Zalaegerszegi TE

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Zalaegerszeg logo
Full name Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet
Short name ZTE
Founded 1920
Ground ZTE Arena, Zalaegerszeg
Ground Capacity 14,000
Chairman Ferenc Nagy
Manager Sándor Preisinger
League Nemzeti Bajnokság II
2012–13 4th (West)
Current season

Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈzɒlɒɛɡɛrsɛɡi tornɒ ɛɟlɛt]) or just ZTE is a football club from the city of Zalaegerszeg in Hungary. They are best known for beating Manchester United F.C. 1–0 in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League qualifying stage. Zalaegerszeg has won one Hungarian League title.


ZTE traces its roots back to 1912, at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its first match was a 4–2 defeat to a team from Vasvár. The team was first composed of members of a literary and debating society. ZTE flourished under coach József Vadász, but World War I halted its progress. In 1920, Zalaegerszegi TE, or "Gymanistics Club of Zalaegerszeg," was born. They were defeated in their debut match, losing 2–1 to AK Szombathely on August 21, 1920, but were motivated by a crowd of over 2,000 fans.

ZTE's league history began in 1924, when they joined the Hungarian second division. The club won the title a decade later and entered the top flight in 1934. However, the start of World War II under the regime of Admiral Miklós Horthy saw ZTE's field and equipment confiscated. After the war, in 1957, ZTE merged with two other local teams, signalling the rebirth of the club.

The 1990s[edit]

From then on to the 1990s, however, ZTE did not really challenge the Hungarian title much. The league was dominated by Budapest club Ferencvárosi TC. In 1994, ZTE managed to gain a solid foothold on the Hungarian first division.

The 2000s[edit]

Róbert Waltner scored 92 goals for Zalaegerszeg having become one of the most iconic and prolific figures of the club
Imre Gellei managing Zalaegerszeg between 1983-86 and 2004-05

In the 2000s the club reached their zenith by winning the Hungarian League for the first time in the club history. In the 2001–02 season Zalaegrszeg finished second in the first stage of the championship gaining 61 points while Budapest rivals MTK Budapest FC 64 points. In the championship play-off Zalaegerszeg could secure their first title by gaining 71 points.[1][2] Péter Bozsik's team could overtake Budapest rivals Ferencváros and MTK Budapest. Krisztián Kenesei and Gábor Egressy were the key figures of the title-winning team by scoring 37 goals. In the 2002–03 Zalaegerszeg could not finish in the first six teams of the first stage of the Hungarian League therefore they could play in the relegation play-off as reigning champions. They finished first in the relegation play-off but it was a real disappointement for the former champion. In the following seasons ZTE came 9th, 6th and 11th, respectively.

In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase Zalaegerszeg defeated Croatian champions NK Zagreb on away goals. The first match was played in Zalaegerszeg and the club won it by 1–0.[3] The only goal was scored by Darko Ljubojević. In the second leg Zagreb was winning by 2–0 when in the 87th minute Zalaegerszeg was awarded a penalty which was scored by Flórián Urbán.[4] ZTE beat Zagreb on away goals. In the third qualifying round Zalaegerszeg faced with the English giant club Manchester United. In the first leg, ZTE provided a stunning shock by winning 1–0 in Hungary with a last minute goal from Béla Koplárovics.[5] However, in the return leg at Old Trafford, Man United won a convincing 5–0 victory.[6] Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in the 5th minute and in the 75th minute then David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored. The English side progressed to the first group stage with a 5–1 aggregate victory. In the 2006–07 season after nine rounds Zalaegerszeg was on the top of the league table.[7] At the end of the season the club finished third securing a place in the European competitions of the Intertoto Cup 2007. In the spring of 2009 János Csank was appointed as the coach of the club.[8] The success coach has already won two Hunagrian League titles with Vác and Ferencváros.

