Budapest Honvéd FC

Budapest Honvéd Football Club (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbudɒpɛʃt ˈhonveːd ˈɛft͡seː]), commonly known as Budapest Honvéd or simply Honvéd, is a Hungarian sports club based in Kispest, Budapest with the colours of red and black. The club is best known for its football team. Honvéd means the Homeland Defence. Originally formed as Kispest AC, they became Kispest FC in 1926 before reverting to their original name in 1944.

Budapest Honvéd
Kispest honved fc logo.png
Full nameBudapest Honvéd Football Club
Nickname(s)Kispest
Oroszlánok (Lions)
Founded3 August 1909; 112 years ago (1909-08-03)
GroundBozsik Aréna, Budapest
Capacity8,500
ManagerFerenc Horváth
LeagueNB I
2020–21NB I, 10th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The team enjoyed a golden age during the 1950s when it was renamed Budapesti Honvéd SE and became the Hungarian Army team. The club's top players from this era, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik, Zoltán Czibor, and Gyula Grosics helped the club win the Hungarian League four times during the 1950s and also formed the nucleus of the legendary Hungarian national team popularly known as the Mighty Magyars.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, the club enjoyed another successful period, winning a further eight Hungarian League titles. They also won league and cup doubles in 1985 and 1989. In 1991, the club was renamed Kispest Honvéd FC and adopted its current name in 2003.[1]

When the club was originally formed in 1909, it also organised teams that competed in fencing, cycling, gymnastics, wrestling, athletics, boxing, and tennis. Later, the Honvéd family was extended to include a water polo team, now known as Groupama Honvéd, a 33-times basketball-champion team and a handball team that were European Champions in 1982.

HistoryEdit

Budapest Honvéd FC were founded in 1909 as Kispesti AC.[2] At domestic level they first entered the Nemzeti Bajnokság I in the 1916–17 season. Their first success came in the 1926 Magyar Kupa season when they beat Budapesti EAC in the final.[3]

StadiumEdit

 
The first stadium was demolished in 2019

Budapest Honvéd's first stadium was opened in 1913. On 5 August 2018, the last match was played at the stadium. The match was won by Honvéd against Paksi FC on the 3rd match day of the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I. The only goal was scored by Danilo in the 48th minute. The referee was Viktor Kassai.[4] The stadium was demolished in 2019.[citation needed]

The new stadium of the club was opened in 2021.[5] The first match was played between Budapest Honvéd FC II and Szekszárdi UFC in the 2020–21 Nemzeti Bajnokság III season. The stadium was selected to host the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[6]

Crest and coloursEdit

 
Budapest Honvéd FC logo during the Hemingway era, used until 2020

Manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

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

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1990–1992 Adidas Fiat
1992–1994 Matchwinner Epson
1994–1996 Diadora Gösser
1996–1997 Joma
1997-1998 Faragó és Fiai Mystery
1998–2000 Umbro IBUSZ alapítása 1902
2000–2003 Jako Wilkinson Sword
2003–2005 Gems
2005–2006 Macron
2006–2008 hummel
2008–2012 Nike
2012–2013 Givova
2014 Ideasport
2014–2015
2015–18 Macron
2018– Tippmix

HonoursEdit

FriendlyEdit

Youth teamsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 24 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   BEL Mohamed Mezghrani
3 DF   BRA Talys
4 DF   POL Lukas Klemenz
6 MF   FRA Zinédine Machach (on loan from Napoli)
7 DF   HUN Bence Batik
8 MF   HUN Patrik Hidi (captain)
9 FW   HUN Márton Eppel
11 MF   HUN Donát Zsótér
14 FW   HUN Dominik Nagy
17 FW   HUN Norbert Balogh
20 GK   HUN Péter Szappanos
21 FW   HUN Lukács Bőle
22 DF   HUN Krisztián Tamás
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   HUN Bence Banó-Szabó
25 DF   CRO Ivan Lovrić
27 FW   SRB Nenad Lukić
30 MF   ESP Nono
33 MF   HUN Nikolasz Kovács
34 FW   BRB Thierry Gale
35 MF   SRB Dušan Pantelić
36 DF   HUN Botond Baráth
66 GK   HUN Attila Berla
70 MF   HUN Milán Májer
77 MF   HUN Gergő Nagy
83 GK   SVK Tomáš Tujvel
98 FW   HUN Gellért Dúzs

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Out on loanEdit

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   MDA Artur Crăciun (at Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
DF   HUN Milán Horváth (at Siófok)
MF   HUN Bertalan Bocskay (at Topola)
MF   HUN Dominik Soltész (at DVSC)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   HUN Dávid László (at Kecskemét)
FW   HUN Kristóf Tóth-Gábor (at Haladás)
FW   MLI Boubacar Traoré (at Sporting Kansas City II)

Retired numbersEdit

10  Ferenc Puskás, Forward (1949–56). Number retired in July 2000.

Notable former playersEdit

Had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Budapest Honvéd FC.


Non-playing staffEdit

ManagementEdit

Position Name
Proprietor   Zoltán Bozó & Dániel Mendelényi
Executive Director   Gábor Kun
Managing Director   Pál Gács
Marketing Director   Azurák Csaba
Technical Director   Tamara Németh
Director of Football   István Urbányi
Director of Communications   Benedek Rác
Director of Finance   Mária Takács
Director of Hospitality   Sándor Hólé
Chief Editor   Dénes Éless
Facility Manager   Judit Kuskó
Press Officer   Kálmán Kaszás

[7]

First team staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   István Pisont
Assistant Coach   Tamás Györök
Coach   László Dajka
Goalkeeping Coach   Ádám Vezér
Assistant Goalkeeping Coach   Viktor Szentpéteri
Fitness Coach   Tamás Mezei
Fitness Coach   István Nagy
Physio   Buda Lajtaváry
Physio   Dániel Fodor
Physio   Norbert Hollósi
Physiotherapist   Attila Hajdú
Scout   Lajos Szurgent
Video Analyst   Balázs Sinkó
Kit Manager   Róbert Pandur

[8]

OwnershipEdit

  • 2006-2019:   Quinex America LLC (George F Hemingway)
  • 2019–present:   Reditus Equity (Zoltán Bozó)[9][10][11]

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Behind The Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006)[12]
  • 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge (2005)[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Budapest Honvéd | Hungarian Football". HungarianFootball.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  2. ^ Magyar, PUSKAS COM :: The official website of the Magical. "110 YEARS OF KISPEST AC :: Topical :". PUSKAS.COM. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Budapest Honvéd | Hungarian Football". HungarianFootball.com. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Győzelemmel búcsúzott a régi Bozsik-stadiontól a Honvéd". Nemzeti Sport. 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Minden (is), amit a stadionavatóról tudni kell". honvedfc.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  6. ^ "2021 Undr-21 EURO". uefa.com. 16 March 2021.
  7. ^ http://www.honvedfc.hu/stab/2
  8. ^ "Budapest Honvéd Online".
  9. ^ "Új tulajdonos a Budapest Honvédnál".
  10. ^ "Új tulajdonosa van a Budapest Honvéd labdarúgóklubnak".
  11. ^ "Megszólalt az egyik új Honvéd-tulajdonos: A Fradival és a Vidivel versenyző csapatot akarnak építeni". 9 April 2019.
  12. ^ Behind the Curtain: Travels in Football in Eastern Europe: Amazon.co.uk: Jonathan Wilson: Books. ASIN 0752869078.
  13. ^ 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Amazon.co.uk: Keir Radnedge: Books. ASIN 1844425290.

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