Márkó Futács

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Márkó Futács
Márkó Futács - SV Werder Bremen (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name Márkó Futács
Date of birth (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Mersin İdmanyurdu
Youth career
III. Kerület
0000–2006 Ferencváros
2006–2009 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Werder Bremen II 13 (3)
2010–2011 Ingolstadt 04 (loan) 23 (2)
2011–2012 Portsmouth 29 (5)
2012–2014 Leicester City 9 (1)
2013 Blackpool (loan) 4 (0)
2013–2014 Diósgyőr (loan) 22 (9)
2014– Mersin İdmanyurdu 0 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Hungary U18 3 (5)
2009–2010 Hungary U20 8 (4)
2010–2012 Hungary U21 18 (8)
2014– Hungary 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2014

Márkó Futács (pronounced [ˈmaːrkoː ˈfutaːt͡ʃ]; born 22 February 1990) is a Hungarian footballer who is currently playing as a striker for Mersin İdmanyurdu SK after being released by Leicester City.

Club career[edit]

Werder Bremen[edit]

Futács started his youth career at III. Kerületi TUE from Óbuda in his hometown Budapest. He soon transferred to second-tier club Ferencvárosi TC from the IXth district of Budapest. In the summer of 2006, he went to France, signing for AS Nancy. Futács quickly ascended up the ranks, scoring 18 goals in 21 matches with the under-18 team. In the 2007–08 season, Futács was already part of AS Nancy B, the club's second team. In early 2009, Futács signed a professional contract at SV Werder Bremen II until June 2011.[1] About the transfer, manager Klaus Allofs said: "Marko is a young player with perspective who we have observed for some time now. The opportunity was good to bring him to us so we decided to take the step. We hope that he can continue to develop with us." He made his Werder Bremen first-team debut on 20 July 2009 in a pre-season 2–1 win over VfL Wolfsburg, replacing Marcelo Moreno Martins in the 60th minute. Futács scored two goals in four friendly matches with Bremen in the summer of 2009.

Portsmouth[edit]

Futacs in a match during his time at Werder Bremen.

On 26 August 2011, Futács signed a one-year deal for Portsmouth, with an option for a further year.[2] After he joined Portsmouth he said, "Portsmouth is a great club with big names such as Kanu".[3] He made his league debut as a late substitute in the 4–3 defeat away to West Ham United in September 2011. He scored his first goal in October 2011, in a 2–0 friendly win against Russian Premier League side FC Rostov.[4]

His first league goal came in December 2011, during his first league start, in a 1–1 away draw against Leicester City.[5] Two days later, he scored his second for the club in their next match against Watford.[6][7] On 21 January 2012, Futács scored his third goal for the club, as Portsmouth lost 3–2 against Cardiff City.[8] After two months without scoring, Futács scored his fourth goal for the club, as Portsmouth won 4–1 against Birmingham City on 20 March 2012, giving the club their first win since the club entered administration.[9]

After scoring two goals in two starts for Portsmouth under Michael Appleton, Portsmouth announced that Futács would be staying for an extra season after the club activated a clause in his contract.[10] However, Futács denied signing a new contract, despite Appleton claiming Futács agreed this.[11] Celtic and Rangers expressed interest in signing Futács, with Rangers wanting him to replace the departing Nikica Jelavić and Celtic seeking a target-man.[12] However, no move materialised before the winter transfer deadline was closed. Portsmouth went into administration for the second time in two years and suffered an automatic 10-point deduction. Futács vowed to stay at the club and help them secure survival in the Championship after they lost a number of key players in the wake of their financial problems.[13] On 14 April 2012 Futács replaced Rekik in the 76th minute against Doncaster Rovers and scored in stoppage time to earn a 4–3 win for Pompey.[14][15] However, Portsmouth were relegated from the Championship after a 2–1 loss to Derby County.

