Nemzeti Bajnokság I

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Nemzeti Bajnokság I
OTP Bank Liga logo.png
Country  Hungary
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1901
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Hungarian National Championship II
Domestic cup(s) Hungarian Cup
Hungarian SuperCup
League cup(s) Hungarian League Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Debrecen (7 titles)
Most championships Ferencváros (28 titles)
TV partners M1 & Sport1, Sport2 (live matches)
M2 & Sport2, SportM (highlights)
Website Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség
2014–15 Nemzeti Bajnokság I

The Nemzeti Bajnokság is the Hungarian professional league for association football clubs. The league is currently known as the OTP Bank Liga for sponsorship reasons,[1] and it is the highest level of professional league since its inception in 1901. UEFA currently ranks the league 29th in Europe.[2]

Sixteen teams compete in the league, playing each other twice, once at home and once away. At the end of the season, the top team enters the qualification for the UEFA Champions League, while the runner-up and the third placed, together with the winner of the Hungarian Cup enters the UEFA Europa League qualification round. The bottom two clubs are relegated to NB2, the second-level league, to be replaced by the winner and the runner up of the NB2.


The 1900s - The foundation and the early years[edit]

On 19 January 1901, the Hungarian Football Federation was founded. The first match was played between Budapest TC and Budapest SC in the first Hungarian League in 1901. The first championship included five teams such as Budapesti TC, Magyar Úszóegylet, Ferencváros, MAFC (was withdrawn after four matches), and Budapesti SC and the championship was won by Budapesti TC. Budapesti TC won the championships by winning eight out of eight matches and scoring 37 goals and with only 5 goals against. Interestingly, only teams from the capital city were competing in the first championship. Although the two first championships were won by Budapesti TC, the 1900s was the beginning of the rivalry between Ferencváros and MTK Budapest. Ferencváros won the championship in 1903, 1905, 1907, and 1909. MTK Budapest won the championship in 1904, 1908.

The 1910s - Ferencváros and MTK rivalry[edit]

The Hungarian national team at the 1912 Summer Olympics including Imre Schlosser (FTC), Mihály Pataki (FTC), Sándor Bodnár (MAC), Jenő Károly (BAK) and Gyula Rumbold (FTC)

In the 1910s the rivalry between Ferencváros and MTK Budapest continued. Ferencváros won the championship in 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913. The 1914–15 and 1915–16 seasons were suspended due to World War I. MTK Budapest dominated the second half of the 1910s by winning the championship in 1914, 1917, 1918 and 1919. During the 1910s Imre Schlosser became top goal scorer seven times who played for both Ferencváros and MTK Budapest. Schlosser has third position in all-time Hungarian league scorers and has the most of "the best goalscorer" titles.

The 1920s - Ferencváros and MTK rivalry 2[edit]

The 1920s were also dominated by Ferencváros and MTK. MTK ruled the early 1920s by winning the championship in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1929. The second half of the 1920s was ruled by Ferencváros by winning the championship in 1926, 1927, and 1928. Ferencváros's József Takács became top goalscorer four times during the 1920s becoming the second icon for the club. MTK was led by György Orth who became top goalscorer three times in the 1920s.

The 1930s - Újpest's era[edit]

In the 1930s, the rivalry between Ferencváros and MTK expanded with another club from Budapest, Újpest FC. Újpest won its first title in 1930, which was followed by four titles in 1931, 1933, 1935 and 1939. Ferencváros also could win four titles in the 1930s by winning the championship in 1932, 1934, 1938 and 1940. MTK won the championship in 1936 and 1937. One of the most iconic figure of the 1930s Hungarian football was Újpest's Gyula Zsengellér who managed to top goalscorer three times in a row in the 1930s. Ferencváros's György Sárosi and MTK's László Cseh and Újpest's Gyula Zsengellér were the embodiment of the rivalry of the three clubs from Budapest.

The 1940s[edit]

In the 1940s, Csepel could win its first title which was followed by two other titles in 1942 and 1943. During the World War II there were no interruptions in the Hungarian league. Due to the expansion of the territories of the country, new clubs could re-join the league such as Nagyvárad and Kolozsvár. Consequently, Nagyvárad could win the championship and becoming the first champion of the Hungarian League which is not based in Hungary at the moment. The second half of the 1940s was dominated by Újpest by winning the championship in 1945, 1946 and 1947. Ferencváros also could win two trophies during the 1940s one in 1941 and 1949.

