Dárdai as a Hertha coach in 2017
|Date of birth||16 March 1976|
|Place of birth||Pécs, Hungary|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Hertha BSC (manager)|
|2012–2015||Hertha BSC (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
In a 20-year professional career, he played for over a decade with the same club, Hertha BSC, in Germany. With 286 Bundesliga appearances, he is the club's most capped player. Dárdai gained 61 caps for the Hungary national team in 12 years, and also worked as the country's manager.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Managerial career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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In January 1997, Dárdai signed with Germany's Hertha BSC, appearing in ten matches for the 2. Bundesliga side before the end of the season, as the club was promoted to the top-flight Bundesliga. In 1998–99, he made 21 appearances (6 as a starter) as Hertha finished in third place, behind second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by one point.
On 16 January 2009, Dárdai damaged his meniscus during training. He was operated on by Gert Schleicher after returning to Berlin from Marbella in Spain, where Hertha spent their winter training camp.
He expressed his wish to further extend his link, stating, "I can imagine that I will end my career here in Berlin, but before I return to Hungary I want to fulfil my ambition and that is to win the championship and the cup." Dieter Hoeneß responded by saying the club would also like to keep him.
Dárdai helped The Old Lady qualify several times for the UEFA Cup, appearing sparingly from 2004 to 2006 (33 total matches) but featuring heavily in the following years. From 2009, his appearances became less and less frequent: after only one match in the 2010–11 campaign – with eventually returning to the top level – and being demoted to the reserve team, the 35-year-old retired from football, having appeared in 297 league contests.
Dárdai began playing for Hungary with the under-21s, in 1996. He made his senior debut in a friendly against Slovenia on 19 August 1998, and scored his first international goal on 10 October in an UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier against Azerbaijan, in the 58th minute of a 4–0 triumph.
Often cast as starting central midfielder alongside Krisztián Lisztes, under managers Bertalan Bicskei and Imre Gellei, Dárdai captained the national side seven times in 2006, netting twice. On 15 November 2006, he was not included in Péter Várhidi's provisional 25-man squad for the Euro 2008 qualifying phase, but featured in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign as Hungary was now managed by Erwin Koeman.
2012–present: Hertha BSC
On 29 May 2015, Dárdai signed a permanent contract with Hertha.
On 18 September 2014, Dárdai was appointed as interim manager of the Hungary national team. He turned down an offer from the Hungarian Football Federation ("MLSZ") to manage the side on a permanent basis, with the former's president Sándor Csányi confirming the latter would be in charge of three Euro 2016 qualifying matches for free.
On 23 September 2014, Zsolt Lőw, assistant coach of Red Bull Salzburg, was not permitted by his club to join Dárdai's coaching staff in the same capacity. The latter's debut took place on 11 October against Romania, a 1–1 draw in Bucharest. Three days later, he managed his first win, prevailing 1–0 away against the Faroe Islands; he said after the second match that "the minimum aims were to get the three points".
Former international István Sallói said in an interview with Nemzeti Sport in October 2014 that, "Dárdai is the only chance for Hungarian football." The former was appointed by the latter as the aid to map the opponents of the national team, and also said, "In the last ten days it became incredible clear what type of work I have to do."
On 14 November 2014, Hungary won their first home match under Dárdai by beating Finland 1–0 thanks to Zoltán Gera's 84th-minute goal in the Euro 2016 qualifier at the Groupama Arena in Budapest. The following month, the MLSZ announced Dárdai would remain as manager until 30 November 2015, and he admitted that his son influenced him in making the decision by saying, "You have to return because without you they are not going to win."
In November 2015, Hungary under Storck qualified for the UEFA European Championship after a 44-year absence, and Dárdai stated in an interview with Hertha's official website that he built the base of the team while his successor added his part to reach the finals.
Dárdai is married and has three sons: Palkó, Márton and Bence. On 20 July 2002, Balázs Dárdai, his brother and a midfielder for FC Barcs, died during a tournament after an artery burst when he jumped for a ball. Their father, also named Pál (1951–2017) and the club's coach, was watching the game when it happened; Balázs was only 23 years old.
|1991–92||Pécsi Munkás||Hungary||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||4||0|
|1996–97||Hertha BSC||Germany||2. Bundesliga||10||0|
|1||10 October 1998||Tofiq Bahramov, Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||1–0||4–0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|2||7 September 2002||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3||20 November 2002||Üllői úti, Budapest, Hungary||Moldova||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|4||30 May 2006||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||England||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
|5||6 September 2006||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3–0||3–1||Euro 2008 qualifying|
- As of 18 May 2019
|Hungary||18 September 2014||20 July 2015||7||4||2||1||9||3||+6||57.14|
|Hertha BSC||5 February 2015||Present||172||64||44||64||219||232||−13||37.21|||
- Budapesti VSC
- Hertha BSC
- Hungarian Footballer of the Year: 2006
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- "Hungary's Dzsudzsák draws sting from Romania". UEFA.com. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
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- "Dárdai: Kilencvenperces szenvedést láthattunk; jönnek az oroszok – hivatalos" [Dárdai: We witnessed a 90-minute suffering; the Russians are coming – official] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
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- "Videó: Apa, vissza kell menned, nélküled nem nyernek – Dárdai fia" [Video: Father, you have to return, they will not win without you – Dárdai son] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Válogatott: Storck veszi át Dárdai helyét – hivatalos" [National team: Storck takes Dárdai's place – official] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
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