Gábor Gyepes

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For the Romanian village of Ghipeş, called Gyepes in Hungarian, see Mărtiniş.
The native form of this personal name is Gyepes Gábor. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Gábor Gyepes
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Personal information
Full name Gábor Gyepes
Date of birth (1981-06-26) 26 June 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Soroksár SC
Number 2
Youth career
1998 Ferencváros
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Ferencváros 112 (12)
2005–2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 (0)
2008 Northampton Town 15 (0)
2008–2012 Cardiff City 64 (4)
2012 Vasas 14 (0)
2012–2013 Portsmouth 35 (4)
2013 Videoton 12 (0)
2014 Sarawak FA 14 (2)
2015– Soroksár SC 0 (0)
National team
2002–2009 Hungary 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 March 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 December 2013

Gábor Gyepes (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈɡaːbor ˈɟɛpɛʃ]; born 26 June 1981) is a Hungarian professional footballer who is currently a free agent. Gabor Gyepes has previously played for Videoton FC.

Club career[edit]

Ferencváros[edit]

Gyepes began his career at Ferencváros in his home country. As a youngster in the club's youth system he played in all outfield positions, including scoring 20 times in his last 16 games during his final year in the youth side. He made his first team debut in 1999 and went on to establish himself in the side over the following years, including playing in the Champions League qualifiers and then the UEFA Cup.[1]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

In July 2005, Gyepes joined Football League Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers initially on loan from Ferencváros after impressing during a trial week.[2] He made his debut for the club on 23 August 2005 in a 5–1 League Cup rout of Chester City.

He became a regular fixture at centre back during the season, partnering Joleon Lescott, and his move was made permanent when he signed a two-and-a-half year contract in December 2005 for £400,000.[3] This deal later led to an FA charge against Gyepes' agent for improper practice.[4] However, he ruptured cruciate knee ligaments on 25 March 2006, during a 3–1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday and underwent surgery to repair the injury[5] and was told that he would never play football again. This injury ruled him out of the whole of the following season, despite making a reserve appearance in February 2007. After suffering a further setback, it was reported that his contract with Wolves had been terminated by mutual consent in April 2007 so Gyepes could continue his rehabilitation in Hungary.[6]

Northampton Town[edit]

After regaining full fitness, the defender returned to England and won a contract at Northampton Town in January 2008 that ran until the end of the season, having previously worked with manager Stuart Gray at Wolves.[7] Gyepes also spent time on trial at Queens Park Rangers as his agent also represented their Hungarian international Ákos Buzsáky.[8] He made his debut for the side on 12 February 2008 in a 1–0 defeat to Yeovil Town and,[9] after establishing himself in the first team, he signed a new contract in April 2008 to keep him at the club until the end of the 2008–09 season. The contract included a release clause allowing him to discuss a transfer to any club offering a particular fee to Northampton Town.[10]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 19 August 2008, Gyepes completed a move to Football League Championship side Cardiff City, as a replacement for Glenn Loovens who had completed a move to Celtic several days before, after they offered the required amount to trigger the clause, thought to be in the region of £200,000.[11] He made his debut for the club on 25 October when he came on as a substitute to replace captain Darren Purse during a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest. After a poor defensive performance during a 2–1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle in November manager Dave Jones made several changes to the side, including handing Gyepes his first start in place of club captain Darren Purse in a 2–2 draw with Reading.[12] After settling in the first team, including being named in the Championship team of the week for the first week of December,[13] Gyepes scored his first goal for the Bluebirds with the second goal in the 2–1 win over Ipswich Town. After making over 21 appearances during the season, he signed a new three-year deal at Cardiff after activating a clause in his contract.[14]

The start of the 2009–10 season saw Gyepes relegated to the bench behind new signings Mark Hudson and Anthony Gerrard, his only appearances in the opening three months of the season coming in the Football League Cup. He made his first league appearance of the season on 21 November 2009 in a 1–0 defeat against Barnsley, in place of the injured Anthony Gerrard. After a long spell in the team he scored his 3rd goal for the Bluebirds as he aims to stay in the team until the end of the season.

During the 2010–11 season, Gyepes started in the defense after giving Anthony Gerrard to Hull City on loan but however was dropped for January signing Dekel Keinan, then in March, Hudson suffered an injury keeping him out for the majority of the reminder of the season, but Kevin McNaughton was chosen to partner Keinan in the heart of the defense. On 22 May, Gyepes said he would never play under Dave Jones again.[15]

However, Jones was sacked at the end of the season and Malky Mackay took his place, but Gyepes still didn't find himself in the team for the first game but started the next game against Oxford United.[16] Gyepes got his first goal of the season in a 5–3 victory over Huddersfield Town in the following round of the League Cup.[17] On 31 January 2012, Cardiff and Gyepes mutually agreed to terminate his contract to pursue his career elsewhere.[18]

Vasas SC[edit]

On 15 March 2012, Preston North End manager Graham Westley confirmed that Gyepes had been on trial with the League One club that week.[19] The following week he linked up with Championship team Portsmouth on trial.[20]

After these trials, Gypes went on to finish off the 2011–12 season with Vasas SC in Hungary.[21] He recently reiterated his desire to return to English football for the 2012–2013 season.

