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

Újpest FC logo.png
Full name Újpest Football Club
Nickname(s) Lilák (Purples), Dózsa, Újpesti Dózsa,
Founded 16 June 1885; 133 years ago (1885-06-16)
as Újpesti Torna Egylet
Ground Szusza Ferenc stadion,
Capacity 14,817
Owner Roland Duchâtelet
Chairman Roderick Duchâtelet
Manager Nebojša Vignjević
League NB I
2017–18 NB I, 3rd
Website Club website
Current season
Újpest FC B
Full name Újpest Football Club "B"
Nickname(s) Lilák ("Purples")
Founded 2007 as Újpest FC B
Ground H-1044 Budapest, Megyeri út 13.

League ()

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 102 consecutive years. Újpest have been Hungarian champions twenty times, and have won the Magyar Kupa nine 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 Ferencvárosi TC, with whom they contest a local derby.

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



Újpest FC was founded in 1885. 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. Újpest won their first Hungarian league title in the 1929–30 season.

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 eliminated in the final by Newcastle United. In the 1973–74 European Cup they reached the semi-finals and were eliminated by Bayern München.

Crest and coloursEdit

On 3 July 2017, Újpest FC announced that they changed their crest.[1]

Naming historyEdit

  • 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 sponsorsEdit

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.


On 3 December 2008, it was revealed by BBC Sport that the Premier League club Wolverhampton are considering an alliance with Újpest. Jez Moxey, the Chief executive officer of Wolves said that "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."[2]

Újpest approached Roland Duchâtelet to become the owner of the club. Although Roland refused the club's offer, he suggested his son to be the proprietor of Újpest. Roland Duchâtelet is the owner of the Charlton Athletic F.C., FC Carl Zeiss Jena, AD Alcorcón and former owner of the Standard Liège.

On 19 October 2011, Roderick Duchâtelet, former director of Germinal Beerschot, bought 95% of the shares of the City Budapest Zrt.[3]

Roderick Duchâtelet said that he indtends to bring back the glory of the 1970s.[4]

On 27 October 2011, Csaba Bartha, managing director of Újpest FC, confirmed that the club received 150 million Hungarian forint from Roderick Duchâtelet.[5]


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.

On May 4, 2007, Újpest were deprived of three points in the 2006–07 Hungarian League season due to racist chanting during their home match against Debrecen. Újpest's official, Szilárd Dányi said "I would ask all of our supporters to think about all factors when they appraise the situation and try to create an atmosphere at matches so that this never happens again. I discussed the topic with the owner and we decided to accept the decision."[6]

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 9 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 dometistic league.[12] 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 squadEdit

As of 18 September 2018

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Filip Pajović
2   DF Kristóf Szűcs
4   DF Kire Ristevski
5   DF Róbert Litauszki (captain)
6   MF Obinna Nwobodo
7   FW Krisztián Simon
8   MF Benjámin Cseke
10   MF Donát Zsótér
14   MF Alassane Diallo
17   DF Răzvan Horj
18   MF Bojan Sanković
19   DF Mijuško Bojović
No. Position Player
21   MF Benjamin Balázs
22   DF Dávid Mohl
23   GK Dávid Banai
26   MF Dániel Nagy
30   MF Vincent Onovo
35   GK Bence Gundel-Takács
49   MF Branko Pauljević
68   DF Dženan Bureković
77   MF Giorgi Beridze
86   FW Soma Novothny
99   FW Dániel Lukács (on loan from Honvéd)
  FW Rosy Lubaki Kinkela

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
9   FW Patrik Tischler (at Honvéd)
No. Position Player
27   MF Bence Pávkovics (at Debrecen)

Non-playing staffEdit

Board of directorsEdit

Position Name
President   Roderick Duchatelet
Managing director   Csaba Berta
Club manager   Zoltán Böőr



Position Name
Manager   Nebojša Vignjević
Assistant Manager Vacant
Assistant Manager Vacant
Reserve Team Coach   Tamás Szalánczi
Head of Debrecen Academy   András Gyarmati
Goalkeeping Coach   Miklós Erdélyi
Fitness Coach   Mihály Dankó
Club Doctor   Zoltán Dézsi
Club Doctor   Károly Pikó


Managerial historyEdit


In European footballEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Újpest FC: eldőlt, mostantól ez a klub új címere – fotó" [Újpest FC: It is decided, from now this is the new crest of the club] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Wolves consider Hungarian link-up". BBC Sport. 3 December 2008.
  3. ^ "A '70-es évek sikereit ígérte az Újpest új belga tulajdonosa". Nemzeti Sport. 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ ""Vissza akarjuk hozni a hetvenes évek sikerkorszakát" – belga kézbe került az Újpest FC". 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Megkönnyebbülhet az Újpest: pénzhez jutott a klub". Heti Világgazdaság. 27 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Racist fans cost Újpest dear". 16 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Szurkolók és híresek". Magic Magyars. 30 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Havas Henrik az Újpestről: Lila mezbe öltözött senkiháziak – tapló fradisták". 10 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Zagyva vs. Lenhardt – avagy UTE és FTC szurkolók Parlamentben". 10 September 2010.
  10. ^ ""Tűzpárbaj" és könnygáz Újpesten".
  11. ^ "Az UTE önkormányzati segítséget kap".
  12. ^ "The Budapest Derby". Football Derbies. 20 July 2011.
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