Dániel Tőzsér

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The native form of this personal name is Tőzsér Dániel. This article uses the Western name order.
Dániel Tőzsér
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Tőzsér playing for Watford
Personal information
Full name Dániel Tőzsér
Date of birth (1985-05-12) 12 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Szolnok, Hungary
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Watford (on loan from Parma)
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2003 Debrecen
2003–2004 Galatasaray
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Ferencváros 54 (3)
2006–2008 AEK Athens 35 (3)
2008–2012 Racing Genk 98 (15)
2012–2014 Genoa 22 (0)
2014 Watford (loan) 20 (0)
2014– Parma 0 (0)
2014– Watford (loan) 21 (4)
National team
1999–2000 Hungary U-21 2 (0)
2006– Hungary 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:28, 13 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2014

Dániel Tőzsér (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdaːni.ɛl ˈtøːʒeːr]; born 12 May 1985) is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Watford (on loan from Parma) and the Hungarian national football team as a midfielder. Tőzsér is left-footed and plays central, defensive or on the left side of midfield. He is known for his impressive free-kick abilities.

Club career[edit]

Dániel Tőzsér graduated through the youth ranks at Debrecen. He managed 1 first team appearance for Debrecen. Tőzsér transferred to Turkey with Galatasaray youth team in 2003, aged 17, but didn't manage to make any appearances for the first team. After one year with the club, Tőzsér moved to Hungarian club Ferencváros.


Tőzsér signed a professional contract with Ferencváros in what turned out to be a successful two years at the club. Club manager, Bobby Davison, called Tőzsér the Hungarian Frank Lampard. In total Tőzsér made 54 apps and scored 3 goals over 2 years with the club, before moving to AEK Athens in 2006.

AEK Athens[edit]

With AEK Athens, Tőzsér managed 35 appearances and 3 goals. AEK manager Llorenç Serra Ferrer said he had talent and a great future ahead of him. Tőzsér wore the number 88. He scored his first goal against OFI Crete with a stunning strike. Tőzsér also played an important role in AEK's UEFA Champions League run and was voted man of the match against Anderlecht. Following the match and evidently impressed, Anderlecht attempted to sign Tőzsér, however AEK declined the offers. He also gave the assist for the goal of Nikos Liberopoulos against Hearts. After 2 years at the club, he departed to Belgian team Racing Genk.


On 5 June 2008, Genk announced the signing of Tőzsér on a four-year deal. According to several Greek newspapers the Belgian club paid around €1.500,000. In Genk, Dániel would play alongside fellow Hungarian, Balázs Tóth. He stated that he hoped by doing well at Genk he would regain his place in the Hungarian national team. He also stated that he wanted to win the Belgian title with Genk. On 16 August, he captained his side against Porto in a 4-2 defeat. On 21 July 2011, Tőzsér won the Belgian Supercup beating Standard Liège. Tőzsér scored the only goal of the match.[1] On 23 August 2011, Tőzsér and his Hungarian teammate László Köteles played an important role in qualifying for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League 2011–12 season. Genk beat Maccabi Haifa 4-1 on penalties.[2] On 13 September 2011, Tőzsér debuted in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia. The result was a goalless draw.[3][4]


In February 2012 it was announced that Tözsér would be leaving Genk at the end of the season, with a four-year contract having been agreed with Italian side Genoa.[5] Tözsér struggled for consistency in his first season, making only 22 appearances for the Serie A club. Having fallen out of favour with head coach Gian Piero Gasperini the following season,[6] Tözsér joined long-term admirers Watford on loan.[7]

Watford (loan)[edit]

On 29 January 2014, Tőzsér joined Watford on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season, with a view to signing a permanent deal.[8] Tőzsér made his Watford debut in a 2-0 win over Brighton on 2 February 2014, playing the full 90 minutes.[9]


After two years at Genoa, and a loan spell in 2014 with Watford, Tőzsér signed for fellow Serie A side Parma on 5 July 2014 signing a two-year contract.[10]

Return to Watford (loan)[edit]

Following his move to Parma in early July, Tőzsér returned to Watford on 7 July 2014 signing a two-year loan deal with the option of a third.[11] He scored his first goal for Watford in a 4-1 win against Leeds United on 23 August 2014.

International career[edit]

Tőzsér playing for Hungary in 2011.

Tőzsér made his international debut on 14 December 2005 against Mexico. Tőzsér scored his first international goal against Malta during a Euro 2008 Qualifier, putting Hungary two goals in front with a stunning free kick.[12]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2007 Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Malta 2-0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.

Personal life[edit]

Tőzsér married on 21 June 2008 to Zsanett Lénárt. On 3 September 2011, Tőzsér appeared on the breakfast football show Soccer AM.


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