Football in Hungary

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Football in Hungary
Country Hungary
Governing body Hungarian Football Federation (Hungarian: Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség
National team Hungary
First played 1863
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

Football is the most popular sport in Hungary.[1]

Hungary's capital Budapest has seven professional football teams, six of them have won the Hungarian 1st division. Until July 2012 teams based in Budapest have won the Hungarian Championship 96 times and teams from other cities have won it 14 times.

History[edit]

The Hungarian Football Federation (Hungarian: Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség or MLSZ), the sport's national governing body, was founded in 1901. Hungary were regular features at major tournaments, such as the first Olympic Football Tournament (Stockholm 1912) and many FIFA World Cup.[2] They were the first non-UK team to beat England at Wembley Stadium with their 6-3 victory in 1953.[3][4][5]

Hungary reached the FIFA World Cup final twice; lost to Italy in 1938, and lost again to West Germany in 1954.[6]

Since the early days, Hungary's performance has diminished.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Domestic tournaments[edit]


Clubs[edit]

The table below lists all Budapest clubs in the top three tiers of the Hungarian football league system: from the top division (the Nemzeti Bajnokság I), down to the Nemzeti Bajnokság III. League status is correct for the 2012–13 season.

Club Stadium Capacity Founded
Nemzeti Bajnokság I (1)
Újpest FC Szusza Ferenc Stadium 13,501 1885
Ferencvárosi TC Groupama Arena 23,700 1899
MTK Budapest Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium 7,515 1887
Budapest Honvéd Bozsik Stadion 9,500 1909
Nemzeti Bajnokság II (2)
Vasas SC Stadion Rudolf Illovszky 9,000 1911
Újpest FC "B" Szusza Ferenc Stadium 13,501 1885
Ferencvárosi TC "II" Stadion Albert Flórián 15,804 2014
Budapest Honvéd FC-MFA Bozsik Stadion, Műfüves Pálya 700 1909
BKV Előre SC Sport utcai Stadion 2,500 1912
Nemzeti Bajnokság III (3)
Soroksár SC Szamosi Mihály Sporttelep 5,000 1999
Újbuda TC Sportmax pálya 500 2007
Pénzügyőr SE Pasaréti út 3,000 1950
III. Kerületi TVE Hévízi út 3,000 1887
Rákosszentmihályi AFC Pirosrózsa utca 2,500 1913
Rákosmenti TK Péceli út 2,500 1912
Erzsébeti Spartacus MTK Ady Endre utca 5,000 1909
Csepel SC Béke téri stadion 12,000 1912
Budafoki LC Promontor utcai stadion 4,000 1912
Rákospalotai EAC Budai II László stadion 7,500 1912
Rákosment Községi SK RKSK-pálya 1,000 1949

Administration[edit]

Budapest is the location of the headquarters of the Hungarian Football Federation.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Fazekas, Zoltan (2013-11-22). "FEATURE-Soccer-Magical Magyars coach wrote off 1953 England side | Reuters". In.reuters.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Randy (1994-06-12). "Inoffensive U.S. Blanked by Hungary - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  7. ^ Neil Clarke (2003-11-30). "Do you remember when Hungary ruled the world? | Football | The Observer". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
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  11. ^ Peterjon Cresswell (2006-10-18). "The not-so-Magnificent Magyars | Football". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
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  13. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Hungarian football in the doldrums". Wsc.co.uk. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  14. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Cluj, a city divided by football". Wsc.co.uk. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  15. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Hungary – Revival may be a long way off". Wsc.co.uk. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
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