Debreceni VSC

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Debreceni VSC
Debreceni VSC.png
Full nameDebreceni Vasutas Sport Club
Short nameDVSC
Founded12 March 1902; 117 years ago (1902-03-12)
GroundNagyerdei Stadion
ChairmanGábor Szima
ManagerAndrás Herczeg
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB I, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club is a professional football club, based in Debrecen, Hungary, that competes in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, the top flight of Hungarian football.[1] They are best known internationally for reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League 2009–10 season.[2] Debrecen have become the most successful club in Hungary since 2000, winning the Hungarian League seven times.[3]


Debrecen was 12 March 1902 as Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club. The club first reached the Nemzeti Bajnokság I in the 1943–44 season. Debrecen rose to domestic prominence in the early 2000s when they won their first Hungarian league title in 2004–05 season. Since then the club managed to win seven titles in the 2010s total. However, in the late 2010s the club lost its governmental support and started to decline. In the 2016-17 Nemzeti Bajnokság I, they were escaping from relegation.

At international level, Debrecen reached their biggest success when they managed to reach the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage. The following year the reached the group stages of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Crest and colours[edit]

Naming history[edit]

  • 1902–12: Egyetértés Football Club
  • 1912–48: Debreceni Vasutas
  • 1948–49: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Egyesület
  • 1949–55: Debreceni Lokomotív
  • 1955–56: Debreceni Törekvés
  • 1957–79: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club
  • 1979–89: Debreceni Munkás Vasutas Sport Club
  • 1989–95: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club
  • 1995–99: DVSC-Epona
  • 1999–01: Debreceni VSC
  • 2001–02: Netforum-DVSC
  • 2002: Debreceni VSC
  • 2003–05: DVSC-MegaForce
  • 2005–06: DVSC-AVE Ásványvíz
  • 2006–16: DVSC-TEVA
  • 2016-: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

The following table shows in detail Debreceni VSC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1977– adidas
1993–1995 paletta
−2000 Epona
2000–2001 Soproni Ászok
2001–2002  —
2002–2003 Arany Ászok
2003–2004 Nike MegaForce / Arany Ászok
2005 adidas Ave Ásványvíz / Arany Ászok
2005–2006 Ave Ásványvíz /
2006–2007 Teva / Ave Ásványvíz
2008–2009 Teva
2009–2010 Orangeways / Teva
2010–2016 Teva

Stadiums and Facilities[edit]

Debrecen played their home matches at Oláh Gábor utcai Stadion between 1989 and 2014

Debrecen played their home matches between 1989 and 2014 at the Oláh Gábor utcai Stadion, which has a capacity of 12,500. After winning the first Nemzeti Bajnokság I trophy, it was found that the stadium did not meet UEFA stadium criteria. Therefore, the most important UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches had to be played at the Puskás Ferenc Stadion as in 2009-10 UEFA Champions League group stage and the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Nagyerdei Stadion was opened in 2014

On 1 May 2014, the Nagyerdei stadium was opened with an inauguration ceremony. Viktor Orbán, Hungarian prime minister, said that "the Hungarian spirit, the architects, the engineers, the workers make Hungary great again with this constructions like the Nagyerdei stadium" (in Hungarian: "A magyar szellem, a tervezők, a mérnökök, a munkások ilyen alkotásokkal teszik ismét naggyá Magyarországot"). The stadium was also santificied by Nándor Bosák, bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Gusztáv Bölcskei, minister, and Fülöp Kocsis, bishops of the Greek Catholic Church. After the sanctification, singers such as Lou Bega, Viktor Király, Ildikó Kersztes, Gigi Radić, and Erika Miklósa entertained the audience. The first match was played between the Debrecen All Stars and Hungary All Stars, including players such as Attila Pintér, current Hungary national football team coach, Kálmán Kovács, former Budapest Honvéd legend, Péter Lipcsei, former Ferencváros icon, György Véber, former Újpest icon and Mezőkövesd manager at that time, Imre Garaba, former Hungary international, Flórián Urbán, former Újpest legend, and Lajos Détári, former Hungary national team legend.[4]

On 10 May 2014, the first official match was played at the new stadium between Debrecen and Újpest in the 2013–14 Hungarian League season. The match ended with a 3–1 victory over the Budapest-based rival, Újpest. The first goal of the match was scored by Kulcsár in the 27th minute. Although Vasiljević equalised the score in the 37th minute, Debrecen were able to clinch the victory in the second half due to an own goal by Antón in the 46 minute and a goal by Vadnai in the 85th minute.[5][6]

On 22 May 2014, the first match of the Hungary national football team was played at the stadium in front of 20,000 spectators, which ended with a 2–2 draw against Denmark national football team. The first goal was scored by the former Debrecen player Dzsudzsák. Eriksen equalised the score in the 56th minute. The debutant Varga took the lead in the 69th minute again, but the score was equalised by Schöne in the 72nd minute.[7][8][9]


Supporters of DVSC are mainly based in Debrecen, Hungary. However, the club is popular in all over Hungary. Club's main ultras group is Szívtiprók Ultras Debrecen (SZ.U.D.), which is the largest and oldest faction, founded in 1994.[10] As of 2000, SZ.U.D started to divide itself, in factions of ultras outside Debrecen, such as SZ.U.D. Budapest, SZ.U.D. Nagyvárad and SZ.U.D. Hódmezővásárhely. Among smaller groups are considered Force Field, Red Territory and Vadmacskák, which are the oldest. However, since 2009, new ultras factions, such as Sziporkák, Debrecen Hooligans, Barrabrava Debrecen and others appeared. This while several, like North Side Hooligans were dissolved in early 2000s. Debrecen has fierce rivalries with Nyíregyháza, Békéscsaba and competitive rivalries with Ferencváros, Újpest and Videoton.

