Ádám Szalai

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The native form of this personal name is Szalai Ádám. This article uses the Western name order.
Ádám Szalai
Adam Szalai 2013-06-29.jpg
Szalai in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ádám Csaba Szalai
Date of birth (1987-12-09) 9 December 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 28
Youth career
1994–2000 Honvéd
2000–2004 Újpest
2004–2006 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 VfB Stuttgart II 33 (5)
2007–2010 Real Madrid B 79 (23)
2010 Mainz 05 (loan) 15 (1)
2010–2013 Mainz 05 64 (20)
2013–2014 Schalke 04 28 (7)
2014– 1899 Hoffenheim 0 (0)
National team
2007 Hungary U20 11 (6)
2007–2008 Hungary U21 6 (5)
2009– Hungary 19 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Ádám Csaba Szalai (born 9 December 1987) is a Hungarian footballer who plays for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Szalai started his career in his hometown of Budapest, playing for Budapest Honvéd FC and Újpest FC. In 2004 he moved to Germany to complete his formation, spending two years in the youth ranks of VfB Stuttgart.

In the 2006–07 season Szalai made his senior debuts, playing with the B-team in Regionalliga Süd.

Real Madrid Castilla[edit]

In August 2007 Szalai was transferred to Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team of Real Madrid, for approximately 500.000.[1]

In his second season in Segunda División B – the only division in which he competed during his spell in Spain – he scored 16 goals in 37 games, but the team could only rank sixth, thus missing out on the playoffs.

Mainz[edit]

On 9 January 2010 Real Madrid loaned Szalai to 1. FSV Mainz 05, until June.[2] He made his Bundesliga debut seven days later, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute in a 2–4 away loss against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[3]

Szalai scored his first goal for Mainz in a 1–0 home win over Borussia Dortmund on 10 April 2010.[4] He netted his second against FC Bayern Munich on 25 September in a 2–1 away win, with a powerful shot into the top corner in what was the Rhineland-Palatinate outfit's sixth consecutive win of the campaign, in an eventual run of seven;[5] on 14 January 2011, in a game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the player sustained a knee injury – cruciate ligament – which sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign, in which he scored four goals in 20 games.

On 22 January 2012 Szalai returned to action with Mainz after his injury, playing the second half of a 2–3 loss at Leverkusen.[6] On 1 August he signed a contract extension with the club running until June 2015[7][8] and, on 27 October, scored his first hat-trick for the team in a 3–0 home victory against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[9]

On 10 February 2013 Szalai scored his 12th goal of the season against FC Augsburg, thereby becoming the most productive Hungarian goalscorer in a single German top division season, surpassing both Lajos Détári and Vasile Miriuta, whom netted 11 for Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1987–88 campaign and FC Energie Cottbus in 2000–01 respectively.[10] On 15 April, Sky Sports published an article on the player where Horst Heldt, general manager of FC Schalke 04, reportedly showed interest in signing him, pending the club's qualification to the UEFA Champions League in order to fund the transfer.[11]

Schalke 04[edit]

On 27 June 2013, Szalai signed a four-year contract with Schalke.[12] After making his official debut against amateurs FC Nöttingen, for the season's DFB-Pokal, he played his first league match against Hamburger SV, scoring the hosts' last goal in a 3–3 draw after a shot from Christian Clemens was poorly handled by René Adler.[13]

Szalai was instrumental in helping his team reach the group stage of the Champions League: after a 1–1 draw in the first leg against PAOK F.C.[14] he grabbed a brace in the second match in Thessaloniki (3–2 win), and played the full 90 minutes on both occasions.[15]

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

On 3 July 2014, Szalai was transferred to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for 6 million. Alexander Rosen, the sport director of Hoffenheim, said that Szalai fits into the style of the club.[16]

International career[edit]

Szalai featured regularly with the Hungarian under-21s. On 11 February 2009 he made his debut with the full side, replacing Zoltán Szélesi in the 84th minute of a 0–1 friendly loss to Israel. On 8 October of the following year, during a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against San Marino at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium, he scored three in an 8–0 win;[17] four days later, in the same competition, he contributed with another to a 2–1 dramatic win in Finland.[18]

On 29 February 2012, Szalai returned to the national team setup after his one-year injury with a goal against Bulgaria, in a friendly draw in Győr.[19] On 7 September, in the nation's first 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier, he netted the third for the visitors in an eventual 5–0 triumph in Andorra.[20]

On 16 October 2012 Szalai helped hosts Hungary battle back to beat Turkey 3–1, scoring the second after an assist from Tamás Kádár.[21][22]

