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Fehérvár Football Club (commonly known as Fehérvár, Vidi, or MOL Fehérvár Football Club for reasons of sponsorship), is a Hungarian professional football club based in Székesfehérvár, which plays in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, the top level of the Hungarian league system. Due to sponsorship reasons, the club changed its name from Videoton FC to MOL Vidi FC in 2018, the main sponsor of the club being oil and gas multinational company MOL. In 2019 the club changed its name once again to MOL Fehérvár FC.[1]

Fehérvár FC
MOL Fehérvár FC logo.svg
Full nameMOL Fehérvár Football Club
Nickname(s)Vidi
Founded1941; 78 years ago (1941)
GroundMOL Aréna Sóstó
Capacity14,201
OwnerIstván Garancsi
Head coachMarko Nikolić
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB I, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fehérvár has won the Nemzeti Bajnokság I three times, in 2011, 2015, and 2018. They have also won the Magyar Kupa twice: in 2006, after defeating Vasas on penalties in the final, and in 2019, after defeating Budapest Honvéd FC. They won the defunct Hungarian League Cup three times in 2008, 2009, and 2012. Fehérvár is best known in European football for reaching the 1985 UEFA Cup Final, being led by Ferenc Kovács.[2] Most recently, the team has participated in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League in the 2012–13 and 2018–19 seasons.

The club colours are blue and red. Since 1967, Fehérvár has been playing its home matches the Sóstói Stadion.

BackgroundEdit

The original name of the football club, Videoton, comes from the privately owned Hungarian company, Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM), the largest independent Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider in the CEE region, in the Top 30 worldwide, Top 10 in EU according to the latest ranking of MMI.[3][4]

On 1 July 2018, the club's name was changed from Videoton FC to MOL Vidi FC despite strong disagreement of the supporters of the club. A further change was made on the 1 July 2019, becoming Mol Fehérvár FC. This change won't affect anything else, as the Vidi brand will also be used by the club.[5]

HistoryEdit

Fehérvár was founded in 1941 as Székesfehérvári Vadásztölténygyár SK. After several name changes, adopting the term Videoton, the team played in the 1968 season but they were immediately relegated. Their first domestic success occurred in the 1975–76 season when they finished 2nd. Fehérvár's biggest domestic success happened in the 2010–11 season when they finished first.

At international level, Fehérvár's biggest success has been reaching the 1985 UEFA Cup Final where they lost to Real Madrid C.F.. Despite being Hungarian champions three times since 2000, Fehérvár have never qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. In 2018, they face Dudelange of Luxembourg in their first qualifying match for the 2018-19 CL.

Colours, badge and nicknamesEdit

The colours of the club are blue and red, representing the colours of the coat of arms of Székesfehérvár. The club used different crests and badges from their founding in 1941. The crests also indicate the changes of the name of the club, however, the colours were always the same i.e. blue and red. In the early 2000s, the club was named FC Fehérvár, which was changed to Videoton FC in 2009. The most famous nickname of the club is Vidi.

The badge (which is used since 2009) is blue and red, and in the centre the castle refers to the symbol of the town: "vár" from "Székesfehérvár" means castle. The name and the year of the founding can also be seen on the badge.

Name changesEdit

  • 1941: Vadásztölténygyári SK
  • 1942–44: Székesfehérvári MOVE Vadásztölténygyár Sport és Kultur Egyesület
  • 1944–48: Székesfehérvári SE
  • 1948–50: Székesfehérvári Dolgozók SE
  • 1950–62: Székesfehérvári Vasas SK
  • 1962–68: Székesfehérvári VT Vasas
  • 1968–90: Videoton Sport Club
  • 1990–92: Videoton-Waltham SC
  • 1992–93: Videoton-Waltham FC
  • 1993–95: Parmalat FC
  • 1995–96: Fehérvár-Parmalat FC
  • 1996: Fehérvár '96 FC
  • 1996–97: Videoton FC Fehérvár
  • 1997–05: Videoton FC
  • 2005–09: FC Fehérvár
  • 2009–2018: Videoton FC
  • 2018–2019: MOL Vidi FC [6]
  • 2019–present: MOL Fehérvár FC[7][8]

Manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

The following table shows in detail Videoton FC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1976–1989 Adidas Videoton
1989–1992 Waltham
1992–1993 Umbro
1993–1995 Parmalat
1995–1996 Hummel
1996–1997 Uhlsport
1997–1998  –
1998–1999 Videoton
−2001 Videoton
2001–2004 Diadora
2004–2006  –
2006–2007 Puma UPC
2007–2008 Hummel  –
2008–2015 Nike Máltai Szeretetszolgálat
2015– Adidas

StadiumEdit

The multi-purpose stadium of the club is located in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. The name of the stadium is Sóstói Stadion which originates from neighbouring Sóstó (in English Salt Lake). Its capacity is 14,300 (all seated) and it was opened in 1967. The record attendance was in 1985 when Videoton FC played Spanish giants Real Madrid in the first leg of the final of the UEFA Cup 1984–85.

