansfield back in January though he failed to make the bench with Rodgers deciding to play his more experienced players against the Non League opposition.

I don’t think it will be a long time until the Hungarian eventually makes his debut with the player edging closer to the first team every week. He just needs to keep scoring goals and playing well, soon his time will come. In my opinion Adorján would benefit from a loan spell, which could become a possibility next season if Adorján still hasn't made a first team appearance by then. This guy is desperate to make it at Liverpool and has the right attitude to do so and he isn't lacking any quality either therefore I am sure that he’ll get his chance at Liverpool eventually.

 

Soma Novothny

Age: 18  Club: Napoli   

The former Veszprém youngster joined Italian giants Napoli last year, and since then he has made a fantastic impression at his new club. Novothny is tipped to do well and he’s one of the most highly rated players at the club.

The striker’s season began with the first team during their pre-season tour in the summer. This was Novothny’s time to shine and he made his debut against Bayern Munich during a friendly match, which was eventually won 3-2 by Napoli. Novothny then netted for Napoli in their next game against Grosseto.

Following that incredible experience for the 18 year old, he was sent back to Napoli’s Reserve side to prepare with them for the upcoming season. He opened his account for the side in their first match of the season against Roma’s second string side and ever since then he has been on fire! Novothny and Insigne, Napoli’s other striker, have been unplayable at times this year scoring 26 goals between them in 18 games, with the Hungarian scoring 10 of those.

The Hungarians good run of form hasn't been unnoticed either as he has been linked with a loan move away from the club ever since January. The latest club’s that were thought to be interested in loaning him was Championship side Watford, who look set to be promoted to the Premier League this season. Their Italian manager Zola has already loaned a lot of players though and maybe that’s the reason why the deal fell through. This has allowed the opportunity for Novothny to stay at Napoli and continue his development at the Italian club.

The youngster has already impressed in Napoli’s first team and he’s one of the most highly rated strikers in Hungary therefore I am sure we’ll be hearing more positive things about him in the future. Also if he keeps this good run of form up, there’s no doubt that sooner or later he will also get the opportunity to impress for Napoli’s first team in a competitive match.

 

Gergely Bobál

Age: 17   Club: Budapest Honvéd

It’s incredible that Bobál is still at Honvéd. The 17 year old striker has been highly rated ever since his performances for the Hungarian team in the U17 European Championships. Bobál scored 7 goals in 5 games and since then he hasn't stopped scoring.

During the last year no one really knew about Bobál and it was only until the Puskás Suzuki Cup, which is a tournament for Hungary’s best academies, that people really started to talk about him as a future star. That was mainly down to the fact that his performances in the tournament were outstanding, with Bobál helping his side to win the Cup, winning the Top Scorer and Player of the Tournament award along the way.

His performances didn't go unnoticed either as the English champions Manchester City invited him and his twin brother David who plays at centre half, for a trial at the British club. Bobál impressed alongside his brother training with the U16s for a couple of days, before being deemed too good for them and they were told to train with the U18s instead.

Gergely came back on a high and kept on scoring goals for Honvéd at youth level before earning vital experience with Honvéd's first team, making his debut in NB1. Gergely only had 21 minutes on the pitch, however he still did a superb job holding up the ball and showed glimpses of what’s to come from him in the near future.

This season Bobál has played mostly at U19 level, where he has been banging in the goal’s for Honvéd, however he has also played for Honvéd's Reserve side in NB2, making 2 substitute appearances.

The 17 year old has been linked with a move away from the side continuously since his trial at Man City and he was set to sign for the English giants before they pulled out of the deal. It is thought that the most likely destination where Bobál could end up is Roma who are keeping an eye on the striker. This would be a dream come true for young Bobál as he has been a passionate Roma fan ever since he was a young boy with Roma’s captain Francesco Totti being his role model.

 

Tamás Csilus

Age: 17    Club: Ferencváros

Before the start of this season’s winter break no one had a clue who Tamás Csilus was, with the youngster captaining Fradi’s U17 side and scoring 6 goals in the process. Csilus has been impressing for a long time at youth level for Fradi which is the club he and his family have supported for decades, with Csilus visiting the Albert Stadium on a regular basis. He has been at Fradi since the age of 5 and his brother who’s a year younger also plays for the club.

Csilus got his chance to impress during Fradi’s winter tour in Turkey when his U17 side managed by former Ferencváros star Attila Dragóner, travelled to Belek alongside the first team. Csilus and his team mates were expecting to prepare with the U17s and play a few games against highly respected European opposition including Zenit’s U17s. Instead they got the opportunity to impress for the first team with Ricardo Moniz inviting a few of the player to train with his side. Csilus impressed in training which earned him the opportunity to start in Fradi’s first game of the tour against Dnipro which ended as a 1-1 draw. Csilus then played in the rest of Ferencváros's games before travelling back to Hungary now as a first team player, with Moniz calling him up from the U17s.

