Szilárd Németh

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Szilárd Németh
Personal information
Full name Szilárd Németh
Date of birth (1977-08-08) 8 August 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
KFC Komárno
1992–1994 Slovan Bratislava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Slovan Bratislava 61 (25)
1997–1998 Sparta Prague 8 (0)
1998–1999 1. FC Košice 37 (20)
1999–2001 Inter Bratislava 58 (40)
2001–2006 Middlesbrough 117 (28)
2006 RC Strasbourg 9 (0)
2006–2010 Alemannia Aachen 77 (17)
Total 357 (130)
National team
1997–2006 Slovakia[2] 58 (22)
Teams managed
2012– Manchester United (scout)
2014– Slovan Bratislava (juniors)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 October 2007

Szilárd Németh (born 8 August 1977) is a retired Slovak footballer who played as a striker.

After playing for clubs in his country of birth and the Czech Republic, he spent four-and-a-half seasons at Middlesbrough of the Premier League from 2001 to 2006. After a brief stint at France's RC Strasbourg, he played for Alemannia Aachen in Germany until his retirement in 2010.

Németh is the second-highest scorer in the history of the Slovakia national football team, with 22 goals in 58 matches from 1997 to 2006.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Németh started his career with Slovan Bratislava before moving to eastern Slovakia to join 1. FC Košice. At both clubs he played well, earning a loan move to giants of the region, Czech team Sparta Prague.

From here he moved back to Slovakia with one of the top teams in the country, Inter Bratislava. He won consecutive Slovak Super Liga titles in 1999-2000 and 2000–01, finishing as top-scorer in both.

Middlesbrough[edit]

Amid rumoured interest from Inter Milan, he eventually signed for English side Middlesbrough on 12 April 2001 for £2.1 million on a five-year contract. Earlier that season, he had a trial at their local rivals Sunderland.[3]

Németh scored 28 goals in 117 Premier League appearances for the club. He became known as the Lizard King of Teesside and Slovakian Express[citation needed] for scoring regularly off the bench. Németh was part of Middlesbrough's 2004 League Cup-winning team, despite not making the squad for the final.[4] He also featured as they contested the UEFA Cup in the next two seasons. During his time in the Premier League, he scored in wins over Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 2005–06 season saw Németh turn down numerous transfer offers, including UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow.[citation needed] He faced competition up-front that season from Yakubu, Mark Viduka, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Massimo Maccarone, leading to his exit in January.

Later career[edit]

On 25 January 2006, Németh was sold to French club RC Strasbourg for a 'nominal fee'.[5] Their season ended with relegation from Ligue 1, and he was released.

On 28 August 2006, he agreed to join the German Bundesliga club Alemannia Aachen in a two-year deal.[6] Németh spent most of his first season on the sidelines because of a pulmonary embolism.[7] On 19 May 2008, he signed a contract extension with Aachen until the end of the 2009–10 season. In the winter of 2010-2011, he opted to retire from football due to health problems.[8]

International career[edit]

Németh scored 22 times in 58 matches for Slovakia between 1997 and 2006. His debut was a 4–0 friendly win against Belarus at the Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra on 2 February 1997, replacing Róbert Semeník for the final 26 minutes. He scored his first goal on his third cap on 5 February 1997, in a 2-2 draw away against Costa Rica. Németh's last goal came in his 55th international on 1 March 2006, in an away friendly win over France. His last game was on 6 September 2006, in qualification for Euro 2008, a 3-0 home defeat to the Czech Republic.[2] He was the country's highest-scorer until Róbert Vittek broke the record, and is their seventh most-capped player.

International goals[9][edit]

Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 February 1997 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
1–1
2–2
Friendly
2 7 February 1998 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Iceland
1–0
2–1
1998 Cyprus International Football Tournament
3 8 September 1999 Mestský štadión, Dubnica, Slovakia  Liechtenstein
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
4 16 August 2000 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Croatia
1–1
1–1
Friendly
5 7 October 2000 Stadionul Republican, Chişinău, Moldova  Moldova
1–0
1–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 November 2000 Diagoras Stadium, Rhodes, Greece  Greece
1–0
2–0
Friendly
7 27 February 2001 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Algeria
1–1
1–1
Friendly
8 28 March 2001 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia  Azerbaijan
1–0
3–1
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9
2–1
10 5 September 2001 Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín, Slovakia  Moldova
2–1
4–2
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 21 August 2002 Andrův stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic  Czech Republic
1–0
1–4
Friendly
12 12 October 2002 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  England
1–0
1–2
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
13 2 April 2003 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia  Liechtenstein
2–0
4–0
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
14
3–0
15 30 April 2003 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Greece
1–1
2–2
Friendly
16
2–2
17 10 September 2003 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Macedonia
1–0
1–1
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
18 8 September 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Liechtenstein
5–0
7–0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 9 October 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Latvia
1–1
4–1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 8 June 2005 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg
1–0
4–0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
21 12 November 2005 Vicente Calderón Stadium, Madrid, Spain  Spain
1–2
1–5
2006 FIFA World Cup European Qualification Playoffs
22 1 March 2006 Stade de France, Paris, France  France
1–0
2–1
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Inter Bratislava

Middlesbrough

Personal

  • Slovak Super Liga top scorer (2)
    • 1999-2000, 2000–01

Personal life[edit]

Németh belongs to the Hungarian minority in Slovakia.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Szilárd Németh". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Szilárd Németh". European Football. 
  3. ^ "Boro net Nemeth". BBC News. 12 April 2001. 
  4. ^ "Boro lift Carling Cup". BBC Sport. 29 February 2004. 
  5. ^ "Striker Nemeth leaves Middlesbrough for Strasbourg". ESPN. 25 January 2006. 
  6. ^ "Nemeth to join Alemannia Aachen". Soccerway. 28 August 2006. 
  7. ^ "Nemeth out of hospital". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Szilárd Németh: Zdravie mi už profesionálny futbal nedovolí" (in Slovak). SME. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Szilárd Németh". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Népszámlálás 2011 – Németh Szilárd" (in Hungarian). nepszamlalas2011.sk. Archived from the original on 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. For example about me, many knew both in England and Germany that I came from Slovakia, but I'm ethnic Hungarian. (Rólam például Angliában és Németországban is nagyon sokan tudták, hogy Szlovákiából jöttem, de magyar nemzetiségű vagyok.) 
  11. ^ Nagy, Myrtil (2012). "Maďari". In Myrtil Nagy. Naše národnostné menšiny. Šamorín: Fórum inštitút pre výskum menšín. p. 9. ISBN 978-80-89249-57-2. 

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