Pál Dárdai

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The native form of this personal name is Dárdai Pál. This article uses the Western name order.
Pál Dárdai
Pál Dárdai - Hertha BSC Berlin (2).jpg
Dárdai as a Hertha player
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-03-16) 16 March 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth Pécs, Hungary
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Pécs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Pécs 68 (11)
1996 Budapesti VSC 22 (3)
1997–2011 Hertha BSC 297 (17)
National team
1998–2010 Hungary 61 (5)
Teams managed
2012– Hertha BSC (youth)
2014– Hungary
2015– Hertha BSC (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pál Dárdai (born 16 March 1976) is a Hungarian retired footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder. He is the interim manager of Hertha BSC and the head coach of the Hungarian national football team.

In a 20-year professional career he played for over a decade in the same team, Hertha BSC in Germany. With 286 Bundesliga appearances, he is the club's most capped player.

Club career[edit]

Born in Pécs, Dárdai started his professional career with local Pécsi Mecsek FC, moving in January 1996 to BVSC Budapest. He helped his new club finish second in both the league and cup.

Hertha BSC[edit]

Pál Dárdai playing for Hertha BSC in 2009

In the same month of the following year Dardái signed with Germany's Hertha BSC, appearing in ten games for the second division side before the end of the season as it eventually promoted. In the 1998–99 campaign he contributed with 21 matches (only six starts however) to the team's final third position, only trailing vice-champions Bayer 04 Leverkusen by one point.[citation needed]

On 13 November 2008, Dárdai marked his 250th Bundesliga appearance during the 1–0 victory over Hoffenheim in the 2008–09 Bundesliga season. Dárdai said that "The thanks goes to the team and the fans".[1]

On 16 January 2009, Dárdai damaged his meniscus during training. He was operated by Gert Schleicher after returning to Berlin from Marbella, Spain where Hertha spent their winter training camp.[2]

On 28 May 2009, Hertha BSC extended Dárdai's contract by a year. He became the longest-serving player at Hertha.[3][4]

Dárdai expressed his wish to extend his contract with Hertha BSC. Dárdai said that "I can imagine that I will end my career here in Berlin, but before I return to Hungary I want to fulfil my ambition and that is to win the championship and the cup". Dieter Hoeneß reacted as the club would like to keep hold of him and the club shortly will offer a new deal for Dárdai.[5]

From then onwards, Dárdai became an essential first-team member for Hertha, as it qualified several times for the UEFA Cup. After appearing sparingly from 2004 to 2006 (33 games combined), he again featured heavily in the following years. From 2009, his appearances became less and less frequent: after only one match in 2010–11 – with The Old Lady eventually returning to the top level – and also being demoted to the reserve team, the 35-year-old retired from football, having appeared in 297 league contests, more than any other player in the club's history.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Dárdai began playing for Hungary with the U21s, in 1996. He made his senior debut in a friendly against Slovenia on 19 August 1998, and scored his first international goal on 10 October in an UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier against Azerbaijan, in the 58th minute of a 4–0 triumph.

Often cast as starting central midfielder alongside Krisztián Lisztes, under managers Bertalan Bicskei and Imre Gellei, Dárdai captained the national side seven times during 2006, netting twice. On 15 November 2006 he was not included in Péter Várhidi's provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers, but featured in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stages, as Hungary was now managed by Erwin Koeman.[6]

Managing career[edit]

Hertha U15[edit]

Dárdai started his managing career at his former club, Hertha BSC. His asssistant managers were Admir Hamzagic and Jochem Ziegert.[7]

Hungary[edit]

On 18 September 2014, he was appointed as interim manager of the Hungarian national football team.[8][9] He turned down an offer from the Hungarian Football Federation to manage the team on a permanent basis.[10] Sándor Csányi, president of the Hungarian Football Federation, said that Dárdai will manage the Hungarian national team for free during the three UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches.[11]

On 23 September 2014, Zsolt Lőw, assistant coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg, wasn't allowed by the club to become the assistant coach of Dárdai's Hungarian national team.[12]

Dárdai debuted as the interim manager of the Hungarian national football team on 11 October against Romania at the Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania. The match ended with a 1–1 draw.[13] Three days later Dárdai's Hungary beat Faroe Islands 1–0 at the Tórsvøllur in Tórshavn.[14]

Dárdai said after the qualifier against Faroe Islands that "the minimum aims were to get the three points against Faroe Islands" and the spectators could see "a 90-minute suffering".[15]

István Sallói said in an interview with Nemzeti Sport that "Dárdai is the only chance for the Hungarian football". Sallói was appointed by Dárdai as the aid to map the opponents of the national team. Sallói said that "in the last 10 days it became incredible clear what type of work I have to do".[16]

