Official Website: www.ztefc.hu
Stadium: ZTE Aréna, Zalaegerszeg
Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet (ZTE) were formed in 1920 although can trace their roots back to 1912, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their progress was halted by the outbreak of World War I. ZTE’s league history began in 1924, when they joined the Hungarian second division. The club won the title a decade later and entered the top flight in 1934. However, the start of World War II under the regime of Admiral Miklós Horthy saw ZTE’s field and equipment confiscated. After the war, in 1957, ZTE merged with two other local teams, signalling the rebirth of the club.
It was 1994 before ZTE were able to get any real stronghold in the top flight and their only championship win came in season 01/02. In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase ZTE defeated Croatian champions NK Zagreb on away goals. In the third qualifying round ZTE were faced with Manchester United. In the first leg, ZTE provided a stunning shock by winning 1–0 in Hungary with a last minute goal from Béla Koplárovics. However, in the return leg at Old Trafford, Man United were convincing 5–0 winners. In season 2006–07 ZTE finished third securing a place in the European competitions of the Intertoto Cup 2007.
They were eventually relegated to the NB2 in 2012 and have finally returned to the NB1 after a 7 year absence, having comfortably won the NB2 championship last season.
Manager: Barna Dobos – starting essentially his second full season
Last season: 1st in NBII (promoted)
Leading scorer: Benjamin Babati – 15 goals, 7 assists in 28 games
Top players: Benjamin Babati F; Szilárd Devecseri D; Dávid Barczi M
Key Transfers in:
Kristztián Tamás D – on loan from Fehérvár (1 goal, 1 assist in 17 appearances)
András Radó F – from Puskás Akadémia (6 goals, 2 assists in 32 appearances)
Eduvie Ikoba F – from Dartmouth (US university)
Oleh Holodiuk M – from Haladás (1 goal, 1 assist in 12 appearances)
Nikola Mitrovic M – from Keshla FK (2 goals, 4 assists in 27 appearances)
Key Transfers out:
Zsolt Gajdos F – to Szeged (9 goals, 1 assist in 26 appearances)
Balazs Farkas II F – to Soroksár (2 goals, 1 assist in 13 appearances)