The 1950s - Ferenc Puskás and Honvéd[edit]

Ferenc Puskás scored 352 goals in 341 matches for Budapest Honvéd

In the 1950s, the dominance of Ferencváros and MTK weakened by the emergence of Honvéd with players such as Ferenc Puskás, József Bozsik, Zoltán Czibor and László Budai. Later these players played in the final of the 1954 FIFA World Cup. In the 1950s, Honvéd could win the championship five times. During the early 1950s, Honvéd players formed the backbone of the legendary Mighty Magyars. In 1956 the Hungarian league was suspended due to the Hungarian Revolution. The league was led by Honvéd after 21 rounds but the championship has never been finished. In the first season (1955-56) of the European Cup, MTK Budapest reached the quarter-finals while in the 1957-58 season Vasas Budapest played in the semi-finals of the European Cup.

The 1960s and international successes[edit]

In the 1960s, the rivalry between the clubs from Budapest expanded with Vasas. Vasas could win four titles in the 1960s (1961, 1962, 1965 and 1966). Ferencváros also could win four titles during the 1960s (1963, 1964, 1967, and 1968). Ferencváros was led by Flórián Albert who became top goal scorer in 1965 and also was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967. The 1960s can be considered as the most successful period of the Hungarian clubs on international turf. In 1965 Ferencváros became the most successful team of the Hungarian League in the European competitions having won the 1964-65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Ferencváros beat Spartak Brno, Wiener Sport-Club, Roma, Athletic Bilbao and Manchester United. In the one-leg final Ferencváros beat Juventus 1-0 in Turin, Italy. In the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1967-68 Ferencváros could reach the finals again, however they were defeated by Leeds United. In addition, Flórián Albert was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967. He is the most successful Ferencváros since the formation of the club, scoring 255 goals in 351 matches from 1958–74. In the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1968-69 Újpest reached the final by beating US Luxembourg, Aris Thessaloniki, Legia Warsaw, Leeds United and Göztepe. However, they lost to Newcastle United in the finals. The Hungarian clubs were one of the most successful ones in the European Cup Winners' Cup in the 1960s due to the triumphs of MTK Budapest (playing in the final of the 1963-64 season), Újpest (playing in the semi-finals of the 1961-62 season), Budapest Honvéd (reaching the quarter-finals of the 1965-66 season), and Győr (reaching the quarter-finals of the 1966-67 season).

The 1970s - Újpest's second reign[edit]

The 1970s is associated with Lajos Baróti's Újpest since the club could win seven titles (in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979). In the 1973-74 European Cup season Újpest reached the semi-finals where Bayern Munich stopped their campaign. The key of the Magic Újpest was famous forward formation of Fazekas, Göröcs, Bene, Dunai II, Zámbó. Ferenc Bene became the leader of Újpest and also top goalscorer three times in the 1970s. He also led the Hungarian national football team to win the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Újpest set new post-war records by scoring 500 goals in the seven seasons or losing only 4 home matches in 10 seasons. Törőcsik and Fekete joined Újpest after Göröcs, Bene and Dunai left the team. In 1978 and 1979 they won the Hungarian title again with former player Pál Várhidi as the head coach. The Újpest fans called Törökcsik (or Törö) as the 'magician' since he was able to make unbelieveble dribbles, unexpected assists to teammates. László Fekete won the European Silver shoe.

The 1980s - Honvéd's second golden age and Videoton's UEFA cup final[edit]

In 1982 Győr won the championship becoming the first non-Budapest team who could win the Hungarian league (except Nagyvárad during the World War II). Győr could repeat the triumph in the following year in 1983. However, the 1980s was dominated by Honvéd who celebrated its second heyday during the 1980s. The former legend Lajos Tichy's Honvéd could win the championship five times in the 1980s (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989). Honvéd's second golden team included players such as Lajos Détári, Kálmán Kovács, Béla Illés and Gábor Halmai. However, in the European Cup Honvéd could not perform well. In the 1980-81, 1985-86, 1989-90 seasons they were eliminated in the second round, while in the 1984-85, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90 seasons in the first round. The only successes were delivered by Újpest in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the 1983-84 season and by Videoton in the 1984-85 UEFA Cup. Újpest were eliminated by Aberdeen in the quarter-finals of European Cup Winners' Cup while Videton reached the finals of the UEFA Cup which has been considered the last achievement of the Hungarian clubs on international turf. Videoton were defeated by Real Madrid in Székesfehérvár by 3–0, however the Hungarian club could win in the Santiago Bernabeu by 1–0. The Hungarian national team with players like Tibor Nyilasi, Lázár Szentes, Lajos Détári, József Kiprich and Kálmán Kovács qualified for the FIFA World Cup 1982 and FIFA World Cup 1986. Since then the national team has not been able to qualify for any international tournaments.

