Kaposvári Rákóczi FC

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Kaposvár
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Full nameKaposvári Rákóczi FC
Nickname(s)Kraci, Rákóczi, Blasters
Founded15 August 1923; 96 years ago (1923-08-15)
GroundStadion Rákóczi, Kaposvár
Capacity7,000 (4,500 seated)
ChairmanHungary Ferenc Illés
ManagerHungary Róbert Waltner
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB II, 2nd (promoted)
Current season

Kaposvári Rákóczi FC is a football club in Kaposvár, Hungary. Their home stadium is Stadion Kaposvár Rákoczi. The team is named after Francis II Rákóczi, a Transylvanian prince and national hero and they are also often referred to be the nickname Somogyiak, referring to Somogy County, where the team plays.

History[edit]

1923–2003[edit]

The team was formed on 15 August 1923 as the Rákóczi Sport Club by workers of the local Mezőgazdasági Ipari Részvénytársaság sugar factory. Though they originally played as amateurs, they played their first professional match against MÁV I. the following year. From this time forward the team would bounce back between the NB III and NB II.

In 1941 the team awaited the arrival of István Avar, but his debut with the team was delayed by the second world war. After the war, the team really got going in 1960, where they won the NB III under the name Kaposvár Kinizsi.

In 1970 the team took back its classic name, Rákóczi, but in 1971 they were relegated back to the NB III. They would put together a successful season afterward though, and return to NB II. At this time some good young talent joined from the team's youth organization, including Bőzsöny, Savanyó, and Hegedűs the goalkeeper, and in 1973 Imre Mathesz took the helm as head coach. The team would add more key players and would finish 3 points behind Szeged for second place and the right to enter NB I.

The team's first NB I. match was played against Vasas SC before 22,000 fans at Rákóczi Stadion. The Somogyiak won the match 2–0, behind two goals from Győző Burcsa. By 2006, however, Burcsa left for Székesfehérvár and the team finished the 1975–1976 campaign in 13th place. In 1976–1977 they finished 14th and by the next season they were relegated with a 17th-place finish. They wouldn't have to wait long to return, however. They finished in 3rd place the following year in the NB II. and won it outright in 1979–1980 with a six-point lead over Szombathelyi Haladás.

The 1980–1981 season had a few noteworthy matches. On 9 August they beat Pécs 2–1 before a crowd of 12,000 at home. Later in the season they held on to a 3–3 draw against Újpest in Budapest. Nevertheless, the team would end the season in 16th place and again face relegation. They would drop as far as the third division before finally returning to the NB I. again after winning the second division in 1987. This would be their final season in NB I. until the next millennium. Besides the first NB I. match between two teams from Somogy county (a 1–3 loss against Siófok FC) the year was mostly forgettable as Rákóczi finished in last place.

The rest of the '80s and '90s were spent entirely in the II. and III. divisions, though not without talent. In 1995 they won the NB III. with a goal difference of 76–11. They continued to be successful in the NB II. László Prukner became the head coach in the summer of 2003, but the team lost several key players in the same year. The fans were worried that they would again slide into the III. division.

2010s[edit]

On 10 May 2014, Kaposvár were relegated after losing 2–0 to Videoton in the 28th round of the 2013–14 Hungarian League season.[1]

After the relegation, in the 2014-2015 season, they were relegated from the NB II. And they could not start in the NB III due to license problems, therefore the MLSZ relegated them to the Somogy county first division. In the 2015-2016 season they won with unbeaten, therefore they were promoted to the NB III.

In the 2016-2017 season, they finished on the third place under Tamás Artner's control. And the next season Kaposvár has got a new coach: Róbert Waltner. In the 2017-2018 season they won the third division with him.

In the 2018-2019 season, after 5 years, Kaposvár has promoted (as rookie) to the NB I after they finished on the second place of NB II.

In the 8th round of the 2018–19 Magyar Kupa season Kaposvár eliminated title holders Újpest FC.[2] However, in the round of 16 Kaposvár were eliminated by Budaörsi SC on 1–2 aggregate.[3]

NB I. Results[edit]

Since their formation, Kaposvári Rákóczi FC has participated in 8 seasons at Hungary's highest professional level. In that time their best finish has been 7th place (in both 2006 and 2007) and they've been relegated three times.

Year MP W D L GF-GA Dif. Pts Finish
1975–76 30 6 12 12 41–52 −9 24 13th place
1976–77 34 9 9 16 39–45 −6 27 14th place
1977–78 34 8 7 19 32–61 −29 23 17th place: Relegated to NB II.
1980–81 34 6 12 16 34–67 −33 24 16th place: Relegated to NB II.
1987–88 30 4 9 17 25–63 −38 17 16th place: Relegated to NB II.
2004–05 30 8 10 12 34–47 −13 34 12th place
2005–06 30 10 7 13 35–41 −6 37 7th place
2006–07 30 12 5 13 40–36 +4 41 7th place
2007–08 30 14 9 7 48–38 +10 51 6th place
TOTALS 282 77 80 125 328–450 -122 278

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 August 2019

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 Krisztián Pogacsics
2 Hungary DF Marcell Fodor
5 Hungary DF Alex Szabó
6 Hungary DF Csaba Vachtler
7 Hungary MF Norbert Csiki
8 Hungary DF János Nagy
9 Hungary FW Gergő Beliczky
10 Slovenia FW Matej Poplatnik (on loan from Kerala Blasters)
11 Hungary DF Valentin Hadaró
13 Hungary MF Ákos Borbély
14 Hungary FW Áron Herzsenyák
15 Hungary DF Dániel Tratnyek
16 Hungary MF Attila Szakály
No. Position Player
17 Hungary DF Gergely Tóth
19 Romania FW Ervin Zsiga
20 Hungary FW Tamás Orsós
21 Hungary DF László Ur
22 Hungary MF Dávid Hegedűs
23 Hungary FW Bálint Tömösvári
24 Hungary MF Krisztián Nagy
30 Hungary GK Balázs Slokta
66 Hungary FW Martin Ádám
70 Hungary GK Márk Bonnyai
80 Croatia MF Aljoša Vojnović
88 Hungary MF Richárd Nagy
97 Ukraine MF Andriy Yakymiv

Recent seasons[edit]

Kaposvári Rákóczi FC[edit]

Year Division Position
2000–01 Nemzeti Bajnokság II (II)
2001–02 Nemzeti Bajnokság II
2002–03 Nemzeti Bajnokság II
2003–04 Nemzeti Bajnokság II 1st ↑
2004–05 Hungarian National Championship I (I) 12th
2005–06 Hungarian National Championship I 7th
2006–07 Hungarian National Championship I 7th
2007–08 Hungarian National Championship I 6th
2008–09 Hungarian National Championship I 9th
2009–10 Hungarian National Championship I 12th
2010–11 Hungarian National Championship I 7th
2011–12 Hungarian National Championship I 10th
2012–13 Hungarian National Championship I 11th
2013–14 Hungarian National Championship I 16th
2014–15 Hungarian National Championship II 16th
2015–16 Somogy megyei első osztály 1st

Honours[edit]

    • NB II. Championship (2): 1980, 1987
    • NB III. Championship (4): 1960, 1972, 1985, 1995
    • Somogy megyei Kupa: 2016
    • Somogy county's Football Championship - First Division (Megye I): 2016

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kiesett a Kaposvár, újra nyert a Videoton". www.nso.hu. 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ "MK: a Kaposvári Rákóczi kiejtette a címvédő Újpestet". Nemzeti Sport. 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ "2018–19 Magyar Kupa". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 26 February 2019.

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