Vasas SC

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Vasas SC
Logo
Full name Budapesti Vasas Sport Club
Founded 16 March 1911; 103 years ago (1911-03-16)
Ground Stadion Rudolf Illovszky,
Budapest
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Hungary László Markovits
Manager Hungary András Tóth
League Nemzeti Bajnokság II
2012–13 2nd (East)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Vasas SC is one of Hungary's major sports clubs. Most of its facilities are situated in Budapest's 13th district in the north of the town. Members of the Hungarian Union of Iron Workers founded the club as Vas-és Fémmunkások Sport Clubja, the "Sport Club of Iron and Steel Workers", on 16 March 1911. The club colours are red and blue.

The club is internationally best known for its successful football and water polo departments, which have won many national and international competitions. But also athletes from other departments have won many Olympic gold medals as well as international and national championships.the club was relegated in 2012.

The club’s women's handball team has for 15 times been crowned Hungarian champions, and in 1982 won the Handball European Cup.

Naming history[edit]

  • 1911: Vas-és Fémmunkások Sport Clubja
  • 1943: Kinizsi Vasas Budapest
  • 1944: Nemzeti Kinizsi Budapest
  • 1945: Budapesti Vasas SC
  • 1948: Budapesti Vasas SE
  • 1957: Budapesti Vasas SC

Departments[edit]

The club is active in the following sports:

Athletics, basketball (women), boxing, chess, fencing, football, handball (women), ice skating, rowing, skiing, tennis, touring, volleyball (women), water polo (men / women) and wrestling,

Football[edit]

Imre Gellei managing Vasas between 2001-02

Vasas' football team belongs to the highest Hungarian football league and was the dominating force in Hungarian football during the 1960s. In the 2006/07 season Vasas finished 5th.

In 2006 the club would have been relegated as penultimate, but could retain its place as rivals Ferencvarosi TC were ousted instead due to financial irregularities. This would have been Vasas' second relegation in this decade.

The team plays its home matches in the Rudolf Illovszky Stadium, which has a capacity of 18,000.

Honours[edit]

  • Mitropa Cup
    • Winners (7): 1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1983

Former managers[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 March, 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Soma Lékai
3 Hungary DF László Tamás
5 Hungary MF Benjámin Cseke
6 Hungary DF Tamás Grúz
7 Hungary MF Dávid Nagyházi
8 Hungary FW Martin Ádám
9 Hungary MF Zsombor Berecz
10 Hungary FW Mohamed Remili
11 Hungary DF Attila Menyhárt
12 Hungary FW Bence Szabó
13 Hungary FW István Ferenczi
14 Hungary DF Martin Izing
15 Hungary MF Mátyás Gál
16 Hungary MF Alex Engel
No. Position Player
17 Hungary DF Dávid Görgényi
18 Hungary DF Dávid Pál
19 Hungary MF Zoltán Szedlár
20 Hungary MF Róbert Kiss
21 Hungary DF József Piller
22 Hungary DF Balázs Nánási
23 Hungary MF Máté Vida
24 Hungary MF Tamás Nagy
30 Hungary GK Bence Hermány
31 Hungary GK Soma Orbán
33 Hungary GK Gábor Németh

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round England Sunderland AFC 0–2 0–1 0–3
1981–82 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni FC 8–0 0–1 8–1
2. Round Belgium Standard Liége 0–2 1–2 1–4
1986–87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Velež Mostar 2–2 2–3 4–5

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1987 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 1 East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 0–2 2–2
Group 1 Denmark Aarhus GF 2–1 0–1
Group 1 Switzerland FC Lausanne-Sport 5–3 1–2
1990 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 8 Austria First Vienna FC 0–0 1–0
Group 8 Denmark Aarhus GF 0–2 0–2
Group 8 Sweden Gefle IF 1–1 0–2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 10, 1st game Belgium Lierse SK 2–0
Group 10, 2nd game Turkey Gaziantepspor 2–3
Group 10, 3rd game Estonia Narva Trans 4–1
Group 10, 4th game Netherlands FC Groningen 1–1
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 7, 1st game Sweden Östers IF 4–1
Group 7, 2nd game Latvia FC Universitate Riga 3–0
Group 7, 3rd game Turkey Istanbulspor AS 0–2
Group 7, 4th game Germany Werder Bremen 2–0
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Luxembourg Union Luxembourg 4–0 3–1 7–1
2. Round Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 1–0 2–0 3–0
3. Round Poland Polonia Warszawa 1–2 0–2 1–4
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Slovakia FK ZTS Dubnica 0–0 0–2 0–2

