István Ferenczi

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István Ferenczi
Personal information
Full name István Ferenczi
Date of birth (1977-09-14) 14 September 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Győr, Hungary
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Vasas SC
Number 39
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Győri ETO FC 34 (5)
1998–1999 Zalaegerszegi TE 24 (8)
2000 Győri ETO FC 14 (3)
2000–2002 MTK Hungária FC 64 (25)
2002 Levski Sofia (loan) 4 (3)
2003–2004 VfL Osnabrück 5 (1)
2004 Vasas SC 15 (8)
2005 Çaykur Rizespor 15 (4)
2005–2006 Debreceni VSC 11 (5)
2006 Zalaegerszegi TE 17 (5)
2007–2008 Barnsley FC 53 (11)
2008–2010 Ferencvárosi TC 53 (47)
2010–2011 Vasas SC 39 (19)
2011–2012 Lombard-Pápa TFC 16 (4)
2012–2013 Gyirmót SE 13 (7)
2013–2014 Veľký Meder 4 (0)
2014–2017 Vasas SC 44 (25)
National team
1996–1997 Hungary U-19 6 (1)
1996–2000 Hungary U-21 11 (7)
2001–2008 Hungary 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 January 2015

István Ferenczi (born 14 September 1977 in Győr, Győr-Moson-Sopron) is a former Hungarian international football striker,[1] who last played for Vasas SC. He is a 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) target man standing. He has scored goals in a number of countries including England, Turkey, Germany and his native Hungary.

Barnsley career[edit]


Ferenczi signed for Barnsley on 31 January 2007 – the transfer deadline day and incidentally the same week Barnsley captured fellow Hungarian Péter Rajczi. He made his Barnsley debut against Cardiff City on 2 February 2007 from the bench. Ferenczi scored his first goal in the game at Southampton when he headed home a Martin Devaney cross. In the following fixture against Hull City, Ferenczi scored a brace, the first he slid under the keeper after a defensive error and the second a bullet header from a Brian Howard cross. Ferenczi carried on his impressive scoring record as he scored a goal supplied by Péter Rajczi and beat Stoke City on 26 February 2007. This game was shown live on Sky Sports 1.

He added his fifth goal in four starts on 3 March, after terrifically heading in a Martin Devaney cross. Although Barnsley lost 1–3 Oakwell against Norwich City in that match. He failed to hit the target against Sunderland the following Saturday as Barnsley lost 2–0, but scored a last minute clincher against Plymouth Argyle on 14 March in a terrific 4–2 away win. He was a big hit with the fans in South Yorkshire and gained the nickname Stan.


Ferenczi started the first game of the season against Coventry City and was tugged and pulled all over the place by Elliott Ward but had no favours given to him by the referee. Three days later in the Carling Cup he got off the mark for the season after coming off the bench by heading home Rob Kozluk's cross.

He got off the mark in the League on 25 August in Barnsley's home game with Plymouth when he swept home Kayode Odejayi's low cross.

He suffered an ankle injury against Cardiff at Oakwell and missed five weeks, but he returned with a bang with new strike partner Jon Macken and scored two goals in as many games against Preston and Blackpool, both headers from Brian Howard free kicks. He also played in the memorable victories over Premier League sides Liverpool[2] and Chelsea[3] in the 2007-08 FA Cup.

In May 2008, Simon Davey transfer-listed Ferenczi (despite his desire to stay) along with four other players.[4] Following initial interest from Nottingham Forest and an unnamed Swedish club, he signed a two-year contract for Ferencváros on 24 July 2008. Ferencváros are one of the highest rated clubs in Hungary and Stan wanted to play for them eventually.


Ferenczi had a remarkable return to his homeland, bagging 13 goals in the first seven games. As of 1 June 2009 he scored 39 goals in only 24 league matches.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2001 Budapest, Hungary  Macedonia 5–0 Win Friendly
2. 18 December 2005 Miami, U.S.  Antigua and Barbuda 3–0 Win Friendly



Levski Sofia
Debreceni VSC
Ferencvárosi TC


  • Nemzeti Bajnokság II Top Scorer: 2008–09 with 39 goals
  • Hungary player of the year 2008–09
  • minor nations European golden boot


  1. ^ "Ferenczi, Istvan" (in German). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool 1-2 Barnsley". BBC. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea". BBC. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ferenczi to leave Oakwell". Vitalfootball Barnsley Football News. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 

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