Tam Courts: Introducing Budapest Honvéd’s New Manager

The off-field revolution and Scottish invasion continued at Budapest Honvéd yesterday with the Kispest club announcing the appointment of 40-year-old former Kelty Hearts and Dundee United manager Tam Courts as the new man in the dugout for the coming season. Courts arrival in Budapest comes hot on the heels of fellow Scot and former Dundee United Technical Consultant Chris Docherty’s recent arrival at the club … Continue reading Tam Courts: Introducing Budapest Honvéd’s New Manager

In Conversation with…. Hector Quijeiro

Currently sitting midtable in the Hungarian NBII, Győr ETO is one of Hungary’s sleeping football giants.  However, under new ownership, ETO has ambitions to return to the top-flight sooner rather than later. Part of their ambitious plans includes establishing a leading youth academy, supplying the first team with the best local and national talent, as well as developing the next generational talents such as Milos … Continue reading In Conversation with…. Hector Quijeiro

Vasas Vs. Szeged: NBII Title on Way to Angyalfold

Vasas took a massive step towards their long-awaited return to NBI thanks to a hard-fought 3-1 victory at home to fellow promotion chasers Szeged on Monday evening.  The result moves Vasas 9 points clear of second placed DVTK and 12 points clear of both Szeged and Kecskemet with 6 games remaining. Visitors Szeged, who had the chance to move level on points with DVTK in … Continue reading Vasas Vs. Szeged: NBII Title on Way to Angyalfold

Vasas v Gyor: Iron Men Forge Ahead as Rivals Falter

Following DVTK’s shock defeat at home to Bekescsaba and Szeged and Kecskemet both dropping points against Soroksar and Szolnok respectively, Vasas had an unexpected opportunity to open up a sizeable lead at the top of the NBII table should they claim victory in the televised Sunday evening fixture against Gyor. Pre-Match Preamble Having reclaimed the top spot in midweek for the first time since Matchday … Continue reading Vasas v Gyor: Iron Men Forge Ahead as Rivals Falter

Vasas v Ferencvaros: Light Shows, No Shows, and Cheesy Pop Rock

After a covid interrupted start to the year, I finally made it along to my first game of 2022 and one I had been looking forward to for quite some time; my Hungarian team Vasas of the NBII against the mighty Ferencvaros in the last 16 of the MOL Magyar Kupa.  A Budapest Derby no less. As avid readers amongst you will by now know, … Continue reading Vasas v Ferencvaros: Light Shows, No Shows, and Cheesy Pop Rock

Sándor Szűcs: A Story of Love and Death

The name of Sándor Szűcs may not be as widely known as that of his former teammates Ferenc Puskás, József Bozsik, or even Ferenc Deák, however, the 19 times capped defender holds a unique, if not somewhat morbid place in Hungarian football history. For the crime of falling in love with a married woman and attempting to escape the strict Communist regime of Mátyás Rákosi, … Continue reading Sándor Szűcs: A Story of Love and Death

Vasas – The Mitropa Years

Despite the domestic upheaval of Communist rule and the failed uprising of ’56, Hungarian football enjoyed its most prolific era during the 1950s and 60s.  The magnificent Aranycsapat excelled on the International stage, losing only once during a 69-game streak between 1950 and 1956; sadly, that solitary defeat came in the 1954 World Cup Final against West Germany.  However, the Nemzeti Tizenegy did secure three … Continue reading Vasas – The Mitropa Years

Vasas v Haladas: Balajti’s Shinpads Live On

As the sole remaining Budapest based member of the famous Adam Balajti’s Shinpads Vasas Supporters Club, following Dan’s relocation to Bahrain last December and Mike’s more recent move to Madeira in September, attending games on my tod has been a different experience. No longer are my ears subjected to Mike’s booming Brummie accent telling me that it’s all about your Botond’s, your Kovacs’, and your … Continue reading Vasas v Haladas: Balajti’s Shinpads Live On

Ferencvaros v Celtic: Where to Watch in Budapest

Despite the ongoing uncertainty over whether Celtic fans will be allowed entry to the Groupama Arena on Thursday evening for the match against Ferencvaros, large numbers of Celtic supporters from all over Europe are still expected to descend on Budapest in advance of the game. As an ex-pat living in the city, I, personally, cannot wait to experience the carnival atmosphere once again that tends … Continue reading Ferencvaros v Celtic: Where to Watch in Budapest

Celts Lay to Rest the Ghost of Ferencvaros Past

Celtic laid to rest the ghosts of Ferencvaros’ last visit to Celtic Park with a convincing 2-0 win over the Hungarians in Tuesday afternoon’s Europa League encounter.  Second half goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull sealed the win, giving the Hoops their first three points of the campaign. Following two defeats each from their opening two games, both Celtic and Ferencvaros approached Tuesday afternoon’s … Continue reading Celts Lay to Rest the Ghost of Ferencvaros Past