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


OTP Bank Liga Matchday 22 Round Up

Mezőkövesd-Zsóry 1 Budapest Honvéd 0

Diósgyőr 2 Puskás FC 3

Pécs 0 Kecskemét 0

Ferencváros 4 Lombard Pápa 0


OTP Bank Liga Matchday 18 Round Up

Puskás FC 1 Paks 0 

Budapest Honvéd 3 Újpest 2

Kaposvár 1 Lombard Pápa 1

Haladás 0 MTK Budapest 0

Pécs 1 Videoton 1

Mezőkövesd-Zsóry 0 Kecskemét 1

Ferencváros 1 Győri ETO 1

Diósgyőr 1 Debrecen 1


UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers

After today's draw for the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers, new Hungary manager Attila Pintér can begin preparations for our attempt to reach our first major tournament since 1986.

Group F

Greece

Hungary

Romania

Northern Ireland

Finland

Faroe Islands

 

Fixture list (subject to change)

7th September 2014

Hungary vs Northern Ireland (Kick off 5pm)

11th October 2014

Romania vs Hungary (Kick off 5pm)

14th October 2014

Faroe Islands vs Hungary (Kick off 7.45pm)

14th November 2014

Hungary vs Finland (Kick off 7.45pm)

29th March 2015

Hungary vs Greece (Kick off 7.45pm)

13th June 2015

Finland vs Hungary (Kick off 5pm)

4th September 2015

Hungary vs Romania (Kick off 7.45pm)

7th September 2015

Northern Ireland vs Hungary (Kick off 7.45pm)

8th October 2015

Hungary vs Faroe Islands (Kick off 7.45pm)

11th October 2015

Greece vs Hungary (Kick off 5pm)


Hungarian 1st division winter transfer round up

The transfer window in Hungary closed at midnight on February 21st.

We round up all the movements during the winter, team by team.

Budapest Honvéd

In:

Emiliano Bonazzoli (Padova, Italy)

Valér Kapacina (Return from loan at Várda SE)

Arturo Lupoli (Varese, Italy)

Azmahar Ariano Navarro (Chepo, Panama)

Out:

Edixon Perea (Released)

Sergiu Moga (Viitorul Constanta, Romania)

Souleymane Tandia (Released)

Emanuele Testardi (Returned to Sampdoria after loan)

Roland Vólent (Loaned to Siófok)

 

Debrecen

In:

Ádám Kovács (Free agent)

Rene Mihelič (NK Zavrč, Slovenia)

Tibor Tisza (Diósgyőr)

Out:

Slimane Bouadla (Released)

András Buric (loaned to Kecskemét)

Vukasin Polekszics (Loaned to Kecskemét)

László Rezes (Nyíregyháza Spartacus)

Márk Szécsi (Loaned to Kecskemét)

Alekszandar Trninics (Vardar Skopje, Macedonia)

 

Diósgyőr

In:

Miroszlav Grumics (Pécs)

Lazar Marjanovics (FK Radnički 1923, Serbia)

Out:

Michal Hanek (MŠK Fomat Martin, Slovakia)

Ádám Menyhért (Mezőkövesd)

Péter Takács (Mezőkövesd)

Thiago Bonfim dos Santos (Returned to Tököl VSK after loan)

Tibor Tisza (Debrecen)

 

Ferencváros

In:

Dénes Dibusz (Pécs)

Zsolt Laczkó (Padova, Italy)

Mateo Pavlovic (On loan from Werder Bremen, Germany)

Roland Ugrai (Haladás)

Out:

Gerson Guimaraes Ferreira Junior (Petrolul Ploiesti, Romania)

Tamás Grúz (Loaned to Vasas)

 

Győri ETO

In:

Krisztián Pogacsics (On loan from Săgeata Năvodari, Romania)

Out:

Tarmo Kink (Returned to Varese after loan)

János Lázok (Return from loan at Paks)

András Simon (Loaned to Kecskemét)

Szasa Sztevanovics (Retired)

 

Haladás

In:

Gábor Dvorschák (Free agent)

László Gyűrű (Free agent)

Ádám Hrepka (Free agent)

Out:

Péter Andorka (Gyirmót FC)

Richárd Czafit (Loaned to Balatonfüred)

Bence Jagodics (Lombard Pápa)

Kornél Kulcsár (Loaned to Lombard Pápa)

Gábor Rajos (FC Ajka)

Roland Ugrai (Ferencváros)

 

Kaposvár

In:

Antal Botond (Free agent)

Badis Lebbihi (SAS Épinal, France)

