István Sallói

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István Salloi
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Personal information
Full name István Salloi
Date of birth (1966-09-26) 26 September 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Oroszlány, Hungary
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Videoton FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985-1989 Videoton FC 54 (4)
1989-1990 Gyori ETO FC 35 (8)
1990-1993 Videoton FC 77 (39)
1993-1994 Budapest Honvéd FC 22 (9)
1994-1999 Beitar Jerusalem F.C. 116 (59)
1999-2000 Maccabi Herzliya 47 (12)
National team
1992-1995 Hungary 13 (1)
Teams managed
2002-2004 Siófok FC
2004-2005 Újpest FC
2005-2007 Diósgyőr FC
2007-2009 Újpest FC
2011- Kecskeméti TE
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

István Salloi (born 26 September 1966 in Oroszlány) is a former Hungarian football player who came from a real football family. His grand father played lower divisions and became a referee later. His father played in the Hungarian first league at Tatabanya FC.

Playing career[edit]

Started his career at Videoton FC young team (1981) and became professional player 1986. Played for ETO FC GYOR (1988–1989) as loan player meanwhile he served his army duty at Gyor. Returned to Videoton and became the captain and the leader in his home team. His best year was 1992-93 when he was invited to the national team and voted as the Player of the Year and finished 2nd best scorer. He signed for Honved with the aim to be champion and get an offer from abroad. End of the year of 1994 he accepted the offer from Beitar Jerusalem.

At Beitar Jerusalem F.C. he was known as "Stefan" as the people there had a lot of difficulty in pronouncing the name "István". Played five beautiful years for Beitar and became one of the most favorite foreign player ever played for them. Although he played behind the striker role, he became the best scorer in Beitar in those years and still he is the best Israeli scorer in European competitions with 12 goals. Finished his career at Herzelya in 2000, playing for them 18 month.

Coaching career[edit]

After his football career, he worked as the technical director of the National Team for Hungarian Football Federation. He left the federation and became the club manager (CEO) of SIÓFOK FC 2002-2004 . They promoted to first league in the first year and finished 5th position in top league next season. Although the successful seasons, the club got into financial crisis when the owner couldn't finances the club anymore. Salloi made a new business plan, releasing the expensive players and build a young team with a young coach, Aurel Csertoi. They finished the first part of the league in first place causing big surprise for everyone. Seeing his success with small club, Újpest FC, one of the biggest and most popular team in Hungary, offered him the CEO position in winter break and he took the job. Újpest FC started the second part of the league in 8th position without head coach who resigned in winter break. Salloi again, give the job to a young coach, Geza Meszoly who made excellent job with his team, winning the second part of the league and finished the 2nd place in the table at the end of the season. In 2005, when new owner arrived to the club, Salloi resigned. He moved to Diósgyőr FC to a very popular team which was year by year in financial crisis. For that time Salloi was called in Hungary 'man who can manage the financial crisis'. He did the job again, stabilized the club and madeDiósgyőr FC a stable mid table team. End of 2007, the new owner of Ujpest FC called him back to Újpest FC as a sport director. His task was to build a team who can win the league. Újpest FC finished in 2nd place after a year and made over 1 million euros profit on transfer fees. End of 2009, he joined to Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club as an Eastern Europe scout. 2011 Sallói returned to Hungarian football and took a job in Kecskeméti TE as sport director.

Honours[edit]

Teams[edit]

Hungary Runner up
1994 Honvéd
Israel Israeli Championship
1997, 1998 Beitar Jerusalem
Israel Toto Cup Al
1998 Beitar Jerusalem

Individual[edit]

Hungary Player of the Year
1993 Videoton FC
Hungary Club Manager of the Year 
2004 Siófok
Israel Best foreign player ever
2nd place 2001

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