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Full name Újpest Football Club
Nickname(s) Lilák(Purples)
Founded 1885 as Újpesti Torna Egylet
Ground Szusza Ferenc Stadium,
(Capacity: 13,501)
Chairman Hungary István Csehi
Manager Scotland Willie McStay
League Soproni Liga (NB1)
2008-09 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Újpest FC B
Full name Újpest Football Club "B"
Nickname(s) Lilák(Purples)
Founded 2007 as Újpest FC B
Ground Megyeri út,Füves edzőpálya,
Manager Hungary Péter Víg
League Hungarian National Championship III (NB3)
Duna Group
2008-09 2nd

Újpest Football Club (usually known simply as Újpest), earlier known as Újpesti TE (UTE) and Újpesti Dózsa, is a Hungarian football club, based in Újpest, Budapest. The club's colours are purple and white. Their 20 league titles and 8 cup titles make them one of the most successful clubs in the country while their long history makes them the oldest still existing one. Újpest plays at Budapest's Szusza Ferenc Stadium.

Újpest FC is part of the Újpesti TE family. The club includes other sports sections that represent the club at ice hockey and waterpolo.



Early years

The club was founded on 16 June 1885 by school teacher János Goll in Újpest, a separate city in those times, just next to the borders of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, under the name Újpesti Torna Egylet (Újpesti TE). It was formed first as a general athletic club, performing gymnastics and fencing, and their motto was "Soundness, Strength, Harmony" (Hungarian: Épség, Erő, Egyetértés). In 1899 a football club was formed in the city of Újpest under the name Újpesti FC and with the same colours: purple and white. The first official match of Újpesti FC was a 1:1 draw on 29 April 1900 against III. Kerületi TVE. In 1901 the two clubs (UTE and Újpesti FC) merged together and formed the football division of Újpesti TE and the club joined the second division of the newly formed Hungarian League. Újpest is ever since one of two teams in Hungary that have never missed a season since the beginnings of league games in the country.

Újpest were promoted to the first division in 1904 and they have managed to play on top flight ever since except for the season of 1911-12 when they finished as champions of the second division after a one year relegation.

The first golden era

The club built the new Megyeri road stadium in 1922, which marked the opening of a new era of medal collection. The legendary "Fogl-gate" (Fogl-gát in Hungarian), a massive defending formation of brothers Károly Fogl II and József Fogl III for both the national team and Újpest was the key point for the club's successes. From 1926, after the introduction of professional football in Hungary, the football team was playing under the name Újpest FC. The late 20's and 30's brought the first golden age of the club, marked by finishing on top of the Hungarian first division 5 times and international cup success, including two Mitropa Cup titles in 1929 and 1939, and also the Cup of Nations title in 1930. The team finished on one of the first three positions in every season between 1926 and 1942, and played in five cup finals during the 20's and 30's.

Újpest gave 5 players for the World Cup of 1938 to silver medalist Hungary including György Szűcs, Antal Szalay, István Balogh I, Jenő Vincze, and the rising star of Hungarian football, Gyula Zsengellér.

After World War II

The first years after World War II saw the second golden era of Újpest, and saw the club on the top of the championship three times in a row, once even giving 9 players to the Hungarian national team. Players like Ferenc Szusza, Béla Egresi, Sándor Balogh II, István Nyers or Mihály Nagymarosi were setting records of winning 30 consecutive games, or scoring 187 goals in one single season.

In 1950 the communist government chose Újpest as official club of the police and renamed them Budapesti Dózsa (after György Dózsa), a fairly common practice in Eastern Bloc countries (except that in other places "police clubs" were all named Dinamo/Dynamo) and two decades of moderate league and cup success followed. In 1951, defender Sándor Szűcs, after being executed by the communist government for high treason during a secret pre-arranged trial, became a martyr of the club. As a result of the less successful years, Mihály Tóth was just one of two Újpest players in 1954 World Cup squad, and the only one to play in the final. During the 1956 revolution, the club renamed itself Újpesti TE, however after the revolution was pulled down by the Soviets, the Hungarian government - unlike for FTC or MTK - didn't let the club use their old name. This resulted the name Újpesti Dózsa, which was referring both to the district and to the police. After 13 years without a league title, Újpest became champions of Hungary in 1959-60, and reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in 1962 with the help of the new star, János Göröcs.

