Budapest Honvéd FC

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Budapest Honvéd
Full nameBudapest Honvéd Football Club
Oroszlánok (Lions)
Founded3 August 1909; 111 years ago (1909-08-03)
GroundHidegkuti Nándor Stadion, Budapest
ManagerIstván Pisont
LeagueNB I
2019–20NB I, 5th 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.

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.


Budapest Honvéd FC were founded in 1909 as Kispesti AC. 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.


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.[1] The stadium was demolished in 2019.

The new stadium of the club in under construction. It will be opened in March 2021.

Crest and colours[edit]

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
2015–18 Macron
2018– Tippmix



Youth teams[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 6 September 2020

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 Ukraine UKR Oleksandr Nad
2 DF Belgium BEL Mohamed Mezghrani
3 DF Nigeria NGA Eke Uzoma
5 DF Israel ISR Nir Bardea
6 MF Hungary HUN Dániel Gazdag
7 DF Hungary HUN Bence Batik
8 MF Hungary HUN Patrik Hidi (captain)
9 FW Hungary HUN Márton Eppel
11 MF Hungary HUN Donát Zsótér
14 DF Moldova MDA Artur Crăciun
17 FW Hungary HUN Norbert Balogh
18 GK Hungary HUN András Horváth
20 FW Hungary HUN Dominik Cipf
21 FW Hungary HUN Lukács Bőle
22 DF Hungary HUN Krisztián Tamás
23 MF Hungary HUN Bence Banó-Szabó
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Đorđe Kamber
25 DF Croatia CRO Ivan Lovrić
27 MF Hungary HUN Norbert Szendrei
29 FW Mali MLI Boubacar Traoré
30 DF Albania ALB Naser Aliji
31 MF Hungary HUN Barna Kesztyűs
36 DF Hungary HUN Botond Baráth
37 MF Hungary HUN Bertalan Bocskay
66 GK Hungary HUN Attila Berla
77 MF Hungary HUN Gergő Nagy
82 FW Hungary HUN Dávid László
83 GK Slovakia SVK Tomáš Tujvel
92 FW Hungary HUN Dominik Kocsis
FW Hungary HUN Dominik Nagy
DF Poland POL Lukas Klemenz

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 Gábor Megyeri (at A.S. Roma)
99 DF Hungary HUN Botond Erdélyi (at BFC Siófok)
21 DF Hungary HUN Lóránt Fazekas (at Békéscsaba 1912 Előre)
5 DF Hungary HUN Milán Horváth (at BFC Siófok)
19 DF Hungary HUN Zsombor Juhász (at Gyirmót SE)
33 DF Hungary HUN Nikolasz Kovács (at Ajka)
3 DF Hungary HUN Attila Temesvári (at Győri ETO FC)
9 MF Hungary HUN Hajnal Gergely (at BFC Siófok)
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF Hungary HUN Gergő Irimiás (at Ajka)
20 MF Hungary HUN Milán Májer (at Győri ETO FC)
30 MF Hungary HUN Dominik Soltész (at Ajka)
14 MF Hungary HUN Péter Tóth (at Ajka)
4 MF Hungary HUN Levente Zvara (at Ajka)
11 FW Hungary HUN Bálint Tömösvári (at BFC Siófok)
FW Hungary HUN Kristóf Tóth-Gábor (at Kazincbarcikai SC)

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]


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
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


First team staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Hungary István Pisont
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



Budapest Honvéd FC logo during the Hemingway era (retired in 2020)
  • 2006-2019: United States Quinex America LLC (George F Hemingway)
  • 2019–present: Hungary Reditus Equity (Zoltán Bozó)[4][5][6]

See also[edit]


  • Behind The Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006)[7]
  • 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge (2005)[8]


  1. ^ "Győzelemmel búcsúzott a régi Bozsik-stadiontól a Honvéd". Nemzeti Sport. 5 August 2018.
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  7. ^ "Behind the Curtain: Travels in Football in Eastern Europe: Jonathan Wilson: Books". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  8. ^ "50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge: Books". Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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