The 1990s - Domination by Ferencváros[edit]

Due to the collapse of the Communist era the Hungarian football clubs lost the support of the state. Therefore, many clubs faced with financial problems which effects are still present in the Hungarian football. However, the 1990s were still dominated by the 'traditional' clubs of the championships such Ferencváros, MTK, Újpest. Frencváros finished always in the top three, except for the 1993–94 season, when they finished 4th. The financial problems affected the performance of the clubs outside the Hungarian League as well. Hungarian clubs could not compete with the European counterparts. Moreover, the Bosman ruling also had a deep impact on the Hungarian League. Since big European clubs could invest loads of money into football, clubs from the Eastern Bloc were restricted to employ only home nationals.
Honvéd could win two titles (1991 and 1993). Ferencváros won three titles in the 1990s (1992, 1995, 1996). During the 1990s the other giant club from Budapest, Újpest could win only one title in 1998. Surprisingly, the 1993-94 season was won by a provincial town Vác lead by János Csank. The biggest international success of the 1990s was delivered by Dezső Novák's Ferencváros who qualified for the UEFA Champions League 1995-96 season after beating the Belgian champion Anderlecht in the play-offs of the Champions League. The spectators of the Albert Stadion could see the Spanish giant Real Madrid who drew with Ferencváros at home, the Dutch Ajax Amsterdam and the Swiss Grasshoppers. Ferencváros won only one match of the six beating the Swiss team 3–0 away. The backbone of this Ferencváros team was formed by players like Krisztián Lisztes, Tibor Simon, János Hrutka and Ottó Vincze.

The 2000s - The fall of Budapest[edit]

Attila Tököli became top goal scorer twice in the 2000s
András Herczeg the success trainer of Debrecen reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League

The 2000s resulted a new era in the history of the Nemzeti Bajnokság. The dominance of the Budapest clubs was over and new teams emerged. In the 2000s six titles were won by non-Budapest based clubs, while only four titles were won by clubs from the capital city. In 2000 Sándor Egervári's Dunaújváros, while in 2002 Péter Bozsik's Zalaegerszeg won the championship.[3][4] Zalaegerszeg also made a notable debut in the Champions League by beating Manchester United F.C. 1-0 at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium, although they lost on aggregate. The second half of the 2000s was dominated by club from Hajdú-Bihar County, called Debrecen. They won the Hungarian title in 2005,[5] 2006,[6][7] 2007,[8][9] 2009[10][11][12] and 2010.[13][14]

Debrecen was the only club who proved to be successful outside the Hungarian League. After several trials in the Champions League, Debrecen qualified for the group stages of the Champions League 2009–10 season by beating Kalmar, Levadia, and Levski in the play-offs.[15] Consequently, the whole country was in excitement to see Champions League matches including teams like Liverpool, Lyonnais, and Fiorentina. Given the fact that the Stadion Oláh Gábor Út did not meet the UEFA requirements, all of the Champions League matches had to be played at the Puskás Ferenc Stadium in Budapest. Football fans all over Hungary gathered together in order to support the new Hungarian miracle, the team of Debrecen. In the following year András Herczeg's Debrecen qualified for the group stages of the Europa League 2010-11 season after being eliminated from the third round of the UEFA Champions League 2010-11 qualification and being able to beat Litex Lovech in the play-offs of the Europa League. The group stages resulted a very delicate match against Balázs Dzsudzsák's PSV Eindhoven, who formerly transferred from Debrecen to the Dutch club. Debrecen could beat Hungarian Vladimir Koman's Sampdoria by 2–0. As far as the Budapest clubs are concerned, both MTK and Ferencváros won two titles each during the 2000s. MTK won in (2003 and 2008),[16] while Ferencváros in 2001 and 2004.

