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Budapest Honvéd FC (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbudɒpɛʃt ˈhonveːd ˈɛft͡seː] is a Hungarian sports club based in Kispest, Budapest with colours red-black. The club is best known for its football team. Honved means the Homeland Defence. Originally formed as Kispest AC, they became Kispest FC in 1926 before reverting to their original name in 1944. 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 formed the nucleus of the legendary Hungarian team known as the Mighty Magyars and helped the club win the Hungarian League four times during the 1950s. 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.

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Full nameBudapest Honvéd Football Club
Founded3 August 1909; 110 years ago (1909-08-03)
GroundHidegkuti Nándor Stadion, Budapest
ManagerGiuseppe Sannino
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB I, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.


Budapest Honvéd FC were founded in 1909 as Kispesti AC. 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.

Crest and coloursEdit

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
2000–2003 Jako Wilkinson Sword
2003–2005 Gems
2005–2006 Macron
2006–2008 hummel
2008–2012 Nike
2012–2013 Givova
2014 Ideasport
2015–18 Macron
2018– Tippmix



Current squadEdit

As of 30 August 2019

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 Robi Levkovich
2   DF Mohamed Mezghrani
3   DF Eke Uzoma
4   DF Dávid Kálnoki-Kis
6   MF Dániel Gazdag
7   DF Bence Batik
8   FW Dániel Lukács
9   FW Davide Lanzafame (on loan from Ferencváros)
11   FW Vladyslav Kulach (on loan from Shakhtar)
14   MF Nikolasz Kovács
17   MF Änis Ben-Hatira
18   GK András Horváth
19   FW Márk Hegedűs
20   FW Dominik Cipf
21   MF Krisztián Vadócz
No. Position Player
23   MF Bence Banó-Szabó
24   DF Đorđe Kamber (captain)
25   DF Ivan Lovrić
26   DF Macdonald Ngwa Niba
30   DF Naser Aliji
31   MF Barna Kesztyűs (on loan from Paks)
33   DF Tonći Kukoč
40   FW Amadou Moutari
55   MF Norbert Szendrei
66   GK Attila Berla
67   MF Tamás Egerszegi (on loan from Paks)
77   MF Gergő Nagy
83   GK Tomáš Tujvel
88   DF George Ikenne (on loan from MTK)
89   FW David N'Gog

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
22   FW Milán Májer

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.

Lóczi Róbert

Non-playing staffEdit


Position Name
Proprietor   Reditus Equity Zrt.
Executive Director   Zoltán Lóránt
Managing Director   Pál Gács
Marketing Director   Tamás Dudás
Technical Director   Tamara Németh
Chief Editor   Dénes Éless
Facility Manager   Judit Kuskó
Chief of Security   Csaba Tóth
Director of Communications   Benedek Rác
Director of Finance   Mária Takács
Director of Hospitality   Sándor Hólé
Press Officer   Kálmán Kaszás


First team staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Giuseppe Sannino
Assistant Coach   Alessandro Recenti
Coach   Pisont István
Goalkeeping Coach   Vlada Avramov
Fitness Coach   Valerio Zuddas
Fitness Coach   István Nagy
Club Doctor   József Toman
Club Doctor   Péter Lestár
Physio   Buda Lajtaváry
Physio   Norbert Hollósi
Physiotherapist   Buda Katinka
Scout   Lajos Szurgent
Video Analyst   Stefano Albertoli
Kit Manager   Róbert Pandur




  • Behind The Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006)[3]
  • 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge (2005)[4]


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  3. ^ "Behind the Curtain: Travels in Football in Eastern Europe: Jonathan Wilson: Books". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  4. ^ "50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge: Books". Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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