The first ground of the club could be found in the Berényi Street. On 26 September 1946, the first match was played at the Berényi Street Ground. Videoton played its matches here from 1950 to 1959. From 1959, the team played on a grass turf until 1967. The club moved to the Sóstói Stadion three times. The first era spent at the stadium was between 1948–50 and 1959–62. In 1967, the club moved there permanently.

In 2007, the academy of the team was founded in Felcsút, the village where Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister spent his childhood. Videoton FC bought the team of Felcsút, which was played in the NB II and the team of the academy (named after Ferenc Puskás) competes in the Second League since that. The team is called Videoton-Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia (or Videoton II). Videoton-PFLA plays in Felcsút.

Due to the reconstruction of the Sóstói Stadion, Videoton played their home matches at the Pancho Aréna in the 2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság I and 2016–17 UEFA Europa League season. The Pancho Arena is located in Felcsút and its main tenant is Nemzeti Bajnokság II club Puskás Akadémia FC. The director of Videoton chose Pancho Aréna as their home due to the club's strong ties with Puskás Akadémia. However, the capacity of the Pancho Aréna is much smaller than Videoton's original stadium.

 
MOL Aréna Sóstó was opened in 2018

On 23 November 2016 the construction officially started.[9]

On 7 February 2017, László Horváth, project manager of Sóstó Konzorcium, said that the first phase of the construction ended. The demolition of the interior of the remaining main stand ended. The concrete of the demolished parts of the main stand will be reused in the building of the new stands. The Sóstó Konzorcium will have 14 months to finish the construction of the stadium.[10]

On 13 March 2017, László Horváth, project manager of Sóstó Konzorcium, said that thanks to the mild winter the construction of the new stadium is in good progress. The construction of the base of the stands were finished in March.[11]

On 27 March 2017, it was confirmed that the construction of the stadium would be finished by 16 January 2018. Péter Gönczöl, managing director of Strabag-MML Kft., said that the construction is in the most spectacular phase when the biggest panels are positioned into their places. András Cser-Palkovics, mayor of Székesfehérvár, said that due to the severe weather conditions during winter the construction could be finished by the deadline. Róbert Varga, director of Strabag-Hungary, added that the new stadium will be able to host 14,201 spectators and the stadium will be lying on a base of 10,199 square metres and the highest point of the stadium will be 21.28 metres.[12]

On 18 August 2017, it was announced that the main stand should also be demolished due to statical problems. Originally, the new stadium would have been built around the main stand. Due to the reconstruction of the main stand the opening of the new stadium will be delayed to June 2018.[13]

On 14 August 2018, an article was published on the Hungarian news website, Index.hu, stating that there will be further delays in the opening of the new stadium.[14] One day later, it was announced that the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League play-off matches will be played at Ferencvárosi TC's home stadium, Groupama Aréna in Budapest.[15]

The first match was played between Fehérvár FC and Újpest FC in the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season and it ended with a 1-0 victory for the home side. The first goal was scored by Roland Juhász. The new stadium was also renamed as MOL Aréna Sóstó for sponsorship reason. Since there was a MOL Aréna in Dunaszerdahely, Sóstó was added to the new name.[16]

OwnershipEdit

Being the favourite football club of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Videoton FC co-operates with Puskás Akadémia FC, Felcsút. From 2010, some of the most wealthy Hungarian millionaires started to appear in the VIP of the team (e.g. Sándor Csányi, president of the Hungarian OTP Bank and the Hungarian Football Association) by the side of the Prime Minister. That is why supporters of rival teams often think that Videoton FC gets financial and other help from the politics and the referees.[17]

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

 
Videoton supporters at the ETO Park, in Győr (2010).

