Torghelle with MTK Budapest in 2016
|Date of birth||5 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Budapest, Hungary|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Panathinaikos (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007–2008||Carl Zeiss Jena||27||(8)|
|2011||→ Fortuna Düsseldorf II (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 January 2012
Sándor Torghelle (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈʃaːndor ˈtorɡɛlːɛ]; nicknamed as 'The Lord of the Air; born 5 May 1982) is a Hungarian footballer who plays as a striker for Nemzeti Bajnokság I club MTK Budapest.
He played 42 games for the Hungary national football team between 2004 and 2010.
Torghelle spent one season playing for Crystal Palace F.C., after being signed from MTK Hungária in August 2004 for a fee of roughly £750,000. He wore the number 10 shirt, that of a first-choice striker, but found it hard to gain a regular place in the Crystal Palace starting eleven with Andy Johnson often playing as a lone striker. He scored only one goal in a League Cup match against Charlton, but the referee sent him off late in the game for diving.
After 12 months at Palace, Torghelle was first stripped of his first-team squad number (given number 30, while 10 went to new signing Jon Macken), and shortly after was loaned out to Panathinaikos in Greece for the 2005–06 season. In the deal, there was no clause for re-calling him, so he spent the whole season in Greece. However, he failed to impress, and Panathinaikos chose not to make the deal permanent.
He was also famous for his failure to score even a single goal since he was transferred from Crystal Palace, yet this "curse" was lifted when he scored in a PAOK-Olympiakos derby in early 2007. He left PAOK at the end of the 2006–07 season for the German 2. Bundesliga team FC Carl Zeiss Jena. There, he finally met the expectations, scoring five goals and giving three assists (as at 2. Bundesliga matchday 12 of the 2007–08 season).
Despite already having played for several Hungarian and foreign clubs, Torghelle still felt particularly attached to his home club Budapest Honvéd and declared that once back in Hungary, he would like to play for that club again.
Torghelle has made 42 appearances for the Hungary national football team. He was one of its most able strikers, with an excellent instinct for scoring goals, but rather hot-headed on the pitch and therefore frequently being sent off. As for his goals, he scored several decisive ones during the 2010 World Cup Qualification campaign, such as against Albania and Malta. He came to prominence after scoring both goals in a 2–0 victory over Germany in a friendly match in 2004.
- As of 6 December 2014
|1||28 April 2004||Budapest||Brazil||1–3||1–4||Friendly|
|2||6 June 2004||Kaiserslautern||Germany||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3||6 June 2004||Kaiserslautern||Germany||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4||8 September 2004||Budapest||Iceland||2–1||3–2||FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.|
|5||15 August 2005||Budapest||Argentina||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
|6||3 September 2005||Budapest||Malta||1–0||4–0||FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.|
|7||11 October 2006||Ta'Qali||Malta||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.|
|8||11 October 2008||Budapest||Albania||1–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.|
|9||15 October 2008||Ta'Qali||Malta||1–0||1–0||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.|
|10||19 November 2008||Belfast||Northern Ireland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|11||28 March 2009||Tirana||Albania||1–0||1–0||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qual.|
- "Charlton 1-2 Crystal Palace". BBC. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
- "Torghelle a Panathinaikoszhoz szerződikt" (in Hungarian). origo.hu. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Torghelle a PAOK-hoz igazolt" (in Hungarian). origo.hu. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Torghelle a görög idényéről [Video report with Torghelle]" (in Hungarian). videa.hu. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Mamrud, Roberto (11 December 2009). "Hungary - Record International Players". RSSSF.
- Torghelle Sándor Profile at magyarfutball.hu
- Torghelle Sándor at FC Augsburg official site (in German)
- Torghelle Sándor at HLSZ.hu (in Hungarian)
- Sándor Torghelle at footballdatabase.eu
- Torghelle Sándor at Soccerbase
- Sándor Torghelle at National-Football-Teams.com
- Sándor Torghelle at Fussballdaten (in German)
- Sándor Torghelle at soccernet.espn.go.com
- Sándor Torghelle at Soccerway