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Paks

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About Paks

Paksi SE (Paks or PSE) is a Hungary football (soccer) club based in Paks. Since its founding in 1952 it has played at either a county or national level. In 2006 it ascended to Borsodi Liga, or NB I, the top division in Hungarian football, for the first time. It plays its home games at Stadion PSE. The team colors are green and white. In the 2010-11 Nemzeti Bajnokság I Paksi SE finished second and qualified for the Europa League 2011-12 season.

History

Early years

Football first came to Paks in August, 1912 with a team composed entirely of students. Soon thereafter the Paksi Atlétikai Sport Club was formed which played locally. In 1952 the Paksi Sportegyesület was formed and began competing at a county level in Tolna county. They would continue to compete in county level competitions from 1954–1964. In 1966 the team opened their new all grass playing field to a crowd of 500.

In 1970 the team won the county championship and ascended to NB III, in the central division. On July 25 of the same year they hosted Ferencvárosi TC and although the team lost 7–2, it played before a crowd of 5000. It would spend three more years in NB III before being relegated back to the county championship level.

1976 was the club's most impressive year in county play as it won the champhionship with an impressive goal difference of 119–21 and again returned to NB III, but this was not the end of its success. It would win the Szabadföld Kupa 4–2 at the Népstadion in Budapest, easily the team's greatest victory up to this point.

From 1981–82 the team participated in the NB III Dráva group, but it was short-lived and team returned to county level play. In the 1983–84 season, however, they won the championship in convincing fashion and returned to NB III. Throughout the 80s the team would come close several times to breaking into NB II, often battling against the other team from Paks, ASE, but always fell a few pieces short.

In July 1993 the two teams, Paksi SE and ASE united, giving the young players of PSE opportunties to learn and grow by learning from the more experienced ASE side. In 2001 the team won the NB III Duna group as an unexpected black horse, and then in 2005–06 they would win the NB II Western division with 25 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses, with a point difference of 66–22, earning them their first berth in NB I.

Recent years

Paks' first season in NB I started with a 2–0 win against Dunakanyar-Vác FC - this was followed by three draws and a loss before their next win. Looking back at the season as it draws to a close, Paks was able to get strong wins at home against MTK Hungária FC and Zalaegerszegi TE, teams who had spent most of their time atop the table. They won their final home game of the season 4–2 against Vasas SC, guaranteeing that they would not be relegated back to NB II, and staying in NB I for the 2007–2008 season. In the 2010-11 Nemzeti Bajnokság I the team finsihed second and qualified for the Europa League 2011-12.
Paks played their first international match in the Europa League 2011-12 season in Andorra where they beat UE Santa Coloma 1–0. The only goal of the match came in the 14th minute when Gábor Vayer scored. At home they debuted with a four-goal win in Videoton FC's stadium, the Sóstói Stadion. József Magasföldi scored twice, one in each half. Dániel Böde and Norbert Heffler also contributed to the final result. In the second round Paks faced the Norwegians Tromsø IL at home in front of 1,800 spectators, again in the Sóstói Stadion, in Székesfehérvár. The first goal of the match was scored by Magnus Andersen (footballer), with an equaliser from Hungarian Gábor Vayer. The match finished 1–1. In the second leg in Norway at the Alfheim Stadion Tamás Kiss (footballer born 1979) scored to give Paks the lead in the 59th minute. Two more goals by Dániel Böde and again Tamás Kiss (footballer born 1979) on the night gave Paks a 4-1 aggregate win over Tromsø IL. In the third round Paks were drawn against Scotland club Heart of Midlothian F.C.. In the first leg in Hungary, Paks took the lead in the 32nd minute with a stunning lobbed goal by István Sipeki. In stoppage time at the end of the first half, Finnish referee Mattias Gestranius awarded Hearts a soft penalty, which was scored by Jamie Hamill to equalise and end the scoring on the night at the Sóstói Stadion.

Supporters

The supporters of the club are based in Paks in Tolna County, Hungary. Supporter numbers are less than other famous Hungarian clubs such as Ferencvárosi TC, Újpest FC, and Debreceni VSC - however, many other fans of different clubs sympathize with Paks since they are the only club in the Hungarian League which have only Hungarian players.

Stadium

The home of the club is the Stadion PSE which is a multi-use stadium in Paks, Hungary. Its capacity is 5,000. In the Europa League 2011-12 season the club played their home ties in the neighbouring city Székesfehérvár at the Sóstói Stadion.

Colours, badge and nicknames

The colours of the club are green and white. This combination is one of the most popular in Hungary - many clubs use it, such as Ferencvárosi TC, Szombathelyi Haladás, and Győri ETO FC.
The nickname of the club is Atomcsapat (in English "Nuclear Team") which stems from the fact that the only nuclear power in Hungary is based in Paks.




Out on loan



Honours

Domestic
- Hungarian League
- - Runners-up (1): 2010-11 Nemzeti Bajnokság I

- Nemzeti Bajnokság II
- - Winners (1): 2006

- Nemzeti Bajnokság III
- - Winners (1): 2001

- Domestic Cups
- - Szabadföld Kupa (1): 1976

- Hungarian League Cup
- - Winners (1): 2010–11 Ligakupa
- - Runner up (1): 2009–10 Ligakupa

Paksi SE in European competition


Record by country of opposition

- Correct as of August 4, 2011

P - Played; W - Won; D - Drawn; L - Lost




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