Békéscsaba 1912 Előre

Békéscsaba 1912 Előre is a Hungarian football club from Békéscsaba, Békés. The club was founded in 1912 as Előre Munkás Testedző Egyesület. The colours of the club are lilac and white. The club achieved its greatest success in 1988 when it won the Hungarian Cup competition, defeating Budapest Honvéd FC 3–2 in the final.

Békéscsaba
Full nameBékéscsaba Előre
Nickname(s)Lilák (Purples)
Founded22 October 1912; 111 years ago (1912-10-22)
GroundKórház utcai Stadion,
Békéscsaba
Capacity4,963
Coordinates46°41′11″N 21°06′23″E / 46.6863°N 21.1063°E / 46.6863; 21.1063
ChairmanKároly Királyvári
ManagerSándor Csató
LeagueNB III
2022–23NB II, 19th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Until the end of 2004–05 the club spent a total of 25 seasons in the first Hungarian division, the Nemzeti Bajnokság I. They were promoted back to the top tier in 2015.

Name changes edit

[citation needed]

  • 1912: Békéscsabai Előre Munkás Testedző Egyesület
  • 1948: Békéscsabai Előre SC
  • 1970: Békéscsabai Előre Spartacus SC
  • 1991: Békéscsabai Előre FC,
  • 2005: Békéscsaba 1912 Előre SE

History edit

After winning the 1940–41 Körösvidéki I division, they were promoted to the Nemzeti Bajnokság III.[1] In the first season of the third tier of the Hungarian football league system, Békéscsaba finished in the fifth position of the 1941–42 season of the Alföldi group.[2] Therefore, they were promoted to the second tier, Nemzeti Bajnokság II.

In the first season of the Nemzeti Bajnokság II, Békéscsaba finished in the seventh position of the 1942–43 Nemzeti Bajnokság Mátyás group.[3] The 1944–45 season was interrupted by the World War II.[4] After some seasons in lower leagues, Békéscsaba returned to the second tier in the 1946–47 season of the Nemzeti Bajnokság II, finishing in the second position.[5] After spending several season in the second tier, in the 1957–58 season they were relegated to the third division.[6] In the 1962–63 season of the Nemzeti Bajnokság III, they finished in the fourth place and they were promoted to the second tier.[7]

Békéscsaba won the 1968 Nemzeti Bajnokság III season and they were promoted to the Nemzeti Bajnokság II for the first time in the club's history.[8]

Békéscsaba won the 1973–74 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season and they were promoted to the Nemzeti Bajnokság I for the first time in the history of the club.[9] In the 1974–75 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season Békéscsaba finished in the 14th position and they were not relegated.[10] After spending nine consecutive seasons in the top flight, they were relegated in the 1982–83 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season.[11] Békéscsaba won only five matches and lost 18 matches and conceded 75 goals and scored only 41 goals in that season. However, the supporters of the club did not have to wait too long for the return to the top flight since Békéscsaba finished in the third place of the 1983–84 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season and were promoted to the first league.[12]

In the 1982–83 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season Békéscsaba finished in the 16th position and thus were relegated to the second division.[13]

On 13 June 1988, Békécscsaba won the 1987–88 Magyar Kupa season. This feat has been the biggest achievement in the history of the club so far. Békéscsaba beat Budapest Honvéd FC 3–2 in the final at the Tiszaligeti Stadion in Szolnok. Although István Gulyás scored an own goal in the 8th minute, István Csernus scored the equalizer in the 60th minute. In the 69th minute Tibor Grubovics took the lead. However, László Gyimesi scored the second goal for Honvéd by taking the penalty in the 74th minute. The winning goal was scored by Sándor Csató in the 80th minute.[14][15][16]

On 10 August 1988, Békéscsaba played their first international match against Bryne FK in the 1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup season. The first leg was won by Békéscsaba 3–0 at home. Tibor Grubovics scored two goals, while Sándor Csató scored one goal.[17][18] The second leg was won by Byrne 2–1 at the Bryne Stadion, in Bryne on 24 August 1988.[19] In the first round, Békéscsaba lost 2–0 to Sakaryaspor at the Sakarya Atatürk Stadium on 7 September 1988.[20] Although the second leg was won by Békéscsaba 1–0, they were eliminated from the tournament.[21]

Békéscsaba finished in the 15th position of the 1990–91 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season and they were relegated to the second division.[22]

One of the biggest league success was achieved in the 1993–94 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season when the club finished in the third place.[23] The championship was won by Vác FC, while the second place was achieved by Budapest Honvéd FC.

