Balázs Dzsudzsák

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Balázs Dzsudzsák
Balázs Dzsudzsák.jpg
Dzsudzsák with Dynamo Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Full name Balázs Dzsudzsák
Date of birth (1986-12-23) 23 December 1986 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Debrecen, Hungary
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Moscow
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Debreceni VSC 48 (14)
2008–2011 PSV 114 (44)
2011–2012 Anzhi Makhachkala 8 (0)
2012– Dynamo Moscow 59 (6)
National team
2003 Hungary U17 6 (1)
2003 Hungary U19 6 (5)
2007– Hungary 61 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2014

Balázs Dzsudzsák (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbɒlaːʒ ˈd͡ʒud͡ʒaːk]; born 23 December 1986) is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club Dynamo Moscow and the Hungarian national team as a winger.

Early life[edit]

Dzsudzsák was born in Debrecen, Hungary and he grew up in Nyírlugos. He started at Nyíradony Focisuli and was signed by Debreceni Olasz Focisuli, a football academy for young talents and was a sure way towards Debreceni VSC. In 2004 he played for Létavértes on loan from Debrecen in Nemzeti Bajnokság III (the Hungarian third division). Dzsudzsák made his debut for Debrecen early 2005.[3]

Club career[edit]

Debrecen[edit]

Balázs made his debut in the Hungarian National Championship I in 2004. He played twice during his first season in Debreceni VSC. In his second season he played ten matches and scored two goals. In the following two season Balázs became a permanent member of the squad and he played 36 matches and scored 12 goals. He won the Hungarian National Championship I three times in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Dzsudzsák won the Hungarian Super Cup three times in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Dzsudzsák during his time at PSV

The Hungarian international signed a five-year contract for PSV on 24 October 2007.[4][5] The left winger was originally to make his transfer to PSV in the summer of 2008, although the departure of Kenneth Pérez from the PSV squad prompted PSV to speed up his transfer to January 2008. PSV scout Piet de Visser stated that Dzsudzsák "is an incredible talent. He is fast, good in the combination, can pass his man and give a good cross. You don't see them like this very often anymore. He is a modern left-winger."

Dzsudzsák made his Eredivisie debut on 12 January 2008.[6] The match ended in a 1–0 win with Feyenoord. Dzsudzsák was in the starting XI in this match and recorded three shots on goal. In the next round, he scored his first league goal. That match ended in a 1–1 draw with VVV-Venlo. Dzsudzsák recorded his first assist on 23 January 2008 with the match ending in a 3–1 win over Sparta Rotterdam.

He managed to score five league goals in his first season, helping PSV win the Eredivisie title.

The 2008–2009 season saw a new team coach arrive in Huub Stevens. Defensive tactics didn't stop PSV finishing 4th in their Champions League group. The defensive tactics meant that Dzsudzsák didn't perform particularly well. Dzsudzsák scored his first hat trick in a game where PSV beat ADO Den Haag 6–0 at the Philips Stadion on 5 February 2009 in an Eredivisie match.[7] He played a total of 32 league matches during the season, scoring 11 goals and 9 assists.

Dzsudzsak at PSV training

2009–2010 season Fred Rutten took over the team. He was named Man of the Match in a 4–3 victory over arch rivals AFC Ajax in the third Eredivisie round on 15 August 2009.[8] Dzsudzsák scored two goals and one assist in the match. Dzsudzsák won the World Player of the Week title and named in the Team of the Week.[9][10][11] Dzsudzsák finished the 2009–10 season with 14 goals and 16 assists. In a Europa League match between PSV and Hamburg, Dzsudzsák was shown a straight red card by English referee Mike Dean after the player pushed the match official. In 2010–2011, he had his best season yet for PSV and his career as he scored 16 goals and gave 12 assists, finishing fourth and fifth in the Eredivise respectively, he also scored 7 goals in 13 games in European competitions for a total of 24 goals in 49 games. In 2011 Dzsudzsák signed an extension to his contract with PSV Eindhoven.[12] Although he extended his contract at PSV, there was still interest from other clubs. One of the teams that had reported the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

Anzhi Makhachkala[edit]

On 12 June 2011, Dzsudzsák was transferred to Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala for an undisclosed fee, where he signed a four year contract.[13][14][15] "I am very happy to become part of an ambitious project at Anzhi," he said. "It is a big step forward in my career. I am eagerly looking forward to getting on the pitch with my new team-mates Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto'o, Mbark Boussoufa, Diego Tardelli and others. I have heard a lot about the fantastic atmosphere at home games in Makhachkala."[16] He made his debut on 6 August against Tom Tomsk in a 2-0 victory.[17] Dzsudzsák made 8 appearance for Anzhi Makhachkala and mostly appeared from the bench. On 27 August 2011 against Rostov he suffered a broken collar bone after a collision with an opponent, which kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season.[18]

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

Dzsudzsák playing for Dynamo
Dzsudzsák playing in a Russian Premier League match for Dynamo

On 12 January 2012, Dzsudzsák was transferred to FC Dynamo Moscow, after the capital club paid the minimum release fee of €19 million, making Dzsudzsák the most expensive Hungarian player ever.[19][20] He debuted in his new club on 9 March 2012 against CSKA Moscow, setting up a goal in 75th minute to save the match to a 1–1 draw.[21] He scored his first league goal for Dynamo Moscow in the 75th minute against Terek Grozny. On the next matchday, on 26 August 2012, he played his most productive game in Russia at that point, scoring a goal and providing assists for two more in his team's victory over Lokomotiv Moscow, 3–2.