Magic Újpest

The year 1967, when manager Lajos Baróti was signed by the club leaders, marked the start of a new golden era. After two silver medals, Újpest won the league in 1969 and played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final in the same year (and lost with a result of 2-6 on aggregate against Newcastle United). The team started an amazing 7 wins in a row in the league, Újpest won all the seasons from 1969 to 1975, setting incredible post-war records like scoring exactly 500 goals in the seven seasons or losing only 4 home matches in 10 seasons. The club enjoyed success in the other domestic competition, winning the Hungarian Cup for the first time in 1969, and also in 1970 & 1975. On international level besides the Inter-Cities Faris Cup final, Újpesti Dózsa reached the European Cup quarter-finals in three consecutive year after 1972 and once even played in the semi-final in 1974, where only the later winners Bayern Munich could put a stop to the campaign. The club was considered one of the best teams in Europe beating such teams like English champions Leeds United in 1969, Spanish champion Valencia CF in 1971, Scottish champion Celtic Glasgow in 1972, or Portuguese top team Benfica in 1973.

The 'landmark' of the team - as always for Újpest - was goal scoring. The famous Fazekas - Göröcs - Bene - Dunai II - Zámbó attacking formation, invented and led by manager Lajos Baróti, scored dozens of goals, attracted thousands of football fans both in Hungary and outside the country. Bene became 5 times topscorer of Hungary, Dunai II and Fazekas won the Silver boot award for scoring the second most goals in the continent.

After Göröcs, Bene and Dunai left the team, András Törőcsik and László Fekete joined Újpest to reach two more league titles in 1978 and 1979 with former player Pál Várhidi as the head coach. Törőcsik was considered a "magician" by the fans of the club, making unbelievable dribbles, scoring amaizing goals and getting unexpected assists to teammates, while Fekete also won the European Silver boot.


The general decline of Hungarian football reached the club in the early '80s, and league results worsened, winning only one silver and one bronze medal during the decade. However the team was more successful in the cups, winning the Hungarian Cup in 1982, 1983 and 1987. Some good results were also reached by Újpest on International level, beating UEFA Cup title-holder IFK Göteborg, German top team 1. FC Köln and Cup Winners' Cup title holder Aberdeen, which also meant reaching the Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final in 1984.

After the fall of communism, the club changed their name back to Újpesti TE. The club started the new decade with a championship title in 1989-90, and with cup success in 1992. The team also won the first ever edition of the Hungarian Super Cup in 1992. However the league results were again poor, with a 14th position and relegation/promotion playoff games bottom in 1993. After securing their first league position, better results started to come. The team, including players György Véber and Zoltán Szlezák, reached the 2nd and 3rd positions in the middle of the decade, and finally won the Hungarian league in 1997-98, after Zoltán Kovács and Miklós Herczeg joined the squad.

Recent History


With the fall of the communist government and the termination of state sponsorship there came financial problems as well, just like for all other Hungarian football teams. Professionalism was once again introduced in Hungarian football in 1998, thus the club changed their name again, but this time to the well known Újpest FC. However hard times reached the club soon, and the key players left Újpest due to the lack of money. The situation became better after 2001, when the stadium went over a complete renovation, and the club's new owners invested more money in football. Their efforts resulted in a new Cup and Supercup title in 2002, but the team finished in the middle of the league table for years.

With three silver medals won in 2004, 2006 & 2009, Újpest is once again back to the top teams of Hungary. Today the club's financial situation is relatively stable, with one of the largest budgets in the country. They are currently strong contenders in the domestic league, but international appearances are still few and far between.

Újpest is now linked up with Scottish club Celtic, the two clubs are involved in exchanging players in the benefit of both teams.

Name Changes

  • 1885: Újpesti TE (Újpesti Torna Egylet)
  • 1926: Újpest FC (Újpest Football Club) (due to the introduction of professional football)
  • 1945: Újpesti TE
  • 1950: Bp. Dózsa SE (Budapesti Dózsa Sport Egyesület)
  • 1956: Újpesti TE (during the Hungarian revolution)
  • 1957: Ú. Dózsa SC (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club)
  • 1991: Újpesti TE
  • 1998: Újpest FC

NB I Results

Since 1905 Újpest FC has spent 103 seasons in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, winning the league 20 times.


Újpest's home stadium is Szusza Ferenc Stadium, which has been their home since the opening on 17 September 1922. It was known as Megyeri úti stadium until it was named after the club's legendary player, Ferenc Szusza in October 2003. After the renovations which took place in 2000 and 2001 the ground can hold 13,501 spectators.