UEFA Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1. Round Republic of Ireland Shelbourne FC 1–0 1–1 2–1
2. Round Scotland St. Johnstone FC 1–0 0–2 1–2
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1. Round Austria SK Voest Linz 4–0 0–2 4–2
2. Round Portugal Sporting CP 3–1 1–2 4–3
3. Round Spain FC Barcelona 0–1 1–3 1–4
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1. Round Portugal Boavista FC 0–2 1–0 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Latvia FK Ventspils 3–1 1–2 4–3(aet)
1. Round Greece AEK Athens FC 2–2 0–2 2–4

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1957–58 European Cup Preliminary Round Bulgaria CDNA Sofia 6–1 1–2 7–3
1. Round Switzerland BSC Young Boys 2–1 1–1 3–2
Quarter-finals Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam 4–0 2–2 6–2
Semi-finals Spain Real Madrid CF 2–0 0–4 2–4
1961–62 European Cup Preliminary Round Spain Real Madrid CF 0–2 1–3 1–5
1962–63 European Cup Preliminary Round Norway Fredrikstad FK 7–0 4–1 11–1
1. Round Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam 2–2 1–1 3–3 (Playoff 0–1)
1966–67 European Cup 1. Round Portugal Sporting CP 5–0 2–0 7–0
2. Round Italy Internazionale FC 0–2 1–2 1–4
1967–68 European Cup 1. Round Republic of Ireland Dundalk FC 8–1 1–0 9–1
2. Round Iceland Valur KF 6–0 5–1 11–1
Quarter-finals Portugal S.L. Benfica 0–0 0–3 0–3
1977–78 European Cup 1. Round Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–3 1–1 1–4

Men's water polo[edit]

Hungary is acknowledged the world over as a powerhouse of water polo. The water polo department of Vasas belongs to the leading ones in the country.

Honours[edit]

  • Hungarian League
    • Winners (17): 1947, 1949, 1953, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Hungarian Cup
    • Winners (15): 1947, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Hungarian Super Cup
    • Winners (2): 2001, 2006
  • Champions Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1979–80, 1984–85
  • Cup winners Cup
    • Winners (3): 1985–86, 1994–95, 2001–02

Women's handball[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Hungarian League
    • Winners (15): 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Hungarian Cup
    • Winners (11): 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • Champions Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1981–82
    • Finalist (5): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1992–93, 1993–94
  • Cup winners Cup
    • Finalist (1): 1987–88
  • EHF-Cup
    • Finalist (1): 1984–85
  • City-Cup
    • Finalist (1): 1994–95

Other sports[edit]

Athletes of the club have won 40 Olympic gold medals (2006) and more than 1,000 Hungarian National Championship titles, making Vasas one of the most successful Hungarian sports clubs. There are only 29 countries which won more golds at the Summer Olympics (though some of the 40 wins were in team sports with athletes from other Hungarian clubs).

  • István Kozma was a wrestling champion in 1964 and 1968
  • László Papp was a boxing champion in 1952 and 1956 - also in 1948 being member of Vasas.

Trivia[edit]

János Kádár, HSWP First Secretary and Hungarian leader from 1956 until 1988, was a supporter of Vasas. A working-class man, Kádár had played in the team when young and was its president for a short period in the mid-1950s (when, after being released from prison, Kádár was party secretary in Budapest 13th district, where the team is based). During the 1960s, it was not uncommon to see Kádár in the crowd during Vasas games. Unlike some of his Eastern Europe counterparts, though, Kádár did not use his position to favor his team, nor did he allow Hungarian officials to interfere in football as it was common in other bloc countries.

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