Újpest FC

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Újpest FC logo.svg
Full nameÚjpest Football Club
Nickname(s)Lilák (Purples)
Short nameUTE
Founded16 June 1885; 137 years ago (1885-06-16)
as Újpesti Torna Egylet
GroundSzusza Ferenc stadion,
OwnerRoderick Duchâtelet
ManagerMiloš Kruščić
LeagueNB I
2021–22NB I, 6th of 12
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 108 consecutive years. Újpest have been Hungarian champions twenty times, and have won the Magyar Kupa eleven 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.[1] 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.[2] Újpest won their first Hungarian league title in the 1929–30 season.[3]

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.[4]

Crest and colours[edit]

On 3 July 2017, Újpest FC announced that they changed their crest.[5]

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 Wanderers were considering an alliance with Újpest. Jez Moxey, the Chief executive officer of the club 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."[6]

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.[7] Roland Duchâtelet is the owner of the FC Carl Zeiss Jena and former owner of the Standard Liège,[8] AD Alcorcón[9] and Charlton Athletic F.C.[10]

On 19 October 2011, Roderick Duchâtelet, former director of Germinal Beerschot, bought 95% of the shares of the City Budapest Zrt.[11]

Roderick Duchâtelet said that he intends to bring back the glory of the 1970s.[12]

On 27 October 2011, Csaba Bartha, managing director of Újpest FC, confirmed that the club received 150 million Hungarian forint from Roderick Duchâtelet.[13]

In January 2022, Duchatelet was about to sell Újpest and found possible buyers. An agreement was also signed in January 2022 in which it was stated that the buyers should pay the remaining sum by the end of June. However, due the financial unpredictability caused by the Russo-Ukrainian War, the buyers could not transfer the remaining sum. Therefore, Újpest is still owned by the Belgian entrepreneur.[14]


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.

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 domestic league.[20] 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 25 August 2022[21]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Serbia SRB Filip Pajović
2 DF Albania ALB Lirim Kastrati
3 DF Hungary HUN Csanád Fehér
4 DF Mali MLI Abdoulaye Diaby
5 MF Cameroon CMR Petrus Boumal
6 MF Germany GER Luca Mack
7 MF Hungary HUN Krisztián Simon
8 MF Serbia SRB Matija Ljujic
10 FW France FRA Yohan Croizet
11 DF Serbia SRB Nemanja Antonov
14 MF Hungary HUN Áron Csongvai
15 MF Serbia SRB Miroslav Bjeloš
17 FW Ivory Coast CIV Junior Tallo
18 MF Hungary HUN Bálint Szabó
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Ivory Coast CIV Fernand Gouré (on loan from Westerlo)
20 DF Estonia EST Märten Kuusk
23 GK Hungary HUN Dávid Banai
26 FW Sweden SWE Jack Lahne (on loan from Amiens)
27 MF Hungary HUN Mátyás Katona
29 MF Nigeria NGA Vincent Onovo
34 GK Hungary HUN Zoltán Tomori
45 MF North Macedonia MKD Stefan Jevtoski
49 DF Serbia SRB Branko Pauljević
68 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Dženan Bureković
77 FW Hungary HUN Kevin Csoboth
82 FW Italy ITA Giuseppe Borello
FW Hungary HUN Márk Mucsányi

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF Hungary HUN Zsolt Máté (at Tiszakécske)
No. Pos. Nation Player

Non-playing staff[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name
President Belgium Roderick Duchâtelet
Managing director Belgium Cees Goldwijk



Position Name
Manager Serbia Miloš Kruščić
Assistant Manager Hungary István Gál
Reserve Team Coach Hungary Péter Víg
Goalkeeping Coach Hungary András Babócsy
Fitness Coach Hungary Dávid Hamál
Club Doctor Hungary Iván Kollár


Notable foreign players[edit]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "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.
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  9. ^ "Charlton Athletic: Owner Roland Duchatelet sells club to Abu Dhabi-based consortium". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
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  12. ^ ""Vissza akarjuk hozni a hetvenes évek sikerkorszakát" – belga kézbe került az Újpest FC". Origo.hu. 19 October 2011.
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  14. ^ TIBOR, PIETSCH (2022-07-01). "Kovács Zoltán: Nem jött össze. Most még nem… - NSO". NSO.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2022-07-01.
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