Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club is a Hungarian professional football club based in Debrecen that competes in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, the first tier of Hungarian football.[1] They are best known internationally for reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in the 2009–10 season.[2] Debrecen have become the most successful club in Hungary since 2000, winning the Hungarian League seven times.[3]

Debreceni VSC
Full nameDebreceni Vasutas Sport Club
Short nameDVSC
Founded12 March 1902; 122 years ago (1902-03-12)
GroundNagyerdei Stadion
ChairmanIke Thierry Zaengel
ManagerSrđan Blagojević
LeagueNB I
2022–23NBI, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

History edit

Debrecen was founded on 12 March 1902 as Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club.[4] The club first reached the Nemzeti Bajnokság I in the 1943–44 season. Debrecen rose to domestic prominence in the early 2000s when they won their first Hungarian league title in 2004–05 season. Since then the club managed to win seven titles in the 2010s total. However, in the late 2010s the club lost its governmental support and started to decline. In the 2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság I, they were escaping from relegation.

At international level, Debrecen reached their biggest success when they managed to reach the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage.[5] The following year they reached the group stages of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.[6]

Crest and colours edit

Naming history edit

  • 1902–12: Egyetértés Football Club
  • 1912–48: Debreceni Vasutas
  • 1948–49: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Egyesület
  • 1949–55: Debreceni Lokomotív
  • 1955–56: Debreceni Törekvés
  • 1957–79: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club
  • 1979–89: Debreceni Munkás Vasutas Sport Club
  • 1989–95: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club
  • 1995–99: DVSC-Epona
  • 1999–01: Debreceni VSC
  • 2001–02: Netforum-DVSC
  • 2002: Debreceni VSC
  • 2003–05: DVSC-MegaForce
  • 2005–06: DVSC-AVE Ásványvíz
  • 2006–16: DVSC-TEVA
  • 2016–: Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors edit

The following table shows in detail Debreceni VSC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1977– adidas
1993–1995 paletta
−2000 Epona
2000–2001 Soproni Ászok
2001–2002  —
2002–2003 Arany Ászok
2003–2004 Nike MegaForce / Arany Ászok
2005 adidas Ave Ásványvíz / Arany Ászok
2005–2006 Ave Ásványvíz /
2006–2007 Teva / Ave Ásványvíz
2008–2009 Teva
2009–2010 Orangeways / Teva
2010–2016 Teva

Stadiums and facilities edit

Debrecen played their home matches at Oláh Gábor utcai Stadion between 1989 and 2014

Debrecen played their home matches between 1989 and 2014 at the Oláh Gábor utcai Stadion, which has a capacity of 12,500. After winning the first Nemzeti Bajnokság I trophy, it was found that the stadium did not meet UEFA stadium criteria. Therefore, the most important UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches had to be played at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium as in 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage and the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

On 1 May 2014, the Nagyerdei stadium was opened with an inauguration ceremony. Viktor Orbán, Hungarian prime minister, said that "the Hungarian spirit, the architects, the engineers, the workers make Hungary great again with this constructions like the Nagyerdei stadium" (in Hungarian: "A magyar szellem, a tervezők, a mérnökök, a munkások ilyen alkotásokkal teszik ismét naggyá Magyarországot"). The stadium was also sanctified by Nándor Bosák, bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Gusztáv Bölcskei, minister, and Fülöp Kocsis, bishops of the Greek Catholic Church. After the sanctification, singers such as Lou Bega, Viktor Király, Ildikó Kersztes, Gigi Radić, and Erika Miklósa entertained the audience. The first match was played between the Debrecen All Stars and Hungary All Stars, including players such as Attila Pintér, current Hungary national football team coach, Kálmán Kovács, former Budapest Honvéd legend, Péter Lipcsei, former Ferencváros icon, György Véber, former Újpest icon and Mezőkövesd manager at that time, Imre Garaba, former Hungary international, Flórián Urbán, former Újpest legend, and Lajos Détári, former Hungary national team legend.[7]

On 10 May 2014, the first official match was played at the new stadium between Debrecen and Újpest in the 2013–14 Hungarian League season. The match ended with a 3–1 victory over the Budapest-based rival, Újpest. The first goal of the match was scored by Kulcsár in the 27th minute. Although Vasiljević equalised the score in the 37th minute, Debrecen were able to clinch the victory in the second half due to an own goal by Antón in the 46-minute and a goal by Vadnai in the 85th minute.[8][9]