Affiliated clubs

Current squad

As of 22 February 2010.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Szabolcs Balajcza
2 Serbia DF Ivan Dudić
3 Scotland MF Mark Millar (on loan from Celtic)
4 Hungary DF Zoltán Takács
5 Serbia MF Dušan Vasiljević
6 England MF Tony Stokes
8 Hungary FW Péter Rajczi
9 England FW Gary Martin (on loan from Middlesbrough)
11 Hungary MF Péter Simek
13 Hungary DF Péter Varga
14 Hungary FW Roland Varga (on loan from Brescia)
15 Hungary DF Zoltán Kiss
No. Position Player
16 Hungary MF Gábor Demjén (on loan from Videoton)
17 Hungary MF Norbert Tóth
18 Hungary DF Krisztián Vermes
19 Hungary DF Tamás Vaskó (vice-captain)
20 Central African Republic FW Foxi Kethevoama
21 Hungary DF Zsolt Korcsmár
22 Hungary FW Péter Kabát (captain)
24 Hungary DF Zoltán Pollák
27 Hungary MF Dániel Kovács
31 Hungary MF Dávid Barczi
36 Hungary GK Tamás Horváth
-- Hungary DF Zsolt Szokol

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Újpest FC starting eleven (2009 autumn)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of the Congo FW Francis Litsingi (KTE-Ereco)
Hungary MF Norbert Hajdú (Bp. Honvéd)
Hungary GK Zoltán Végh (Vasas)
Hungary FW Tibor Tisza (Royal Antwerp FC)
Hungary FW Bence Szabó (Pécs)
No. Position Player
Hungary MF Dániel Nagy (Hamburg)
Hungary MF Remili Mohamed (Vasas)
Hungary MF Attila Hullám (Vecsés)
Hungary MF Dávid Szekér (Gyirmót)

Transfers 2009/2010

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player Out:
Coach Hungary Lázár Szentes (to Nyíregyháza Spartacus)
Hungary DF Zoltán Lipták (to FC Fehérvár)
Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Josip Ćutuk (released)
Hungary GK András Dombai (to FC Tatabánya)
Hungary MF Péter Kincses (to Vasas SC)
Hungary GK Péter Kurucz (to England West Ham United)
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mario Božić (to Slovakia Slovan Bratislava)
Hungary MF Szabolcs Üveges (to Italy Parma)
Hungary MF Norbert Hajdú (on loan to Honvéd)
Hungary DF Zoltán Kiss (loan to Nyíregyháza)
Hungary FW Ádám Kisznyér (retired)
Hungary MF Attila Hullám (loan to Vecsési FC)
Hungary GK Zoltán Végh (loan to Vasas SC)
Hungary FW Mohamed Remili (loan to Vasas SC)
Hungary DF Gábor Dvorschák (loan to Kecskeméti TE)
Hungary MF Gábor Bori (loan return MTK)
Hungary MF György Sándor (to Videoton FC)
Hungary MF Gergely Fűzfa (to Pápa)
Montenegro DF Mladen Lambulić (to Kecskemét)
Brazil MF Jucemar (loan to EC Pelotas)
Hungary FW Attila Simon (to Kecskeméti TE)
No. Position Player In:
Coach Scotland Willie McStay (from Scotland Celtic Reserves)
Serbia DF Mladen Lambulić (from MTK)
Hungary GK Zoltán Végh (from MTK)
Hungary MF Norbert Tóth (from Haladás)
Hungary DF Zoltán Takács (from Italy SPAL 1907)
England MF Tony Stokes (from England West Ham United)
Scotland MF Mark Millar (loan from Scotland Celtic F.C.)
Hungary DF Zoltán Kiss (loan return from Nyíregyháza)
Hungary DF Gábor Dvorschák (loan return from Kecskemét)
Hungary FW Roland Varga (from Italy Brescia)
Hungary DF Zsolt Szokol (from Békéscsaba)
Hungary MF Dušan Vasiljević (from Slavia Prague)
Hungary MF Gábor Demjén (loan from Videoton)
England FW Gary Martin (loan from England Middlesbrough)

