Péter Kovács (footballer)

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Péter Kovács
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Personal information
Date of birth (1978-02-07) 7 February 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Salgótarján, Hungary
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Arendal
Number 39
Youth career
0000–1995 Salgótarjáni
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Újpest 4 (0)
1997–1998 Vác 17 (3)
1998–1999 Lahti 28 (10)
1999–2002 Haka 64 (21)
2002–2004 Tromsø 46 (24)
2004–2006 Viking 29 (8)
2006–2008 Strømsgodset 41 (17)
2008–2010 Odd 80 (45)
2010–2011 Lierse 36 (5)
2012–2015 Strømsgodset 87 (32)
2015 Sarpsborg 08 10 (1)
2016–2017 Sandefjord 28 (8)
2017– Arendal 9 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Hungary 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2017.

Péter Kovács (born 7 February 1978 in Salgótarján) is a Hungarian footballer currently playing as a striker for Arendal in the Norwegian First Division. He previously played for Újpest and Vác in Hungary, Lahti and Haka in Finland, and Tromsø, Viking, Strømsgodset, Odd Grenland, Sarpsborg 08 and Sandefjord in Norway, and Lierse in Belgium.

Club career[edit]

When playing for FC Haka he scored a goal against Liverpool in the 2001-02 Champions League qualifyings. Kovács gained notoriety in August 2009, when in the quarter-finals of the Norwegian Cup, he scored a goal against SK Brann after Brann's keeper fell to the ground with an injured knee while trying to clear the ball upfield following a home pass.[1] He also came one goal short of being joint top scorer in the 2009 Norwegian premier league, finishing behind Rade Prica.

He became the top scorer in the 2012 Norwegian premier league, and won the league with Strømsgodset in 2013, during his second spell at the club. On 21 July 2015, he signed a five-month deal with for Sarpsborg 08 on a free transfer.[2] On 10 November 2015, he signed a one-year deal with newly relegated Sandefjord in the Norwegian First Division.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On the personal side, Kovács has a relationship with Norwegian female footballer, Melissa Wiik.[4]

He speaks Hungarian, English and Norwegian fluently.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 November 2017[5]
Club Season Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Újpest FC 1995–96 ? 1 0 ? ? 1 0
1996–97 ? 3 0 ? ? 3 0
Total 4 0 ? ? 4 0
Vác FC 1997–98 Nemzeti Bajnokság II 17 3 ? ? 17 3
FC Lahti 1999 Veikkausliiga 28 10 ? ? 28 10
FC Haka 2000 Veikkausliiga 26 8 ? ? 26 8
2001 29 7 ? ? 29 7
2002 9 6 ? ? 9 6
Total 64 21 ? ? 64 21
Tromsø 2002 Adeccoligaen 14 14 2 0 16 14
2003 Tippeligaen 24 8 4 5 28 13
2004 8 2 4 3 12 5
Total 46 24 10 8 56 32
Viking 2004 Tippeligaen 9 3 0 0 9 3
2005 9 3 1 0 10 3
2006 11 2 0 0 11 2
Total 29 8 1 0 30 8
Strømsgodset 2006 Adeccoligaen 18 12 0 0 18 12
2007 Tippeligaen 23 5 4 5 27 10
Total 41 17 4 5 45 22
Odd Grenland 2008 Adeccoligaen 29 23 3 6 32 29
2009 Tippeligaen 29 16 5 5 34 21
2010 22 6 4 6 26 12
Total 80 45 12 17 92 62
Lierse 2010–11 Belgian Pro League 22 4 0 0 22 4
2011–12 14 1 0 0 14 1
Total 36 5 0 0 36 5
Strømsgodset 2012 Tippeligaen 28 14 5 8 33 22
2013 25 6 2 2 27 8
2014 24 10 3 5 27 15
2015 10 2 3 2 13 4
Total 87 32 13 17 100 49
Sarpsborg 08 2015 Tippeligaen 10 1 2 0 12 1
Total 10 1 2 0 12 1
Sandefjord 2016 OBOS-ligaen 26 8 5 2 31 10
2017 Eliteserien 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 28 8 6 2 34 10
Arendal 2017 OBOS-ligaen 9 1 0 0 9 1
Total 9 1 0 0 9 1
Career Total 478 174 48 49 526 223

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2004 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0–2 0–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Haka
Strømsgodset Toppfotball

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scoring on an Injured Keeper: Péter Kovács Won’t Make the FIFA Fair Play Award Shortlist
  2. ^ "Kovacs forlater Godset" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset Toppfotball. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kovacs klar for SF!" (in Norwegian). Sandefjord Fotball. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Dale, Richard Sveaas (23 April 2008). "Mål-Wiik har fått måltips". Budstikka (in Norwegian). 
  5. ^ "Soccerway profile". http://www.soccerway.com/. Retrieved 8 August 2014.  External link in |website= (help)

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