Újpest FC

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Újpest FC logo.svg
Full nameÚjpest Football Club
Nickname(s)Lilák (Purples), Dózsa, Újpesti Dózsa,
Founded16 June 1885; 134 years ago (1885-06-16)
as Újpesti Torna Egylet
GroundSzusza Ferenc stadion,
OwnerRoderick Duchâtelet
ManagerNebojša Vignjević
LeagueNemzeti Bajnokság I
2018–19NB I, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Újpest FC B
Full nameÚjpest Football Club "B"
Nickname(s)Lilák ("Purples")
Founded2007 as Újpest FC B
GroundH-1044 Budapest, Megyeri út 13.


Újpest Football Club (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈuːjpɛʃt]) is a Hungarian professional football club, based in Újpest, Budapest, that competes in Nemzeti Bajnokság I.

Formed in 1885, Újpest reached the first division of the Hungarian League in 1905 and has been relegated only once since then. The club has been a member of the first division for 102 consecutive years. Újpest have been Hungarian champions twenty times, and have won the Magyar Kupa ten times and the Szuperkupa three times. In international competitions Újpest are two-times winners of the Mitropa Cup and winners of the 1930 Coupe des Nations. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup 1973–74 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1961–62, and were runners-up in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1968–69.

Since 1922 their home ground has been the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Újpest. Their biggest rivalry is with fellow Budapest-based club Ferencvárosi TC, with whom they contest a local derby.

Újpest FC is part of the Újpesti TE family. The club includes other sports sections that represent the club at ice hockey and waterpolo.


Újpest FC was founded in 1885. At that time Újpest did not belong to Budapest. Újpest played their first Nemzeti Bajnokság I match in the 1905 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season. In the 1910–11 season they were relegated. Újpest won their first Hungarian league title in the 1929–30 season.

At international level Újpest's most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup they were eliminated in the final by Newcastle United. In the 1973–74 European Cup they reached the semi-finals and were eliminated by Bayern München.

Crest and colours[edit]

On 3 July 2017, Újpest FC announced that they changed their crest.[1]

Naming history[edit]

  • 1885: Újpesti TE (Újpesti Torna Egylet)
  • 1926: Újpest FC (Újpest Football Club) (due to the introduction of professional football)
  • 1945: Újpesti TE
  • 1950: Bp. Dózsa SE (Budapesti Dózsa Sport Egyesület)
  • 1956: Újpesti TE (during the Hungarian revolution)
  • 1957: Ú. Dózsa SC (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club)
  • 1991: Újpesti TE
  • 1998: Újpest FC

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

The following table shows in detail Újpest FC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
adidas  –
Budapest Bank
Umbro ConCorde telecom
Havasi Kft.
2003–2006 Puma Walton
2006–2007  –
2007–2009 DHL
2009–2010 Radisson Blu
2010–2011 Birdland Golf & SPA Resort
2011–2012 GDF Suez
2012–2016  –
2016–2017 Joma  –
2017–2018 Gallica

Current sponsorships: Joma, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Acquaworld Budapest, Ramada Resort Budapest, Puebla ticket, Karzol Trans, Szókép Nyomdaipari Kft., Lamborghini


Újpest's home stadium is Szusza Ferenc Stadion, which has been their home since the opening on 17 September 1922. It was known as Megyeri úti stadium until it was named after the club's legendary player, Ferenc Szusza in October 2003. After the renovations which took place in 2000 and 2001 the ground can hold 13,501 spectators.


On 3 December 2008, it was revealed by BBC Sport that the Premier League club Wolverhampton are considering an alliance with Újpest. Jez Moxey, the Chief executive officer of Wolves said that "We have had some initial discussions in Budapest with the officials of Ujpest. We touched on the issues of loaning players, academies and sharing of best practice on and off the field."[2]

Újpest approached Roland Duchâtelet to become the owner of the club. Although Roland refused the club's offer, he suggested his son to be the proprietor of Újpest. Roland Duchâtelet is the owner of the FC Carl Zeiss Jena and former owner of the Standard Liège, AD Alcorcón and Charlton Athletic F.C.

On 19 October 2011, Roderick Duchâtelet, former director of Germinal Beerschot, bought 95% of the shares of the City Budapest Zrt.[3]

Roderick Duchâtelet said that he indtends to bring back the glory of the 1970s.[4]

On 27 October 2011, Csaba Bartha, managing director of Újpest FC, confirmed that the club received 150 million Hungarian forint from Roderick Duchâtelet.[5]


Újpest supporters in the Ferenc Puskás Stadium on 25 May 2014

Supporters of Újpest are mainly from the fourth district of Budapest, the eponymous Újpest. Due to the success in the 1970s, the club gained supporters from all over Budapest and the country.