The 2010s[edit]

On 6 July 2010, Sándor Csányi was elected as the Hungarian FA president.[17] The 2010-11 season was won by the Székesfehérvár based club Videoton.[18][19] The biggest surprise was Paks's second place in the 2010–11 season.

On 12 May 2012, Debrecen beat Pécs at home by 4–0 which resulted the sixth title for the Hajdús.[20] Surprisingly enough the six-time champion Vasas Budapest were relegated after losing to Paks in the 28th round. In addition, the MLSZ deprived them of 2 points due to transfer issues.

The 2012-13 season was won by Győr after beating Ferencváros at the ETO Park in the 27th round. Győr's manager, Attila Pintér, won the Hungarian League for the second time as a manager.[21]

The 2013–14 season was won by Debrecen for the seventh time in 10 years.[22] Győr came second with same points as Debrecen,[23] while Doll-lead Ferencváros finished third.[24]


In the last couple of years the Nemzeti Bajnokság was reshaped artificially. Clubs such as Videoton, Debrecen and Győr received financial aid from the Hungarian government which resulted in their dominance in the Hungarian League. The main aim of the financial aid was to create three to four clubs who can compete successfully at international level. This, however, has not been accomplished yet.

The "Big Three" dominance[edit]

2004–05 1 8 5
2005–06 1 3 9
2006–07 1 6 13
2007–08 2 5 3
2008–09 1 8 1 6
2009–10 1 2 3
2010–11 5 1 9
2011–12 1 2 3
2012–13 6 2 1
2013–14 1 4 2
  • Note 1: as FC Fehérvár

The Golden Star[edit]

In the Hungarian League three teams include two stars as part of their crest appearing on their shirt to represent the trophies won by the club. After ten Hungarian League titles the club can include one star on their crest. There are four clubs who are entitled to wear one or two stars on their crest. MTK was the first club who celebrated its 10th title in 1922, but at that time the clubs did not put stars on their badge. It was Ferencváros who was first entitled to wear the second star in 1967. Now there are three clubs (Ferencváros, MTK and Újpest) with two stars and one club (Honvéd) with one star.

Stars Club Obtained
Star full.svgStar full.svg MTK Budapest 1922–23, 1996–97
Star full.svgStar full.svg Ferencváros 1926–27, 1967
Star full.svgStar full.svg Újpest 1969, 1997–98
Star full.svg Budapest Honvéd 1987–88

Name changes and sponsorship[edit]

The league went through various name changes depending on the sponsor for the given season(s):

Year Name Sponsor
1997–98 Raab-Karcher NB1 Raab-Karcher
1998–00 Professzionális Nemzeti Bajnokság None
2001–03 Borsodi Liga Borsodi
2003–05 Arany Ászok Liga Arany Ászok
2005–07 Borsodi Liga Borsodi
2007–10 Soproni Liga Soproni sör
2010–11 Monicomp liga Monicomp
2011– OTP Bank Liga OTP Bank

Hungarian National Championship clubs 2014-15[edit]

Home ground Position
in 2013–14
Budapest Honvéd FC Bozsik Stadion, Budapest 9th
Debreceni VSC Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen 1st
Diósgyőri VTK DVTK Stadion, Miskolc 5th
Dunaújváros PASE Dunaferr Arena, Dunaújváros 2nd, NBII
Ferencvárosi TC Stadion Albert Flórián, Budapest 3rd
Győri ETO FC Stadion ETO, Győr 2nd
Kecskeméti TE Széktói Stadion, Kecskemét 10th
Lombard-Pápa TFC Stadion Várkerti, Pápa 12th
MTK Budapest FC Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium, Budapest 8th
Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC Városi Stadion, Nyíregyháza 1st, NBII
Paksi SE Stadion PSE, Paks 11th
Pécsi Mecsek FC Stadium of Újmecsekalja, Pécs 7th
Puskás FC Pancho Arena, Felcsút 14th
Szombathelyi Haladás Rohonci úti Stadion, Szombathely 6th
Újpest FC Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest 13th
Videoton FC Stadion Sóstói, Székesfehérvár 4th

Previous winners[edit]


Fourteen clubs have been champions among which Nagyvárad have no longer been member of the Hungarian League since the end of the Second World War.