On 7 February 2013, it was revealed that Liverpool failed to sign Dzsudzsák during the January transfer. Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool's boss, was looking for a winger and among the possible alternatives there were Tom Ince and Dzsudzsák. According to József Vörösbarányi, Dzsdzsák's agent, Dynamo did not show willingness in selling him.[22][23]

On 17 June 2013, Skysports.com published an article on Dzsudzsák's possible move to Liverpool F.C. or Inter Milan. József Vörösbarányi, Dzsudzsák's agent, claims that both Liverpool and Inter are among those clubs who showed interest in Dzsudzsák. However, Dzsudzsák did not tell his willingness to leave the club since he feels good at Dynamo and has an excellent relationship with his coach, Dan Petrescu.[24][25][26]

On 3 December 2013, SportsDirect.com published an article on Dzsudzsak's possible move to Premier League club Fulham F.C.. René Meulensteen, who was appointed as the new manager of the club on 2 December 2013, is reportedly targeting Dinamo's winger. [27]

National team[edit]

Dzsudzsák made his Hungarian national team debut on 2 June 2007 in Heraklion against Greece. His first international goal came on 24 May 2008, incidentally in a match against Greece again.[28] Balázs was capable to score a goal against the Netherlands in the Amsterdam Arena. He scored his third international goal against San Marino in the Puskás Ferenc Stadium. His fourth goal has been the most memorable in the national team. He scored a 94th minute winner against Finland on 12 October 2010.[29][30] Dzsudzsák scored his fifth goal against Lithuania in a friendly match in the Stadion Sóstói. He has scored three of his goals in the final three games in 2010, two of which were UEFA Euro qualifiers. Dzsudzsák scored the third goal of the four goals against Iceland at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium. The match finished 4–0.[31] Dzsudzsak is the most expensive Hungarian footballer ever. On 10 September 2013, Dzsudzsák scored his a goal wearing the national team's shirt in a 5-1 victory over Estonia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium.[32][33][34]

International goals[edit]

Dzsudzsák – goals for Hungary
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 May 2008 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Greece
1–1
3–2
Friendly
2. 5 June 2010 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands
0–1
6–1
Friendly
3. 8 October 2010 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  San Marino
7–0
8–0
Euro 2012 qualifier
4. 12 October 2010 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
1–2
1–2
Euro 2012 qualifier
5. 17 November 2010 Sóstói Stadion, Székesfehérvár, Hungary  Lithuania
0–2
0–2
Friendly
6. 10 August 2011 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Iceland
3–0
4–0
Friendly
7. 11 November 2011 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Liechtenstein
3–0
5–0
Friendly
8. 1 June 2012 Generali Arena, Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic
0–1
1–2
Friendly
9. 15 August 2012 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Israel
1–0
1–1
Friendly
10. 11 September 2012 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Netherlands
1–1
1–4
2014 World Cup qualifier
11. 22 March 2013 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Romania
2–1
2–2
2014 World Cup qualifier
12. 14 August 2013 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Czech Republic
1–1
1–1
Friendly
13. 10 September 2013 Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Estonia
5–1
5–1
2014 World Cup qualifier
14. 15 October 2013 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands
1–4
1–8
2014 World Cup qualifier
15. 22 May 2014 Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen, Hungary  Denmark
1–0
2-2
Friendly

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 May 2014[35][36]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Debrecen 2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 10 2 3 2 1 0 14 4
2006–07 23 7 3 0 2 0 28 7
2007–08 13 5 1 0 2 0 16 5
Total 48 14 7 2 5 0 60 16
PSV 2007–08 17 3 0 0 5 0 22 3
2008–09 32 11 1 0 5 0 38 11
2009–10 32 14 3 1 12 2 47 17
2010–11 33 16 3 1 13 7 49 24
Total 114 44 7 2 35 9 156 55
Anzhi 2011–12 8 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 8 0
Dynamo Moscow 2011–12 9 0 3 0 12 0
2012–13 27 5 1 0 4 0 32 5
2013–14 23 1 1 0 0 0 24 1
Total 59 6 5 0 4 0 68 6
Career totals 229 64 19 4 44 9 292 77

Honours[edit]