On May 4, 2007, Újpest were deprived of three points in the 2006–07 Hungarian League season due to racist chanting during their home match against Debrecen. Újpest's official, Szilárd Dányi said "I would ask all of our supporters to think about all factors when they appraise the situation and try to create an atmosphere at matches so that this never happens again. I discussed the topic with the owner and we decided to accept the decision."[6]

Famous supporters


Ferencváros-Újpest derby at the Albert Stadion on 1 April 2011

Újpest are in rivalry with several teams from Budapest including Ferencváros, MTK Budapest, Budapest Honvéd and several provincial clubs such as Debrecen and Diósgyőr. Since Újpest have been the third most successful club of the Hungarian Football history by winning 20 Hungarian League titles and 9 Hungarian Cup titles and the most successful Hungarian club in the European football competitions in the 1970s every club in the Hungarian League wants to defeat them.

The rivalry with Ferencváros dates back to 1930s when Újpest won their first Hungarian League title. Since then the fixture between the two teams attracts the most spectators in the dometistic league.[12] The matches between the two team often ends in violence which causes big trouble for the Hungarian football. The proposal of personal registration was refused by both clubs.






Current squad[edit]

As of 17 January, 2020

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

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Filip Pajović
4 North Macedonia DF Kire Ristevski
5 Hungary DF Róbert Litauszki (captain)
6 Nigeria MF Obinna Nwobodo
7 Hungary MF Krisztián Simon
9 Hungary FW Patrik Bacsa
10 Hungary MF Donát Zsótér
11 Croatia FW Antonio Perošević
14 Hungary FW Áron Csongvai
15 Guinea MF Moussa Corso Traoré
17 Hungary MF Péter Szakály
19 Hungary FW Márk Koszta
No. Position Player
20 Romania MF Andreias Calcan
21 Hungary DF Benjamin Balázs
22 Slovakia MF Jakub Sedlacek
23 Hungary GK Dávid Banai
24 Hungary MF Barnabás Rácz
28 Belgium DF Jonathan Heris
30 Nigeria MF Vincent Onovo
34 Hungary GK Zoltán Tomori
49 Serbia DF Branko Pauljević
55 Hungary DF Zsolt Máté
68 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dženan Bureković
86 Hungary FW Soma Novothny

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Non-playing staff[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name
President Belgium Roderick Duchâtelet
Managing director Hungary Csaba Berta
Club manager Hungary Zoltán Böőr



Position Name
Manager Serbia Nebojša Vignjević
Assistant Manager Vacant
Assistant Manager Vacant
Reserve Team Coach Hungary Tamás Szalánczi
Head of Debrecen Academy Hungary András Gyarmati
Goalkeeping Coach Hungary Miklós Erdélyi
Fitness Coach Hungary Mihály Dankó
Club Doctor Hungary Zoltán Dézsi
Club Doctor Hungary Károly Pikó



  1. ^ "Újpest FC: eldőlt, mostantól ez a klub új címere – fotó" [Újpest FC: It is decided, from now this is the new crest of the club] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Wolves consider Hungarian link-up". BBC Sport. 3 December 2008.
  3. ^ "A '70-es évek sikereit ígérte az Újpest új belga tulajdonosa". Nemzeti Sport. 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ ""Vissza akarjuk hozni a hetvenes évek sikerkorszakát" – belga kézbe került az Újpest FC". Origo.hu. 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Megkönnyebbülhet az Újpest: pénzhez jutott a klub". Heti Világgazdaság. 27 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Racist fans cost Újpest dear". UEFA.com. 16 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Szurkolók és híresek". Magic Magyars. 30 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Havas Henrik az Újpestről: Lila mezbe öltözött senkiháziak – tapló fradisták". pepsifoci.hu. 10 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Zagyva vs. Lenhardt – avagy UTE és FTC szurkolók Parlamentben". szentkoronaradio.com. 10 September 2010.
  10. ^ ""Tűzpárbaj" és könnygáz Újpesten".
  11. ^ "Az UTE önkormányzati segítséget kap".
  12. ^ "The Budapest Derby". Football Derbies. 20 July 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.ujpestfc.hu/club?filter=clubmanagement
  14. ^ http://www.ujpestfc.hu/club?filter=clubmanagement

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