Once his return a delighted Csilus signed his first professional contract with Ferencváros. A week later his long awaited dream came true as Csilus made his first competitive debut for the club in the League Cup against Lombard Pápa. Csilus then also made his NB1 debut in the same week, when he came on as a substitute during the dying minutes of Ferencváros's 3-0 victory over Lombard Pápa.

Csilus witnessed Fradi’s dramatic victory over arch rivals Újpest from the bench last week and Csilus’s is literally living his dream right now. He’s set to feature regularly as a substitute for Fradi’s first team from now on until the end of the season. Csilus’s passion for the shirt is something that’s very hard to find these days hence why Fradi must do everything in their power to keep him in order to become successful. There’s no doubt that there will be interest in the youngster in the future, especially if he keeps impressing, and a lucrative offer from a club abroad will be hard to turn down for Csilus.

 

Kristóf Polgar

Age: 16     Club: Liverpool

The highly rated 16 year old centre back seems to have a bright future ahead of him following his permanent move to English club Liverpool. Polgar will follow in the footsteps of fellow compatriots Krisztián Adorján, Krisztián Németh and Péter Gulácsi who have all impressed at youth level for Liverpool.  Before the 16 year old, seven Hungarians have had spells at Liverpool and so far all of them have failed to make a competitive appearance for the club. There are still three Hungarians on the books at Liverpool at the moment including Polgar, and there’s a possibility that one of them will eventually make an appearance for the first team.

Polgar has been a regular for a struggling MTK Budapest U17 side that are  currently 9th in the U17 NB1 with a game in hand, which is very disappointing for the Hungarian team who are normally expected to be challenging for the number 1 spot.

Polgar was watched by Liverpool scouts throughout the season with the club’s U16 side being short on players in his position. The 16 year old centre back impressed the scouts and he was invited to have a trial with Liverpool alongside his teammate Kevin Korozmán, who is the top scorer in NB1 at U17 level this season.

The pair impressed during their 7 day trial with Korozmán netting two goals for Liverpool U16s on his debut although he claims that he scored a hat-trick. One of his goals went through a hole in the net and the referee didn't spot it. Polgar also impressed throughout the game as he helped his side to a clean sheet.

The pair were then invited to have another trial in February. Once again Polgar impressed, helping Liverpool U16s beat a strong Birmingham side that included 14 year old centre midfielder Foday Nabay, who has been labelled as the next big thing in England with Manchester City thought to be extremely keen on signing him.

Overall Polgar’s impressive displays earned him a permanent switch to the English giants, with the player saying goodbye to his friends and family a few days ago, before he departed in search of his dream. Polgar will play for Liverpool U16s from now on until the end of the season however if the Academy keeps on having injury troubles, there’s a possibility that the 16 year old will make his debut for the U18s too.

It’s exciting times ahead for the youngster who’s keen on making it at Liverpool, despite admitting that he’s a big Manchester United fan, although he does have a soft spot for the 5 times European Cup champions too. Polgar will need to beef up a little bit though in order to fit into the English style, as at the moment physically he doesn't look the strongest. That’s going to be a weakness in his position to start off with, however the Liverpool scouts obviously saw something special in him, otherwise they wouldn't have urged the club to sign him. I am sure he’ll be fine and hopefully he’ll stay at Liverpool for a long time too.


Krisztian Adorjan - Liverpool's new Hungarian star?

 

Written by Bence Bocsak

Krisztián Adorján started his football career at the Sándor Karoly football academy which is considered as one of the best football academies in Hungary and it belongs to one of the most successful teams, MTK Budapest. The academy has developed the likes of Nándor Hidegkuti who was a key member of the famous Aranycsapat and many more Hungarian internationals.

In 2009, Krisztián Adorján travelled to Liverpool from MTK Budapest with Patrik Poór, Attila Abu, Péter Horváth and Patrik Vass to have a trial at one of the most successful clubs in Europe, Liverpool FC.  They were all hoping to follow the footsteps of fellow compatriots Krisztán Németh and Péter Gulácsi who at the time were impressing for the club’s reserve side. After a one week trial the talent of Krisztián Adorján stood out from the rest and he was signed up to Liverpool FC’s academy alongside Patrik Poór.

During his first season Adorján played for Liverpool’s U18 side where he took no time to impress as he scored on his FA youth cup debut coming on as substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In Hungary he usually played as a defensive midfielder for MTK’s youth team, however he was now playing a role just behind the striker for the Liverpool U18 side which seemed to benefit him a lot. It was obvious that the Hungarian youngster had talent, but he didn’t really stand out from the rest making 26 appearances all together throughout the season and only scoring 3 goals.