On 5 August 2014, UEFA issued sanctions against Debrecen, Romania's Steaua București and Slovenia's Maribor following racist behaviour by their fans during 2014–15 UEFA Champions League qualifying against Cliftonville, Strømsgodset and Zrinjski Mostar respectively. Debrecen shut sector B of their ground after fans showed an "illicit banner" during the match against Northern Ireland’s Cliftonville.[11]

  • Szívtiprók Ultras Debrecen (founded in 1994)
Famous supporters


On 27 May 2017, it was announced that Andy Vajna could repleace Gábor Szima as the owner of Debrecen. Nevertheless, Andy Vajna added that he likes football but he does not want to invest into football.[14]

On 15 August 2017, it was revealed that Gábor Szima, the owner of Debrecen, might leave the club and a Greek tycoon might arrive.[15]




Current squad[edit]

As of 16 February, 2019.[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Ukraine GK Sándor Nagy
2 Hungary DF Ákos Kinyik
3 Hungary DF Csaba Szatmári
5 Hungary DF Bence Pávkovics
6 Hungary DF Balázs Bényei
8 Hungary MF Dániel Tőzsér (captain)
11 Hungary DF János Ferenczi
13 Cameroon FW Florentin Bouoli
14 Hungary DF Krisztián Kuti
15 Hungary DF Szabolcs Barna
17 Hungary DF Norbert Mészáros
18 Hungary MF Attila Haris
19 Hungary MF Arthur Györgyi
20 Hungary FW Tamás Takács
21 Hungary MF Kevin Varga
No. Position Player
22 Hungary GK Péter Kovács
23 Hungary FW Dániel Bereczki
26 Hungary MF Alex Damásdi
27 Hungary MF Ádám Bódi
28 Hungary DF Ádám Újvárosi
29 Ukraine DF Erik Kusnyír
33 Hungary MF Richárd Csősz
42 Hungary GK Alex Hrabina
77 Hungary FW Dániel Zsóri
86 Slovakia GK Tomas Kosicky
88 Hungary FW Márk Szécsi
92 Serbia MF Nikola Trujic
99 Nigeria FW Haruna Garba

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Serbia MF Danilo Sekulic (at FC Alashkert)

B squad[edit]

No. Position Player
Hungary GK István Szabados
Hungary GK Péter Kovács
Hungary DF Richárd Gafouroglou
Hungary DF Viktor Koval
Hungary DF Erik Mocsán
Hungary DF Zsolt Pap
Hungary DF Márk Tóth
Hungary MF Kálmán Kozák
Hungary DF István Albert
No. Position Player
Hungary MF Alex Engel
Hungary MF Szabolcs Len
Hungary MF Bendegúz Györky
Hungary MF Mátyás Gál
Hungary FW Norbert Angyal
Hungary FW Lajos András Tóth

Non-playing staff[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name
Chairman Hungary Gábor Szima
Chief Executive Hungary Sándor Szilágyi
Financial Director Hungary Géza Róka
Senior Independent Director Hungary Ferenc Frida
Independent Non-Executive Director Hungary János Képíró
Press Director Hungary Zoltán Csubák



Position Name
Manager Hungary András Herczeg
Assistant Manager Hungary Zsolt Bücs
Reserve Team Coach Hungary Tamás Szalánczi
Head of Debrecen Academy Hungary András Gyarmati
Goalkeeping Coach Hungary Miklós Erdélyi
Fitness Coach Hungary Mihály Dankó
Club Doctor Hungary Zoltán Dézsi
Club Doctor Hungary Károly Pikó


Notable foreign players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]


In European football[edit]

Records and statistics[edit]


  1. ^ "Debreceni VSC". UEFA. 15 July 2014.
  2. ^ "UEFA Champions League 2009–10: Clubs". UEFA. 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Hungarian League winners". The Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 15 July 2014.
  4. ^ "DVSC: átadták a vadonatúj Nagyerdei Stadiont – fotók". 1 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Matematikailag nem, gyakorlatilag viszont már bajnok lehet a Loki". 9 May 2014.
  6. ^ "DVSC: Loki-fieszta az új stadion nyitányán – képek". 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Kétszer is vezettünk a dánok ellen, szép gólok után a vége iksz". 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Válogatott: a dánok szerint gyenge csapattal ikszeltek – lapszemle". 22 May 2014.
  9. ^ "A mosdóban volt meleg víz, és egy órát még futballoztunk is!". 22 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Szívtiprók Ultras Debrecen". 3 August 2015.
  11. ^ UEFA closes stands at Steaua, Debrecen and Maribor after racist incidents, The Guardian, 5 August 2015
  12. ^ "Lukács László – benne a vér, piros-fehér". 22 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Szurkolók és híresek". Magic Magyars. 30 April 2013.
  14. ^ "DVSC: Andy Vajna cáfolja, hogy ő lesz az új tulajdonos" [DVSC: Any Vajna repudiates that he might be the next owner] (in Hungarian). 27 May 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  15. ^ "DVSC: Szima Gábor távozhat, görög hajómágnás jöhet" [DVSC: Gábor Szima might leave, Greek tycoon can come] (in Hungarian). 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Debrecen". Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  17. ^ "DVSC - A hivatalos oldal".
  18. ^ "DVSC - A hivatalos oldal".

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Preceded by
Hungarian football champions
Succeeded by
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Hungarian football cup winners
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hungarian football cup winners
Succeeded by
Újpest FC