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|Full name||Videoton FC|
|Ground||Sóstói Stadion, Székesfehérvár
(Capacity: 14,300 all seated)
|Coach||Joan Carrillo Milan|
|League||OTP Bank Liga|
|Website||Club home page|
Videoton FC (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈvidɛoton ɛf t͡seː]) is a Hungarian professional football club based in Székesfehérvár, playing in the Hungarian League as of 2011. Videoton has won one Hungarian League title, one Hungarian Cup title, two Hungarian League Cup titles and one Hungarian Super Cup title. Videoton is best known in Europe for reaching the UEFA Cup final in 1985.
Videoton was founded in 1941 and its colours are blue and red. The club has played at its home ground, Sóstói Stadion, since 1967. The most successful periods in Videoton's history were the mid-1980s when Ferenc Kovács led the club to the final of the UEFA Cup in 1985. The second most successful era has been going on since the club won its first Hungarian League title in 2011.
Founded in 1941 as Székesfehérvári Vadásztölténygyár SK by the defense manufacturing company Székesfehérvári Vadásztölténygyár, the club was made up of workers of the factory in its early years. The team first entered the Fejér County Championship in 1942/43 and went on to win the championship. In 1948 the club was broken into three teams, with one team playing in the NB III (Third Division of the National Championship), one in the County Championship and the third one in the Second division of the County Championship. In 1950, the workers of the factory assembled their own team in the hope of achieving better results, and the club was renamed Vadásztölténygyári Vasas on March 10. On January 3, 1956, all teams joined forces in a unified team built on Vadásztölténygyár. In that season the team won the County Championship by a very wide margin, and, after winning the following year’s County Championship Winners Trophy, qualified for the second Division of the National Championship for the 1957/58 season.
The first opportunity to play in Hungary's highest league came along only a few years later. In the 1961/62 season the team finished in third position – barely qualifying for the first division. Known then now as VT Vasas, the dream finally came true in 1967 when the team finished second in the second division and was promoted to the top league.
On January 22, 1968, the club was renamed Videoton SC, due to sponsorship by the electrical goods manufacturer Videoton. The first year in the top league wasn't very successful. The team had 9 wins and 18 defeats, finishing in fifteenth place, which resulted in them being relegated.
However, the following year, Videoton bounced back and won the second division. The next five years saw the club consolidate its position in the first division by finishing tenth, seventh, fifth, fourth and again fifth. Then in the 1975/76 season the team achieved the best position in its history by finishing second.
Videoton then produced modest results in the ensuing years, failing to finish in the top three on four occasions. Finally, in 1982, the team reached the final of the Hungarian Cup, but were defeated 2–0 by Újpest. This was the beginning of the club's golden age. In 1984, the team finished third with the same number of points as ETO Győr, who finished second, but only due to a superior head-to-head performance. That season saw, József Szabó become the top goal-scorer in the 1st division with 19 goals.
On September 18, 1984, the UEFA Cup success story began. The club caught international attention when it reached the 1985 UEFA Cup Final after a remarkable campaign under the management of Ferenc Kovács. In the UEFA Cup 1984-85 season Videoton overcame Dukla Prague (1-0/0-0) in the first round, Paris Saint-Germain FC (4-2/1-0) in the second round, FK Partizan (0-2/5-0) in the third round. They then had further success in the quarter-finals where Videoton played againstManchester United. At Old Trafford Manchester United beat Videoton by a 1–0 scoreline with the only goal coming from Frank Stapleton. The return leg in Székesfehérvár Videoton beat the English team by 1–0. In the penalty shootout Videoton won 5–4. In the semi-finals Videoton played with Bosnian (formerly Yugoslav) FK Željezničar. In the first leg in Fehervar, Vidi won 3–1 and it proved enough to overcome their Bosnian rival after losing 2–1 in Sarajevo. In the final they played with Spanish giants Real Madrid. In the first leg in Székesfehérvár Videoton lost 3–0 in front of a record 38,000 spectators at the Stadion Sóstói. In the second leg at the Bernabéu Videoton did exceptionally well to beat Real Madrid by 1–0. The only goal of the match was scored by Lajos Májer in the 86th minute. In the Hungarian domestic championship Videoton once again finished in third place.
After the golden era, Videoton continued to be a mainstay in the first division. However, they failed to achieve any significant results. The 1998 season saw them barely escape relegation, which surprised many. Finishing the season in 16th place, the club had to win a play-off against Sopron to remain in the top flight. They managed to do this by winning both games 2–1 and 3–0. Relegation came the following year ending a run of 29 years in the first division.
This was the beginning of a period for the club, which saw them go upwards and develop. After winning the Second Division and gaining promotion in 2000, the teamed once again reached the cup final in 2001, losing 5–2 to Debrecen. This led to the team's only participation in the Intertoto Cup, where they were defeated by PFC Marek Dupnitsa in the first round. In 2005, the club changed its name to FC Fehérvar. The next year saw the club's most successful domestic year. After a third place finish, the first in 21 years, the team finally won the Hungarian Cup for the first time by defeating Vasas SC 6–5 in a penalty shoot-out, after the match had finished 2–2 after extra time. A brand new main stand was erected and handed over in 2004. Videoton were close to bankruptcy when businessman István Garancsi rescued the club. He brought financial stability and a resurgence in fortunes on the pitch. 2008 saw the team win the first ever League Cup by defeating Debrecen 3–0 on aggregate (Home 1–0; Away 2-0). They won the League cup again in 2009, this time beating Pécsi FC 3–1 in the final. Being the favourite football club of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Videoton FC co-operates with Puskas Akademia, Felcsut. From 2010 some of the most wealthy Hungarian millionaires started to appear in the VIP of the team (e.g. Mr Sandor Csanyi, president of the Hungarian bank OTP and the Hungarian Football Association) by the side of the Prime Minister. That's why supporters of rival teams often think that Videoton FC gets financial and other help from the politics and the referees. Videoton FC entered into a joint working relationship with the Puskás Academy in Felcsút.
