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Lajos Détári (born 24 April 1963 in Budapest) is a football manager and a retired Hungarian football midfielder.[2] At the height of his career (1984–94), he was a well-respected player throughout Europe, winning "Player of the Year" titles in Hungary, Greece and Switzerland.

Lajos Détári
Détári Lajos 2011.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-04-24) 24 April 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1972–1973 FC Aszfaltútépitő Budapest
1973–1980 Budapest Honvéd FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1987 Budapest Honvéd FC 134 (72)
1987–1988 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 (11)
1988–1990 Olympiacos 55 (33)
1990–1992 Bologna 42 (14)
1992–1993 Ancona 32 (9)
1993 Ferencváros 13 (1)
1993–1994 Genoa 8 (1)
1994 Neuchâtel Xamax 38 (12)
1996–1998 VSE St. Pölten 13 (8)
1999 BVSC Budapest 17 (8)
1999–2000 Dunakeszi VSE 17 (4)
Total 402 (173)
National team
1984–1994 Hungary 61 (13)
Teams managed
2000–2001 FC Bihor
2001–2002 Csepel SC
2002 Budapest Honvéd FC
2002–2003 LG-ACB Ha Noi
2003 Szombathelyi Haladás
2004 FC Tatabánya
2004 Diósgyőri VTK
2005 Nyíregyháza Spartacus
2005 Panserraikos FC
2005–2006 Unione FC Budapest
2006 Hungary (assistant coach)
2007 Felsőpakony FC
2007 MFC Sopron
2008 BFC Siófok
2009 BFC Siófok (youth team)
2009 Vecsési FC
2009–2010 FK Tornala
2011–2012 Ferencváros
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

In 1984 Détári made his debut for the Hungarian national team against Switzerland. He scored 13 goals in 61 caps for his country until 1994.[3] He was a participant at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, where Hungary failed to progress from the group stage. Détári scored one goal in the 2:0 victory against Canada. To this day, this remains the last scored goal by Hungary in the World Cup finals.

In 1987 Détári was transferred from Honvéd Budapest to Eintracht Frankfurt in the German soccer national league for DM 3.6 millions (equivalent to €1.47 million in 2009). In the 1987–88 season he scored 11 goals in 33 caps. On 28 May 1988, Détári scored the goal in the 1:0 victory against VfL Bochum at the German Cup final. It was a direct free kick just outside the box, leading Eintracht to their 4th German Cup win. Détári had played in all six cup games that season.

At the beginning of the following season he was on the move for a world record fee of £6m.[4] Détári arrived in Greece to a tumultuous reception by the Piraeus club's supporters. Unfortunately, he did not justify the expectations of Olympiacos or the money spent in his acquisition, leaving after only two years in the midst of the scandal involving the owner of Olympiacos, George Koskotas. Still, in those two years he managed 35 goals in 60 league games, many of them from set plays which was his specialty.

After leaving Greece, Détári played for many clubs. Further clubs that Détári played for were Bologna F.C. 1909, Ancona Calcio, Neuchâtel Xamax and VSE St. Pölten.

Coaching careerEdit

After his playing days were over, Détári tried his hand at coaching in Hungary with Honved, in Vietnam for three months and in Greece with Panserraikos. He also coached Hungarian team Nyíregyháza and Haladás Szombathely. From March to October 2006, he was also co-trainer of the Hungarian national team active under Péter Bozsik. He started the 2007–08 season as MFC Sopron boss, but was sacked in October following a number of poor results in the league. In January 2008, he was hired as a coach by F.C. Poros, the local team of the Greek island of Poros.


On 2 January 2002, Détári was appointed as the manager of Budapest Honvéd.[5] He replaced Róbert Glázer who left for Újpest. Détári's team surprisingly beat the Hungarian champions Zalaegerszeg by 1–0 in the Bozsik Stadion.[6] On 20 August 2004, he returned to Honvéd as an assistant coach with György Bognár.[7] The pair replaced György Gálhidi who was sacked by Honvéd after an unsuccessful start in the Hungarian League.


Détári achieved promotion with Szombathelyi Haladás in 2003. On 27 August 2003, Détári resigned from his position even after his team made a good start.[8]


On 30 August 2011, Détári was appointed as the head coach of the Hungarian club Ferencváros due to the resignation of László Prukner after several defeats in the Hungarian League and the early farewell from the Europa League. Ferencváros won the first match with Détári by 2–0 against Zalaegerszeg which was coached by Ferencváros's former coach László Prukner.



  1. ^ "Lajos Détári". Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Détári, Lajos". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  3. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Hungary – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  4. ^ "Football - it's a rich man's world". When Saturday Comes. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Détári takes charge of Kispest". 2 January 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Hungary round-up: Kispest claim victory". 5 April 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Honvéd unveil experienced duo". 20 August 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Détári takes leave of Haladás". 27 August 2003. Retrieved 22 May 2011.