Újpest Football Club (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈuːjpɛʃt]) is a Hungarian professional football club, based in Újpest, Budapest, that competes in Nemzeti Bajnokság I.

Full nameÚjpest Football Club
Nickname(s)Újpest, Lilák
Short nameUTE
Founded16 June 1885; 139 years ago (1885-06-16)
as Újpesti Torna Egylet
GroundSzusza Ferenc stadion,
ChairmanBalázs Benczédi
ManagerRóbert Waltner
LeagueNB I
2023–24NB I, 10th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Chart showing Újpest's finishing positions since the first ever Hungarian league season of 1901
Újpest FC B
Full nameÚjpest Football Club "B"
Nickname(s)Lilák ("Purples")
Founded2007 as Újpest FC B
GroundH-1044 Budapest, Megyeri út 13.


Formed in 1885, Újpest reached the first division of the Hungarian League in 1905 and has been relegated only once since then. The club has been a member of the first division for 108 consecutive years. Újpest have been Hungarian champions twenty times, in addition to winning the Magyar Kupa eleven times and the Szuperkupa three times. In international competitions, Újpest are two-times winners of the Mitropa Cup and winners of the 1930 Coupe des Nations. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup 1973–74 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1961–62, and were runners-up in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1968–69.

Since 1922, their home ground has been the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Újpest. Their biggest rivalry is with fellow Budapest-based club Ferencváros, with whom they contest a local derby.

Újpest is part of the Újpesti TE family. The club includes other sports sections that represent the club at ice hockey and waterpolo.



Újpest was founded in 1885.[1] At that time, Újpest did not belong to Budapest. Újpest played their first Nemzeti Bajnokság I match in the 1905 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season. In the 1910–11 season, they were relegated.[2] Újpest won their first Hungarian league title in the 1929–30 season.[3]

At international level, Újpest's most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, they were beaten in the final by Newcastle United. In the 1973–74 European Cup, they reached the semi-finals and were eliminated by Bayern München.[4]

Crest and colours


On 3 July 2017, Újpest announced that they changed their crest.[5] After a years of protests by supporters, and legal actions by UTE, the parent club, the management has decided to restore the traditional crest on 4 July, 2022.[6]

Naming history

  • 1885: Újpesti TE (Újpesti Torna Egylet)
  • 1926: Újpest FC (Újpest Football Club) (due to the introduction of professional football)
  • 1945: Újpesti TE
  • 1950: Bp. Dózsa SE (Budapesti Dózsa Sport Egyesület)
  • 1956: Újpesti TE (during the Hungarian revolution)
  • 1957: Ú. Dózsa SC (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club)
  • 1991: Újpesti TE
  • 1998: Újpest FC

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors


The following table shows in detail Újpest FC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
adidas  –
Budapest Bank
Umbro ConCorde telecom
Havasi Kft.
2003–2006 Puma Walton
2006–2007  –
2007–2009 DHL
2009–2010 Radisson Blu
2010–2011 Birdland Golf & SPA Resort
2011–2012 GDF Suez
2012–2016  –
2016–2017 Joma  –
2017–2018 Gallica

Current sponsorships: Joma, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Acquaworld Budapest, Ramada Resort Budapest, Puebla ticket, Karzol Trans, Szókép Nyomdaipari Kft., Lamborghini



Újpest's home stadium is Szusza Ferenc Stadion, which has been their home since the opening on 17 September 1922. It was known as Megyeri úti stadium until it was named after the club's legendary player, Ferenc Szusza in October 2003. After the renovations, which took place in 2000 and 2001, the ground can hold 13,501 spectators.[7]



On 3 December 2008, it was revealed by BBC Sport that the Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers were considering an alliance with Újpest. Jez Moxey, the Chief executive officer of the club said: "We have had some initial discussions in Budapest with the officials of Ujpest. We touched on the issues of loaning players, academies and sharing of best practice on and off the field."[8]

Újpest approached Roland Duchâtelet to become the owner of the club. Although Duchâtelet refused the club's offer, he suggested his son to be the proprietor of Újpest.[9] Roland Duchâtelet is the owner of the Carl Zeiss Jena and former owner of the Standard Liège,[10] AD Alcorcón[11] and Charlton Athletic[12]