Armand Ken Ella (On loan from FC Karpaty Lviv, Ukraine)

Dragos Firtulescu (FC UTA Arad, Romania)

Andrei Florean (Săgeata Năvodari, Romania)

Safet Jahic (Zalaegerszeg)

Tarmo Kink (Free agent)

Pierre Emanuel "Pieter" Mbemba (Free agent)

Landry Mulemo (Free transfer from Beitar Jerusalem, Israel)

Out:

Gábor Jánvári (Nyíregyháza Spartacus)

Adrian Markus (Gaz Metan Mediaș, Romania)

Lóránt Oláh (Kozármisleny)

Bojan Pavlovics (NK Istra, Croatia)

Iulian Petrache (Released)

Zsolt Posza (Balatonlelle)

Marko Ranilovic (Released)

Bojan Vrucina (FK Shkëndija, Macedonia)

Róbert Waltner (Siófok)

Bence Zámbó (Tatabánya)

 

Kecskemét

In:

Bebeto (On loan from Lugano, Switzerland)

András Burics (On loan from Debrecen)

Henritse Eninful (On loan from Újpest)

Darko Pavicsevics (Zalaegerszeg)

Vukasin Polekszics (On loan from Debrecen)

András Simon (On loan from Győri ETO)

Márk Szécsi (On loan from Debrecen)

Brahima Touré (On loan from Lugano, Switzerland)

Out:

Botond Antal (Kaposvár)

Borisz Bulajics (Released)

Christian Ebala (Released)

Balázs Koszó (Békéscsaba)

József Mogyorósi (FC Ajka)

Sidoine Oussou (Returned to Valarenga after loan)

Elhadj Ousmane Barry (Panahaiki, Greece)

Péter Rajczi (Mezőkövesd)

 

Lombard Pápa

In:

Csaba Csizmadia (Gyirmót FC)

Richárd Horváth (Free agent)

Bence Jagodics (Haladás)

Out:

Gellért Ivancsics (Siófok)

Novica Makszimovics (Released)

Jaszmin Mecinovics (FK Gorno Lisiče, Macedonia)

César Quintero (Atlético Nacional, Columbia)

István Rodenbücher (MTK Budapest)

Bence Tóth (Paks)

 

Mezőkövesd

In:

Ádám Menyhért (Free agent)

Péter Rajczi (Free agent)

Zoltán Szilvási (Free agent)

Péter Takács (Diósgyőr)

Stanislav Velicky (Free agent)

Krisztián Vermes (Free transfer from Újpest)

Out:

István Bagi (Békéscsaba)

Ádám Hamar (Szolnoki MÁV FC)

Ignác Irhás (Kisvárda SE)

Béla Lakatos (Released)

Márk Petneházi (Dunaújváros)

Tamás Vaskó (Puskás Academy)

 

MTK Budapest

In:

István Rodenbücher (Lombard Pápa)

Sándor Torghelle (Free transfer from Videoton)

Ádám Vass (Free agent)

Out:

Balázs Batizi Pócsi (On loan to FC Tatabánya)

Bence Deutsch (On loan to Szigetszentmiklós)

Péter Horváth (On loan to Siófok)

Szabolcs Varga (Heerenveen, Holland)

 

Paks

In:

János Lázok (Return from loan at Győri ETO)

Bence Tóth (Lombard Pápa)

Out:

Szabolcs Csorba (return to Nyíregyháza after loan)

Norbert Heffler (On loan to Soproni VSE)

Attila Hullám (FC Tatabánya)

Dániel Tóth (On loan to Kozármisleny)

 

Pécs

In:

Péter Molnár (Kozármisleny)

Milan Perics (On loan from Videoton)

Miroszláv Zsdrál (Return from loan at Kozármisleny)

Out:

Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros)

Miklós Gaál (Kozármisleny)

Miroszlav Grumics (Diósgyőr)

Djordje Jocics (Released)

Eke Uzoma (SV Sandhausen, Germany)

 

Puskás Academy

In:

István Berki (Csákvár)

Sztefan Denkovics (Free agent)

Gáspár Orbán (Return from loan at Videoton)

Balázs Tóth (On loan from Videoton)

Tamás Vaskó (Mezőkövesd)

Out:

Roland Baracskai (Videoton)
Márk Barcsay (Videoton)

Zsolt Haraszti (Return to Videoton after loan)

Zsolt Gajdos (On loan to Békéscsaba)

Bálint Károly (On loan to Békéscsaba)

Miguel Ángel Luque (Released)