On 22 May 2014, the first match of the Hungary national football team was played at the stadium in front of 20,000 spectators, which ended with a 2–2 draw against Denmark national football team. The first goal was scored by the former Debrecen player Dzsudzsák. Eriksen equalised the score in the 56th minute. The debutant Varga took the lead in the 69th minute again, but the score was equalised by Schöne in the 72nd minute.[10][11][12]

Supporters edit

Supporters of DVSC are mainly based in Debrecen, Hungary. However, the club is popular in all over Hungary. Club's main ultras group is Szívtiprók Ultras Debrecen (SZ.U.D.), which is the largest and oldest faction, founded in 1994.[13] As of 2000, SZ.U.D started to divide itself, in factions of ultras outside Debrecen, such as SZ.U.D. Budapest, SZ.U.D. Nagyvárad and SZ.U.D. Hódmezővásárhely. Among smaller groups are considered Force Field, Red Territory and Vadmacskák, which are the oldest. However, since 2009, new ultras factions, such as Sziporkák, Debrecen Hooligans, Barrabrava Debrecen and others appeared. This while several, like North Side Hooligans were dissolved in early 2000s. Debrecen has fierce rivalries with Nyíregyháza, Békéscsaba and competitive rivalries with Ferencváros, Újpest and Videoton.

On 5 August 2014, UEFA issued sanctions against Debrecen, Romania's Steaua București and Slovenia's Maribor following racist behaviour by their fans during 2014–15 UEFA Champions League qualifying against Cliftonville, Strømsgodset and Zrinjski Mostar respectively. Debrecen shut sector B of their ground after fans showed an "illicit banner" during the match against Northern Ireland's Cliftonville.[14]

  • Szívtiprók Ultras Debrecen (founded in 1994)
Famous supporters

Ownership edit

On 27 May 2017, it was announced that Andy Vajna could replace Gábor Szima as the owner of Debrecen. Nevertheless, Andy Vajna added that he likes football but he does not want to invest into football.[16]

On 15 August 2017, it was revealed that Gábor Szima, the owner of Debrecen, might leave the club and a Greek tycoon might arrive.[17]

On 1 July 2020, Szima resigned as the owner of the club.[18] The 73 percent of the shares of the club were purchased by the local government. László Papp, mayor of Debrecen, announced that the main goal is to be promoted to the first league again.

On 18 December 2020, it was announced that the DVSC Egyesület purchased the majority of the shares.[19]

On 27 June 2022, Ike Thierry Zaengel was appointed as the chairman and owner of the club.[20]

Honours edit

Domestic edit

Record departures edit

Rank Player To Fee Year Ref.
1.   Balázs Dzsudzsák   PSV Eindhoven €2.5 million[A] 2008
2.   Norbert Balogh   Palermo €2.2 million[B] 2016
3.   Péter Baráth   Ferencváros €1.2 million[C] 2023
4.   Kevin Varga   Kasimpasa ~€850,000 2020
5.   Zsolt Laczkó   Sampdoria ~€830,000 2011
6.   Dávid Holman   Slovan Bratislava ~€700,000 2018
7.   Péter Halmosi   Plymouth Argyle ~€600,000 2007
8.   Péter Máté   Reading ~€575,000 2007
9.   Dorge Kouemaha   Duisburg ~€550,000 2009
9.   Ádám Bódi   Fehérvár ~€550,000 2017
9.   Dorian Babunski   Grasshoppers ~€550,000 2023
10.   Zoltán Böőr   Manisaspor ~€500,000 2006
10.   Mihály Korhut   Hapoel Beer Sheva ~€500,000 2017

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 14 February 2024.[21]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF   ALB Jorgo Pëllumbi
8 MF   HUN Máté Tuboly (on loan from Győr)
10 MF   HUN Balázs Dzsudzsák (captain)
11 DF   HUN János Ferenczi
12 GK   HUN Benedek Erdélyi
13 MF   HUN Soma Szuhodovszki
14 DF   MNE Meldin Drešković
15 DF   ESP Christian Manrique
16 GK   HUN Balázs Megyeri
17 FW   HUN Donát Bárány
18 MF   NGA Hamzat Ojediran
19 FW   ISL Thorleifur Úlfarsson
20 MF   MNE Stefan Lončar
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF   UKR Oleksandr Romanchuk
22 MF   HUN Botond Vajda
25 DF   HUN Nimród Baranyai
27 MF   HUN Ádám Bódi (vice-captain)
29 DF   HUN Erik Kusnyír
37 MF   HUN Tamás Farkas
67 MF   SUI João Oliveira
76 FW   HUN Dominik Kocsis
77 FW   HUN Márk Szécsi
87 GK   HUN Márk Engedi
94 DF   MNE Dušan Lagator
99 MF   FRA Brandon Domingues

