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Full name Újpest Football Club
Nickname(s) Lilák (Purples)
Founded 16 June 1885; 129 years ago (1885-06-16)
as Újpesti Torna Egylet
Ground Szusza Ferenc Stadium,
Ground Capacity 13,501
Chairman Belgium Roderick Duchâtelet
Manager Serbia Nebojša Vignjević
League OTP Bank Liga
2013-14 13th
Website Club home page
Current season
Újpest FC B
Full name Újpest Football Club "B"
Nickname(s) Lilák ("Purples")
Founded 2007 as Újpest FC B
Ground Megyeri út,
Füves edzőpálya,
Manager Hungary Péter Víg
League (Nemzeti Bajnokság III

Újpest Football Club is a Hungarian professional football club, based in Újpest, Budapest, that plays in the Hungarian League.

Újpest is known internationally for reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup 1973-74, for reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1961-62, and for reaching the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1968-69. Újpest is known nationally for winning the Hungarian League twenty times, for winning the Hungarian Cup nine times. Újpest reached the first division of the Hungarian League in the 1905 and has been relegated only once since then. The club is a member of the first division for 102 consecutive years.

Újpest FC is part of the Újpesti TE family. The club includes other sports sections that represent the club at ice hockey and waterpolo.


Early years[edit]

The club was founded on 16 June 1885 by school teacher János Goll in Újpest, a separate city in those times, just next to the borders of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, under the name Újpesti Torna Egylet (Újpesti TE). It was formed first as a general athletic club, performing gymnastics and fencing, and their motto was "Soundness, Strength, Harmony" (Hungarian: Épség, Erő, Egyetértés). In 1899 a football club was formed in the city of Újpest under the name Újpesti FC and with the same colours: purple and white. The first official match of Újpesti FC was a 1:1 draw on 29 April 1900 against III. Kerületi TVE. In 1901 the two clubs (UTE and Újpesti FC) merged and formed the football division of Újpesti TE and the club joined the second division of the newly formed Hungarian League. Újpest is ever since one of two teams in Hungary that have never missed a season since the beginnings of league games in the country.

Újpest were promoted to the first division in 1904 and they have managed to play on top flight ever since except for the season of 1911–12 when they finished as champions of the second division after a one year relegation.

The first golden era[edit]

István Nyers winning the 1945-46 Hungarian League with Újpest FC

The club built the new Megyeri road stadium in 1922, which marked the opening of a new era of medal collection. The legendary "Fogl-gate" (Fogl-gát in Hungarian), a massive defending formation of brothers Károly Fogl II and József Fogl III for both the national team and Újpest was the key point for the club's successes. From 1926, after the introduction of professional football in Hungary, the football team was playing under the name Újpest FC. The late 20's and 30's brought the first golden age of the club, marked by finishing on top of the Hungarian first division 5 times and international cup success, including two Mitropa Cup titles in 1929 and 1939, and also the Cup of Nations title in 1930. The team finished on one of the first three positions in every season between 1926 and 1942, and played in five cup finals during the 20's and 30's.

Újpest gave 5 players for the World Cup of 1938 to silver medalist Hungary including György Szűcs, Antal Szalay, István Balogh I, Jenő Vincze, and the rising star of Hungarian football, Gyula Zsengellér.

After World War II[edit]

The first years after World War II saw the second golden era of Újpest, and saw the club on the top of the championship three times in a row, once even giving 9 players to the Hungarian national team. Players like Ferenc Szusza, Béla Egresi, Sándor Balogh II, István Nyers or Mihály Nagymarosi were setting records of winning 30 consecutive games, or scoring 187 goals in one single season.

In 1950 the communist government chose Újpest as official club of the police and renamed them Budapesti Dózsa (after György Dózsa), a fairly common practice in Eastern Bloc countries (except that in other places "police clubs" were all named Dinamo/Dynamo) and two decades of moderate league and cup success followed. In 1951, defender Sándor Szűcs, after being executed by the communist government for high treason during a secret pre-arranged trial, became a martyr of the club. As a result of the less successful years, Mihály Tóth was just one of two Újpest players in 1954 World Cup squad, and the only one to play in the final. During the 1956 revolution, the club renamed itself Újpesti TE, however after the revolution was pulled down by the Soviets, the Hungarian government – unlike for FTC or MTK – didn't let the club use their old name. This resulted the name Újpesti Dózsa, which was referring both to the district and to the police. After 13 years without a league title, Újpest became champions of Hungary in 1959–60, and reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in 1962 with the help of the new star, János Göröcs.

