Introducing the Egri Erbstein Tournament & Corinthian Cup

This summer, a new football tournament will take place in Budapest, organised by a group of English and Hungarian football enthusiasts who wish to celebrate grassroots sport and the power of football in forging links between people around the world. 

The Egri Erbstein Tournament will take place in Budapest on the weekend of June 15-16 and is named after Ernő Egri Erbstein, one of football’s great innovators. A tactical pioneer and an inspirational champion, Erbstein was a Hungarian holocaust survivor who helped to change Italian football forever. He led Torino FC to five Italian Championships before he and his team were tragically killed in 1949. Erbstein is probably the greatest football manager you have never heard of. This year's tournament was established to celebrate his remarkable life and legacy on the 70th anniversary of his death.

The tournament hosts will be Budapesti Atletikai Klub (BAK) - the club at which Egri Erbstein played for much of his career, and who reformed in his honour at the beginning of this season, more than 70 years after they originally disbanded.

BAK will be joined in the opening game by the historic London amateurs Corinthian-Casuals FC, who originally visited Budapest In 1904, on their first-ever European tour to help promote and develop the Beautiful Game on the continent.

The players were so impressed by the passion shown by their Hungarian hosts that they presented a silver trophy to the amateur clubs of Hungary so they could hold their own annual Challenge Cup competition. The Corinthian Cup became an important part of the Hungarian football calendar in the first half of the 20th Century, and this summer we hope to begin the process of restoring that title to its former glory!

Their aim in those days was to popularise the sport around the world and help it grow into a global sport, and they chose Hungary as the first stop in Europe. Now they will return for this new tournament, bringing with them a new trophy called the Corinthian Cup, which will be awarded to the winners of the Egri Erbstein Tournament. It will be a four-team event, with two semi-finals on the Saturday and a final and third-place playoff on Sunday. More importantly, it will be a celebration of the role football has played in bringing people, cultures and nations together over the years. It will demonstrate what the game is capable of at its most powerful.

For those of you based in the London area, Corinthian-Casuals play at King George's Field in Tolworth, in the London Borough of Kingston. The club would be proud to welcome supporters from Hungary as they look to strengthen their bonds with the first European nation they visited 115 years ago. Indeed, we already have a friendship with BAK and proudly display a Magyar Corinthians banner at every home game.

For more information visit corinthian-casuals.com or contact the club via Facebook and Twitter.

We are proud to be supporting the Egri Erbstein Tournament and will be running regular features and articles on this site.


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 22

Ferencváros v Puskás Akadémia
2019.02.23 - 17:00
Budapest, Groupama Aréna
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Szalai Dániel
AR: Albert István, Szert Balázs
AAR: Németh Ádám, Radványi Ádám

Mezőkövesd Zsóry v Kisvárda Master Good
2019.02.23 - 17:00
Mezőkövesd, Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion
Ref: Solymosi Péter
4O: Medovarszki János
AR: Berettyán Péter, Varga Gábor
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Csonka Bence

Mol Vidi v Szombathelyi Haladás
2019.02.23 - 17:00
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Ref: Karakó Ferenc
4O: Varga Zsolt
AR: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő, Garai Péter
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Nagy Róbert

Újpest v DVTK
2019.02.23 - 17:00
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Szalai Balázs
AR: Horváth Róbert, Becséri Gergely
AAR: Takács János, Lovas László

Paks v DVSC
2019.02.23 - 17:00
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Pintér Csaba
4O: Georgiou Theodoros
AR: Kóbor Péter, Király Krisztián
AAR: Bognár Tamás, Kulcsár Katalin

Budapest Honvéd v MTK Budapest
2019.02.23 - 19:30
Győr, Alcufer Stadion
Ref: Bogár Gergő
4O: Tóth II. Vencel
AR: Szécsényi István, Bornemissza Norbert
AAR: Andó-Szabó Sándor, Iványi Zoltán

We lose Mr Kassai from the NB1 this weekend due to his Thursday night appointment in the Europa League. He was automatically ruled out of the NB1 due to UEFA's no less than 48 hours between matches rule so he will be in the NB2 this weekend.