On 14 November 2014, Dárdai-managed Hungary won their first home match by beating Finland 1–0 thanks to Gera's 84th-minute goal in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier at the Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary.[17] Four days later, Hungary lost to Russia 2–1 in a friendly match in the same stadium.[18]

On 9 December 2014, the Hungarian Football Federation announced that Dárdai remains the coach of the Hungarian national football team until 30 November 2015.[19][20][21] Dárdai admitted that his son influenced him in making the decision by saying "You have to go back because without you they are not going to win".[22]

Hertha BSC[edit]

On 5 February 2015, Dárdai was appointed as the interim manager of Hertha BSC.[23]

On 7 February 2015, Dárdai debuted in the 2014–15 Bundesliga with a 2–0 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05.[24]

Club statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Season Club Country Competition Matches Goals
1991–92 Pécsi Munkás Hungary NBI 4 0
1992–93 10 1
1993–94 10 1
1994–95 30 4
1995–96 14 5
1995–96 BVSC Budapest 7 0
1996–97 15 3
1996–97 Hertha BSC Germany 2. Bundesliga 10 0
1997–98 Bundesliga 14 0
1998–99 21 1
1999–00 15 1
2000–01 24 2
2001–02 27 3
2002–03 29 4
2003–04 29 0
2004–05 17 0
2005–06 16 2
2006–07 28 3
2007–08 23 0
2008–09 26 1
2009–10 17 0
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 1 0

International goals[edit]

International goals
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 1998 Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 1–0 4–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
2 7 September 2002 Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3 20 November 2002 Budapest, Hungary  Moldova 1–1 1–1 Friendly
4 30 May 2006 Manchester, England  England 1–2 1–3 Friendly
5 24 May 2007 Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–0 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifying

Managerial record[edit]

As of 25 April 2015
Team From To Record
P W D L GF GA GD W%
Hungary 18 September 2014 Present 5 2 2 1 4 3 +1 40.00
Hertha BSC 5 February 2015[23] Present 11 4 4 3 11 9 +2 36.36
Total 16 6 6 4 15 12 +3 37.50

Personal life[edit]

Dárdai is married and has three sons: Pál, Márton and Bence.

On 20 July 2002, Balázs Dárdai, Pál's brother and midfielder of FC Barcs, died during a tournament on Saturday after an artery burst when he jumped for a ball. Pál's father and the coach of FC Barcs, Pál Dárdai, was watching the game when it happened. Balázs was only 23 years old.[25]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Budapesti VSC
Hertha[26]

Individual[edit]

  • Hungarian Footballer of the Year: 2006[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hertha's Dardai On Reaching 250 Game Mark". Goal.com. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hertha Berlin have received bad news on the injury front as Pal Dardai requires surgery which will sideline him for at least four weeks...". Goal.com. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dardai commits to Hertha". FIFA.com. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dardai sticking with Hertha". The World Game. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Zeh, Thomas (28 May 2009). "Dardai wants Hertha extension". Skysports.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dardai: Anything is possible". FIFA.com. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Hertha BSC U15" (in German). Herthabsc.de. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hungary sack Pinter, bring in Dardai". FIFA.com. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pintér makes way for Dárdai as Hungary coach". UEFA.com. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pinter entlassen – Dardai wird Ungarns Interimstrainer" [Pinter dismissed – Dardai becomes interim manager of Hungary] (in German). kicker. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Válogatott: Dárdai ingyen irányítja a nemzeti csapatot" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Válogatott: Lőw Zsolt nem jön, nem lesz Dárdai segítője" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hungary's Dzsudzsák draws sting from Romania". Uefa.com. 11 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Hungary relieved to edge out Faroe Islands". Uefa.com. 14 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dárdai: Kilencvenperces szenvedést láthattunk; jönnek az oroszok - hivatalos". Nemzeti Sport. 15 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Válogatott: „Dárdai a magyar labdarúgás egyetlen esélye”". Nemzeti Sport. 17 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Gera strikes late as Hungary edge Finland". UEFA.com. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Hungary 1-2 Russia". Eurosport. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Dardai to stay on as Hungary coach". FIFA.com. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Válogatott: Dárdai Pál marad a magyar szövetségi kapitány" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Pal Dardai bleibt Trainer der ungarischen Nationalelf" (in German). Herthabsc.de. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Videó: Apa, vissza kell menned, nélküled nem nyernek - Dárdai fia" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Hertha-Coach Luhukay weg - Dardai Interims-Chef" (in German). Berlin: Süddeutsche Zeitung. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Dortmund get vital win at Freiburg, Bayern Munich cruise at Stuttgart". ESPN FC. PA Sport. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Hertha's Dardai mourns after brother dies during game". ESPN.com. 22 July 2002. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "P. Dárdai". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Dárdai Pálé a Magyar Aranylabda" (in Hungarian). Sport Geza. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2006. 

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