Ferencvárosi TC

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Ferencvárosi TC
Ferencvárosi TC (football) logo.png
Full nameFerencvárosi Torna Club
Nickname(s)Fradi, Zöld Sasok (Green Eagles)
Founded3 May 1899; 120 years ago (1899-05-03)
GroundGroupama Aréna, Budapest
ChairmanGábor Kubatov
Head coachSerhiy Rebrov
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB I, 1st (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Ferencvárosi Torna Club, known as Ferencváros (Hungarian: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡svaːroʃ]), is a professional football club based in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, that competes in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, the top flight of Hungarian football. Ferencváros was founded in 1899 by Ferenc Springer and a group of local residents of Budapest's ninth district, Ferencváros.[1] Ferencváros is best known internationally for winning the 1964–65 edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[2] after defeating Juventus 1–0 in Turin and for reaching the final in the same competition in 1968, when they lost to Leeds United and the final in the 1974–75 season of the European Cup Winners' Cup, lost to Dinamo Kiev.[3]

The best-known part of the club is the well-supported men's football team – the most popular team in the country.[4] The parent multisport club Ferencvárosi TC divisions include the women's football, women's handball, men's futsal, men's ice hockey, men's handball, men's water polo, cycling, gymnastics, athletics, wrestling, curling and swimming teams, some of which are highly successful.

The club colours are green and white, and the club's mascot is a green eagle, hence another of the club's nicknames, The Green Eagles.


Ferencváros has played in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I since its inception in 1901, except for three seasons between 2006 and 2009.

Ferencváros is the most successful Hungarian team both domestically and internationally. They won the 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and have won the Nemzeti Bajnokság I 30 times and the Magyar Kupa 23 times.

Since 2011, the club has operated under the direction of Gábor Kubatov and Pál Orosz Jr., who have brought financial and operational stability to the club. Since 2014, the club has won the Nemzeti Bajnokság once and the Magyar Kupa three times. At international level they were eliminated in the second qualifying round of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season.

Crest and colours[edit]

On 3 May 1899, Ferencvárosi TC was founded by citizens of the 9th district of Budapest.

The colours of the club are      green and      white.

Naming history[edit]

  • 1899–1951: Ferencvárosi Torna Club
  • 1951–1956: Kinizsi
  • 1956–present: Ferencvárosi Torna Club

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

The following table shows in detail Ferencvárosi TC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
−1987 adidas Márka
1987–1990 Pepsi
1990–1991 Hargita Kft.
1991–1992  –
1992–1993 Umbro
1993–1995 West
1995–1996 adidas
1996–1999 symphonia
1999–2000  –
2000–2001 Dunapack
2002 Arany Ászok
2002–2003 Westel
2003–2004 Nike
2004–2007 T-Mobile
2007–2008 Orangeways / Interwetten
2008–2009 Orangeways
2009–2010 Unibet
2010–2011 FantasticLeague.com
2011–2014 Groupama Garancia
2015 Fő Taxi
2015– T-Mobile

Current sponsorships:


Üllői út (1911–1974)

The first stadium of the club was started to be built in the autumn of 1910. On 12 February 1911, Ferencváros played their first match against Budapest rival MTK Budapest which was won by the club. The starting line-up consisted of Fritz, Rumbold, Magnlitz, Weinber, Bródy, Payer, Szeitler, Weisz, Koródy, Schlosser, Borbás. The first stadium could host 40,000 spectators.

Albert Stadion (1974–2014)

In 1971 the stands were demolished and a new stadium was started to be built. The new stadium was inaugurated on the 75th anniversary of the club. On 19 May 1974, the first match was played against Vasas. The new stadium could host 29,505 spectators (including 10,771 seats and 18,734 standing). In the 1990s the stadium was redesigned to meet the UEFA requirements therefore its capacity was reduced to 18,100. When Ferencváros qualified for the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League group stage, a new journalist stand was built over the main stand.

On 21 December 2007, the stadium's name was changed from Üllői úti Stadion to Stadion Albert Flórián. Flórián Albert, the former Ferencváros icon, was present at the inauguration ceremony. There were many plans how to increase the capacity of the stadium in case the Hungarian Football Federation wins the bid for the UEFA Euro 2008 or the Euro 2012. However, the Federation did not win any bids therefore the reconstruction of the stadium was delayed.