Kaposvári Rákóczi V ZTE
2019.02.24 - 18:00
Kaposvár, Kaposvári Rákóczi Stadion (Rákóczi Stadion)
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Kovács J. Zoltán
AR: Georgiou Theodoros, Kovács II. Gábor


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 21

DVSC v Ferencváros
2019.02.16 - 14:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion (Nagyerdei Stadion)
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Varga Gábor
AR: Ring György, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Szilasi Szabolcs

Puskás Akadémia v Újpest
2019.02.16 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Bognár Tamás
4O: Garai Péter
AR: Szalai Balázs, Király Zsolt
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Kulcsár Katalin

DVTK v Budapest Honvéd
2019.02.16 - 17:00
Miskolc, DVTK Stadion
Ref: Németh Ádám
4O: Csatári Tibor
AR: Berettyán Péter, Medovarszki János
AAR: Bogár Gergő, Csonka Bence

Szombathelyi Haladás v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.02.16 - 17:00
Szombathely, Szombathelyi Haladás Stadion
Ref: Szőts Gergely
4O: Becséri Gergely
AR: Szécsényi István, Szalai Dániel
AAR: Erdős József, Zierkelbach Péter

Kisvárda Master Good v Paks
2019.02.16 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárda Várkerti Sporttelep (Várkert Sportpálya)
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Szert Balázs, Varga Zsolt
AAR: Vad II. István, Nagy Róbert

MTK Budapest v Mol Vidi
2019.02.16 - 19:30
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Bornemissza Norbert
AR: Albert István, Kóbor Péter
AAR: Takács János, Pillók Ádám


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 20

Budapest Honvéd v Puskás Akadémia
2019.02.09 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Varga Zsolt
AR: Kóbor Péter, Horváth Róbert
AAR: Bognár Tamás, Pillók Ádám

Paks v Szombathelyi Haladás
2019.02.09 - 17:00
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Solymosi Péter
4O: Szalai Dániel
AR: Szalai Balázs, Becséri Gergely
AAR: Németh Ádám, Zierkelbach Péter

Mezőkövesd Zsóry v MTK Budapest
2019.02.09 - 17:00
Mezőkövesd, Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Medovarszki János
AR: Ring György, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Takács János, Csonka Bence

Mol Vidi v DVTK
2019.02.09 - 17:00
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Ref: Pintér Csaba
4O: Csatári Tibor
AR: Szert Balázs, Lémon Oszkár
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Molnár Attila

Kisvárda Master Good v DVSC
2019.02.09 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárda Várkerti Sporttelep (Várkert Sportpálya)
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Varga Gábor
AR: Bornemissza Norbert, Garai Péter
AAR: Bogár Gergő, Lovas László

Újpest v Ferencváros
2019.02.09 - 19:30
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Szécsényi István
AR: Albert István, Berettyán Péter
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Szilasi Szabolcs


FIFA Referees primed for spring duty

UEFA’s top European male and female referees have been in training in Lisbon – preparing for the second half of the campaign, as well as for the introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) in the UEFA Champions League. Hungary's 2 elite officials, Viktor Kassai and Katalin Kulcsár were amongst those attending.

A challenging second half of the season awaits Europe’s top referees – with UEFA confident that the match officials will take an important period for refereeing in their stride.

Referees at a discussion session
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The 122 male and female referees – 46 of them newcomers to the international list - have spent the week in Lisbon at UEFA’s latest annual winter gathering, in preparation for assignments in UEFA’s club and national team competitions over the coming months. Balázs Berke and Katalin Sipos were attending as new comers.

For top European male match officials on the advanced course, the four days in Portugal saw training and fine-tuning work for the imminent introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) in the UEFA Champions League, starting in the Round of 16, which kicks off on 12 February.

Referees reviewing an incident on screens as part of their VAR training
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Last year, VAR was incorporated into the Laws of the Game by football’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), following trials in major competitions. The video assistant referee reviews decisions made by the referee in certain key match situations with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.