No. Club Winners Winning years
1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1934, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1949, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1981, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2004
MTK Budapest
1904, 1908, 1914, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1936, 1937, 1951, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2008
1930, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1960, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1998
Budapest Honvéd
1950 (I), 1950 (II), 1952, 1954, 1955, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993
2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
Vasas Budapest
1957, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1977
1963, 1982, 1983, 2013
1942, 1943, 1948, 1959
Budapesti TC 2
1901, 1902
Nagyvárad 3
Dunaújváros 2
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.
  • Note 2: discontinued
  • Note 3: after 1946 played in the Liga I - now plays in the Liga II

Performances by county[edit]

The following table lists the Hungarian football champions by counties of Hungary.

No. County Titles Winning Clubs
Ferencváros (28)
MTK Budapest (23)
Újpest (12)4
Budapest Honvéd (13)
Vasas Budapest (6)
Csepel (4)
Budapesti TC (2)
Pest County
Újpest (8)4
Vác (1)
Hajdú-Bihar County
Debrecen (7)
Győr-Moson-Sopron County
Győr (4)
Zalaegerszeg (1)
Fejér County
Dunaújváros (1)
Videoton (1)
  • Note 4: Újpest won 8 titles before becoming part of Budapest in 1950.
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.

Performances by cities[edit]

The location of the Hungarian league winner teams is very Budapest centered. There have been seven clubs from Budapest who could win the Hungarian league. These have been Ferencváros, MTK, Újpest, Honvéd, Vasas, Csepel and Budapesti TC., however the latter was dissolved. The first non-Budapest team who could win the league title was Nagyváradi AC (the winner of the 1943−44 season). The dominance of the Budapest team was over in the 2000s when several clubs could win the trophy such as Dunaújváros, Zalaegerszeg, Videoton. Among which one club emerged and dominated the 2000s was from Hajdú-Bihar County called Debrecen. They have been able to win the Hungarian League title for six times.

Location of Hungarian League title winner teams
Rank City Titles Winning Clubs Last victory
1. Budapest
Ferencváros (28)
MTK (23)
Újpest (12)
Vasas (6)
Csepel (2)
BTC (2)
2. Újpest
Újpest (8) 4 1947
3. Debrecen
Debrecen (7) 2014
4. Győr
Győr (4) 2013
5. Dunaújváros
Dunaújváros (1) 2000
5. Székesfehérvár
Videoton (1) 2011
5. Vác
Vác (1) 1994
5. Zalaegerszeg
Zalaegerszeg (1) 2002
5. Nagyvárad
Nagyvárad (1) 1944
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.

Clubs of the Nemzeti Bajnokság I[edit]

Since 1901 98 clubs have participated in the Hungarian League. Below the list of Hungarian League clubs who have participated in the first division. The club with the most appearances are the 28-time champions Ferencváros, however the club spent three years in the Nemzeti Bajnokság II (Hungarian Second Division) between 2006 and 2009. The only clubs who have never been relegated are Újpest.

  • 17 seasons: Magyar Atlétikai Club
  • 15 seasons: Kaposvár
  • 14 seasons: Vác, Gamma
  • 13 seasons: Budapesti AK
  • 12 seasons: Nyíregyháza, Bocskai, Komló
  • 10 seasons: BVSC Budapest, Rákospalota, Sopron, Szolnok
  • 9 seasons: Paks, Elektromos
  • 8 seasons: Pápa, Terézváros
  • 7 seasons: Kecskemét, Miskolci Attila FC, Postás, Soroksár, Szegedi AK
  • 6 seasons: Eger, Phobus, Somogy
  • 5 seasons: Főváros, Magyar Úszó Egylet, Műegyetem, Sabaria, Vívó és Atlétikai Klub, VM Egyetértés, Szegei LK, Veszprém
  • 4 seasons: BKV Előre, Budafok, MÁV Gépgyár, Ózd, Stadler, Szentlőrinc
  • 3 seasons: Kolozsvár, Nagykanizsa, Nagyvárad, Székesfehérvári MÁV, Taxisok, Typographia, Újvidék, Vasas Izzó, Zugló
  • 2 seasons: Puskás Akadémia, 7. Kerület, Budapesti EAC, Budapesti SC, Erzsébet, Gázszer, Pécs-Baranya, Tiszai Szeged, Újpesti Törekvés, Zuglói SE
  • 1 season: Bőripari, Erzsébetfalva, Fővárosi TK, Dunaújváros, Ganz, Goldberger, Kassai, Kistext, Lampart, Mezőkövesd, Miskolc VSC, Mogürt, Pécsi VSK, Pereces, Sortex, Testvériség, Tiszakécske, Tokod

The teams in bold are competing in the 2014–15 season of the Hungarian League.