The 2010s[edit]

In the 2010–11 season Zalaegerszeg was competing for the Europa League position with Budapest rivals Ferencváros but ZTE finished fourth and could not secure a place for the qualifiers. In the 2011–12 season Zalaegerszeg started the season with five consecutive defeats which resulted the dismissal of János Csank. He was replaced by former Ferencváros coach László Prukner. The first half of the 2011–12 Hungarian League season was a nightmare for the club since they finished last gaining only 6 points without any victories. On April 21, 2012 Zalaegerszeg were relegated to the second division of the Hungarian League after the defeat against titleholders Videoton.

On 15 May 2014, former Zalaegerszeg player Gergely Kocsárdi was elected as director of the club. It was also announced that the company called Pharos '95 gained more than 50% of the shares of the club for about 16 million HUF.[9]


Zalaegerszeg play their matches in the ZTE Arena. The stadium is able to host 14000 people. Due to the increased attention Zalaegerszeg played their 2002–03 UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium.

Arena Entry


Current squad[edit]

As of September 27, 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Péter Szappanos
3 Hungary DF Marcell Fodor
4 Hungary DF András Forgács
7 Hungary MF Gergely Szegleti
8 Hungary MF Peter Horváth
10 Hungary FW Benjamin Babati
11 Hungary FW Ádám Vittman
12 Hungary MF György Kovács
13 Hungary DF Gábor Simonfalvi
14 Hungary MF Ferenc Szöllősi
15 Hungary MF Imre Pajor
16 Hungary DF Martin Króner (on loan from Debreceni)
No. Position Player
17 Hungary FW Gergely Délczeg (on loan from Honvéd)
18 Hungary DF Gergő Kovács
19 Hungary FW Bence Daru
20 Slovenia MF Denis Grbić
21 Hungary DF Benjamin Tóth
22 Hungary GK András Hársfalvi
23 Hungary GK Zoltán Czirjék
24 Hungary MF Dávid Bailo
25 Hungary MF Vilmos Melczer
26 Hungary FW András Bíró
27 Hungary MF Bence Bedi
30 Hungary DF Norbert Farkas

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Hungary GK Adrián Kalmár (on loan from Dunaharaszti)
Hungary MF László Kovács (on loan from Andráshida)
Hungary MF Ákos Szántó (on loan from Balatonfüredi)

European cup history[edit]

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1985 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 7 Poland Górnik Zabrze 0–1 1–1
Group 7 Switzerland BSC Young Boys 4–0 1–4
Group 7 Denmark Aarhus GF 1–0 4–4
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st round Russia Rubin Kazan 0–3 0–2 0–5

UEFA Cup/Europa League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–3 0–6 1–9
2010–11 Europa League Q1 Albania KF Tirana 0–1 0–0 0–1

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round Croatia NK Zagreb 1–0 1–2 2–2(a)
3rd Qualifying Round England Manchester United 1–0 0–5 1–5

European record[edit]

As of August 14, 2010
Competition App Pld Won Drn Lst GF GA
UEFA Champions League 1 4 2 0 2 3 7
UEFA Cup/Europa League 2 4 0 1 3 1 10
Intertoto Cup 1 2 0 0 2 0 5



  1. ^ "Hungary round-up: Zalaegerszeg zoom to top". UEFA. May 4, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2002. 
  2. ^ "Hungary round-up: All too easy for Zalaegerszeg". UEFA. March 15, 2002. Retrieved March 15, 2002. 
  3. ^ "Zalaegerszeg 1–0 Zagreb". UEFA. July 31, 2002. Retrieved July 31, 2002. 
  4. ^ "Zagreb 2–1 Zalaegerszeg". UEFA. August 7, 2002. Retrieved August 7, 2002. 
  5. ^ "Zalaegerszeg 1–0 Manchester United". UEFA. August 14, 2002. Retrieved August 14, 2002. 
  6. ^ "Manchester United 5–0 Zalaegerszeg". UEFA. August 14, 2002. Retrieved August 14, 2002. 
  7. ^ "ZTE top as Honvéd reshuffle". UEFA. October 17, 2006. Retrieved October 17, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Csank gives Zalaegerszeg a leg-up". UEFA. April 27, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "ZTE: Kocsárdi a klubigazgató, új főtulajdonos van". 15 May 2014. 

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