Sándor Torghelle

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The native form of this personal name is Torghelle Sándor. This article uses the Western name order.
Sándor Torghelle
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-05-05) 5 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
MTK Budapest
Number 14
Youth career
0000–1999 FC Marcali
1999–2002 Budapest Honvéd FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Budapest Honvéd 18 (4)
2001–2002 Marcali VFC 22 (7)
2002–2003 Budapest Honvéd 27 (10)
2003–2004 MTK Budapest 22 (9)
2004–2005 Crystal Palace 12 (0)
2005–2006 Panathinaikos 11 (0)
2006–2007 P.A.O.K. 24 (1)
2007–2008 Carl Zeiss Jena 27 (8)
2008–2010 FC Augsburg 48 (14)
2010–2011 Fortuna Düsseldorf 16 (1)
2011 Fortuna Düsseldorf II 1 (0)
2011 Budapest Honvéd 6 (3)
2012–2014 Videoton 35 (7)
2014– MTK Budapest 20 (10)
National team
1999–2000 Hungary U-17 9 (2)
2000–2001 Hungary U-19 3 (1)
2002–2003 Hungary U-21 7 (2)
2004–2010 Hungary 42 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 January 2012

Sándor Torghelle (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈʃaːndor ˈtorɡˌhɛlːɛ]; nicknamed as 'The Lord of the Air; born 5 May 1982 in Budapest) is a Hungarian footballer, who is playing for Hungarian top division side MTK Budapest.

Career[edit]

He spent one season playing for Crystal Palace F.C., after being signed from MTK Hungária in August 2004 for a fee of roughly £750,000. He wore the number 10 shirt, that of a first-choice striker, but found it hard to gain a regular place in the Crystal Palace starting eleven with Andy Johnson often playing as a lone striker. He scored only one goal in a League Cup match against Charlton, but the referee sent off Sándor late on for diving.[1]

After 12 months at Palace, Torghelle was first stripped of his first-team squad number (given number 30, while 10 went to new signing Jon Macken), and shortly after was loaned out to Panathinaikos in Greece for the 2005–06 season. In the deal, there was no clause for re-calling Sándor, so he spent the whole season in Greece.[2] However, Torghelle failed to impress, and Panathinaikos chose not to make the deal permanent. Torghelle was transferred to PAOK Thessaloniki FC in Greece and handed a 3-year contract, being one of the three players that were traded for the transfer of striker Dimitris Salpingidis.[3]

Torghelle was also famous for his failure to score even a single goal since he was transferred from Crystal Palace, yet this "curse" was lifted when he scored in a PAOK-Olympiakos derby in early 2007. He left PAOK at the end of the 2006–07 season for the German 2. Bundesliga team FC Carl Zeiss Jena. There, he finally met the expectations, scoring five goals and giving three assists (as at 2. Bundesliga matchday 12 of the 2007–08 season).

Despite already having played for several Hungarian and foreign clubs, he still feels particularly attached to his home club Budapest Honvéd and declared that once back in Hungary, he would like to play for that club again.[4] On 17 May 2010, Torghelle signed with Fortuna Düsseldorf, leaving FC Augsburg after two years.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 6 December 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Honvéd 2000–01 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
2001–02 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4
2002–03 27 10 2 0 0 0 2 0 31 10
2011–12 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Total 84 18 2 0 0 0 2 0 88 18
MTK 2003–04 22 9 2 2 0 0 2 1 26 12
2013–14 10 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 12 8
2014–15 10 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 15 3
Total 42 19 6 3 3 0 2 1 53 23
Crystal Palace 2004–05 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Panathinaikos 2005–06 11 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 16 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 16 0
PAOK 2006–07 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
Total 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
CZ Jena 2007–08 27 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 28 9
Total 27 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 28 9
Augsburg 2008–09 27 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 7
2009–10 21 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 23 8
Total 48 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 50 15
Düsseldorf 2010–11 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Total 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Videoton 2011–12 9 1 3 2 6 4 0 0 18 7
2012–13 21 6 4 0 7 0 10 0 42 6
2013–14 5 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 10 1
Total 35 7 8 2 17 5 10 0 70 14
Career totals 298 68 20 7 20 5 19 1 357 81

International career[edit]

Torghelle has made 42 appearances for the Hungary national football team.[5] He is one of its most able strikers, with an excellent instinct for scoring goals, but rather hot-headed on the pitch and therefore frequently being sent off. As for his goals, he scored several decisive ones during the 2010 World Cup Qualification campaign, such as against Albania and Malta. He came to prominence after scoring both goals in a 2–0 victory over Germany in a friendly match in 2004.

International statistics[edit]

National Team Performance
Team Year Friendlies International
Competition
Total
App Conceded App Conceded App Conceded
Hungary 2009 2 0 2 1 4 1
2008 1 1 4 2 5 3
2007 0 0
2006 3 0 4 1 7 1
2005 3 1 4 1 7 2
2004 8 3 3 1 11 4
Total 17 5 17 6 34 11
International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 April 2004 Budapest  Brazil 1–3 1–4 Friendly
2 6 June 2004 Kaiserslautern  Germany 1–0 2–0 Friendly
3 6 June 2004 Kaiserslautern  Germany 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 8 September 2004 Budapest  Iceland 2–1 3–2 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
5 15 August 2005 Budapest  Argentina 1–1 1–2 Friendly
6 3 September 2005 Budapest  Malta 1–0 4–0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
7 11 October 2006 Ta'Qali  Malta 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
8 11 October 2008 Budapest  Albania 1–0 2–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.
9 15 October 2008 Ta'Qali  Malta 1–0 1–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.
10 19 November 2008 Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
11 28 March 2009 Tirana  Albania 1–0 1–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charlton 1-2 Crystal Palace". BBC. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Torghelle a Panathinaikoszhoz szerződikt" (in Hungarian). origo.hu. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Torghelle a PAOK-hoz igazolt" (in Hungarian). origo.hu. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Torghelle a görög idényéről [Video report with Torghelle]" (in Hungarian). videa.hu. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (11 December 2009). "Hungary - Record International Players". RSSSF. 

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