All-time appearances
Rank Player Appearances
1. Hungary Zoltán Végh 570
2. Hungary Attila Kuttor 560
3. Hungary Béla Illés 540
4. Hungary György Szabó 510
5. Hungary Ferenc Szusza 463
6. Hungary Gergely Kocsárdi 458
7. Hungary István Gass 456
Hungary József Tóth 456
9. Hungary Sándor Biró 450
10. Hungary József Bozsik 447
(Italics denotes players still playing professional football)
Bold denotes players still playing in the Hungarian League).

One of the most notable players of the Hungarian League was Ferenc Puskás who played for Budapest Honvéd. He played for Honvéd from 1943 to 1955 and then for Real Madrid. He made his first senior appearance for Kispest in November 1943 in a match against Nagyváradi AC.[25] He played 341 matches and scored 352 goals in the Hungarian league.

In the early years of the Hungarian league Imre Schlosser was the most well-known football player. He played for both Ferencváros and MTK Budapest. He became top goalscorer seven times (1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, and 1917) and European top-scorer four times (1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914). From 1927 to 1928 he played for BVSC Budapest.

In the 1960s Ferencváros's Flórián Albert became top goalscorer of the Hungarian League three times. He received the Ballon d'Or (the Golden Ball) as the European Footballer of the Year in 1967. He has been the only Hungarian football player to receive this honour. He has been described as one of the most elegant footballers of all time. Albert became an icon for Ferencváros since he spent his career only with the gree-whites. The stadium of the Ferencváros (Albert Stadion) was named after him.

A statue of Kubala in the grounds of the Camp Nou

Between 1945−46 László Kubala (later becoming a legend of FC Barcelona) played for Ferencváros scoring 27 goals in 49 matches.

Between 1949-55 Ferenc Puskás played for Budapest Honvéd scoring 164 goals in 165 matches and becoming a four-time top goal scorer of the Hungarian League.[26][27][28][29]

Between 2000-04 Zoltán Gera played for Ferencváros scoring 34 goals in 123 matches.[30] Later he became a permanent player of the Premier League playing for West Bromwich Albion F.C.[31] and Fulham F.C.).

Foreign players[edit]

In the Hungarian League the players are mainly from Hungary, but since the accession to the European Union the number of foreign players doubled. The players are mainly from the neighbouring EU countries such as Slovakia, Romania and Slovenia, and non-EU neighbouring countries such as Ukraine, Serbia, and Croatia. There are many players from Africa, mainly from countries such as Mali, Senegal, and Côte d'Ivoire. In the 2010s there is a growth in the number of Western European players. During the ownership of Kevin McCabe at Ferencváros numerous footballers participated from the England in the Nemzeti Bajnokság. The arrival of the Portuguese Paulo Sousa to Videoton triggered the signing of numerous Portuguese and Spanish players to the Nemzeti Bajnokság.

Among the most well-known foreign players is the three-time Serie A top goal scorer Giuseppe Signori who played for FC Sopron scoring three goals in 10 matches in the 2005−06 season. He retired from the Western-Hungarian club in 2006.[32]


Managers in the Nemzeti Bajnoksag are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and player acquisition. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the ownership of the club and the relationship of the manager with fans. Managers are required to have a UEFA Pro Licence which is the final coaching qualification available, and follows the completion of the UEFA 'B' and 'A' Licences.The UEFA Pro Licence is required by every person who wishes to manage a club in the Nemzeti Bajnoksag on a permanent basis.