B squad

As of 22 February 2010.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Dániel Bordás
2 Hungary DF Bence Illés
4 Hungary DF Tamás Tóvizi
5 Hungary DF Ádám Privigyei
13 Hungary MF Viktor Mundi
14 Hungary MF Márk Bogdán
16 Hungary MF Sándor Mihalecz
17 Hungary DF Róbert Litauszki
18 Hungary MF Electo Wilson
21 Hungary MF László Gyűrű
24 Hungary FW Richárd Frank
Hungary DF György Szabó
No. Position Player
Hungary GK Gábor Horváth
Hungary DF Bálint Bárkányi
Hungary DF Vilmos Szalai
Hungary MF Krisztián Simon
Hungary MF Tamás Egerszegi
Hungary MF Mátyás Magos
Hungary MF Bertold Popovics
Hungary FW Bence Lázár
Hungary FW Attila Széki
Hungary DF Péter Varga
Hungary MF Gergő Tárkányi

Újpest in European competition

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961-62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Malta Floriana FC 10-2 5-2 15-4
1. Round Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam 3-1 1-2 4-3
Quarter-finals Scotland Dunfermline FC 4-3 1-0 5-3
Semi-finals Italy ACF Fiorentina 0-1 0-2 0-3
1962-63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Poland Zagłębie Sosnowiec 5-0 0-0 5-0
1. Round Italy SSC Napoli 1-1 1-1 2-2 (playoff 1-3)
1982-83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Sweden IFK Göteborg 3-1 1-1 4-2
2. Round Spain Real Madrid CF 0-1 1-3 1-4
1983-84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Greece AEK Athens 4-1 0-2 4-3
2. Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 3-1 2-4 5-5(a)
Quarter-finals Scotland Aberdeen FC 2-0 0-3 2-3(aet)
1987-88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Netherlands FC Den Haag 1-0 1-3 2-3
1992-93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Italy Parma FC 1-1 0-1 1-2

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 2 France Stade Français 0-0 1-0
Group 2 Italy AC Mantova 4-0 4-1
Group 3 Czechoslovakia CKD Praha 2-2 3-2
Quarter-finals Czechoslovakia RH Slovnaft Bratislava 1-0 1-4 2-4
1985 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 10 Norway Valerenga IF 3-0 0-2
Group 10 Sweden Hammarby IF 2-1 2-2
Group 10 Austria SC Eisenstadt 3-0 1-0
1986 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 6 Denmark Aarhus GF 1-0 3-2
Group 6 Switzerland Grasshoppers FC 3-1 1-0
Group 6 Austria VfB Admira Wacker 2-0 2-3
1987 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 3 Germany FC Erzgebirge Aue 3-3 0-3
Group 3 Bulgaria PFC Spartak Varna 5-1 0-2
Group 3 Sweden Halmstads BK 4-2 0-2

UEFA Europa League

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1958-60 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI 1-0 2-4 3-4
1960-61 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round England Birmingham City 1-2 2-3 3-5
1963-64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round East Germany SC Leipzig 3-2 0-0 3-2
2. Round Bulgaria PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0-0 3-1 3-1
Quarter-finals Spain Valencia CF 3-1 2-5 5-6
1965-66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2. Round England Everton FC 3-0 1-2 4-2
3. Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 4-0 2-3 6-3
Quarter-finals England Leeds United 1-1 1-4 2-5
1968-69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Luxembourg US Luxembourg x-x x-x w/o
2. Round Greece Aris Thessaloniki F.C. 9-1 2-1 11-2
3. Round Poland Legia Warszawa 2-2 1-0 3-2
Quarter-finals England Leeds United 2-0 1-0 3-0
Semi-finals Turkey Göztepe AS 4-0 4-1 8-1
Final England Newcastle United 2-3 0-3 2-6
1969-70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Partizan 2-0 1-2 3-2
2. Round Belgium Club Brugge 3-0 2-5 5-5(a)
3. Round East Germany FC Carl Zeiss Jena 0-3 0-1 0-4
1976-77 UEFA Cup 1. Round Spain Athletic Bilbao 1-0 0-5 1-5
1977-78 UEFA Cup 1. Round Austria LASK Linz 7-0 2-3 9-3
2. Round Spain Athletic Bilbao 2-0 0-3 2-3(aet)
1980-81 UEFA Cup 1. Round Spain Real Sociedad 1-1 0-1 1-2
1988-89 UEFA Cup 1. Round Iceland ÍA Akranes 2-1 0-0 2-1
2. Round France Girondins Bordeaux 0-1 0-1 0-2
1995-96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Slovakia FC Košice 2-1 1-0 3-1
1. Round France RC Strasbourg 0-2 0-3 0-5
1997-98 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 6-0 3-2 9-2
2. Qualifying Round Denmark AGF Aarhus 0-0 2-3 2-3
1998-99 UEFA Cup 1. Round Belgium Club Brugge 0-5 2-2 2-7
1999-00 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Serbia and Montenegro FK Vojvodina 1-1 0-4 1-5
2002-03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 1-0 2-2 3-2
1. Round France Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 0-3 0-4
2004-05 UEFA Cup 2. Qualifying Round Switzerland Servette FC 3-1 2-0 5-1
1. Round Germany VfB Stuttgart 1-3 0-4 1-7
2006-07 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 0-4 1-0 1-4
2009-10 UEFA Europa League 2. Qualifying Round Romania FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-2 0-2 1-4