During his second season with the U18s he was playing much more of a key role in the Liverpool side which came very close to winning the title. The side was full of talented youngsters and so far four players have already made their debuts for Liverpool’s senior side. Adorján was one of the outstanding players that year playing the role just behind the striker very effectively, so there was no wonder why Liverpool went on to score 71 goals all together that season in the league - Adorján contributed with 19 assists and 8 goals. He also made his first appearance for the reserves in the 2010/2011 season when he was just 18 years old. The Hungarian was also a starter in the team that thrashed Southend U18s 9-0 in the FA youth cup, however Liverpool’s run was eventually ended by Manchester United. After the season finished, many fans tipped him to continue his form for Liverpool’s reserve team next season, however with a lot of weight under his shoulders will the Hungarian be able to become a regular for Liverpool’s second string side as well?

Well the Hungarian had a tough task ahead of him as Liverpool reserves were full of talent, but fortunately, Adorján was up to the task as he impressed the newly appointed Liverpool reserve manager Rodolfo Borrell who worked with Adorján the season before for the U18s. However, it did take quite a bit of time for Adorján to fit into the league and the physicality of it. Adorján produced some brilliant performances but he was struggling to find the back of the net along with it. His first goal of the season came in December during the 5-1 thrashing of Wigan reserves. That goal might have given him some confidence because after that he was flying for the reserves and he became a key member of the starting 11 once again. Undoubtedly though his best performances of the season came against Sunderland where he scored a beautiful goal, curling the ball into the top corner of the net after playing a one- two from the corner. During the game Adorján assisted a goal as well as he helped his team to hold out a 3-3 draw. He also produced a good performance against Manchester United towards the end of the season as he assisted the Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo to make sure his team drew the game 2-2. During the season Adorján took part in the youth Champions League known as the Next Gen series where Liverpool competed against the likes of Barcelona and Ajax’s academy, however they showed that they were up to the task as Liverpool eventually finished 3rd in the competition with Adorján featuring as a focal point of the side.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool first team have been struggling ever since the Adorján signed for them in 2009, and have now failed to miss out on the Champions League three years in a row. At the start of the season, a new fresh approach was appointed with Swansea City manager, Brendan Rodgers getting the nod. He was thought to be an admirer of the tiki-taka style of play which Swansea played very effectively during his time. Under the new manager Adorján is hoping to impress as he is very much suited to the way Rodgers believes football should be played.

The Hungarian attacking midfielder got his chance to impress Rodgers when he was named in the squad for Liverpool’s pre-season tour to America, alongside his compatriot Péter Gulácsi. He made his debut for Liverpool’s first team coming on as a subsitute against Toronto FC in Rodgers’s first game as manager. The Hungarian showed some of his talent as he made some good passes against the American side but failed to really influence the game and he was substiuted after half an hour to be replaced by the returning Lucas Leiva. A few days later he was involved in Rodgers’s second game as well against AS Roma, this time getting a little bit more time on the pitch and looking much better against an opposition which was definitely tougher than the previous one. Following the game many other first team members of Liverpool joined the squad in America including the likes of Steven Gerrard and Adorján failed to make another appearance, however it was definitely a good experience for the youngster who will be hoping he will be having more experiences like that in the future.

When he returned to Liverpool after the tour in America he once again rejoined Liverpool’s second string side. With the FA scrapping the old reserve league and creating a new U21 league Adorján was hoping to get his chance even more this season. With more and more youngsters getting their opportunities for the first team, Adorján was obviously disappointed at not being one of them, he kept his calm though and scored his first goals of the season against Crystal Palace. He then produced another fantastic performance against a Manchester City side that included the likes of Gareth Barry and Scott Sinclair as he managed to get an assist to make sure his team held out for a 2-2 draw. He then also found the back of the net against Chelsea and Fulham during the next two games. Not to mention his excellent performance in the Next Gen series against Inter Milan as he scored a double in Liverpool’s 3-2 loss. Well deservedly the Hungarian youngster has been praised many times already this season and has been tipped to be the next youngster to make his debut for Brendan Rodgers, and if he keeps shining for the U21s the manager will have no chance to give him a time to shine for the first team.


Why are Hungarian Footballers so eager to come home?

 

Recent weeks has stirred plenty of speculation in Hungary regarding the future of Roland Juhász and Balázs Dzsudzsák who are both thought to be wanting a return back to Hungary, Bence Bocsák investigates

Firstly, Dzsudzsák has finally been able to produce excellent performances in Russia, scoring 3 and assisting 3 goals in his last 6 matches for Dinamo Moscow. However, it’s not his good form what seems to be on the agenda in Hungary. In an interview with Nemzeti Sport, Dzsudzsák spoke about Dinamo’s awful start to the season and he was also asked if he misses the Netherlands where he was the star man at PSV, he replied by saying that he does miss PSV but he misses Hungary even more. Then his reply to the question whether or not he would return back to NB1 was: Why not? This is what has led to the rumours about his future, although a return to the Hungarian league looks very unlikely for the Hungarian winger.