On 19 October 2011, Roderick Duchâtelet, former director of Germinal Beerschot, bought 95% of the shares of the City Budapest Zrt.[13]

Roderick Duchâtelet said that he intends to bring back the glory of the 1970s.[14]

On 27 October 2011, Csaba Bartha, managing director of Újpest, confirmed that the club received 150 million Hungarian forint from Roderick Duchâtelet.[15]

In January 2022, Duchatelet was about to sell Újpest and found possible buyers. An agreement was also signed in January 2022 in which it was stated that the buyers should pay the remaining sum by the end of June. However, due the financial unpredictability caused by the Russo-Ukrainian War, the buyers could not transfer the remaining sum. Therefore, Újpest is still owned by the Belgian entrepreneur.[16]

On 27 April 2023, it was announced on Nemzeti Sport that Interactive Brokers Group, owned by Thomas Peterffy, is interested in purchasing the club.[17]

On 3 February 2024, it was revealed that Duchatelet would like to sell the club to Hungarian investors.[18][19][20][21] On 6 February 2024, Roderick Duchâtelet sold the club to MOL.[22][23][24]

On 21 March 2024, the club was officially purchased by the MOL Group.[25][26] Balázs Benczédi was elected as the managing director of the club. The price of the acquisition was around 15 million euros.[27][28][29]


Újpest supporters in the Ferenc Puskás Stadium on 25 May 2014

Supporters of Újpest are mainly from the fourth district of Budapest, the eponymous Újpest. Due to the success in the 1970s, the club gained supporters from all over Budapest and the country.

Famous supporters


Ferencváros-Újpest derby at the Albert Stadion on 1 April 2011

Újpest are in rivalry with several teams from Budapest including Ferencváros, MTK Budapest, Budapest Honvéd and several provincial clubs such as Debrecen and Diósgyőr. Since Újpest have been the third most successful club of the Hungarian Football history by winning 20 Hungarian League titles and nine Hungarian Cup titles, and the most successful Hungarian club in the European football competitions in the 1970s, every club in the Hungarian League wants to defeat them.

The rivalry with Ferencváros dates back to 1930s when Újpest won their first Hungarian League title. Since then the fixture between the two teams attracts the most spectators in the domestic league.[35] The matches between the two team often ends in violence which causes big trouble for the Hungarian football. The proposal of personal registration was refused by both clubs.











Current squad

As of 11 July, 2024[36]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   HUN Gellért Genzler
3 DF   HUN Csanád Fehér
4 DF   HUN Levente Babós
5 DF   GEO Davit Kobouri
7 MF   HUN Krisztián Simon
10 MF   HUN Mátyás Tajti
11 MF   HUN Adrián Dénes
17 FW   ROU George Ganea
19 MF   CIV Aboubakar Keita
22 DF   HUN Krisztián Tamás
23 GK   HUN Dávid Banai
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF   HUN Nimród Baranyai
26 DF   HUN Bálint Geiger
28 MF   SRB Ognjen Radošević
29 MF   NGA Vincent Onovo
30 DF   POR João Nunes
33 DF   HUN Barnabás Bese
44 DF   HUN Bence Gergényi
70 FW   FRA Mamoudou Karamoko
77 FW   HUN Kevin Csoboth
88 MF   SRB Matija Ljujić
93 GK   ITA Riccardo Piscitelli

Out on loan


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   HUN Patrik Eckl (at Komárno until 30 June 2024)
MF   FRA Yohan Croizet (at Zalaegerszeg until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   HUN Bálint Szabó (at Kozármisleny until 30 June 2024)
FW   HUN Márk Mucsányi (at BVSC-Zugló until 30 June 2024)

Club officials


Board of directors


As of 21 December 2022[37]

Position Name
President   Balázs Benczédi
Managing director   György Doncsics



As of 24 April 2024[38]

Position Name
Manager   Róbert Waltner
Assistant manager   Máté Szalai
Assistant manager   Palkó Bozs
Goalkeeping coach   Ferenc Márton
Fitness coach   Szabolcs Varga
Fitness coach   László Baráth
Physiotherapist   Patrik Orbán
Physiotherapist   Miklós Horváth
Club doctor   Zsolt Keller
Masseur   Gergő Fehér
Masseur   Csaba Dénes
Video analyst   Lukács Nagy
Kit manager   Péter Zugló
Technical manager   András György

Notable former players


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