Budapest Honvéd FC

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Budapest Honvéd
Kispest honved fc logo.png
Full nameBudapest Honvéd Football Club
Nickname(s)Kispest
Oroszlánok (Lions)
Founded3 August 1909; 112 years ago (1909-08-03)
GroundBozsik Aréna, Budapest
Capacity8,500
ManagerTam Courts
LeagueNB I
2021–22NB I, 10th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Budapest Honvéd Football Club (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbudɒpɛʃt ˈhonveːd ˈɛft͡seː]), commonly known as Budapest Honvéd or simply Honvéd, is a Hungarian sports club based in Kispest, Budapest, with the colours of red and black. The club is best known for its football team. Honvéd means the Homeland Defence. Originally formed as Kispest AC, they became Kispest FC in 1926 before reverting to their original name in 1944.

The team enjoyed a golden age during the 1950s when it was renamed Budapesti Honvéd SE and became the Hungarian Army team. The club's top players from this era, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik, Zoltán Czibor, and Gyula Grosics helped the club win the Hungarian League four times during the 1950s and also formed the nucleus of the legendary Hungarian national team popularly known as the Mighty Magyars.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, the club enjoyed another successful period, winning a further eight Hungarian League titles. They also won league and cup doubles in 1985 and 1989. In 1991, the club was renamed Kispest Honvéd FC and adopted its current name in 2003.[1]

When the club was originally formed in 1909, it also organised teams that competed in fencing, cycling, gymnastics, wrestling, athletics, boxing, and tennis. Later, the Honvéd family was extended to include a water polo team, now known as Groupama Honvéd, a 33-times basketball-champion team and a handball team that were European Champions in 1982.

History[edit]

Budapest Honvéd FC were founded in 1909 as Kispesti AC.[2] At domestic level they first entered the Nemzeti Bajnokság I in the 1916–17 season. Their first success came in the 1926 Magyar Kupa season when they beat Budapesti EAC in the final.[3]

Stadium[edit]

The first stadium was demolished in 2019

Budapest Honvéd's first stadium was opened in 1913. On 5 August 2018, the last match was played at the stadium. The match was won by Honvéd against Paksi FC on the 3rd match day of the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I. The only goal was scored by Danilo in the 48th minute. The referee was Viktor Kassai.[4] The stadium was demolished in 2019.[citation needed]

The new stadium of the club was opened in 2021.[5] The first match was played between Budapest Honvéd FC II and Szekszárdi UFC in the 2020–21 Nemzeti Bajnokság III season. The stadium was selected to host the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[6]

Crest and colours[edit]

Budapest Honvéd FC crest during the Hemingway era, used until 2020.

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

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

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1990–1992 Adidas Fiat
1992–1994 Matchwinner Epson
1994–1996 Diadora Gösser
1996–1997 Joma
1997–1998 Faragó és Fiai Mystery
1998–2000 Umbro IBUSZ alapítása 1902
2000–2003 Jako Wilkinson Sword
2003–2005 Gems
2005–2006 Macron
2006–2008 hummel
2008–2012 Nike
2012–2013 Givova
2014 Ideasport
2014–2015
2015–18 Macron
2018– Tippmix

Honours[edit]

Friendly[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Serbia SRB Marko Petković
4 DF Poland POL Lukas Klemenz
5 DF Israel ISR Nir Bardea
7 DF Hungary HUN Bence Batik
8 MF Hungary HUN Patrik Hidi (captain)
9 FW Serbia SRB Dejan Dražić (on loan from Slovan Bratislava)
11 MF Hungary HUN Donát Zsótér
14 FW Hungary HUN Dominik Nagy
19 DF Albania ALB Albi Doka (on loan from Gorica)
20 GK Hungary HUN Péter Szappanos
21 FW Hungary HUN Lukács Bőle
22 DF Hungary HUN Krisztián Tamás
23 MF Hungary HUN Bence Banó-Szabó
25 DF Croatia CRO Ivan Lovrić
27 FW Serbia SRB Nenad Lukić
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 MF Iceland ISL Viðar Ari Jónsson
29 FW Mali MLI Boubacar Traoré
34 FW Barbados BRB Thierry Gale
35 MF Serbia SRB Dušan Pantelić
36 DF Hungary HUN Botond Baráth
42 MF Ghana GHA Mohammed Kadiri (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv)
47 MF Ukraine UKR Oleksandr Petrusenko
70 MF Hungary HUN Milán Májer
77 MF Hungary HUN Gergő Nagy
82 FW Hungary HUN Dávid László
83 GK Slovakia SVK Tomáš Tujvel
84 MF Hungary HUN Zalán Kerezsi
98 FW Hungary HUN Gellért Dúzs
MF Israel ISR Maxim Plakuschenko