Meanwhile in Belgium Roland Juhász has revealed that he has been thinking about a return to the Hungarian first division as well. The 29 year old has been a great servant for Anderlect playing for the club since 2005. However, he hasn’t been left on the bench frequently in recent weeks and has only made one league appearance this season. Rudolf spoke to Nemzeti Sport telling the newspaper that he was glad Dzsudzsák has finally came out to the media about this topic which they have talked about for a long time now. He also stated that football in Hungary has been improving recently and he would very much welcome a return.

Both stories are very different I have to admit, Roland Juhász is now 29 years old and his next transfer could be his last one so maybe it wouldn’t be as big of a shock if he moved to a top team in NB1. On the other hand Dzsudzsák is only 25 years old which means he is on the prime years of his career, so if he would move back to NB1 right now, it probably wouldn’t help him to develop his abilities as a footballer. However, I could see him return in the future, after he had a successful career abroad.

There is no doubt that Juhász and Dzsudzsák would improve the quality in NB1 and would definitely attract bigger crowds and more television viewers, also maybe if they return more and more players could follow in their footsteps. I mean just imagine Zoltán Gera at Fradi, Gábor Király at Haladás, Ádám Szalai at Újpest, Roland Juhász at MTK and Balázs Dzsudzsák at Debrecen , how good would that be? It would increase the reputation of NB1 instantly, we could also see more Hungarian teams in Europe which would bring in more money to invest in the domestic football scene.

Speaking of money that’s the biggest issue about this topic, as right now the teams in Hungary are struggling to pay top wages to their best players and that’s why they leave in the first place. So how would the teams be able to convince them to rejoin? That’s the most important question and I am struggling to find an answer, most people would probably point out to me that Gergely Rudolf returned to NB1 this summer but he was an unwanted free agent, nobody was willing to buy him until Diógyőr came along. Although he is getting a quite good pay for an NB1 footballer at 7 million forint a month, that is roughly about £19 500 and that all adds up to £234 000 a year which is nothing compared to the £2.2 million Balázs Dzsudzsák earns during a year in Russia without bonuses. That means if Dzsudzsák really wants to come home he would need to take a massive pay cut, and also play in a league which is nowhere near as good as the one he is in right now.  Also, the Hungarian players abroad learn so much more about football due to the fact that they get to go up against top class players, instead of playing in NB1 against players who are nowhere near as good as them. So right now, Szalai, Gera, Dzsudzsák, Juhász and co should stay where they are and then maybe one day when they are passed their best they could return to Hungary and give on their experiences to the younger players.

Another massive problem which affects the financial difficulties in Hungarian football is the facts that NB1 teams are struggling to get people to watch games, as football isn’t as popular as it used to be. Currently in Hungary kids want to play handball or water polo because those are the sports they see Hungarian’s have success in. Meanwhile the quality of these sports have increased, Hungarian football is still not at its best. Although, there has been improvement as Videoton have had a success of their own this year by qualifying to the group stages of the Europa League which was greeted with huge joy around Hungary, bringing good crowds to the Sóstoi Stadium so far. Videoton should be an example to follow for the national team and other NB1 team who get the opportunity to play in Europe, proving that you can beat teams who are stronger than you. If the Hungarian national team would qualify for the 2016 European Championship it would get more people interested in Hungarian football again and it would definitely be a major boost for the nation as well.

Finally, these statements have come after a very busy transfer window in NB1 this summer as we saw the likes of Gergely Rudolf and Péter Czvitkovics return to the Hungarian league. It’s a good start but there is still improvement to be made, so if Balázs Dzsudzsák will be making his way home to NB1 any time soon I would be very surprised. However, football is unpredictable and so is Dzsudzsák as he has made some crazy transfer decision so far in his career and you just never know what he is going to do next.


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


What happened to our U20 World Cup bronze medallists?

 

In 2009 our young U20 lads finished 3rd in the U20 World Cup, which was considered as great success in Hungary and we were expecting some of those lads to finally bring back the golden days of Hungarian football. Three years have passed since then and we are still waiting for some of them to find their form in the national team, meanwhile some of them have disappeared off the radar. In this blog I will tell you where all of those lads who were part of the squad in Egypt are at.

Peter Gulacsi (Goalkeeper)

The goalkeeper was brilliant throughout the tournament as he had to take part in two penalty shootouts, in both of them he was outstanding as he saved a lot of penalties to make sure Hungary went through. He was playing for Liverpool at the time and he is still playing for the English club, but is yet to make a first team appearance in a competitive match. Maybe he will get his chance next season as Pepe Reina is believed to be wanting to leave the club.

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Balazs Megyeri (Goalkeeper)

Didn’t get any time to play during the tournament, but ever since then he has been fantastic as he earned himself a move from Ferencvaros to Greek giants Olympiakos. He has been brilliant in Greece and was awarded the goalkeeper of the year award last season due to the fact that he was superb for his club pulling of some unbelievable saves and only conceding 14 goals throughout the whole season. Still only 22 there is a lot more to come from this exciting young goalkeeper.