UEFA Champions League

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1960-61 European Cup Preliminary Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3-0 2-1 5-1
1. Round Portugal S.L. Benfica 2-1 2-6 4-7
1970-71 European Cup 1. Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 2-0 0-4 2-4
1971-72 European Cup 1. Round Sweden Malmö FF 4-0 0-1 4-1
2. Round Spain Valencia CF 2-1 1-0 3-1
Quarter-finals Scotland Celtic Glasgow 1-2 1-1 2-3
1972-73 European Cup 1. Round Switzerland FC Basel 2-0 2-3 4-3
2. Round Scotland Celtic Glasgow 3-0 1-2 4-2
Quarter-finals Italy Juventus FC 2-2 0-0 2-2(a)
1973-74 European Cup 1. Round Republic of Ireland Waterford United 3-0 3-2 6-2
2. Round Portugal S.L. Benfica 2-0 1-1 3-1
Quarter-finals Czechoslovakia FC Spartak Trnava 1-1 1-1 2-2(p4-3)
Semi-finals Germany FC Bayern Munich 1-1 0-3 1-4
1974-75 European Cup 1. Round Bulgaria PFC Levski Sofia 4-1 3-0 7-1
2. Round England Leeds United 1-2 0-3 1-5
1975-76 European Cup 1. Round Switzerland FC Zürich 4-0 1-5 5-5(a)
2. Round Portugal S.L. Benfica 3-1 2-5 5-6
1978-79 European Cup 1. Round Czechoslovakia 1. FC Brno 0-2 2-2 2-4
1979-80 European Cup 1. Round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 3-2 0-2 3-4
1990-91 European Cup 1. Round Italy SSC Napoli 0-2 0-3 0-5
1998-99 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Moldova FC Zimbru Chisinau 3-1 0-1 3-2
2. Qualifying Round Austria SK Sturm Graz 2-3 0-4 2-7

Notable former players

See also


see also




  • Hungarian Cup:
    • Winners (8): 1969, 1970, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1992, 2002
    • Runners-up (6): 1922, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1933, 1998


Other trophies

European record

As of 30 March 2008:
Competition Seasons From To Record
UEFA Champions League 11 1960 1998 44 18 8 18 70 72
UEFA Cup 17 1958 2006 66 27 10 29 106 107
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 1961 1992 27 11 5 11 51 40
34 seasons 137 56 23 58 227 219

P = matches played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against


  • Record League victory — 16-0 v. Nemzeti SC, (22 May 1945)
  • Record 2nd League victory — 22-0 v. Postatakarékpénztár, (20 November 1904)
  • Record away victory — 10-0 v. Salgótarjáni SE, (21 May 1939) and v. Budai Barátság, (1 April 1946)
  • Record League Defeat — 0-9 v. Törekvés, (17 May 1914)
  • Most League Appearances — 462, Ferenc Szusza (1941–60)
  • Most League Goals scored — 392, Ferenc Szusza
  • Most League Goals in a Season — 56, Gyula Zsengellér, 1938–39
  • Most Goals scored in a Match — 6
  • Most Capped Player — 92, László Fazekas (1968–83)
  • Record League Attendance (Megyeri út) — 40,000 v. Ferencvárosi TC (September 18, 1949)
  • Record League Attendance (Népstadion) — 90,000 v. Bp. Honvéd (September 10, 1956)
  • Longest unbeaten Run — 31 (League), (30 July 1945 - 17 June 1946)
  • Most League Goals in a season: — 184 (1945/46)
  • Most points in a season — 76 (34 games, 1996/97)

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