Tamás Priskin

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The native form of this personal name is Priskin Tamás. This article uses the Western name order.
Tamás Priskin
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Priskin with Watford in 2007
Personal information
Full name Tamás Priskin[1]
Date of birth (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Slovan Bratislava
Number 20
Youth career
1996–2001 Komárno
2001–2003 Győri ETO
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Győri ETO 67 (24)
2006–2009 Watford 68 (15)
2008 Preston North End (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2012 Ipswich Town 51 (5)
2010 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 13 (1)
2011 Swansea City (loan) 4 (1)
2011–2012 Derby County (loan) 5 (1)
2012–2014 Alania Vladikavkaz 35 (14)
2014 Austria Wien 0 (0)
2014 Maccabi Haifa (loan) 11 (1)
2014–2015 Győri ETO 27 (11)
2015– Slovan Bratislava 7 (3)
National team
2005–2006 Hungary U21 6 (2)
2005– Hungary 49 (16)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2015

Tamás Priskin (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈpɾiʃkin ˈtɒmaːʃ]; born 27 September 1986) is a Hungarian footballer who plays for ŠK Slovan Bratislava and the Hungarian national football team as a striker.

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 48 caps and 16 international goals for Hungary.

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

Club career[edit]

Győr[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Watford[edit]

2006–07 season[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

2007–08 season[edit]

A striker in a white and navy blue soccer strip has the ball. The defender, wearing a claret strip, attempts to make the tackle.
Priskin (right), attacking against Burnley's Clarke Carlisle, for Preston in 2008

With Watford back in the Championship in 2007–08 following relegation, Priskin only made sparse appearances, being kept out of the side by Marlon King, Henderson and new signing Nathan Ellington.

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,[12] making his debut as a starter on the same day in a 2–1 win away at Charlton Athletic.[13] He scored his first goal for Preston to open a home win of the same margin against Lancashire rivals Burnley two weeks later.[14] 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.[15] 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.

2008–09 season[edit]

Priskin's first goals of the season came on 18 October, two first-half strikes in a 3–0 win at Southampton.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18][19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Ipswich[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25]

2010–11 season[edit]

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.

2011–12 season[edit]

He was again loaned out in November 2011, when he joined Derby County on a six-week deal.[26] 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.[27][28] On 17 January 2012, Priskin was released from his contract at Ipswich Town.[29]

Alania Vladikavkaz[edit]

On 19 January 2012, Priskin signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Football National League side Alania Vladikavkaz.[30] 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.[31] 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 2013, Priskin ended his contract with Alania and left the club.[32]

International career[edit]

Tamás Priskin and Poland's Paweł Brożek in 2011

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.

Due to his good performances for Watford towards the end of the 2008–09 he earned a recall to the Hungary squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Malta.

On 7 September 2012, as Hungary started 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification with a 5–0 win in Andorra, Priskin scored the fourth goal.[33]

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.

International goals[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Győri ETO
2002–03 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2003–04 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 5
2004–05 26 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 8
2005–06 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 11
2014–15 15 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 19 5
Total 82 28 3 1 1 0 0 0 86 29
Watford
2006–07 16 2 3 0 3 1 0 0 22 3
2007–08 16 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 20 2
Total 32 3 5 0 5 1 0 0 42 4
Preston North End
(loan)
2007–08 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Total 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Watford
2008–09 36 12 2 1 3 1 0 0 41 14
Total 36 12 2 1 3 1 0 0 41 14
Ipswich Town
2009–10 17 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 19 2
Total 17 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 19 2
Queens Park Rangers
(loan)
2009–10 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Ipswich Town
2010–11 32 4 1 0 6 4 0 0 39 7
Total 32 4 1 0 6 3 0 0 39 7
Swansea City
(loan)
2010–11 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Ipswich Town
2011–12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Derby County
(loan)
2011–12 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Alania
2011–12 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
2012–13 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 5
2013–14 6 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 7
Total 35 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 14
Maccabi Haifa
2013–14 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Career Total 274 68 13 2 16 7 0 0 303 77

Updated to games played as of 2 December 2014.

References[edit]

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