Magic Újpest[edit]

Antal Dunai scored 202 goals in 326 matches between 1965 and 1976

The year 1967, when manager Lajos Baróti was signed by the club leaders, marked the start of a new golden era. After two silver medals, Újpest won the league in 1969 and played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final in the same year (and lost with a result of 2–6 on aggregate against Newcastle United). The team started an amazing 7 wins in a row in the league, Újpest won all the seasons from 1969 to 1975, setting incredible post-war records like scoring exactly 500 goals in the seven seasons or losing only 4 home matches in 10 seasons. The club enjoyed success in the other domestic competition, winning the Hungarian Cup for the first time in 1969, and also in 1970 & 1975. On international level besides the Inter-Cities Faris Cup final, Újpesti Dózsa reached the European Cup quarter-finals in three consecutive year after 1972 and once even played in the semi-final in 1974, where only the later winners Bayern Munich could put a stop to the campaign. The club was considered one of the best teams in Europe beating such teams like English champions Leeds United in 1969, Spanish champion Valencia CF in 1971, Scottish champion Celtic Glasgow in 1972, or Portuguese top team Benfica in 1973.

The 'landmark' of the team – as always for Újpest – was goal scoring. The famous FazekasGöröcsBeneDunai IIZámbó attacking formation, invented and led by manager Lajos Baróti, scored dozens of goals, attracted thousands of football fans both in Hungary and outside the country. Bene became 5 times topscorer of Hungary, Dunai II and Fazekas won the Silver boot award for scoring the second most goals in the continent.

After Göröcs, Bene and Dunai left the team, András Törőcsik and László Fekete joined Újpest to reach two more league titles in 1978 and 1979 with former player Pál Várhidi as the head coach. Törőcsik was considered a "magician" by the fans of the club, making unbelievable dribbles, scoring amaizing goals and getting unexpected assists to teammates, while Fekete also won the European Silver boot.


The general decline of Hungarian football reached the club in the early '80s, and league results worsened, winning only one silver and one bronze medal during the decade. However the team was more successful in the cups, winning the Hungarian Cup in 1982, 1983 and 1987. Some good results were also reached by Újpest on International level, beating UEFA Cup title-holder IFK Göteborg, German top team 1. FC Köln and Cup Winners' Cup title holder Aberdeen, which also meant reaching the Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final in 1984.

After the fall of communism, the club changed their name back to Újpesti TE. The club started the new decade with a championship title in 1989–90, and with cup success in 1992. The team also won the first ever edition of the Hungarian Super Cup in 1992. However the league results were again poor, with a 14th position and relegation/promotion playoff games bottom in 1993. After securing their first league position, better results started to come. The team, including players György Véber and Zoltán Szlezák, reached the 2nd and 3rd positions in the middle of the decade, and finally won the Hungarian league in 1997–98, after Zoltán Kovács and Miklós Herczeg joined the squad.

Recent History[edit]

The Scottish Willie McStay (footballer born 1961) managed Újpest in the 2009-10 season

With the fall of the communist government and the termination of state sponsorship there came financial problems as well, just like for all other Hungarian football teams. Professionalism was once again introduced in Hungarian football in 1998, thus the club changed their name again, but this time to the well known Újpest FC. However hard times reached the club soon, and the key players left Újpest due to the lack of money. The situation became better after 2001, when the stadium went over a complete renovation, and the club's new owners invested more money in football. In December 2001 Róbert Glázer was appointed as the new coach of the club.[1] Their efforts resulted in a new Cup beating Szombathelyi Haladás in the final with a last-minute goal in [2] and Supercup title in 2002, but the team finished in the middle of the league table for years.

