1998–99 Nemzeti Bajnokság I

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The 1998–99 Nemzeti Bajnokság I, also known as NB I for short, is the 101st season of top-tier football in Hungary. The league is officially named Professzionális Nemzeti Bajnokság (PNB) for sponsorship reasons. The season began on 24 July 1998 and ended on the weekend 16 June 1999. Újpest are the defending champions, having won their 20th Hungarian championship at the end of the 1998–99 season.

Teams[edit]

Tiszakécskei FC, Előre FC Békéscsaba and Stadler FC finished the 1997–98 season in the bottom three places of the table and thus were relegated to their respective NB II divisions. Békéscsaba ended a 6-year and Stadler 4-year stay in the top league, while Tiszakécske were relegated after just one year in the league.

Stadium and locations[edit]

Club Short name City Stadium Capacity
BVSC-Zugló FC BVSC Budapest Szőnyi Street Stadium 9,000
Debreceni VSC-Epona Debrecen Debrecen Oláh Gábor utcai stadion 9,640
Diósgyőri FC Diósgyőr Miskolc DVTK Stadion 11,300
Dunaferr SE Dunaújvaros Dunaújváros Stadion Eszperantó Út 12,000
Ferencvárosi TC Ferencváros Budapest Albert Flórián Stadion 18,100
Gázszer FC Gázszer Akasztó Stadler Stadium 12,000
Győri ETO FC Győr Győr ETO Park 16,000
Haladás-Milos Haladás Szombathely Rohonci úti stadion 12,000
III. Kerület FC-AT III. Kerület Budapest Hévízi Street Stadium 3,000
Kispest-Honvéd FC Honvéd Budapest Bozsik Stadion 10,000
MTK Hungária MTK Budapest Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium 12,700
Nyírség-Spartacus Nyíregyháza Nyíregyháza Városi Stadion (Nyíregyháza) 16,500
Siófok FC Siófok Siófok Révész Géza utcai stadion 10,500
Újpest FC Újpest Budapest Szusza Ferenc Stadion 13,500
Vasas DH Vasas Budapest Illovszky Rudolf Stadion 12,000
Dunakanyar-Vác FC Vác Vác Stadion Városi Vác 10,500
Videoton FC Videoton Székesfehérvár Sóstói Stadion 15,000
Zalahús ZTE FC ZTE Zalaegerszeg ZTE Aréna 9,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
BVSC Hungary József Tajti Ukraine Oleksandr Bondarenko Nike InterCity
Debrecen Hungary Lajos Garamvölgyi Hungary Zoltán Böőr Adidas Epona, MÁV Rt., OTP Bank
Diósgyőr Hungary Miklós Temesvári Hungary István Téger Adidas Borsod Brewery
Dunaújváros Hungary Ferenc Ebedli Hungary Gábor Zavadszky Umbro Dunaferr
Ferencváros Croatia Marijan Vlak Hungary András Telek Adidas
Gázszer Hungary Gábor Hartyáni Hungary István Kövesfalvi Diadora
Győr Hungary István Reszeli Soós Hungary Gábor Vayer Adidas Rába
Haladás Hungary István Mihalecz Hungary Csaba Balog Hummel Steffl Bier
III. Kerület Hungary Lajos Schróth Hungary Balázs Tordai Umbro Auto Trader, Rocco Jeans
Kispest Hungary György Gálhidi Hungary János Dubecz Umbro Ibusz
MTK Hungary Sándor Egervári Hungary Csaba Madar Nike Fotex
Nyíregyháza Hungary Tibor Őze Hungary Zoltán Szatke Adidas Taurus
Siófok Hungary József Mészáros Hungary Zsolt Posza Toti
Újpest Hungary Péter Várhidi Hungary Szabolcs Bíró Joma Espon
Vasas Hungary Imre Gellei Hungary Tamás Mónos Lotto Danubius Hotels
Vác Hungary János Csank Hungary Péter Horváth Adidas Zollner
Videoton Hungary József Verebes Hungary Árpád Milinte Uhlsport Videoton
ZTE Hungary László Strausz Hungary Géza Vlaszák Adidas Zalahús