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

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
GK Hungary HUN András Horváth (at Budafoki MTE)
DF Moldova MDA Artur Crăciun (at Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
DF Hungary HUN Milán Horváth (at Siófok)
MF Hungary HUN Bertalan Bocskay (at Bačka Topola)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Hungary HUN Dominik Soltész (at DVSC)
FW Hungary HUN Norbert Balogh (at Dunajská Streda)
FW Hungary HUN Dominik Kocsis (at Diósgyőr)
FW Hungary HUN Kristóf Tóth-Gábor (at Haladás)

Retired numbers[edit]

10Hungary Ferenc Puskás, Forward (1949–56). Number retired in July 2000.

Notable former players[edit]

Had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Budapest Honvéd FC.


Non-playing staff[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Name
Proprietor Hungary Zoltán Bozó & Dániel Mendelényi
Executive Director Hungary Gábor Kun
Managing Director Hungary Pál Gács
Marketing Director Hungary Azurák Csaba
Technical Director Hungary Tamara Németh
Director of Football Hungary István Urbányi, Scotland Chris Docherty[8]
Director of Communications Hungary Benedek Rác
Director of Finance Hungary Mária Takács
Director of Hospitality Hungary Sándor Hólé
Chief Editor Hungary Dénes Éless
Facility Manager Hungary Judit Kuskó
Press Officer Hungary Kálmán Kaszás

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First team staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Scotland Tam Courts
Assistant Coach Hungary Tamás Györök
Coach Hungary László Dajka
Goalkeeping Coach Hungary Ádám Vezér
Assistant Goalkeeping Coach Hungary Viktor Szentpéteri
Fitness Coach Hungary Tamás Mezei
Fitness Coach Hungary István Nagy
Physio Hungary Buda Lajtaváry
Physio Hungary Dániel Fodor
Physio Hungary Norbert Hollósi
Physiotherapist Hungary Attila Hajdú
Scout Hungary Lajos Szurgent
Video Analyst Hungary Balázs Sinkó
Kit Manager Hungary Róbert Pandur

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Ownership[edit]

  • 2006-2019: United States Quinex America LLC (George F Hemingway)
  • 2019–present: Hungary Reditus Equity (Zoltán Bozó)[11][12][13]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Behind The Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006)[14]
  • 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge (2005)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Budapest Honvéd | Hungarian Football". HungarianFootball.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  2. ^ Magyar, PUSKAS COM :: The official website of the Magical. "110 YEARS OF KISPEST AC :: Topical". PUSKAS.COM. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Budapest Honvéd | Hungarian Football". HungarianFootball.com. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Győzelemmel búcsúzott a régi Bozsik-stadiontól a Honvéd". Nemzeti Sport. 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Minden (is), amit a stadionavatóról tudni kell". honvedfc.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  6. ^ "2021 Undr-21 EURO". uefa.com. 16 March 2021.
  7. ^ García, Javier (2009). "International Tournaments (Paris) 1904–1935: Tournoi de Pâques du Red Star". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Archived from the original on 20 February 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Honvéd: Skót sportigazgató irányítja a szakmai munkát - NSO".
  9. ^ "Budapest Honvéd Online".
  10. ^ "Budapest Honvéd Online".
  11. ^ "Új tulajdonos a Budapest Honvédnál".
  12. ^ "Új tulajdonosa van a Budapest Honvéd labdarúgóklubnak".
  13. ^ "Megszólalt az egyik új Honvéd-tulajdonos: A Fradival és a Vidivel versenyző csapatot akarnak építeni". 9 April 2019.
  14. ^ Behind the Curtain: Travels in Football in Eastern Europe: Amazon.co.uk: Jonathan Wilson: Books. ASIN 0752869078.
  15. ^ 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Amazon.co.uk: Keir Radnedge: Books. ASIN 1844425290.

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