Adam Kovacsik (Goalkeeper)

Another goalkeeper graduate from Ferencvaros, Kovacsik moved to Italy in 2007 where he signed for Reggina Calcio. He was part of the U20 squad in Egypt but just like Megyeri he didn’t’ get the opportunity to play as Gulacsi was keeping him out of the sticks. Kovacsik is now 21 and so far he has made a few first team appearances for Reggina before he moved on loan to Foligno Calcio in January 2012. However, Kovacsik wasn’t able to help his team from relegation to the fourth tier of Italian football as he made 11 appearances.

Andras Debreceni (Defender)

He was a key player at the back for Hungary in the tournament alongside Korcsmar. Playing for Budapest Honved at the time but not really getting much of a chance, since then Debreceni has made over 100 appearances for the club and has become the heart of Honved’s defence, still not fulfilling his full potential though as he has failed to make an impact at international level making only one appearance for the Hungarian national team so far. Now at the age of 23, he probably just had his best season for Honved which earned him his only national cap so far. If he does even better next season there will be no reason why he shouldn’t be selected more often by Sandor Egervari.

Zsolt Korcsmar (Defender)

He was another brilliant performer in the tournament as he was a rock at the back. He has lived up to his hype so far as he has earned himself a few Hungarian international caps since the tournament, and in the last few matches Korcsmar has been a regular starter. Korcsmar also earned a move abroad after he impressed at Ujpest, he signed for Norwegian club SK Brann, where he has been playing superb and in a recent match for his club he managed to grab a brace. There is more to come from Korcsmar and I think he will soon go to a more prestigious league, where he will be able to fulfil his full potential.

Adrian Szekeres (Defender)

Was another key part of the team and played in most of the matches at full back until he was sent off against Italy in the quarter finals. Szekeres is a graduate from the very well known MTK Academy that has produced some brilliant players in the past and most of the players in this squad. The defender has also been brilliant for MTK’s first team in the last couple of years , which earned him a move to Videoton. His new club will be fighting for the title in Hungary next season and Szekeres will be hoping to be a regular starter in the team.

Janos Szabo (Defender)

The defender earned himself a place in the U20 squad for the tournament after impressing for Paks in NB1, as he scored his first goal for the team in the 2008/2009 season. After the tournament Szabo failed to make himself a regular starter at Paks. That was only until last season, when he moved on loan to Siofok where he was brilliant and finally proved why he was part of the squad in 2009, as he produced some brilliant performances scoring two goals in 24 appearances in NB1. Szabo will be hoping to do the same next season, but this time at Paks.

Bence Zambo (Defender)

He was a key part of the squad in 2009, but has failed to do that for a very strong Gyor side as he had spent loan spell for a number of clubs including Diosgyor and MTK. Last season he was brilliant for Gyori ETO’s second team that play in NB2 where Zambo made 24 appearances and was a key part of the team. However, Gyor still didn’t want to keep the defender and as result Zambo has gone on loan again. This time he has gone to Kaposvar who were in a relegation battle last season in NB1, Zambo will be hoping to be a regular starter at the club and keep his team away from the bottom two.

Adam Presinger (Defender)

Graduated from MTK’s academy as well, Presinger is the last defender on our list. The defender spent a successful loan spell at Pecs during the 2008/2009 season which earned him to be named in the squad for the U20 team. He played some excellent stuff in the tournament and earned himself a move to Videoton.  However, he has struggled to fight himself into their first team and was sold to Lombard Papa in 2011. He managed to get himself into the first 11 at Papa and was much better for his new team as he scored 1 goal during the 2011/2012 season in 15 matches. Next season he will be hoping to get even more matches for Lombard as at the age of 23 he needs to play regularly to improve.

Adam Dudas (Midfielder)

The winger played a key part in the U20 team as he featured in four matches during the tournament in Egypt. Before the tournament Dudas was very highly rated as he made his debut at the age of 17 for Gyori ETO. Before moving abroad in 2007 when he signed on loan for Spartak Moscow, where he failed to make a first team appearance. It was last season when the player really started to perform for Gyor though as he became a regular at the club and impressed throughout the season making 25 appearances and scoring 7 goals in NB1. Dudas is expected to do the same again and hopefully achieve an even better finish than last season’s. It will be a tough task for him and his team, but I am sure they are up for it.

Bence Toth (Midfielder)

He was supposed to be the best player that came out of Ferencvaros’s academy since Krisztian Lisztes, so there was no surprise when he was named in the squad for the U20 World Cup. However, he failed to become a regular during the tournament and didn’t make many appearances. Meanwhile at club level he was showing his quality during substitute appearances, but failed to make himself a regular starter at Ferencvaros. That was the reason why he moved away from the club in January 2012, and signed for Lombard Papa. Unfortunately he got himself injured straight away and was ruled out for most of the season, which resulted in him only playing 2 NB1 matches for Lombard. We are expecting better things from him next season when he will be fully fit and will get the chance to prove everyone wrong at Ferencvaros.