After Portsmouth's relegation, Futács said he was keen to remain at the club.[16] On 22 May 2012, he was offered reduced terms to stay with a one-year deal. Appleton also said Futács could play a key role at Portsmouth.[17] However on 2 July, Futács left Portsmouth after Appleton explained that the club could not offer him a better contract.[18] On 12 July, it was revealed that Futács was in talks with Leicester City about a proposed move after leaving Portsmouth.[19]

Leicester City[edit]

On 14 July, Futács agreed terms with Leicester City, signing a reported three-year contract.[20] He was seen as a replacement for former target man Steve Howard who left the club on 19 May 2012.[21] Futács joined up with the rest of the squad on 15 July, flying out to Austria for a pre-season week long training camp.

He scored his first goal for Leicester against Burton Albion in the League Cup on 28 August 2012.[22] Futacs scored his first league goal for City in their 6–0 rout of Ipswich Town on 17 November 2012.

Blackpool[edit]

On 5 March 2013, Futacs agreed a one month loan deal to Blackpool.[23] He made his debut against Birmingham that night, coming on as a substitute in the first half. After one month at the club, the club soon made a decision whether to extend Futacs loan spell or not;[24] eventually, Futacs went back to his parent club after the club decided not to extend his loan spell at Blackpool, following a comment on "use him sparingly".[25]

International career[edit]

Futács was a member of the bronze medal winning U-20 Hungary squad in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[26] Futács scored one goal in the tournament in the semi-finals against Ghana.[27]

He made his debut for the senior national team of his country on 5 March 2014, in the 1:2 loss against Finland in a friendly match after coming on as a second half substitute for Vladimir Koman.[28]

Honours[edit]

Hungary Diósgyőr

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 January 2013
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nancy B 2008–09 12 3 - - - 12 3
Total 12 3 - - - 12 3
Werder Bremen II 2009–10 13 3 - - - 13 3
Total 13 3 - - - 13 3
Ingolstadt (Loan) 2010–11 23 2 2 0 - - 25 2
Total 23 2 2 0 - - 25 2
Portsmouth 2011–12 29 5 1 0 - - 30 5
Total 29 5 1 0 - - 30 5
Leicester City 2012–13 9 1 1 0 1 1 - 11 2
Total 9 1 1 0 1 1 - 11 2
Career total 85 14 4 0 1 1 0 0 90 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Werder sign young Hungarian". SkySports.com. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Portsmouth sign Hungarian striker Markos Futacs". BBC. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pompey Sign Futacs". portsmouthfc.co.uk. 26 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Weld, Neil (6 October 2011). "Pompey 2 FC Rostov 0". Portsmouth F.C. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Leicester 1–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 December 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Portsmouth 2 - 0 Watford". BBC. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pompey ace tips Futacs for big things". portsmouth.co.uk. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cardiff City 3–2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Portsmouth 4–1 Birmingham City". Birmingham Mail. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Futacs staying with Portsmouth". Sky Sports. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Futacs waiting for Pompey deal". Sky Sports. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Old Firm rivals want Futacs". Sky Sports. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Futacs makes Pompey vow". Sky Sports. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Marko's Magic". Portsmouth FC. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Doncaster 3-4 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Futacs wants Pompey stay". Sky Sports. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Pompey offer Futacs deal". Sky Sports. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Futacs set for Pompey exit". Sky Sports. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Leicester line up Futacs move". Sky Sports. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Futacs makes Foxes switch". Portsmouth News. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Leicester City release Vassell, Howard, Oakley, Weale, Tunchev and Chamberlain". thisisleicestershire. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Leicester 2 - 4 Burton Albion". BBC. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Marko Futacs: Leicester striker joins Blackpool on loan". BBC Sport. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Ince’s big decision on Marko". Blackpool Gazette. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Tom Ince valued at £25m". Blackpool Gazette. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "2009 FIFA World Cup U-20". UEFA.com. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "Ghana to face Brazil in U20 final". BBC. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Hungary vs. Finland 1:2". flashscore.com. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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