Puskás Akadémia FC

Puskás Ferenc Labdarugó Akadémia, commonly known as Puskás Akadémia FC or simply Puskás Akadémia, is a football club based in Felcsút, Hungary, that competes in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, the top flight of Hungarian football.

Puskás Akadémia
Puskás Akadémia FC logo.svg
Full namePuskás Ferenc Labdarugó Akadémia
Founded2005; 15 years ago (2005)
GroundPancho Aréna, Felcsút
Capacity3,816 all seated
OwnerFelcsúti Utánpótlás Neveléséért Alapítvány
CoachZsolt Hornyák
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB I, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Puskás Akadémia have spent five seasons in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, the top flight of the Hungarian football league system, and reached the final of the 2017-18 Magyar Kupa season.

HistoryEdit

The aim of the founders is to establish an academy for Videoton and to establish a fitting memorial to former Hungarian national footballer Ferenc Puskás.

On the 30th matchday of the 2015–16 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season Robert Jarni was dismissed due to the defeat against Békéscsaba 1912 Előre at the Pancho Aréna on 16 April 2016 resulting Puskás Akadémia's last position and relegation for the first time in the season.[1]

On 22 December 2016, Attila Pintér was appointed as the head coach of the club. Pintér left Mezőkövesdi SE, playing in the 2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season, for Puskás Akadémia.[2]

On 21 May 2017, Puskás Akadémia won the 2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season after a goalless draw against Ceglédi VSE in Albertirsa. As a consequence, Puskás Akadémia got promoted to the 2017–18 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season. They could return to the first division after spending only one year in the second division.[3][4]

On 12 June 2017, András Komjáti, previously manager of Vasas SC, was appointed as the club director.[5]

Before the start of the 2017–18 Nemzeti Bajnokság I, Puskás Akadémia signed Molnár from Mezőkövesd[6], Radó from Ferencváros[7], thus becoming the third most valuable team in the 2017–18 season of the Nemzeti Bajnokság I.[8]

On 4 June 2018, Pintér was sacked after finishing 6th in the 2017–18 Nemzeti Bajnokság I.[9]

On 8 December 2018, after a 1–1 draw against Paksi FC Benczés was sacked due to the negative results. The club finished 9th before the winter break. Therefore, András Komjáti would be the interim manager on the last match day of the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I.[10]

On 29 December 2018, János Radoki, who was born in Mór, was appointed as the manager of the club. Radoki previously played 25 matches in the 1999–2000 Bundesliga in SSV Ulm as a player. He managed the U-17 team of FC Augsburg and the U-19 team of Greuther Fuerth.[11] On 7 April 2019, Radoki was replaced by András Komjáti after a shocking defeat (0–4) at home against Kisvárda FC.[12]

HonoursEdit

Youth teamsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 January, 2020

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 Balázs Tóth
4   MF Szilárd Bokros
5   DF Thomas Meißner
6   MF Yoell van Nieff
7   FW Golgol Mebrahtu
8   MF Jozef Urblík
9   FW Bence Sós
11   FW Luciano Slagveer
14   MF Artem Favorov
15   MF Jakub Plsek
17   FW David Vaněček
18   DF András Huszti
19   GK Lajos Hegedűs
20   MF Márton Radics
No. Position Player
22   DF Roland Szolnoki (captain)
23   DF Csaba Spandler
25   MF Zsolt Nagy
26   DF Kamen Hadzhiev
29   FW Nándor Tamás
30   MF Josip Knežević
33   MF József Varga
68   DF János Hegedűs
77   FW Ádám Gyurcsó (on loan from Hajduk Split)
97   FW György Komáromi
99   DF László Deutsch
  MF Ján Vlasko

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

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

SeasonsEdit

ManagersEdit

TriviaEdit

The team is infamous in Hungary for its contradictious name choice. They have nothing to do with Ferenc Puskás who only played for Budapest Honvéd in his home country and has never been in Felcsút. [However, Ferenc Puskás and Viktor Orbán talked a lot about a new academic system to stir up Hungarian football. Puskás had the idea of a new academy. After his death his widow agreed to name the newly established academy after her late husband.] In spite of the name Akadémia (Hungarian for Academy) they have only a few homegrown players and their squad mainly consists of older Hungarian players and foreigners. They haven't got many fans. The Puskás Akadémia's average attendance in the 2018/19 season is 1340 (2nd lowest club in the season). [This is around the average attendance in Hungary - most teams have this number from matchday to matchday.] The fans don't go for away games. This is why many people trolling with the club. For example, on 2 away matches against Debrecen and Mezőkövesd where the home fans put paper pellets in guest sectors. Other interesting: Pancho Aréna's capacity more than double of Felcsút's population. Many aren't only hostile to the club because of the use of names, but also because of the current government party (Fidesz) close to the club, such as Viktor Orbán (current prime minister of Hungary) and Lőrinc Mészáros (the owner of Puskás Academy, friend of Orbán and the richest man in Hungary).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NB I: Jarnit azonnali hatállyal menesztették, Szíjjártó az utód". Nemzeti Sport. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "NBII: Pintér Attila lesz a Puskás Akadémia vezetőedzője – hivatalos". Nemzeti Sport. 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ "NB II: bajnokként feljutott a Puskás AFC, drámai zalai végjáték". Nemzeti Sport. 21 May 2017.
  4. ^ "2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság II". Soccerway.com. 1 June 2017.
  5. ^ "PAFC: Komjáti András lett a klubigazgató". Nemzeti Sport. 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "PAFC: Mezőkövesdről érkezett szélső – hivatalos" [PAFC: a winger arrived from Mezőkövesd - official] (in Hungarian). Nemzetisport.hu. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  7. ^ "PAFC: itt a mai második igazolás, Radó aláírt – hivatalos" [PAFC: here is the second signing today, Radó was signed - official] (in Hungarian). Nemzetisport.hu. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  8. ^ "NB I: a Fradi a legértékesebb csapat, a Puskás Akadémia a 3" [NB I: Fradi is the most valuable, Puskás Akadémia is the third] (in Hungarian). Nemzetisport.hu. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.nemzetisport.hu/labdarugo_nb_i/pafc-pinter-attila-kozos-megegyezessel-tavozik-hivatalos-2639381
  10. ^ "Puskás Akadémia: menesztették Benczés Miklós vezetőedzőt" [Puskás Akadémia: Miklós Benczés was sacked]. Nemzeti Sport. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Puskás Akadémia: aláírt a Móron született vezetőedző" [Puskás Akadémia: a manager who was born in Mór was appointed]. Nemzeti Sport. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Puskás Akadémia: a hétvégi vereség után felmentették Radoki Jánost". Nemzeti Sport. 7 April 2019.
  13. ^ http://m.nemzetisport.hu/labdarugo_nb_i/nb-i-kineveztek-a-puskas-akademia-uj-edzojet-2639943
  14. ^ "Puskás Akadémia: aláírt a Móron született vezetőedző" [Puskás Akadémia: a manager who was born in Mór was appointed]. Nemzeti Sport. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Puskás Akadémia: a hétvégi vereség után felmentették Radoki Jánost". Nemzeti Sport. 7 April 2019.
  16. ^ "A PAFC új edzője egy csapatot egyszer már bent tartott az NB I-ben". Nemzeti Sport. 8 April 2019.

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