Priskin with Watford in 2007
|Full name||Tamás Priskin|
|Date of birth||27 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Komárno, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2008||→ Preston North End (loan)||5||(2)|
|2010||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||13||(1)|
|2011||→ Swansea City (loan)||4||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Derby County (loan)||5||(1)|
|2014||→ Maccabi Haifa (loan)||11||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 July 2016.
He spent most of his career in England, with Watford and Ipswich Town. His first season on arrival in 2006 was in the Premier League, and he spent the remainder in The Championship. After his release from Ipswich in January 2012, Priskin has played in brief stints in Russia, Austria, Israel and Hungary.
A full international since 2005, Priskin has 58 caps and 17 international goals for Hungary.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Priskin was born in Komárno in Czechoslovakia. He joined the youth club of Győri ETO FC when he was 15 years old and received Hungarian citizenship in 2005 in addition to his Slovak passport. He is the older brother of Győri ETO FC striker Imre Vankó.
He made his debut for Győri ETO FC in the first Hungarian League on 23 April 2003 at the age of 16 years and 7 months. On 9 August 2006 he completed a move to Premier League club Watford on a four-year deal after impressing during a trial period, for an undisclosed fee.
Priskin made his debut for Watford ten days after signing as they opened the season away at Everton. After coming on in the 79th minute for Darius Henderson, he set up Damien Francis, who scored the consolation in a 2–1 defeat at Goodison Park. His first goal for the club came on 24 October in a League Cup third round tie against Hull City at Vicarage Road, exploiting a Ryan France error to net the second in a 2–1 win for Watford's first normal-time victory of the season.
He made his first start on 30 December, lining up against Wigan Athletic on 30 December due to an injury to Hameur Bouazza. A minute before half time, he equalised by heading in Jordan Stewart's cross for his first Premier League goal, but referee Steve Tanner abandoned the match in the 56th minute due to heavy rain, and the match was made void. In a goalless draw away to Fulham two days later, Priskin was sent off by referee Steve Bennett six minutes into stoppage time for two yellow cards.
Priskin's first official Premier League goal came on 9 April 2007 in a 4–2 win against Portsmouth at Vicarage Road, netting the third of the game in the 50th minute from Steve Kabba's cross. He scored a second twelve days later against Manchester City on 21 April, equalising in the 75th minute from Douglas Rinaldi's pass for a 1–1 home draw, which nonetheless saw his team relegated.
On 8 March 2008, having not played a league game for three months, Priskin signed on a month-long loan at fellow Championship team Preston North End, making his debut as a starter on the same day in a 2–1 win away at Charlton Athletic. He scored his first goal for Preston to open a home win of the same margin against Lancashire rivals Burnley two weeks later. In his last of five Preston matches, at Queens Park Rangers on 5 April, he came on at half-time for goalscorer Neil Mellor to double Preston's lead, but they conceded two added-time goals for a 2–2 draw. He returned to Watford at the end of the loan, playing more regularly than before and featuring as a substitute in both legs of their 1–6 aggregate defeat to Hull in the play-off semi-finals.
Priskin's first goals of the season came on 18 October, two first-half strikes in a 3–0 win at Southampton. Three days later, in a home match against Cardiff City, Watford were 2–0 up when Priskin was sent off in the 29th minute for attacking Darren Purse, and eventually drew 2–2.
He also scored goals against Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup and Chelsea in the FA Cup – the latter only two minutes after coming onto the pitch – although both games ended in a Watford defeat. On 27 January 2009, he replaced Will Hoskins in the 76th minute against Burnley and again scored within two minutes of entering the pitch, scoring a second in added time for a 3–0 home win. His improved performances came from November onwards under new manager Brendan Rodgers – during this time he scored most of his goals, established himself in the side, and became well known for his skill, pace, and deadly finishing.
However, Priskin's future at Watford remained in doubt, as he declined signing a new contract at the club. On 6 August 2009, Priskin joined Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1.7 million. His first competitive goal for Ipswich came when he scored in a 2–1 League Cup second round 2–1 defeat at Peterborough United nineteen days after signing, later having a penalty saved by Joe Lewis. His only league goal of the season came in a 3–3 away draw against Doncaster Rovers on 19 September, nine minutes after entering as a substitute for Jonathan Walters.
In February 2010 Priskin went on loan to Queens Park Rangers. His only goal in 13 games came in a 2–2 draw away to his former club Preston on 27 March, equalising for a 2–2 draw on the edge of the penalty area after being set up by Adel Taarabt.
On 12 January 2011 he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win for Ipswich Town over Arsenal in their League Cup semi-final first leg match. In March 2011, Priskin joined Swansea City on loan until the end of the season. He returned to Ipswich, injured, in late-April.
He was again loaned out in November 2011, when he joined Derby County on a six-week deal. On 2 January 2012, it was confirmed that Priskin would return to Ipswich at the end of his loan spell; Priskin appeared 5 times for Derby, scoring one goal in his debut at West Ham United, a game which Derby lost 3–1. On 17 January 2012, Priskin was released from his contract at Ipswich Town.
On 19 January 2012, Priskin signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Football National League side Alania Vladikavkaz. He made his debut on 12 March 2012 against FC Torpedo Moscow, scoring the lone goal in a 1–0 victory over the capital team. On 21 July 2012 Priskin debuted in the Russian Premier League for the first time after spending six months in the Football National League however his team lost Spartak Moscow 2-1 at home. On 17/11/2013, Priskin ended his contract with Alania and left the club.
Spring of 2014
Austria Wien signed him at the winter transfer market of 2014. However, the team didn't counted with Priskin at the team, so he went immediately on loan to Maccabi Haifa with the same transfer for a half year. On 11 matches, he scored one goal.
Back to Győr
After his performance at loan, Austria didn't wanted to keep the player, therefore he moved back to Győri ETO after eight years. The fans were happy about his arrival, even though he didn't really found himself on the first matches.
At March 2015, the owner and main sponsor of the Győr filed for bankruptcy, which tossed down the club to the third line of the Hungarian football league system. Even though the conditions weren't the finest, Priskin played the whole season at the club. He scored 11 goals on 27 matches.
Priskin played for Ferenc Puskás XI against Real Madrid on 14 August 2005 in an unofficial match. He officially made his international debut for Hungary three days later, replacing Péter Halmosi for the final 21 minutes of a 1–2 friendly defeat against Argentina at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest. His greatest success with the national team came in late 2006 and early 2007, when he managed to score in five consecutive international games, a performance unseen in Hungary since the days of legendary players like Puskás or Ferenc Bene.
On 5 June 2015, he scored the 4th goal for Hungary against Lithuania in the 30th minute, 35 seconds after teammate Nemanja Nikolić had scored.
On 14 June 2016, Priskin played in the first group match in a 2–0 victory over Austria at the UEFA Euro 2016 Group F match at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France. Three days later on 18 June 2016 he played in a 1–1 draw against Iceland at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.
|Preston North End
|Queens Park Rangers
Updated to games played as of 2 December 2014.
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