When Kevin McCabe became the owner of the club the reconstruction was on schedule again. Later, McCabe sold his team to the Hungarian state and the reconstruction did not take place.

Groupama Aréna (2014–present)

Groupama Aréna, multi-purpose stadium, is the third home of the club. It has a capacity of 20,000 spectators in UEFA matches and 23,700 in Hungarian League matches.

When Gábor Kubatov was elected as president of the club, he and Pál Orosz managed to get enough fund for the construction of a new stadium. The new stadium was rotated by 90 degrees in order to meet UEFA requirements. Therefore, the main stand which was parallel to the Üllői út became parallel to the Hungária körút. As part of the national stadium reconstruction program the new stadium was built between 2013 and 2014.

The stadium was designed by Ágnes Streit and Szabolcs Kormos and was built by Market Építő Zrt. from 2013 to 2014. In the arena there can be found the Ferencváros Museum and a fan shop too. The stadium is cutting edge in its vein matching entrance system[further explanation needed]. On 10 August 2014, Ferencváros played the opening match against Chelsea.[5][6][7]

Since the demolition of the Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Hungary play their home matches at the new arena because the new Puskás Ferenc Stadion will be opened by around 2019. The national team celebrated the victory against Norway after a 2–1 win at the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-off.


On 14 February 2008, Sheffield United public limited company chairman Kevin McCabe successfully acquired a tender to purchase Ferencváros. McCabe's Hungarian company, Esplanade Limited liability company bought Ferencváros' real estate for £8.45 million with a view to start paying off the £5 million debt.[8][9] In April 2008, Ferencváros Torna Club officially agreed to sell the football club, Ferencváros Labdarúgó ZRt. to Esplanade Kft., McCabe's company in Hungary.[10]

In 2011, McCabe relinquished his ownership of the club after describing a "strained relationship" with some minority shareholders.[11]

On 25 February 2011, Gábor Kubatov, Hungarian MP, was appointed as the president of Ferencváros.[12]

On 28 October 2014, Gábor Kubatov was re-elected to serve another four-year term as the president of the club.[13]


Ferencváros against Újpest at Puskás Ferenc Stadion

Supporters of Ferencváros are mainly from the capital city of Hungary, Budapest. However, the club is popular all over Hungary. The supporters of Ferencváros are considered as the most violent in Hungary.[14]

Since the opening of the newly built Groupama Aréna, the spectators are scanned at the entrance. As a consequence, the main supporter group of the club, called B-közép announced boycott in 2014. Kubatov said that he had wanted peace in the new stadium and the club had already paid a lot of fines and punishments due to the unacceptable behavior of the B-közép. Kubatov had expected that the spectators could have been changed due to the new regulations. However, the number of spectators had not increased in the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons.

On 13 March 2016, 10,125 spectators watched the match between Ferencváros' second team against Csepel SC in the 2015–16 Nemzeti Bajnokság III season. The match was a protest by the B-közép to show how many spectators are missing from the Groupama Aréna.[15]

On 24 March 2016, the representatives the B-közép started negotiations with club leader, Gabor Kubatov.[16]


The fans have friendships with fans of Rapid Wien[17] and Panathinaikos, and as all three play in Green the alliance is nicknamed the "Green Brothers". They also have friendly relations with fans of Śląsk Wrocław, who also play in green. In past they had friendly relations with fans of Bałtyk Gdynia.


Ferencváros-Újpest derby in the Hungarian league at the Albert Stadion on 10 March 2013
Ferencváros-Újpest derby on 1 April 2011

Ferencváros are in rivalry with several teams from Budapest including MTK Budapest, Újpest, Budapest Honvéd and several provincial clubs such as Debrecen[18] and Diósgyőr. Since Ferencváros have been the most successful club of the Hungarian Football history by winning 29 Hungarian League titles, 21 Hungarian Cup titles and 2 Hungarian League Cup titles and the most successful Hungarian club in the European football competitions by winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1964–65 season every club in the Hungarian League wants to defeat them.

The biggest rivalry is with Újpest, which dates back to the 1930s when Újpest won their first Hungarian League title. Since then the fixture between the two teams attracts the most spectators in the domestic league.[19] The matches between the two teams often end in violence which causes big trouble for the Hungarian football. The proposal of personal registration was refused by both clubs.