In the qualifying round of the 2002-03 UEFA Cup season Újpest beat KÍ Klaksvík 3-2 on aggregate.[3] In the first round Újpest faced with the French Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and lost to them 4-0 on aggregate.[4]

With three silver medals won in 2004, 2006 & 2009, Újpest is once again back to the top teams of Hungary. Today the club's financial situation is relatively stable, with one of the largest budgets in the country. They are currently strong contenders in the domestic league, but international appearances are still few and far between.

In August 2006 former Újpest legend Ferenc Szusza died at the age of 82. He is still considered as one of the best players ever of the club.[5] Szusza scored 393 goals in 463 matches. The club named their stadium Szusza Ferenc Stadium in order to honour the feat of their former player.

In 2006 the club appointed the former Hungary and Malaysia national football team coach Bertalan Bicskei as the new manager of the club.[6]

In April 2010, Willie McStay resigned from his coaching position after six defeats in a row.[7]

In July 2011, the former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach Leo Beenhakker was appointed as the new sporting director of the club.[8][9]

On 5 March 2013 Jos Daerden was removed from his position after a 6-0 defeat from Paks in the 2012-13 season of the Hungarian League.

Újpest won their 9th Hungarian Cup on 25 May 2014 against DVTK in Budapest. The game remains memorable due to the tense penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. This success has been achieved after twelve trophyless years in the club's history.

Name Changes[edit]

  • 1885: Újpesti TE (Újpesti Torna Egylet)
  • 1926: Újpest FC (Újpest Football Club) (due to the introduction of professional football)
  • 1945: Újpesti TE
  • 1950: Bp. Dózsa SE (Budapesti Dózsa Sport Egyesület)
  • 1956: Újpesti TE (during the Hungarian revolution)
  • 1957: Ú. Dózsa SC (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club)
  • 1991: Újpesti TE
  • 1998: Újpest FC

NB I Results[edit]

Main article: Újpest FC seasons

Since 1905 Újpest FC has spent 103 seasons in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, winning the league 20 times.


Main article: Szusza Ferenc Stadium

Újpest's home stadium is Szusza Ferenc Stadium, which has been their home since the opening on 17 September 1922. It was known as Megyeri úti stadium until it was named after the club's legendary player, Ferenc Szusza in October 2003. After the renovations which took place in 2000 and 2001 the ground can hold 13,501 spectators.


Újpest share a rivalry with many other Budapest based clubs, most notable of these is the derby with Ferencváros.

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 July, 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Szabolcs Balajcza (captain)
2 France DF Loïc Nego
3 Belgium DF Jonathan Heris
4 Serbia MF Filip Stanisavljević
5 Hungary DF Róbert Litauszki
6 Serbia MF Dušan Vasiljević
7 Hungary FW Krisztián Simon
8 Hungary MF Balázs Balogh
9 Nigeria FW Kim Ojo
10 Montenegro MF Nebojša Kosović
11 Spain MF Dani Ponce
14 Hungary MF Gábor Nagy
15 Finland FW Aristote Mboma
16 Uruguay DF Rodrigo Rojo
No. Position Player
17 Hungary DF Gyula Forró
18 Croatia MF Bojan Sanković
19 Albania MF Berat Ahmeti
20 Belgium MF Jeremy Serwy
22 Hungary FW Péter Kabát
23 Hungary GK Dávid Banai
25 Hungary DF Viktor Vadász
27 Hungary DF Sándor Molnár
28 Hungary DF János Nagy
29 Republic of Macedonia MF Enis Bardhi
32 Hungary MF Gergő Holdampf
36 Serbia GK Marko Dmitrović
55 Russia DF Sandro Tsveiba
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Asmir Suljić

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Colombia DF Darwin Andrade (at Standard Liège)
Hungary FW Bence Lázár (at Nyíregyháza)
Hungary FW Balázs Zamostny (at Haladás)



  • Hungarian Cup:
    • Winners (9): 1969, 1970, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1992, 2002, 2014
    • Runners-up (6): 1922, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1933, 1998


Other trophies[edit]

European record[edit]