On 9 August 1994, Békéscsaba drew with FK Vardar at the Gradski stadion, Skopje.[24] The second leg was won by Békéscsaba 1–0 at home on 23 August 1994. The only goal was scored by Sándor Csató in the 61st minute.[25] On 13 September 1994, Békéscsaba lost to FC Tekstilshchik Kamyshin 6–1 in Moscow.[26] Although the second leg was won by Békéscsaba 1–0, they were eliminated from the 1994–95 UEFA Cup. The only goal was scored by Sándor Csató in the 76th minute.[27]

Békéscsaba finished in the second position of the 2014–15 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season and they were promoted to the first league.[28] The championship was won by Vasas SC. However, the return to the first division was ephemeral because Békéscsaba finished in the 12th place of the 2015–16 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season and they were relegated to the second division.[29]

On 16 September 2020, Sándor Preisinger was appointed as the head coach of the club.[30][31] On 7 September 2021, Preisinger was sacked after poor performance in the season.[32] Békéscsaba lost three matches and drew only three times in their first six matches of the 2020–21 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season.

On 19 April 2022, Gábor Brlázs was appointed as the interim coach of the club.[33] However, on 26 May 2022, it was confirmed that he remained the head coach of the club.[34]

On 13 April 2023, József Pásztor was appointed as the head coach of the club.[35]

Békéscsaba finished in the 19th position of the 2022–23 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season and were relegated to the Nemzeti Bajnokság III.[36][37]

On 12 June 2023, the club's icon, Sándor Csató, was appointed as the head coach.[38][39]

Stadium edit

 
Kórház utcai Stadion

Békéscsabai Előre play at the Kórház utcai Stadion situated in Békéscsaba, Hungary. Its capacity is 4,963 and it was built in 1974.

On 31 December 2015, it was announced that a new covered stand would be built with VIP sectors.[40]

On 16 March 2017, it was published on Magyar Építók that the reconstruction would be finished in 2017. Floodlight will also be installed in the new stadium.[41]

On 2 May 2019, Tamás Bod wrote an article on the stadium reconstruction in Magyar Narancs.[42] According to the initial plans, the renovation should have been finished by 2017. However, even in 2019, the reconstruction has not been finished and the final costs cannot be exactly determined.On 28 April 2022, it was announced that the stadium would be renovated by 7 billion forints.[43][44]

Békéscsaba were forced to play their 2023–24 Magyar Kupa match in Körösladány because the turf of the stadium became infected.[45][46]

Current squad edit

As of 26 January 2023.[47]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 Antal Czinanó
4 DF   HUN Márk Farkas
5 MF   HUN Zsombor Futó
6 MF   HUN Miklós Kitl
8 MF   HUN Levente Zvara
9 FW   ROU Raymond Lukács
14 MF   HUN Ádám Váradi
15 MF   HUN Dominik Máris
17 FW   HUN Tamás Ilyés
19 DF   HUN Roland Mikló
20 DF   HUN Balázs Babinyecz
21 DF   HUN Lóránt Fazekas
25 DF   HUN István Albert
27 FW   HUN Nándor Kóródi
28 MF   HUN Márk Hodonicki
No. Pos. Nation Player
32 MF   HUN Botond Farkas (on loan from Vasas)
33 GK   HUN Erik Bukrán
35 GK   HUN Richárd Krnács
37 FW   HUN Ádám Czékus
42 DF   HUN Csaba Szabó
55 DF   HUN György Bora
64 FW   HUN Krisztián Zádori
66 DF   HUN Dániel Szalai
71 DF   HUN Dávid Belanka
77 MF   HUN Péter Horváth
81 DF   HUN Gábor Puskás
90 GK   HUN Dániel Póser
95 FW   HUN Norbert Talpalló

Honours edit

Seasons edit

European Cup history edit

[citation needed]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup edit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round   Bryne 3–0 1–2 4–2
1. Round   Sakaryaspor 1–0 0–2 1–2

UEFA Intertoto Cup edit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 4, 1st game   União de Leiria 2–2
Group 4, 2nd game   Næstved 3–3
Group 4, 3rd game   Ton Pentre 4–0
Group 4, 4th game   Heerenveen 0–4

UEFA Cup edit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round   FK Vardar 1–0 1–1 2–1
1. Round   Tekstilshchik 1–0 1–6 2–6

Best Player Ever | | | Ivan Nedkov - Bulgarian Number 8

Managers edit

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