The supporters of the club are based in Székesfehérvár, in Fejér County, Hungary. One of the group of supporters is the Red Blue Devils which is considered the main ultras of the team (there are smaller groups like Red-Blue City, Sóstói Hableányok, G-pont). Fehérvár FC is in rivalry with the most famous Hungarian clubs such as Ferencváros, Újpest, Győri ETO, Haladás, and Debrecen. The club has a local rival, Puskás Akadémia FC, based in Felcsút, Fejér County, but the rivalry is relatively tame. These two clubs had a stadium share in Felcsut while Fehérvár’s stadium was under renovation, 2016-18. Fejer county's second most populated city is Dunaújváros, but Dunaferr FC, formerly based there, no longer exists. Between 1997–99, Videoton's local rival was Gázszer FC which was based in Agárd, Fejér County.

Fehérvár FC has a selection of celebrity supporters such as the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán.[18]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

InternationalEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 2019

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 Dániel Kovács
3   DF Paulo Vinícius (Vice-captain)
4   DF Adrian Rus
5   DF Attila Fiola
6   MF Ákos Elek
7   MF Ivan Petryak
8   MF Anel Hadžić
9   MF Szabolcs Huszti
10   MF István Kovács
11   DF Loïc Négo
15   FW Armin Hodžić
16   DF Visar Musliu
17   MF Máté Pátkai
18   FW Márkó Futács
No. Position Player
19   MF Boban Nikolov
20   DF Attila Mocsi
21   MF Bálint Szabó
22   DF Stopira
23   DF Roland Juhász (captain)
35   GK Bence Gundel-Takács
49   MF Krisztián Géresi
55   MF Danilo Pantić (on loan from Chelsea)
65   DF Szilveszter Hangya
70   FW Funsho Bamgboye
74   GK Ádám Kovácsik
77   MF Georgi Milanov
99   FW Dániel Zsóri

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
  DF Bendegúz Bolla (at Zalaegerszeg)
  DF Krisztián Tamás (at Zalaegerszeg)
No. Position Player
  MF Zsombor Berecz (at Mezőkövesd)

Club officialsEdit

Board of directorsEdit

Position Name
Chairman   Istvan Garancsi
Managing Director   Attila Balogh
Director of Football   Zoltán Kovács
International Coordinator/TMS Manager   David Rechnitzer
Director of academy   Imre Kenyeres
Club Secretary   Adrienn Farkas
Finance Manager   Szilvia Mocher
Marketing Manager   Ádám Várkonyi
Marketing Assistant   Adám Pinter

Staff[19]Edit

Position Name
Head Coach   Marko Nikolić
Assistant Coach   Radoje Smiljanić
Assistant Coach   Tamás Szalai
Coach   Đorđe Jorović
Goalkeeper Coach   István Brockhauser
Fitness Coach   Goran Basarić
Technical Director   Szabolcs Pánczél
Club Doctor   Tibor Kovács
Head video analyst   Gábor Késedi
Video analyst   Bence Pap
Head Scout   Tamás Balogh
Physiotherapist 1   Zsolt Tóth
Physiotherapist 2   Gábor Barta
Sport masseur 1   Péter Gáspár
Sport masseur 2   Ildikó Fejes
Sport masseur 3   Tibor Debreceni
Kitman 1   Róbert Lakatos
Kitman 2   Gergő Stéger

Former club directorsEdit

Notable foreign playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "UEFA Cup 1984–85: Madrid awake from European slumber". UEFA.com. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Videoton: Your complex manufacturing partner in Hungary, Bulgaria and Ukraine". videoton.hu. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 March 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Istvan Garancsi: New name with new objectives". molvidi.hu. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  7. ^ "NB I: júliustól nincs többé Mol Vidi FC, ismét nevet vált a klub" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Our teams will wear the name of the city from 2019/2020". MOL Vidi. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Videoton: elkezdődött a Sóstói Stadion építése". Nemzeti Sport. 24 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Videoton: az ütemtervnek megfelelően halad a stadionépítés – képek". Nemzeti Sport. 7 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Videoton: így állnak a stadionépítési munkák – képek". Nemzeti Sport. 13 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Videoton: időben kész lesz a Sóstói Stadion – képek, videó". Nemzeti Sport. 27 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Videoton: súlyos statikai problémák – csúszás a Sóstói Stadionnál". Nemzeti Sport. 18 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Ez a Vidi-stadion már sose lesz kész?". Index.hu. 14 August 2018.
  15. ^ "A további nemzetközi kupameccsekre a Groupama Arénába költözik a Vidi". Molvidi.hu. 15 August 2018.
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