Hungarian League winning managers
Rank Manager Won Years won1
1. England Jimmy Hogan 5 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921 (MTK Budapest)
1. Hungary Pál Jávor 5 1942, 1943, 1959 (Csepel), 1945, 1946 (Újpest)
3. Hungary Jenő Kalmár 4 1948 (Csepel), 1952, 1954, 1955 (Budapest Honvéd)
3. Hungary Lajos Baróti 4 1957 (spring) (Vasas Budapest), 1969, 1970 (spring), 1970–71 (Újpest)
3. Hungary Rudolf Illovszky 4 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965, 1976–77 (Vasas Budapest)
3. Hungary Pál Várhidi 4 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 (Újpest)
7. Hungary Döme Fronz 3 1923, 1924, 1925 (MTK Budapest)
7. Hungary István Tóth Potya 3 1927, 1928 (Ferencváros), 1933 (Újpest)
7. Hungary Márton Bukovi 3 1951, 1953, 1957–58 (MTK Budapest)
7. Hungary Dezső Novák 3 1980–81, 1994–95, 1995–96 (Ferencváros)
7. Hungary József Verebes 3 1981–82, 1982–83 (Győr), 1986–87 (MTK Budapest)
7. Hungary Imre Komora 3 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86 (Budapest Honvéd)
7. Hungary Sándor Egervári 3 1998–99, 2002–03 (MTK Budapest), 1999–00 (Dunaújváros)
7. Hungary Attila Supka 3 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07 (Debrecen)
15. Hungary Sándor Kertész 2 1904 (MTK Budapest), 1905 (Ferencváros)
15. Hungary Lajos Bányai 2 1929–30, 1930–31 (Újpest)
15. Hungary Zoltán Blum 2 1931–32, 1933–34 (Ferencváros)
15. Hungary Béla Guttmann 2 1938–39, 1946–47 (Újpest)
15. Hungary Lajos Dimény 2 1940, 1941 (Ferencváros)
15. Hungary Sir. Ferenc Puskás 2 1949–50, 1950 (Budapest Honvéd)
15. Hungary József Mészáros 2 1962–63, 1964 (Ferencváros)
15. Hungary Károly Lakat 2 1967, 1968 (Ferencváros)
15. Hungary Imre Kovács 2 1972, 1973 (Újpest)
15. Hungary György Mezey 2 1991 (Budapest Honvéd), 2011 (Videoton)
15. Hungary János Csank 2 1994 (Vác), 2001 (Ferencváros)
15. Hungary József Garami 2 1997, 2008 (MTK Budapest)
15. Hungary András Herczeg 2 2009, 2010 (Debrecen)
15. Hungary Alfréd Schaffer 2 1936, 1937 (MTK Budapest)
15. Hungary Attila Pintér 2 2004 (Ferencváros), 2013 (Győr)
15. Hungary Elemér Kondás 2 2012, 2014 (Debrecen)
31. Hungary Hugó Szüsz 1 1908 (MTK Budapest)
31. England Holmes W 1 1914 (MTK Budapest)
31. England Herbert Burgess 1 1921–22 (MTK Budapest)
31. Hungary Sándor Bródy 1 1926 (Ferencváros)
31. Hungary Béla Révész 1 1929 (MTK Budapest)
31. Hungary Béla Jánosi 1 1935 (Újpest)
31. Hungary Emil Rauchmaul 1 1938 (Ferencváros)
31. Hungary Ferenc Rónay 1 1944 (Nagyvárad)
31. Hungary Antal Lyka 1 1949 (Ferencváros)
31. Hungary Gyula Szűcs 1 1960 (Újpest)
31. Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti 1 1963 (Győr)
31. Hungary Lajos Csordás 1 1966 (Vasas Budapest)
31. Hungary Jenő Dalnoki 1 1976 (Ferencváros)
31. Hungary Lajos Tichy 1 1980 (Budapest Honvéd)
31. Hungary Bertalan Bicskei 1 1988 (Budapest Honvéd)
31. Hungary József Both 1 1989 (Budapest Honvéd)
31. Hungary István Varga 1 1990 (Újpest)
31. Hungary Tibor Nyilasi 1 1992 (Ferencváros)
31. Finland Martti Kuusela 1 1993 (Budapest Honvéd)
31. Hungary Péter Várhidi 1 1998 (Újpest)
31. Hungary Péter Bozsik 1 2002 (Zalaegerszeg)
  • Note 1: For the seasons 1901, 1902 (won by Budapesti TC) 1903, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13 (won by Ferencváros) managers are not included in the ranking since they are unknown.
  • Note 2: Active managers are in bold


As we can see from the chart the number of teams in the Hungarian First Division changed a lot and continuously. The league started in 1901 with five teams and with the formation of teams the league expanded continuously. In the 1919–20 season there were 15 teams competing for the title. Currently, there are 16 teams in the first division.

