László Köteles

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László Köteles
Köteles László.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Makó, Hungary
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Waasland-Beveren (on loan from Genk)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 FC Fehérvár 10 (0)
2003 FK Železnik
2003–2004 Grafičar Beograd 43 (0)
2004–2005 FK Bežanija 2 (0)
2005–2007 Vác 47 (0)
2007–2009 Diósgyőri VTK 58 (0)
2009–2010 KRC Genk (loan) 16 (0)
2010– KRC Genk 154 (0)
2016– Waasland-Beveren (loan) 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2015.

László Köteles (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈlaːsloː ˈkøtɛlɛʃ]; born 1 September 1984) is a Hungarian goalkeeper. He currently plays for Waasland-Beveren on loan from Genk where he has been first choice goalkeeper since December 2010.

Club career[edit]

László Köteles in Genk


Köteles previously played for Vác and Diósgyőr in the Hungarian NB I,[1] and with FK Železnik, FK Grafičar Beograd and FK Bežanija in Serbia.


In August 2009 Lázsló Köteles joined the Belgian KRC Genk on a one-year loan with an option to make the move permanent.[2] The club has already had two other Hungarian players (Dániel Tőzsér and Balázs Tóth).

It was uncertain if KRC Genk would continue with Köteles as the Hungarian has had some flaws in a few games, but in the play-offs of the Belgian league he got back to his regular level. In a small amount of time, Köteles has gained a lot of popularity with Genk fans due to his enthusiastic style of goalkeeping and the interaction with the fans, making them think of the legendary and unmatched popular goalkeeper István Brockhauser (also Hungarian) when the latter was first goalkeeper at KRC Genk, back in the nineties.

On 23 August 2011 Köteles played an important role in qualifying for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League 2011–12 season. Genk beat Maccabi Haifa 4-1 on penalties. Köteles saved the penalties of Vladimir Dvalishvili and Eyal Golasa.[3]

On 13 September 2011 Köteles debuted in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia. Köteles kept a clean sheet since the result was a goalless draw.[4][5]

On 1 November 2011 Köteles saved the penalty shot by David Luiz and contributed to the second point gained in the UEFA Champions League 2011–12 season for Genk against Chelsea F.C..[6] The final result was 1-1.[7]

National team[edit]

He has been called several times to be part of the Hungarian national team[8] but by early 2011 has still failed to make his debut.



External links[edit]


  1. ^ "KÖTELES LÁSZLÓ (magyar) részletes adatlapja". Hivatasos Labdarugok Szervezete. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Genk end goalkeeper search with Köteles". UEFA. 22 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Köteles shines as Genk defeat Haifa on penalties". UEFA. 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Genk and Valencia draw a blank". UEFA. 13 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Point against Valencia pleases Genk's Buffel". UEFA. 13 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Keeper Köteles enjoys Genk's 'miracle' draw". UEFA. 2 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Genk fight back to hold Chelsea". UEFA. 1 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hungary vs Greece". Sky Sports. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2016.