István Kozma (footballer)

István Kozma (born 3 December 1964 in Pásztó) is a former Hungarian football player who played in midfield.

István Kozma
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Personal information
Date of birth (1964-12-03) 3 December 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Pásztó, Hungary
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–? Salgótarjáni TC
1983–1989 Újpesti Dózsa 156 (10)
1989 Girondins Bordeaux
1989–1992 Dunfermline Athletic 90 (8)
1992–1993 Liverpool 6 (0)
1993–1995 Újpest FC 58 (15)
1995–1997 APOEL 42 (5)
1997–1999 Újpest FC 33 (0)
1999 Videoton 14 (1)
2000 Tatabánya 11 (0)
2000–2001 Újpest FC 20 (3)
National team
1986–1995 Hungary 40 (1)
1990 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


He began his career at Salgótarjáni TC in his native country of Hungary. Kozma then moved to Újpest FC and then to French Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux. In December 1989 he was signed by Jim Leishman for Scottish team Dunfermline Athletic for £550,000 which is still the club's record transfer fee.

At Dunfermline Kozma became a firm fan favourite playing 103 times and scoring 9 goals. In February 1992 he was a shock purchase for Liverpool, with Graeme Souness signing the Hungarian for £300,000. Unfortunately, Kozma never looked like breaking into the first team at Liverpool. In the 1991–92 season he made five league appearances and two in the FA Cup. In the 1992–93 season he played in the 1992 FA Charity Shield and then made one league appearance as a substitute and one further substitute appearance in the League Cup,[1] before being released in July 1993. His poor performance at Liverpool earned him in 2007 the dubious success of being rated by Times Online as the fourth worst ever player to play in the Premiership.[2]

He then returned to Újpest FC. In 1995–96 he played for APOEL in Cyprus where, after amazing performances, he led his team to the Double. The next season, he helped APOEL to win the Super Cup and the Cup again.

He played 40 times for the Hungarian national side, scoring once.

Life after footballEdit

From season 2006-07, he was working as an assistant manager at Vasas SC.


  1. ^ "Istvan Kozma". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ The 50 worst footballers

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