Telki press conference[edit]

After the 8-1 defeat of the Hungarian national side against the Netherlands, Szalai gave an interview about the reasons behind the long-term underachievement of the national side. [23] Szalai has not been called up to play for Hungary since.[24]

On 13 November 2014, Attila Pintér, manager of Hungarian League club Győr, reacted on Szalai's criticism and doubted Szalai's honesty. Pintér claimed that Szalai said in an interview before the 8-1 defeat that he does not have any problems with Hungary coach Sándor Egervári. Pintér criticised Szalai for being irresponsible for criticising the Hungarian coaches since Szalai does not know them.[25]

On 5 March 2014, Hungary played their first match in the year and Szalai was left out. In an interview with Nemzeti Sport, Szalai said that he cannot say anything about his future with the national team since he was not invited and he did not have the option to decide whether to join or not.[26]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2010 Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary  San Marino 2–0 8–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
2. 8 October 2010 Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary  San Marino 4–0 8–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
3. 8 October 2010 Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary  San Marino 5–0 8–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
4. 12 October 2010 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–1 1–2 Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 29 February 2012 ETO Park, Győr, Hungary  Bulgaria 1–0 1–1 Friendly
6. 7 September 2012 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra 3–0 5–0 2014 World Cup qualification
7. 16 October 2012 Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary  Turkey 2–1 3–1 2014 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Young Hungarian Player of The Year: 2008

Club statistics[edit]

Accurate as of 11 May 2014.[27]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stuttgart II 2006–07 33 5 33 5
Total 33 5 33 5
Real Madrid Castilla 2007–08 21 4 21 4
2008–09 37 16 37 16
2009–10 13 3 13 3
Total 71 23 71 23
Mainz 05 2009–10 15 1 0 0 15 1
2010–11 20 4 2 1 22 5
2011–12 15 3 0 0 15 3
2012–13 29 13 3 2 32 15
Total 79 21 5 3 84 24
Schalke 04
2013–14 28 7 3 0 9 2 40 9
Total 28 7 3 0 9 2 40 9
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
2014-15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 211 56 8 3 9 2 228 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VfB-Talent Adan Szalai wechselt zu Real Madrid" [VfB Talent Adan Szalai moves to Real Madrid] (in German). SWR. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Verein bestätigt: Ungar Adam Szalai von Real Madrid zu Mainz 05" [Club confirms: Hungarian Adam Szalai from Real Madrid to Mainz 05] (in German). Main-Spitze. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 Mainz". ESPN Soccernet. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mainz 1-0 Borussia Dortmund". ESPN Soccernet. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Magic Mainz close on record". ESPN Soccernet. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Mainz". ESPN Soccernet. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Adam Szalai verlängert seinen Vertrag vorzeitig bis 2015" [Adam Szalai extends his contract until 2015] (in German). 1. FSV Mainz 05. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Szalai signs new Mainz contract". FIFA.com. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Szal-eye for goals". Bundesliga. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bundesliga: Szalai 12 gólos, ezzel egyedüli magyar rekorder" (in Hungarian). NSO. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Transfer news: Schalke interested in Mainz striker Adam Szalai". Sky Sports. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bundesliga: Adam Szalai set to sign for Schalke from Mainz". Sky Sports. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "3:3! Fußball-Fest mit Fehler-Spektakel" [3:3! Wonderfootball with mistake galore] (in German). Spox. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Stoch strike earns Schalke draw for PAOK". UEFA.com. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Schalke survive PAOK scare to reach group stage". UEFA.com. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hoffenheim: megvették Szalait a Schalkétól, 2018-ig aláírt - hivatalos". Nemzeti Sport. 4 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Szalai stars in Hungary goalfest". FIFA.com. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Late drama sees Hungary take points". FIFA.com. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "International friendlies: as they happened". UEFA.com. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Five-goal Hungary brush aside Andorra". FIFA.com. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Hungary battle back to beat Turkey". UEFA.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Turkish hopes dented after Hungary defeat". FIFA.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Adam Szalai interview". RichPoi TV. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Válogatott: Folyamatosan át vannak verve a szurkolóink - Szalai". Nemzeti Sport. 14 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Pintér Attila kikéri magának Szalai Ádám kritikáját". Nemzeti Sport. 13 November 2013. 
  26. ^ "Válogatott: Nincs miről beszélni - Szalai Ádám". Nemzeti Sport. 28 February 2014. 
  27. ^ Ádám Szalai at ESPN FC

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