Tibor Molnár (Videoton)

Uros Nikolić (Return to Videoton after loan)

Barna Papucsek (Szolnoki MÁV)

Mamadou Wagué (Released)

Csaba Vachtler (On loan to Balmazújváros)

Róbert Zsolnai (Szolnoki MÁV)

 

Újpest

In:

Darwin Andrade (On loan from Sint-Truiden, Belgium)

Jonathan Heris (A.F.C. Tubize, Belgium)

Nebojsa Koszovics (Standard Liege, Belgium)

Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele (Standard Liege, Belgium)

János Nagy (Return from loan at Szigetszentmiklós)

Lansana Sagna (Racing Club de Dakar, Senegal)

El Hadji Sidibe (Racing Club de Dakar, Senegal)

Balázs Zamostny (Return from loan at Vasas)

Out:

Grégory Christ (Royal White Star Bruxelles, Belgium)

Henritse Eninful (On loan to Kecskemét)

Ronald Erős (Ceglédi VSE)

Richárd Horváth (Lombard Pápa)

Loic Nego (Charlton Athletic, England)

Zoltán Szélesi (released)

Rajmond Toricska (On loan to Kozármisleny)

Krisztián Vermes (Mezőkövesd)

 

Videoton

In:

Zsolt Haraszti (Loan return from Puskás Academy)

Uros Nikolics (Loan return from Puskás Academy)

Máté Papp (Loan return from Dunaújváros)

Out:

Gábor Gyepes (Sarawak Crocs, Malaysia)

Milan Perics (On loan to Pécs)

Donát Zsótér (On loan to Szolnoki MÁV)

 


Akeem Adams, Heart of a warrior.

On Monday 30th December 2013, Akeem Adams brave fight for life came to an end. 

The 22 year old Ferencváros and Trinidad and Tobago defender suffered a heart attack back on the evening of September 25th following a training session earlier in the day. Complications and infection led to him having his left leg amputated shortly after whilst being cared for at Budapest's Városmajori Heart Clinic. Further surgery was needed, after which an artificial heart was installed. Akeem went onto the waiting list for a transplant, which was scheduled for the 4th February 2014. On Saturday 28th December, Akeem had a stroke which caused bleeding to the brain. On the morning of 30th December, doctors announced he was clinically dead. His mother, Ancilla Dick, and his brother, Akini Adams after consultation, decided after signing paperwork and asking for a last hour together, that they would like to leave it in gods hands and wait a bit longer for a miracle. The miracle we all wanted sadly didn't happen.

Akeem burst onto the football scene at 16 years old when he was called up to play for Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly against El Salvador in 2008. Critics who were outraged at a schoolboy being selected ahead of professional players were soon eating their words as a man of the match performance in a 2-2 draw against Jamaica saw the team get an honorary reception for their efforts. Akeem went on to represent his nation at the 2009 World Youth Cup but after the death of his father, Renwick Adams, Akeem became withdrawn from football. Whilst playing for  Point Fortin Civic, a series of trials were set up in Europe and after PSV Eindhoven decided not to sign him, Ferencváros saw enough to offer a contract which was signed on August 7th 2013. 

Ferencváros are Hungary's largest club and also one of the most complex. The expectation and hostile atmosphere has seen the downfall of players in their 30's, never mind young hopefuls. Akeem played in 6 games of which 5 were wins and Ferencváros soon found themselves living up to the hype and into 2nd place in the league. One of those wins was against fierce rivals Újpest , which is one of Europe's biggest and most hostile derbies. Akeem never looked out of place and was calm and collected. 

Perhaps his biggest achievement while at the club was becoming a fans favourite. As odd as that may seem, it really is remarkable that a young man from Trinidad, under the shadow of racism in Hungarian football, won the fans over. Ferencváros are notorious for their off field difficulties but after Akeem was admitted to hospital, a side of these supporters rarely seen came to the fore. Fans lit candles, made banners and flocked in their hundreds to give blood donations. Before manager Ricardo Moniz was sacked (After Akeem was hospitalised, Ferencváros had just 1 win in 8 games) he told Akeem to take his coaching badges when he got out of hospital as he would have a job with him wherever he may be. 

His death has shocked all those associated with Hungarian football. The words I am writing are some of the hardest I have had to write and I don't think I could ever fully make those reading this understand what a loss he is to us. He united a rivalry between Budapest clubs Újpest and Ferencváros and lit up a league struggling for stand out players. Thank you Akeem. 

Hungarianfootball.com would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Akeem. God bless you.

Rest in peace warrior.