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Haladás Hungary László Dajka Sacked 17 September 1998 16th Hungary István Mihalecz 17 September 1998
Videoton Hungary Ferenc Csongrádi Mutual agreement 16 October 1998 14th Hungary József Verebes 16 October 1998
Debrecen Hungary András Herczeg Sacked 20 October 1998 13th Hungary Lajos Garamvölgyi 20 October 1998
Ferencváros Hungary Tibor Nyilasi Mutual agreement 17 December 1998 7th Croatia Marijan Vlak 29 December 1998
III. Kerület Germany Ralf Wilhelms Mutual agreement 18 December 1998 16th Hungary Lajos Schróth 12 February 1999
BVSC Hungary István Sándor Sacked 22 December 1998 18th Serbia Dragan Seklulić 3 January 1999
Diósgyőr Hungary Barnabás Tornyi Resigned 5 January 1999 3rd Hungary Gábor Szapor 7 January 1999
BVSC Serbia Dragan Seklulić Sacked 10 February 1999 18th Hungary József Tajti 10 February 1999
Diósgyőr Hungary Gábor Szapor Sacked 14 April 1999 7th Hungary Miklós Temesvári 14 April 1999
Siófok Hungary László Nagy Resigned 4 May 1999 16th Hungary József Mészáros 4 May 1999
Dunaújváros Hungary Zoltán Varga Resigned 12 May 1999 6th Hungary Ferenc Ebedli 12 May 1999

Overview[edit]

It was contested by 18 teams, and MTK Hungária FC won the championship.

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 MTK Budapest FC 34 27 2 5 77 26 +51 83 Qualification for 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League First qualification round
2 Ferencvárosi TC 34 19 7 8 61 40 +21 64 Qualification for 1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 Újpest FC 34 20 3 11 58 40 +18 63
4 Győri ETO FC 34 16 11 7 53 39 +14 59
5 Dunaferr SE 34 17 6 11 54 46 +8 57
6 Vasas DH 34 15 10 9 51 44 +7 55 Qualification for 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
7 Zalahús ZTE FC 34 15 8 11 43 37 +6 53
8 Diósgyőri FC 34 14 9 11 56 54 +2 51
9 Debreceni VSC-Epona 34 14 7 13 53 39 +14 49 Qualification for 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round[a]
10 Vác FC-Zollner 34 13 10 11 51 49 +2 49
11 Gázszer FC 34 11 11 12 37 40 −3 44
12 Kispest-Honvéd FC 34 11 9 14 38 50 −12 42
13 Nyírség-Spartacus 34 10 9 15 46 52 −6 39
14 Haladás-Milos 34 10 6 18 39 54 −15 36
15 Siófok FC 34 7 9 18 32 49 −17 30
16 Videoton FC 34 7 9 18 36 54 −18 30 Relegation to 1999–2000 Nemzeti Bajnokság II
17 BVSC-Zugló FC 34 7 6 21 34 53 −19 27
18 III. Kerület FC-AT 34 4 6 24 40 93 −53 18
Updated to match(es) played on 16 June 1999. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th overall wins.
Notes:
  1. ^ The winners of the 1998–99 Hungarian Cup competition will qualify for the second qualifying round of the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup.

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
MTK7332111111111111111111111111111111
Ferencváros5545432224655464763653333222222222
Újpest41149710788986547887466444433333333
Győr10986524332222322222222222344444454
Dunaferr11121398108455344655454545665656555545
Vasas22532476775699999910109109109887666666
Zalaegerszeg1617161511121110109878876576334556565777777
Diósgyőr38213535434332333357777777799991088
Debrecen1691112111412131313141414131211109910910910101010101010899
Vác8111076858910109778864888888899888891010
Gázszer9778769116671010101011101112111111111111111111111111111111
Honvéd64610109691111111111111113131313131313121213131213131313131212
Nyíregyháza18151412131312131212121212121210121211121212131312121312121212121313
Haladás13101214151616171616151313131414141414141414141414141414141414141414
Siófok12131517171717181817181718161615151515161515151616161617161715151515
Videoton15161113141413141414161616171817171717151617161515151515151516161616
BVSC17181716161818161718171817181718181818171818181818171716171617171717
III. Kerület14141818181515151515141515151516161616181716171717181818181818181818
Leader
1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
Relegation to 1999–2000 Nemzeti Bajnokság II
Updated to match(es) played on 16 June 1999. Source: NB1 (in Hungarian)

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