Portsmouth[edit]

On 7 September it was confirmed that he had signed for Portsmouth on a one-month deal, subject to international clearance.[22] He made his debut in Portsmouth's 3–0 away win at Crawley Town. The Hungarian was substituted in the first half, for Adam Webster, having picked up an ankle injury. His next game came against Swindon Town in a 2–1 home loss, in which Gyepes played the full 90 minutes. Gyepes scored his first goal for Portsmouth against Scunthorpe United at Fratton Park. The ball was blasted in to the roof of the net, cancelling out Scunthorpe's goal sic minutes earlier, after the Hungarian was quickest to react to an air shot from Izale McLeod. The match ended with Portsmouth winning their first home league game of the 2012–13 season. This goal was the first for Gyepes in over a year and a half. He followed it with goals in the next two matches; In a victory over Yeovil Town and in a draw with Milton Keynes Dons. Gyepes signed a new one-month deal on 8 January 2013,[23] although after the end of the 2012–13 season, he rejected a new deal at Portsmouth and returned to Hungary as a free agent.[24]

Sarawak FA[edit]

On 4 December 2013, Gyepes signed a one-year deal with Malaysia side Sarawak FA, on a free transfer.[25] He made his debut for Sarawak on 18 January 2014 against ATM FA, however Sarawak losing 2-0 to ATM in the first game of Malaysia Super League.[26] Gyepes scored his first Sarawak goal against Penang FA at the Sarawak State Stadium on 21 January 2014 by scoring the winning goal in the 100th minute after he dribbled past few players before attempting to shoot and the ball was deflected before heading into an empty net. Sarawak held on to secure a pivotal victory, booking their spot in the next round of the FA Cup.[27]

Due to injuries, Gyepes was released by Sarawak at the end of 2014.[28]

International career[edit]

Gyepes made his debut for Hungary in 2002 and played 22 times in the following three years. However his knee injury sustained while playing for Wolves meant he fell out of favour. In March 2009, his form playing for Cardiff saw him receive his first call up in three years for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Malta.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 February 2002 Limassol, Cyprus   Switzerland 1–2 1–2 Friendly

Football League statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 8 February 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2005–06 20 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 20 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Northampton Town 2007–08 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Subtotal 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Cardiff City 2008–09 27 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 2
2009–10 16 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 1
2010–11 21 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 1
2011–12 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Subtotal 64 4 5 0 5 1 0 0 74 5
Vasas 2011–12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Subtotal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Portsmouth 2012–13 35 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 37 4
Subtotal 35 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 37 4
Sarawak 2014– 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1
Subtotal 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 3
Total 141 9 8 0 9 2 1 0 159 11

Personal life[edit]

Gyepes and his wife, figure skater Diána Póth, married on 12 July 2008.[29]

Honours[edit]

Ferencváros

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hungarian Gyepes has the appetite for a battle" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 4 December 2008
  2. ^ "Wolves complete Gyepes loan deal". BBC Sport. 30 July 2005. 
  3. ^ "Hoddle seals the gift of Gab". Mirror. 19 December 2005. 
  4. ^ "FA charges agent over Gyepes move". BBC Sport. 15 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "Wolves' Gyepes has knee surgery". BBC Sport. 6 April 2006. 
  6. ^ "Gyepes parts company with Wolves". BBC Sport. 20 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "Northampton sign defender Gyepes". BBC Sport. 26 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "QPR hungary for trialist". Sky Sports. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Yeovil 1–0 Northampton". BBC Sport. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Gyepes in Championship Move", Northampton Town F.C. Official Website
  11. ^ "Cardiff sign Northampton's Gyepes". BBC Sport. 19 August 2008. 
  12. ^ "Bluebirds held by 10-man Reading" Media Wales Retrieved on 4 December 2008
  13. ^ "Championship team of the week" Thefootballleague.co.uk Retrieved on 14 December 2008
  14. ^ "Gyepes: Cardiff promotion would be biggest achievement of career" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 15 April 2009
  15. ^ "Cardiff City's Gabor Gyepes: I won't play for Dave Jones again". Wales Online. South Wales Echo. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Oxford Utd 1 – 3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Cardiff 5 – 3 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "City & Gabor agree to part ways". Cardiff City FC. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Westley: Loans, Trialists, Mellor, Exeter". PNEFC Official Site. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Pompey look at defensive duo". Sky Sports. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ironworkers: Gabor Gyepes committed by the end of the season the club (in Hungarian:" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport Online. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Hungarian international joins Pompey". Portsmouth News. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  23. ^ All change as five depart Blues; Portsmouth News, 8 January 2013
  24. ^ Duo exit but Pompey wrap up deals; Portsmouth News, 7 May 2013
  25. ^ http://www.newsarawaktribune.com/news/16717/Sarawak-unveil-new-players/ – Three import player signed
  26. ^ http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/01/20/crocs-came-up-empty-in-super-league-opener/
  27. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-sg/match/128437/sarawak-fa-vs-pulau-pinang-fa/report?ICID=OP
  28. ^ http://www.sarawakcrocs.com/gabor-announces-he-is-no-more-part-of-sarawak/
  29. ^ "Póth Dia férjhez megy" Napi Ász Online Retrieved on 11 July 2008

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