Krisztián Lisztes (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkristiaːn ˈlistɛʃ]; born 2 July 1976) is a Hungarian former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder. He is most commonly known for his stints at VfB Stuttgart and SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, and for Ferencvárosi TC (three separate spells) in his home country.
|Date of birth||2 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Budapest, Hungary|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Budapest, Lisztes began his professional career as a midfielder, playing for the Hungarian team Ferencvárosi TC, where he was brought up through the youth academy. He was considered by many as one of the biggest talents of Hungarian football. He became a member of the first team in 1993 at the age of 17, when he had to replace Hungary's then probably biggest star Lajos Détári on a quick note when Détári was transferred to Italy.
He led Ferencvaros to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in 1995, making them the first Hungarian team to get there. Scoring the first goal against Grasshoppers in a 3–0 victory, he also became the first ever Hungarian player to score in the Champions League group stages.
His performances at the European level caught the attention of several big clubs and he would go on to join VfB Stuttgart in 1996. Many considered this move as premature as Stuttgart's then playmaker Bulgarian Krasimir Balakov had a solid place in the team, and Lisztes indeed had to spend some time on the reserves bench, but later he became a regular in the team, and played there till 2001 before moving to SV Werder Bremen. His successes include DFB-Pokal triumphs with Stuttgart in 1997 and Werder in 2004, as well as the 2004 league title with Werder.
In 2004, he sustained an injury and never fully regained his fitness at Werder. In 2005, following trials with Wigan Athletic of the Premier League and A.C. ChievoVerona of the Serie A, he joined Borussia Mönchengladbach, but failed to make a serious impact as a result of his continued injury problems. After a brief spell in Croatia with Hajduk Split he rejoined his childhood team Ferencvárosi TC in February 2008, but moved on to REAC only after a few months. On 3 August 2008 he scored his first goal in the Hungarian premier league after 12 years.
On 12 January 2009, he left REAC and joined F.C. Hansa Rostock on a free transfer and signed a contract till 30 June 2009. He left Rostock after his contract ended, and on 24 June 2009 signed for Paksi SE.
In 1994, Lisztes debuted in the Hungarian national team where to this day he gained 49 caps and scored 9 goals. He was last capped in 2004.
During the 1995–96 season, he was a member of the Hungarian Olympic Football team, which won qualification to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Hungary lost all of their three group matches on the Olympics, their opponent including future gold medal winners Nigeria, and Brazil with the likes of Dida, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Juninho Paulista in their squad. This was the last occasion to this day, when the Hungarian football team managed to qualify for the Olympics.
He is married and has a daughter and a son.
|Ferencváros||1994–95||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||4||1||–||4||1|||
|Ferencváros||2007–08||Nemzeti Bajnokság II||11||0||11||0|||
|Rákospalotai EAC||2008–09||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||14||4||14||4|||
|Hansa Rostock||2008–09||2. Bundesliga||13||1||1||0||14||1|||
|Paks||2009–10||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||23||2||23||2|||
|Vasas||2010–11||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||14||1||14||1|||
|Ferencváros||2011–12||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||23||1||23||1|||
|Szeged 2011||2012–13||Nemzeti Bajnokság II||13||5||13||5|||
|Soroksár SC||2012–13||Nemzeti Bajnokság III||13||1||13||1|||
|2014–15||Nemzeti Bajnokság II||15||0||15||0|||
- Scores and results list Hungary's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Lisztes goal.
|1||11 October 2000||Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||6–1 (p)||6–1||FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification|
|2||14 November 2001||Budapest, Hungary||North Macedonia||1–0||5–0||Friendly|
|4||2 April 2003||Budapest, Hungary||Sweden||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification|
|5||30 April 2003||Budapest, Hungary||Luxembourg||3–1||5–1||Friendly|
|6||11 June 2003||Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||2–0||5–0||UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification|
|8||10 September 2003||Riga, Latvia||Latvia||1–3||1–3||UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification|
|9||18 February 2004||Paphos, Cyprus||Armenia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
- Hungarian Footballer of the Year: 2002
- "Krisztian Lisztes erhält beim F.C. Hansa Vertrag bis 30 June 2009" (in German). fc-hansa.de. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
- "Krisztián Lisztes » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- "Krisztián Lisztes". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 August 2018.