In July 2009 György Mezey (formerly champion with MTK and Budapest Honvéd) was appointed as the manager of the club. At the beginning of the Hungarian National Championship 2009–10 season, the club reassumed the Videoton name. In 2010 Videoton FC were leading the Hungarian National Championship I 2009–10 for many weeks, but in the end their rivals Debreceni VSC won the championship. The team finished second, and qualified for the Europa League. In January 2010 György Sándor joined the team from Újpest FC. In June 2010, Videoton signed Bojan Djordjic and Martin Kayongo-Mutumba from the Swedish champion AIK.
In the first half of the 2010-11 season Videoton climbed to the top of the league, and remained there until the end. The end of the season saw the club reach its peak by winning the Hungarian League title for the first time in its history. In the same year the formerPortuguese international Paulo Sousa was appointed as the manager of the club, taking over from title winner György Mezey.
Videoton played their first match in the UEFA Champions League against the Austrian champions Sturm Graz in the 2011–12 season. The first leg was played in Klagenfurt at the Wörtherseestadion because Sturm could not play at their home stadium. In the 68th minute Hungarian Szabics scored the first goal for Sturm and in the extra time, another goal made the second leg incredibly difficult for the Hungarian champions. The second leg was won by the Hungarian club by 3-2 but it was not enough to advance to the next round. The goals that evening were scored by Elek, Sándor and Lipták.
The 2011-12 started with the forming of a new squad with new arrivals such as the Portuguese Marco Caneira from Sporting Lisbon, Filipe Oliveira from Parma, Evandro Brandão from CD Fátima and Serbian Nikola Mitrović from Újpest. Since Videoton became the champions of the Hungarian league for the first time they could play in the UEFA Champions League 2011–12 season. Videoton FC played their first ever Champions League match in Klagenfurt, Austria against Sturm Graz (Sturm's pitch was one of the host places of the 2011 IFAF World Championship). Videoton lost 2-0 the first leg of the match. In the second leg of the match Videoton beat Surm Graz 3-2 which resulted the farewell from the international turf. In the first match of the Hungarian League Videoton beat Paksi SE 4-0. Videoton finished second in the 2011-12 season of the Hungarian League.
The 2012-13 season started with the triumph in the Hungarian Supercup against Debrecen, the champions of the 2011-12 season. Videoton defeated the Hajdús by 1-0 at home. Videoton entered the second round of the UEFA Europa League 2012-13 season against the Slovakian ŠK Slovan Bratislava. The first leg was played in Pozsony and ended in 1-1 draw. The second leg ended with a goaless draw which resulted Videoton's qualification for the third round. In the third round Videoton will face Belgian KAA Gent.
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). Videoton FC is in rivalry with the most famous Hungarian clubs such as Ferencváros, Újpest, Győri ETO, Haladás and Debrecen. The club does not have a local rival since they are the only first league club based in Fejér County (the county's second most populated city is Dunaújváros, but Dunaferr is no longer existing). Between 1997-1999 Videoton's local rival was Gázszer FC which was based in Agárd, Fejér County.
The multi-purpose stadium of the club is located in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. The name of the stadium is Sóstói Stadion which originates from neighbouring Sósto (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 was playing with the Spanish giant 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 1948–1950 and 1959-1962. 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.
Ferenc Puskás Football Academy or simply Puskás Academy is a youth team of Videoton. One of the first talents of the academy was Ádám Gyurcsó who debuted in the national team of Hungary. The academy organises the Puskás Cup which is a youth tournament held every year. The first time it was held in 2008 with the participation of former clubs of Ferenc Puskás such as Real Madrid C.F., Budapest Honvéd FC, Panathinaikos F.C.. From 2009 the academy invites two more participants from Europe such as Ferencvárosi TC and Slovan Bratislava in 2009, AC Milan in 2010.
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|1974–75||UEFA Cup||1. Round||SSC Napoli||1–1||0–2||1–3|
|1976–77||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Fenerbahçe SK||4–0||1–2||5–2|
|2. Round||FC Wacker Innsbruck||1–0||1–1||2–1|
|3. Round||1. FC Magdeburg||1–0||0–5||1–5|
|1981–82||UEFA Cup||1. Round||SK Rapid Wien||0–2||2–2||2–4|
|1984–85||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Dukla Prague||1–0||0–0||1–0|
|2. Round||Paris Saint-Germain||1–0||4–2||5–2|
|3. Round||FK Partizan||5–0||0–2||5–2|
|Final||Real Madrid CF||0–3||1–0||1–3|
|1985–86||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Malmö FF||1–0||2–3||3–3(a)|
|2. Round||Legia Warszawa||0–1||1–1||1–2|
|1989–90||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Hibernian FC||0–3||0–1||0–4|
|2003||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1. Round||PFC Marek Dupnitsa||2–2||2–3||4–5(aet)|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1. Qualifying Round||FC Kairat||1–0||1–2||2–2(a)|
|2. Qualifying Round||Grasshoppers FC||1–1||0–2||1–3|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||2. Qualifying Round||NK Maribor||1–1||0–2||1–3|
|2011–12||UEFA Champions League||2. Qualifying Round||SK Sturm Graz||3-2||0–2||3-4|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||2. Qualifying Round||Slovan Bratislava||0-0||1–1||1-1 (a)|
|3. Qualifying Round||KAA Gent|
P – Played; W – Won; D – Drawn; L – Lost
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