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Újpest Football Club (usually known simply as Újpest), earlier known as Újpesti TE (UTE) and Újpesti Dózsa, is a Hungary football (soccer) 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 Újpesti TE (ice hockey) and Újpesti TE (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" . 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 TUE. 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 Borsodi Liga. 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 Borsodi Liga 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 Szusza Ferenc Stadium in 1922, which marked the opening of a new era of medal collection. The legendary "Fogl-gate" (Fogl-gát in Hungarian language), a massive defending formation of brothers Károly Fogl and József Fogl 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 Mitropa Cup 1929 and 1939, and also the Coupe des Nations 1930 title in 1930. The team finished on one of the first three positions in every season between 1926 and 1942, and played in five Hungarian Cup during the 20's and 30's.

Újpest gave 5 players for the 1938 FIFA World Cup to silver medalist Hungary national football team 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 Hungary national football 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 George 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 (1926-1990) was just one of two Újpest players in 1954 FIFA World Cup squads squad, and the only one to play in the final. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, 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 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1961-62 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 F.C.). 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 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in three consecutive year after 1972 and once even played in the semi-final in European Cup 1973-74, 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 A.F.C. in 1969, Spanish champion Valencia CF in 1971, Scottish champion Celtic FC in 1972, or Portuguese top team S.L. Benfica in 1973.

The 'landmark' of the team – as always for Újpest – was goal scoring. The famous László Fazekas – János Göröcs – Ferenc Bene – Antal Dunai II – Sándor 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 European Golden Shoe 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 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup title holder Aberdeen F.C., which also meant reaching the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1983-84.

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 (footballer born 1973) 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 Szusza Ferenc Stadium went over a complete renovation, and the club's new owners invested more money in football. In December 2001 Róbert Glázer was appointed as the new coach of the club. Their efforts resulted in a new Hungarian Cup beating Szombathelyi Haladás in the final with a last-minute goal in and Hungarian Super Cup title in 2002, but the team finished in the middle of the league table for years.
In the qualifying round of the 2002-03 UEFA Cup season Újpest beat KÍ Klaksvík 3-2 on aggregate. In the first round Újpest faced with the French people Paris Saint-Germain F.C and lost to them 4-0 on aggregate.

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.

In August 2006 former Újpest legend Ferenc Szusza died at the age of 82. He is still considered as one of the best players ever of the club. Szusza scored 393 goals in 463 matches. The club named their stadium Szusza Ferenc Stadium in order to honour the feat of their former player.

In 2006 the club appointed the former Hungary national football team and Malaysia national football team Bertalan Bicskei as the new coach.

In April 2010, Willie McStay (footballer born 1961) resigned from his coaching position after six defeats in a row.

In July 2011, the former Real Madrid C.F. and Netherlands national football team coach Leo Beenhakker was appointed as the new sporting director of the club.

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 Hungarian Revolution: 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.


Újpest share a rivalry with many other Budapest based clubs, most notable of these is the Ferencváros TC and Újpest FC rivalry with Ferencváros.