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Peter Takacs (Midfielder)

Played three matches during the tournament, but struggled to make himself a regular in the team. After he failed to get in to the starting 11 at his hometown club Diosgyor, Takacs moved to Lombard Papa, where he had an excellent season and decided to return to Diosgyor on loan and then permanently. However, he failed to make an impact once again as he only made 12 appaerances in NB1 for the club scoring one goal. He will face an even tougher task in trying to get a regular start next season as Diosgyor have signed Gosztonyi and Elek who both play in positions he could be used at.

Vladimir Koman (Midfielder)

Was arguably the best player of the tournament for Hungary, as he captained us to third place, he was a true leader on the pitch and was involved in literally every goal we scored. Big things were expected from the youngster at his club Sampdoria but he failed to make an impact and struggled to get regular starts. His frustration ended in January 2012 when he signed for French side Monaco where he was excellent and nearly led his team to the play offs in the second tier of French football. He signed for FC Krasnodar this summer where he will get to prove himself in the Russian first division, which is definitely tougher than the French second division. Meanwhile on the other hand Koman has been brilliant for the Hungarian national team ever since Sandor Egervari took over as Koman has made 20 appearances scoring 5 goals. If he can show that sort of form in Russia as well he will have no problem in settling into his new team.

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Adam Simon (Midfielder)

The twin brother of Andras Simon who was also part of the squad, Adam Simon did manage to make 4 appearances during the tournament although he made most of them coming off the bench, however, he was fairly impressive when he played. Simon is another MTK Academy graduate, but he didn’t make any first team appearances for MTK and signed for Haladas, where he was very impressive and even managed to lead the team to a third place finish in NB1. It was those performances that led him to sign to Italian team Palermo in January 2011. He failed to make an appearance for their first team and was loaned to Bari last season. However, he failed to fight himself into the starting 11 there as well and the future of the youngster doesn’t look promising. He needs to find a team where he can play regularly once again, otherwise spending too much time on the bench could ruin his career.

Roland Varga (Midfielder/Striker)

Believe it or not Varga is another graduate from the MTK Academy, where he moved to Italian club Brescia in 2008. In the 2009 U20 World Cup he wasn’t very involved in the tournament as he only made 2 appearances throughout it all. Meanwhile he struggled to fight himself into Bresia’s side and spent a couple of successful loan spells from the club at Ujpest and U.S. Foggia. However, his impressive performances weren’t enough to make him become a regular at Brescia and Varga returned to Hungary in January 2012 as he signed for Gyori ETO. He had a successful half a season there scoring 3 goals in 9 appearances for the club. He will be hoping to do the same again but this time he will get the opportunity to play a full season which will definitely benefit the youngster.

Mate Kiss (Midfielder)

Played a small part in 2009 during the World Cup, but did manage to grab a goal and three appearances throughout the campaign. However, he never really managed to get a regular starting position at Gyor even though he tried his best every time he played, the managers just didn’t fancy picking him and played other players in his place. This could all about to end as he signed for Siofok on loan in the summer and will play next season at the club. He will have a better chance of getting regular starts their and prove his quality to Gyor.

Andras Gosztonyi (Midfielder)

Guess what he is another graduate from MTK’s Academy! He was brilliant in MTK’s first team as well and impressed Sandor Egervari who called him up to the U20s Squad for the World Cup in 2009. Gosztonyi made three appearances throughout the tournament and when he played he impressed. At one point even Everton wanted to sign him, but at the end Videoton were the ones that won the race for him. However, at Videoton he disappeared off the radar and didn’t manage to get into the starting 11of the team. He had enough of sitting on the bench this summer and signed for Diosgyor. Gosztonyi will definitely get his chance to shine their and find his form back.

Krisztian Nemeth (Striker)

He was the star striker of the U20 squad and at the time he was also the star striker at the Liverpool reserve team. Nemeth scored 3 goals in the tournament including a brilliant brace against Italy which won the game for the Hungarian side at extra time in the 117th minute. When Nemeth came back from the tournament he failed to get himself into the Liverpool side and was sold to Olympiakos in 2011. He failed to get a regular place in the team there as well and was loaned out once again. Nemeth struggled with injuries during his loan and returned to the club where he started his career which was MTK. In January 2012 Nemeth decided to move to Holland, that decision was probably one the best decisions of his life as he was superb in Holland for RKC Waalwijk. In the summer he moved to another Dutch team Roda JC, where he will get the chance to shine once again and prove why he was so highly rated back in his Liverpool days. Meanwhile Krisztian has also made a few appearances for the National team, but hasn’t managed to find the back of the net yet in the Hungarian jersey.