The fixture between Ferencváros and MTK Budapest FC is called the Örökrangadó or Eternal derby. It is the oldest football rivalry in Hungary, which dates back to as early as the 1903 season when Ferencváros first won the Hungarian League. In the following three decades either Ferencváros or MTK Budapest won the domestic league.

Honvéd are also considered fierce rivals as the clubs are in very close proximity to each other and in the past frequently competed for honours.


Ferencváros supporters

On 26 November 2002, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Committee fined Ferencváros €18,300 for fireworks and hooliganism-related offences committed by the fans of Ferencváros before and after the 2002-03 UEFA Cup second tie against VfB Stuttgart on 12 November 2002.[20]

In 2004, Ferencváros were charged by UEFA with crowd trouble and racist abuse after playing Millwall in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup tie in Budapest, Hungary.[21] Four fans of Millwall suffered stab wounds. The racist abuse was directed at Millwall's players of African origin, Ifill.[22][23]

On 17 July 2013, Ferencváros fans fought with police after a friendly match against Leeds United, which ended with a 1–0 victory over the Championship club, in Murska Sobota, Slovenia.[24]

On 27 January 2015, Gábor Kubatov, president of the club, said that he would have the fines paid by the supporters. Kubatov aims to cease the racism and violence at the stadium.[25]

On 19 July 2014, UEFA issued sanctions against Ferencváros and Diósgyőr and Slovakia’s Spartak Trnava, following racist behaviour by their fans during 2014–15 UEFA Europa League qualifying matches against Maltese sides Sliema Wanderers, Birkirkara and Hibernians respectively. Ferencvaros were the hardest hit by the UEFA measures as club were fined by €20,000 and the partial closure of their stadium following monkey chants racist banners displayed in both legs in Malta and Hungary.[26]

On 9 February 2015, the UEFA refused the appeal of Ferencváros in connection with the incident before and after the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League qualifying match between NK Rijeka and Ferencváros. According to the verdict, Ferencváros supporters are not allowed to attend the following UEFA match at home.[27]




  • Note 12: more than any other Hungarian football club.
  • Note 13: more than any other Hungarian football club.


First team squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2019.[29]

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

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Gergő Szécsi
3 Hungary DF Zsombor Takács
4 North Macedonia MF Stefan Spirovski
5 Ghana DF Abraham Frimpong
7 Ukraine MF Danylo Ihnatenko (on loan from Shakhtar)
8 Hungary MF Gergő Lovrencsics (vice-captain)
10 Italy FW Davide Lanzafame
11 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Zubkov (on loan from Shakhtar)
14 Ukraine MF Ihor Kharatin
16 Hungary DF Leandro (captain)
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Eldar Ćivić
18 Hungary MF Dávid Sigér
20 Belarus FW Mikalay Signevich
21 Hungary DF Endre Botka
22 Hungary DF Kenneth Otigba
23 Hungary MF Lukács Bőle
No. Position Player
25 Slovenia DF Miha Blažič
26 Germany DF Marcel Heister
29 Belgium MF Marten Wilmots
30 Portugal MF Rui Pedro
33 Georgia (country) DF Lasha Dvali
50 Hungary FW Tamás Priskin
51 Hungary MF András Csonka
77 Hungary FW Krisztofer Szerető
88 Brazil FW Isael
90 Hungary GK Dénes Dibusz
92 Slovakia MF Michal Škvarka
93 Norway FW Tokmac Nguen
97 Hungary FW Roland Varga
99 Hungary GK Dávid Gróf
Hungary MF Kornél Csernik
Hungary FW Norbert Kundrák

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. Position Player
15 Argentina MF Matías Rodríguez (at Universidad Católica)
42 Hungary GK Ádám Varga (at Soroksár)
No. Position Player
Serbia FW Dejan Georgijević (at Irtysh Pavlodar)

Retired numbers[edit]

Tibor Simon's memorial

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 Ferencváros.


Non-playing staff[edit]


First team[edit]

Former chairmen[edit]

Coaching history[edit]


In European competition[edit]

Notable foreign players[edit]

Records and statistics[edit]


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