Players with multiple nationalities edit

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
55 FW   SRB Andrija Majdevac (at FK Napredak Krusevac until 30 June 2024)
89 FW   GRE Alexandros Kyziridis (at NS Mura until 30 June 2024)

B squad edit

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   HUN István Szabados
DF   HUN István Albert
DF   HUN Richárd Gafouroglou
DF   HUN Viktor Koval
DF   HUN Erik Mocsán
DF   HUN Zsolt Pap
DF   HUN Márk Tóth
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   HUN Alex Engel
MF   HUN Mátyás Gál
MF   HUN Bendegúz Györky
MF   HUN Kálmán Kozák
MF   HUN Szabolcs Len
FW   HUN Norbert Angyal
FW   HUN Lajos Tóth

Club officials edit

Board of directors edit

As of 27 December 2022[22]

Position Name
President   Ike Thierry Zaengel
Managing Director   Balázs Makray
Sporting director   Hovakimyan Hayk

Management edit

As of 24 July 2023[23]

Position Name
Head coach   Srđan Blagojević
Assistant coach   Tibor Dombi
Assistant coach   Semeredi Sasa
Assistant coach   Fijala Dejan
Goalkeeping coach   János Balogh
Video analyst   Nikola Stanković

Notable foreign players edit

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Fee may eventually rise above €2.5 million.
  2. ^ Fee may eventually rise above €2.2 million.
  3. ^ Fee may eventually rise above €1.2 million.

References edit

  1. ^ "Debreceni VSC". UEFA. 15 July 2014.
  2. ^ "2009–10 UEFA Champions League: Clubs". UEFA. 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Hungarian League winners". The Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 15 July 2014.
  4. ^ "This is Debrecen | Hungarian Football". 3 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Debreceni VSC | Hungarian Football". Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  6. ^ [ In the following years, DVSC competed in the Champions League and the European League qualifiers. In 2023-2024, DVSC played in the European Conference League. The team played against the Armenian Alashkert FC and qualified to the next round, in which Loki clashed with Rapid Wien and finished their European journey that year. "2010-2011 Debrecen Stats, Europa League"]. Retrieved 14 October 2021. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help); line feed character in |url= at position 81 (help)
  7. ^ "DVSC: átadták a vadonatúj Nagyerdei Stadiont – fotók". 1 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Matematikailag nem, gyakorlatilag viszont már bajnok lehet a Loki". 9 May 2014.
  9. ^ "DVSC: Loki-fieszta az új stadion nyitányán – képek". 10 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Kétszer is vezettünk a dánok ellen, szép gólok után a vége iksz". 22 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Válogatott: a dánok szerint gyenge csapattal ikszeltek – lapszemle". 22 May 2014.
  12. ^ "A mosdóban volt meleg víz, és egy órát még futballoztunk is!". 22 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Szívtiprók Ultras Debrecen". 3 August 2015.
  14. ^ UEFA closes stands at Steaua, Debrecen and Maribor after racist incidents, The Guardian, 5 August 2015
  15. ^ "Lukács László – benne a vér, piros-fehér". 22 October 2014.
  16. ^ "DVSC: Andy Vajna cáfolja, hogy ő lesz az új tulajdonos" [DVSC: Any Vajna repudiates that he might be the next owner] (in Hungarian). 27 May 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  17. ^ "DVSC: Szima Gábor távozhat, görög hajómágnás jöhet" [DVSC: Gábor Szima might leave, Greek tycoon can come] (in Hungarian). 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  18. ^ "DVSC: Nagy bejelentés a debreceni futballklub jövőjéről – NSO". July 2020.
  19. ^ "Megtörtént a tulajdonosváltás a debreceni futballcsapatnál". 18 December 2020.
  20. ^ I, P. (27 June 2022). "DVSC: bemutatták az új vezetőedzőt és tulajdonosi kört - NSO". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Debrecen". Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  22. ^ "Menedzsment Archívum". DVSC Futball Zrt. (in Hungarian). Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  23. ^ "Edzői team Archívum". DVSC Futball Zrt. (in Hungarian). Retrieved 24 July 2023.

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