On 23 May 2014, it was announced that the majority of the Hungarian League clubs supported the expansion of the first division from 16 to 18 from the 2014–15 season.[33]

Hungarian football clubs in European competitions[edit]

As correct of 26 October 2012

Key to colours in tables
Club won the final
Club reached the final
Club reached the semi-finals
Club reached the quarter-finals
Club reached the group stages

The UEFA coefficient[edit]

Key to colours in tables
Club won either the Nemzeti Bajnokság or the Magyar Kupa
Club finished second in the Nemzeti Bajnokság or lost the Magyar Kupa final
Club finished third in the Nemzeti Bajnokság
  • CP = Coefficient points
  • MP = Matches played
  • W = Wins
  • D = Draws
  • L = Lost
  • E = Eliminated
  • R = Round
  • PO = Play-off
  • GS = Group stage

Ranking of the Nemzeti Bajnokság[edit]

The national league rankings for the 2012/13 season of UEFA competitions is based upon results in UEFA competitions from the 2007/08 through 2011/12 seasons.

Current Nemzeti Bajnokság ranking (2012)

Rank Move Previous Rank Country League
26 Steady 26 Norway Norway Tippeligaen
27 Steady 27 Serbia Serbia SuperLiga
28 Decrease 21 Bulgaria Bulgaria Professional Football Group
29 Increase 32 Hungary Hungary Nemzeti Bajnokság
30 Steady 30 Finland Finland Veikkausliiga
31 Increase 36 Georgia (country) Georgia Umaglesi Liga
32 Decrease 29 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Premier League

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Az NB I új neve: Monicomp Liga". Hungarian Football Association. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Country coefficients 2011/12
  3. ^ "Hungary round-up: Zalaegerszeg zoom to top". 4 May 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2002. 
  4. ^ "Hungary round-up: All too easy for Zalaegerszeg". 15 March 2002. Retrieved 15 March 2002. 
  5. ^ "First at last for Debrecen". UEFA. 20 May 2005. 
  6. ^ "Debrecen clinch title at the death". UEFA. 3 June 2006. 
  7. ^ "Debrecen did it again". UEFA. 19 June 2006. 
  8. ^ "Debrecen sign off in style". UEFA. 4 June 2007. 
  9. ^ "Debrecen awaits victory parade". UEFA. 16 May 2007. 
  10. ^ "Debrecen wrap up Hungarian honours". UEFA. 23 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Season review: Hungary". UEFA. 10 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Season review: Hungary". UEFA. 10 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Debrecen complete double with Hungarian Cup". UEFA. 26 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Season review: Hungary". UEFA. 9 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "2009/10 UEFA Champions League". UEFA. 12 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "MTK claim title after five-year wait". UEFA. 26 May 2008. 
  17. ^ "Sándor Csányi elected Hungarian FA president". UEFA. 6 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Champions Videoton proud of historic success". UEFA. 12 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Season review: Hungary". UEFA. 24 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Debrecen crowned champions of Hungary". 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Az ETO a Fradit legyőzve lett 30 év után ismét bajnok". Nemzeti Sport. 12 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Keserédes gyönyör: bajnokavatás Debrecenben, vereséggel". Nemzeti Sport. 31 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "24 év után pontazonosság! Harmadszor zár bajnokként vereséggel a Loki". Nemzeti Sport. 1 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Bönig és Leonardo az El-be lőtte a Ferencvárost". Nemzeti Sport. 1 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Glanville, Brian (17 November 2006). "Obituary: Ferenc Puskas". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  26. ^ "Restoring the Puskás legend". 28 October 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2005. 
  27. ^ "Puskás the goalscoring major". 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  28. ^ "Puskás, Hungary's greatest". 16 November 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2006. 
  29. ^ "Puskás gone but not forgotten". 17 November 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2006. 
  30. ^ "Gera sticks with Ferencváros". 20 January 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2003. 
  31. ^ "Gera coup for West Brom". 30 July 2004. Retrieved 30 July 2004. 
  32. ^ "Signori coup for Sopron". 20 October 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2005. 
  33. ^ "NB I: 18 csapatos élvonal? A többség rábólintott". 22 May 2014. 

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