UEFA’s Executive Committee decided to introduce VAR in UEFA competitions last September, and the committee took a subsequent decision in December for VAR to be deployed from the start of this season’s UEFA Champions League knockout phase. In addition, VAR is to be used at this season's UEFA Europa League final in Baku, the UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal in June and the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament in Italy in the same month.

A VAR simulator session
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The referees took part in specific practical training sessions and simulation sessions involving recorded footage of actual matches, practising reviews in particular. Study sessions on recent incidents in UEFA matches, using video clips, also included discussions on potential VAR situations. “VAR will provide an important help to match officials,” said UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti. “It’s a big step forward for Europe’s referees, and we are ready for the challenge.”

In addition to VAR preparation, the referees were encouraged to be decisive and firm in fulfilling their crucial role on the field. Instructions given to them included the need to protect players from serious injury caused by reckless challenges, as well as to safeguard the image of the game by, for example, acting firmly against cases of dissent or mobbing.U

“We don’t need nice or popular referees,” Rosetti said. “We need strong personalities with a professional attitude, who show courage in taking decisions and act as role models for other referees around Europe”.

UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti
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The international newcomers received a full briefing into what UEFA expects from them as they start out on their journey. “You should be proud, because this is a very important time for you,” Rosetti told them. “Be yourselves – look for improvement every day, don’t try to copy others, and enjoy this moment.”

The new referees were also given wise words of motivation by two officials who have reached the European summit – Germany’s Felix Brych and Switzerland’s Esther Staubli – who advised them in particular about their important role as ambassadors for UEFA and European football.

Esther Staubli and Felix Brych gave new UEFA referees sound advice
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Fitness training was a key item on the agenda in Lisbon, with the newcomers in particular tested in sprint exercises and undertaking the yo-yo intermittent endurance test – the aim being to check their physical condition. “Challenge yourself to make progress – we are there to help you,” UEFA referee fitness expert Werner Helsen told them.

Female referees in training
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During the course, referees were reminded of the need for consistency and uniformity in decision-making. The new officials in particular were informed of the standards that UEFA expects of them as they set on what they hope will be long and successful careers.

The week ended with an inspirational moment – courtesy of special guest Beatrice Vio, the Italian wheelchair fencer who has won the world, European and Paralympic titles in recent years..

The 21-year-old, who at the age of 11 had both legs amputated from the knee, and both arms from the forearms owing to meningitis, was given a standing ovation by the referees for her stirring story of courage and determination to overcome adversity and achieve sporting success. “If you referee, you are doing it because you love it,” she told the officials. “Believe in yourselves, and believe that what you are doing is right.”

Beatrice Vio was an inspirational special guest ©UEFA

Source: UEFA


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 19

MTK Budapest v Paks
2019.02.02 - 14:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Bognár Tamás
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Berettyán Péter, Varga Zsolt
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Zierkelbach Péter

DVSC v Újpest
2019.02.02 - 17:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion (Nagyerdei Stadion)
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Márkus Tamás
AR: Albert István, Medovarszki János
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Takács János

Mol Vidi V Puskás Akadémia
2019.02.02 - 17:00
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Szalai Balázs
AR: Georgiou Theodoros, Kóbor Péter
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Radványi Ádám

DVTK v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.02.02 - 17:00
Miskolc, DVTK Stadion
Ref: Szőts Gergely
4O: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Buzás Balázs
AAR: Lovas László, Csonka Bence

Szombathelyi Haladás v Kisvárda Master Good
2019.02.02 - 17:00
Szombathely, Szombathelyi Haladás Stadion
Ref: Bogár Gergő
4O: Szécsényi István
AR: Lémon Oszkár, Varga Gábor
AAR: Molnár Attila, Pillók Ádám

Ferencváros v Budapest Honvéd
2019.02.02 - 19:30
Budapest, Groupama Aréna
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Király Krisztián
AR: Ring György, Szert Balázs
AAR: Németh Ádám, Iványi Zoltán