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Andras Simon (Striker)

Another striker that had a little spell in Liverpool’s reserve team, but Simon wasn’t really able to fight himself into the starting 11 there. He still made Egervari’s squad for the tournament though, however, he only made one appearance throughout the whole campaign as he struggled to make himself a regular. When he returned to England he was loaned out to Spanish side Cordoba, he only made 9 appearances there scoring no goals. Another unsuccessful spell in Holland resulted in him returning to Hungary in 2012 as he signed for Gyor. A serious injury ruled him out for most of the season and in the summer he was loaned out to NB1 side Lombard Papa, where he will be able to get regular starts and score some goals maybe.

Adam Balajti (Striker)

Adam Balajti played a key role during the tournament as he made three appearances scoring one goal in the semi final loss against Ghana. Since then the player has been to a number of clubs, including Diosgyor, Debrecen, Ujpest and MTK. His most successful spell came at MTK as he helped his team to win NB2 with 7 goals in 16 appearances. It is still not clear whether or not he will stay at MTK or return to Debrecen where he was loaned out from. I think it would be better for the player to stay at MTK where he will be able to play regularly and prove himself in NB1 once again.

Marko Futacs (Striker)

Futacs also scored one goal in the tournament which was against Ghana in the semi final and he played in two other matches as well, where he impressed. After the tournament he spent a loan spell at Ingolstadt, where he was brilliant, but the side that loaned him out (Werder Bremen) didn’t want to keep him. So Futacs moved to Portsmouth in England. He had a fairly good first season there as he scored five goals in a struggling Portsmouth side, which was relegated from the Championship last season. However, Futacs moved away from the club and signed for Leicester City, where he will face a tough task in trying to become the first choice striker at the club, we Hungarians are hoping he will be able to do it though.

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The Ferenc Puskas Story

Ferenc Puskás is arguably the best Hungarian footballer that has ever lived. For us Hungarians he is our national hero, everywhere we go around the world when someone finds out we are from Hungary their first reaction is “Oh yes Puskás?”. He will never be forgotten we still talk about his success even though it was over 50 years ago. He could always produce something special with a little trick or a fantastic shot from 40 yards out, off the pitch he was a very humble man and he was loved by everyone who knew him.

Puskás was born on the 1st April 1927 as Ferenc Purczeld in Budapest. His father changed the family name to Puskás when Ferenc was 10 years old. At a young age Puskás’s father encouraged him to play football and taught him a lot. In Puskás’s autobiography he described how he used to race the trams everyday when he was going to school because he wanted to become a better footballer. His house was right next to a football pitch where he played every day with his friends on bare foot.

This is where he started to impress and his father realised how good he was. His father was also the one who signed him for Kispect Ac where used to play as a player and at that time he was a coach at the club. Puskás made his debut for the club in 1943 when he was only 15-years-old, but it was obvious he was a special player. During his early years he was very fast with the ball and he would make defenders look silly.

Unfortunately the world war soon disrupted his life as the matches had to be stopped because of the air raids in the capital. When the war ended Hungary was taken over by communists. After the war in 1945 Puskás made his national team debut at the age of 18 against Austria, making an instant impact as he scored the first goal of the match Hungary went onto win 3-0 at the end with Puskás producing a fantastic performance. After that game Puskás soon became very famous and more people started to look out for him as he scored some very important goals for the national team.

He was soon named the national team captain and also the Kispest captain. In 1947 Puskás played very well for the national team against the Italians in Torino, and as a result he was offered a contract at Juventus which he turned down as he wanted to stay with his family. The following year he was crowned as Europe’s top goal scorer with 50 goals. A remarkable feat in its own right but even more astonishing when you consider he only played 32 games that season. With all these fantastic records all ready achieved by him one thing he hadn’t done is win a league title.

This was soon completed too when Kispest was taken over by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence meaning that they had to change their name to Budapest Honved and they soon signed all the best Hungarian footballers at that time. These footballers were given military ranks for the Hungarian army. Puskás was given the rank major this is where his nickname comes from “The Galloping Major.” In the 1949/1950 season Puskás’s long waited dream was finally achieved when newly named Honved won the league title, he scored 31 goals in 30 matches.

However even with all this success Hungary wasn’t a great place to live in under the communists as the people were living in a very poor conditions and treated very harshly by the communists. Due to this a lot of footballers fled the country to play abroad. The communists wanted to stop this and they tricked one of the Ujpest players Sandor Szucs to move abroad but he was stopped at the border and sent to prison. At the end he was sentenced to death and executed in 1951. The communists did this to scare the other footballers like Puskás so they wouldn’t move abroad because if they would the same thing would happen to them too.