Main article: Újpest FC in Europe
As of 30 March 2008:
Competition Seasons From To Record
UEFA Champions League 11 1960 1998 44 18 8 18 70 72
UEFA Cup 17 1958 2006 66 27 10 29 106 107
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 1961 1992 27 11 5 11 51 40
34 seasons 137 56 23 58 227 219

P = matches played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against


  • Record League victory — 16–0 v. Nemzeti SC, (22 May 1945)
  • Record 2nd League victory — 22–0 v. Postatakarékpénztár, (20 November 1904)
  • Record away victory — 10–0 v. Salgótarjáni SE, (21 May 1939) and v. Budai Barátság, (1 April 1946)
  • Record League Defeat — 0–9 v. Törekvés, (17 May 1914)
  • Most League Appearances — 462, Ferenc Szusza (1941–60)
  • Most League Goals scored — 392, Ferenc Szusza
  • Most League Goals in a Season — 56, Gyula Zsengellér (1938–39)
  • Most Goals scored in a Match — 6
  • Most Capped Player — 92, László Fazekas (1968–83)
  • Record League Attendance (Megyeri út) — 40,000 v. Ferencvárosi TC (September 18, 1949)
  • Record League Attendance (Népstadion) — 90,000 v. Bp. Honvéd (September 10, 1956)
  • Longest unbeaten Run — 31 (League), (30 July 1945 – 17 June 1946)
  • Most League Goals in a season: — 184 (1945–46)
  • Most points in a season — 76 (34 games, 1996–97)

Újpest in European competition[edit]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Malta Floriana FC 10–2 5–2 15–4
1. Round Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam 3–1 1–2 4–3
Quarter-finals Scotland Dunfermline FC 4–3 1–0 5–3
Semi-finals Italy ACF Fiorentina 0–1 0–2 0–3
1962–63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Poland Zagłębie Sosnowiec 5–0 0–0 5–0
1. Round Italy SSC Napoli 1–1 1–1 2–2 (playoff 1–3)
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1 1–1 4–2
2. Round Spain Real Madrid CF 0–1 1–3 1–4
1983–84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Greece AEK Athens 4–1 0–2 4–3
2. Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 3–1 2–4 5–5 (a)
Quarter-finals Scotland Aberdeen F.C. 2–0 0–3 2–3 (aet)
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Netherlands FC Den Haag 1–0 1–3 2–3
1992–93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Italy Parma FC 1–1 0–1 1–2

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 2 France Stade Français 0–0 1–0
Group 2 Italy AC Mantova 4–0 4–1
Group 3 Czechoslovakia CKD Praha 2–2 3–2
Quarter-finals Czechoslovakia RH Slovnaft Bratislava 1–0 1–4 2–4
1985 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 10 Norway Valerenga IF 3–0 0–2
Group 10 Sweden Hammarby IF 2–1 2–2
Group 10 Austria SC Eisenstadt 3–0 1–0
1986 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 6 Denmark Aarhus GF 1–0 3–2
Group 6 Switzerland Grasshoppers FC 3–1 1–0
Group 6 Austria VfB Admira Wacker 2–0 2–3
1987 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 3 East Germany FC Erzgebirge Aue 3–3 0–3
Group 3 Bulgaria PFC Spartak Varna 5–1 0–2
Group 3 Sweden Halmstads BK 4–2 0–2