B squad

Újpest in European competition

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

UEFA Intertoto Cup

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Champions League

Notable former players

- Túlio Costa
- István Nyers
- János Aknai
- Stefan Auer
- István Balogh (footballer)
- Sándor Balogh
- Ferenc Bene
- Ferenc Deák (footballer)
- Antal Dunai
- Ede Dunai III
- Béla Egresi
- László Fazekas
- László Fekete
- Károly Fogl
- József Fogl
- Gyula Futó
- János Göröcs
- Sándor Jenei
- Péter Juhász
- Benő Káposzta
- József Kardos
- Zoltán Kovács (footballer born 1973)
- István Kozma (footballer)
- László Nagy (footballer)
- Mihály Nagymarosi
- Ernő Noskó
- István Priboj
- Ernő Solymosi
- Kálmán Sóvári
- László Sternberg
- Albert Ströck
- Gábor P. Szabó
- Antal Szalay
- József Szendrei
- Antal Szentmihályi
- Zoltán Szlezák
- György Szűcs
- Sándor Szűcs
- Ferenc Szusza
- András Törőcsik
- Gábor Török
- András Tóth (born 1949)
- József Tóth (born 1951)
- Mihály Tóth (footballer born 1926)
- Pál Várhidi
- György Véber
- Jenő Vincze
- Sándor Zámbó
- Gyula Zsengellér
- Zoltán Tóth (footballer)
- Ödön Holits (1922–24), (1925–26)
- György Hlavay (1924–25)
- Imre Pozsonyi (1926–28)
- Lajos Bányai (1928–32)
- István Tóth (1932–34)
- Béla Jánossy (1934–37)
- László Sternberg (1937–38)
- Béla Guttmann (1938–39), (1947)
- István Mészáros (footballer) (1939–40)
- Géza Takács (1940–43), (1945)
- Lajos Lutz (1943)
- Géza Kertész (1943–44)
- Pál Jávor (footballer) (1945–47), (1951–54)
- Jenő Vincze (1947–48)
- Károly Sós (1948)
- István Balogh I (1948–49), (1958–59)
- József Ember (1949–50)
- Tibor Kemény (1949–50)
- Zoltán Opata (1950–51)
- Gyula Kolozsvári (1954)
- Márton Bukovi (1955–56)
- Sándor Balogh II (1957–58), (1965–66)
- Gyula Szűcs (1959–60), (1962–63), (1973)
- László Fenyvesi (1960–61)
- Géza Kalocsay (1961–62)
- Ferenc Szusza (1963–65), (1980–81)
- Lajos Baróti (1967–71)
- Imre Kovács (1971–73)
- Pál Várhidi (1974–80)
- Miklós Temesvári (1981–85)
- János Göröcs (1985–88)
- István Varga (1988–90)
- Ferenc Kovács (1990–92)
- Ferenc Bene (1992–93)
- József Garami (1993–96)
- László Nagy (footballer) (1996–97)
- Péter Várhidi (1997–99), (2000)
- Róbert Glázer (1999), (2002)
- István Kisteleki (2000–01)
- Ladislav Molnár (2002)
- András Szabó (2002–03)
- András Sarlós (2003)
- György Mezey (2003)
- Géza Mészöly (footballer) (2004–06)
- Bertalan Bicskei (2006)
- Valére Billen (2006)
- István Urbányi (2006–08)
- Lázár Szentes (2008–09)
- Willie McStay (footballer born 1961) (2009–10)
- Géza Mészöly (footballer) (2010–11)
- Zoran Spisljak (2011–)
- - Winners (20): Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1929-30, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1930-31, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1932-33, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1934-35, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1938-39, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1945 Spring, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1945-46, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1946-47, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1959-60, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1969, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1970 Spring, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1970-71, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1971-72, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1972-73, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1973-74, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1974-75, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1977-78, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1978-79, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1989-90, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1997-98
- - Runners-up (21): Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1920-21, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1922-23, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1926-27, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1931-32, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1933-34, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1935-36, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1937-38, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1940-41, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1941-42, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1960-61, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1961-62, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1967, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1968, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1976-77, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1979-80, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1986-87, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1994-95, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1996-97, Hungarian National Championship I 2003-04, Hungarian National Championship I 2005-06, Hungarian National Championship I 2008-09
- - Third (18): Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1916-17, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1918-19, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1921-22, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1923-24, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1927-28, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1928-29, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1936-37, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1939-40, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1950, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1951, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1952, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1957, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1962-63, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1965, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1975-76, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1987-88, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1995-96, Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1998-99

- NB II:
- - Winners (2): 1904, 1911–12
- - Runners-up (1): 1903
- - Third (1): 1901

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

- Hungarian Super Cup:
- - Winners (2): 1992, 2002


- Mitropa Cup:
- - Winners (2): Mitropa Cup 1929, 1939
- - Finalists (1): 1967

- Coupe des Nations 1930 (Predecessor of Champions League):
- - Winners (1): v SK Slavia Praha 3–0

- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:
- - Finalists (1): Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1968–69 v Newcastle United F.C. 0–3 and 2–3

- UEFA Champions League:
- - Semi-Finalists (1): European Cup 1973–74 v FC Bayern Munich 1–1 and 0–3

- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
- - Semi-Finalists (1): 1961–62 v ACF Fiorentina 0–1 and 0–2

Other trophies

- Joan Gamper Trophy:
- - Winners (1): 1970

- Trofeo Colombino:
- - Winners (1): 1971

European record

{ (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
- - Gyula Zsengellér v. Salgótarjáni SE, (11 November 1938)
- - Gyula Zsengellér v. Salgótarjáni SE (21 May 1939)
- - Gyula Zsengellér v. Budafoki FC, (27 May 1939)
- - Lajos Várnai v. Testvériség SE, (22 June 1947)
- - Ferenc Bene v. Szombathelyi Haladás, (21 October 1962)
- Most Capped Player — 92, László Fazekas (1968–83)
- Record League Attendance (Szusza Ferenc Stadium) — 40,000 v. Ferencvárosi TC (September 18, 1949)
- Record League Attendance (Puskás Ferenc Stadium) — 90,000 v. Budapest 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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