Meanwhile the Hungarian national team was preparing for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. The tournament was considered as a huge success for Hungary as they went onto win the Olympics beating Yugoslavia in the final. In the game against Yugoslavia Puskás missed a penalty before scoring in the second half to give Hungary the lead. Just before the end of the game Czibor scored the second goal for Hungary and this made them Olympic champions. This was one of the greatest success for Puskás at international level.

A year later Hungary visited England at Wembley. Before this game England were unbeaten at their home ground and the Hungarians weren’t really known that much around the world despite their Olympic success. This is probably the game Puskás is most remembered for in England as he produced a fantastic performance scoring twice. For his first goal he produced a fantastic skill when he back heeled the ball sending the English captain Billy Wright sliding away before slotting the ball into the back of the net. The final score was 6-3 to the Hungarians. This result surprised everyone it was a fantastic performance by the whole Hungarian team playing a style which was very much ahead of their time and England just couldn’t cope with it.

The win at the Olympics and the win against England at Wembley made Hungary go into the 1954 World Cup as favourites. The tournament started out great for Puskás as he scored twice in the 9-0 demolition of South Korea in the opening game. Then he scored once more in the second game against Germany. An injury mean he missed the next two games which were a 4-2 win against Brazil and a 4-2 win against Uruguay in extra time. This meant that Hungary were in the final and there was a massive argument whether Puskás should play or not. Some players argued that Puskás shouldn’t play, not because they didn’t want him to just that they thought it would be a ten men team with Puskás and that he only wanted to play to lift the trophy.

In the end Puskás started as captain for Hungary and scored in the final but he wasn’t as affective as he was before and you could see that he was still suffering with his injury. So the Hungarian team lost 3-2 this is considered as one of the biggest disappointments in the country’s history. Every Hungarian thought it would be them winning the final. Due to this loss after the game thousands of fans demonstrated first about the loss and then about the government. Life started to get worse in Hungary for Puskás as the leaders lost interest in football and decided to focus on other things.

In 1956 when the communists protest broke out in Hungary, the country was in turmoil and it wasn’t safe for Puskás and his family to stay. Initially reports suggested that Puskás was killed in the fights during the protests but he turned up alive and well in Austria for a warm up match. Later on the 24th of November he played a friendly match against Athletico Bilbao then a few days later Honved drew 5-5 with Real Madrid. This is where Puskás saw the terrible images of Hungary in the newspaper and he was distraught by them. After seeing these pictures and hearing about what was happening back home Puskás decided not to move back. At first he trained with Inter Milan for a year or so but the club wasn’t allowed to sign him due to political reasons. During that time the communist government decided to block any news of Puskás and the national newspapers weren’t allowed to write about him.

Because Puskás wasn’t allowed to sing for Inter he went to the Spanish capital Madrid where he signed for the Spanish giants Real Madrid. It was a surprise to see Real Madrid sign him and many doubted the signing as he was overweight and hadn’t played professional football for nearly two years. Soon Puskás proved his doubter’s wrong as he was a phenomenal for Madrid. He worked the extra hours in training to lose that extra weight and soon he was thin again and playing well. It was at Madrid where he became considered as one of the best players in the world due to his excellent performances in not just the Spanish league but the European Cup too. Real Madrid were the best team playing in Europe at the time and they had won every European Cup since the competition began in 1955.

Puskás missed out on the 1959 final which Real Madrid won too. However in the 1960 final Puskás played and he scored four goals as Real Madrid won 7-3 against Eintracht Frankfurt. He is still the only player in history to score four goals in a European Cup final. One of his best attributes at Madrid was his ability to score a goal from anywhere and when he got the ball inside the box it was a certain goal. His shots weren’t just really accurate they were very powerful too which made it impossible to save for the goalkeepers.

In 1961 Puskás was given a Spanish citizenship which enabled him to play for the Spanish national team. Unfortunately he was unable to perform for the Spanish national team as he did for the Hungarian one which meant that Puskás only played four times for Spain scoring no goals. Puskás eventually retired in 1966 at the age of 39. He left Real Madrid with huge success winning the Spanish league six times , the Copa Del Ray twice and the European cup three times. He was also the top goal scorer of the Spanish league four times. In 1969 he was given a testimonial by Real Madrid .

In 1981 he returned to Hungary for a visit. He was greeted by thousands of people wanting to see the legend himself. During the visit he played in a friendly match in the national stadium of Hungary where the whole stadium was full and they were all cheering for Puskás. The Hungarian people loved Puskás, he was their hero, having scored 84 goals in 85 international games. In 1993 he took a brief role as the national coach of Hungary as he managed four games. Towards the later part of his life he was suffering with Alzheimer’s disease which is a common form of Dementia and it’s a disease that has no cure. He was admitted to hospital in September 2006. He eventually died on the 17th November 2006 at the age of 79. Hungary mourned the loss of a true national hero. His funeral brought the country to a standstill which proves what a massive hero he was and for the Hungarians he will always be remembered as the greatest football player in the 20th century.