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1958–60 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI 1–0 2–4 3–4
1960–61 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round England Birmingham City 1–2 2–3 3–5
1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round East Germany SC Leipzig 3–2 0–0 3–2
2. Round Bulgaria PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0–0 3–1 3–1
Quarter-finals Spain Valencia CF 3–1 2–5 5–6
1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2. Round England Everton FC 3–0 1–2 4–2
3. Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 4–0 2–3 6–3
Quarter-finals England Leeds United 1–1 1–4 2–5
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Luxembourg US Luxembourg x–x x–x w/o
2. Round Greece Aris Thessaloniki F.C. 9–1 2–1 11–2
3. Round Poland Legia Warszawa 2–2 1–0 3–2
Quarter-finals England Leeds United 2–0 1–0 3–0
Semi-finals Turkey Göztepe AS 4–0 4–1 8–1
Final England Newcastle United 2–3 0–3 2–6
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Partizan 2–0 1–2 3–2
2. Round Belgium Club Brugge 3–0 2–5 5–5 (a)
3. Round East Germany FC Carl Zeiss Jena 0–3 0–1 0–4
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1. Round Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–0 0–5 1–5
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1. Round Austria LASK Linz 7–0 2–3 9–3
2. Round Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–0 0–3 2–3 (aet)
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1. Round Spain Real Sociedad 1–1 0–1 1–2
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1. Round Iceland ÍA Akranes 2–1 0–0 2–1
2. Round France Girondins Bordeaux 0–1 0–1 0–2
1995–96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Slovakia FC Košice 2–1 1–0 3–1
1. Round France RC Strasbourg 0–2 0–3 0–5
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 6–0 3–2 9–2
2. Qualifying Round Denmark AGF Aarhus 0–0 2–3 2–3
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1. Round Belgium Club Brugge 0–5 2–2 2–7
1999–00 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Serbia and Montenegro FK Vojvodina 1–1 0–4 1–5
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 1–0 2–2 3–2
1. Round France Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 0–3 0–4
2004–05 UEFA Cup 2. Qualifying Round Switzerland Servette FC 3–1 2–0 5–1
1. Round Germany VfB Stuttgart 1–3 0–4 1–7
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0–4 1–0 1–4
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2. Qualifying Round Romania FC Steaua Bucureşti 1–2 0–2 1–4

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1960–61 European Cup Preliminary Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3–0 2–1 5–1
1. Round Portugal S.L. Benfica 2–1 2–6 4–7
1970–71 European Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 2–0 0–4 2–4
1971–72 European Cup 1. Round Sweden Malmö FF 4–0 0–1 4–1
2. Round Spain Valencia CF 2–1 1–0 3–1
Quarter-finals Scotland Glasgow Celtic 1–2 1–1 2–3
1972–73 European Cup 1. Round Switzerland FC Basel 2–0 2–3 4–3
2. Round Scotland Glasgow Celtic 3–0 1–2 4–2
Quarter-finals Italy Juventus FC 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a)
1973–74 European Cup 1. Round Republic of Ireland Waterford United 3–0 3–2 6–2
2. Round Portugal S.L. Benfica 2–0 1–1 3–1
Quarter-finals Czechoslovakia FC Spartak Trnava 1–1 1–1 2–2 (p4-3)
Semi-finals Germany FC Bayern Munich 1–1 0–3 1–4
1974–75 European Cup 1. Round Bulgaria PFC Levski Sofia 4–1 3–0 7–1
2. Round England Leeds United 1–2 0–3 1–5
1975–76 European Cup 1. Round Switzerland FC Zürich 4–0 1–5 5–5 (a)
2. Round Portugal S.L. Benfica 3–1 2–5 5–6
1978–79 European Cup 1. Round Czechoslovakia 1. FC Brno 0–2 2–2 2–4
1979–80 European Cup 1. Round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 3–2 0–2 3–4
1990–91 European Cup 1. Round Italy SSC Napoli 0–2 0–3 0–5
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Moldova FC Zimbru Chisinau 3–1 0–1 3–2
2. Qualifying Round Austria SK Sturm Graz 2–3 0–4 2–7


See also: http://www.ujpestfc.hu/index.php?pg=menu_171


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Glazer new Újpest coach". UEFA. 17 December 2001. 
  2. ^ "Dramatic cup triumph for Újpest". UEFA. 1 May 2002. 
  3. ^ "Horváth goal enough for Újpest". UEFA. 29 August 2002. 
  4. ^ "Benachour goal sufficient for PSG". UEFA. 3 October 2002. 
  5. ^ "Újpest's sad farewell to Szusza". UEFA. 2 August 2006. 
  6. ^ "Újpest turn to experienced Bicskei". UEFA. 27 June 2006. 
  7. ^ "McStay takes leave of Újpest". UEFA. 6 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Leo Beenhakker appointed as Ujpest sporting director". Eurosport. 29 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Soccer Leo Beenhakker appointed as Ujpest sporting director". UK Reuters. 29 July 2011. 

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