Budapest Honvéd FC

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Budapest Honvéd FC
Budapest Honved FC logo.svg
Full nameBudapest Honvéd Football Club
Nickname(s)Kispest, Oroszlánok, Mighty Magyars
Founded3 August 1909; 110 years ago (1909-08-03)
GroundHidegkuti Nándor Stadion, Budapest
ManagerIstván Pisont
LeagueNB I
2018–19NB I, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Budapest Honvéd FC (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbudɒpɛʃt ˈhonveːd ˈɛft͡seː]) is a Hungarian sports club based in Kispest, Budapest with the colours of red and black. The club is best known for its football team. Honvéd means the Homeland Defence. Originally formed as Kispest AC, they became Kispest FC in 1926 before reverting to their original name in 1944.

The team enjoyed a golden age during the 1950s when it was renamed Budapesti Honvéd SE and became the Hungarian Army team. The club's top players from this era, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik, Zoltán Czibor, and Gyula Grosics helped the club win the Hungarian League four times during the 1950s and also formed the nucleus of the legendary Hungarian national team team popularly known as the Mighty Magyars.

During the 1980s and early 1990s the club enjoyed another successful period, winning a further eight Hungarian League titles. They also won league and cup doubles in 1985 and 1989. In 1991 the club was renamed Kispest Honvéd FC and adopted its current name in 2003.

When the club was originally formed in 1909 it also organised teams that competed in fencing, cycling, gymnastics, wrestling, athletics, boxing and tennis. Later the Honvéd family was extended to include a water polo team, now known as Groupama Honvéd, a 33-times basketball-champion team and a handball team that were European Champions in 1982.


Budapest Honvéd FC were founded in 1909 as Kispesti AC. At domestic level they first entered the Nemzeti Bajnokság I in the 1916–17 season. Their first success came in the 1926 Magyar Kupa season when they beat Budapesti EAC in the final.


The first stadium was demolished in 2019

Budapest Honvéd's first stadium was opened in 1913. On 5 August 2018, the last match was played at the stadium. The match was won by Honvéd against Paksi FC on the 3rd match day of the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I. The only goal was scored by Danilo in the 48th minute. The referee was Viktor Kassai.[1] The stadium was demolished in 2019.

The new stadium of the club in under construction. It will be opened in July 2020.

Crest and colours[edit]

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

The following table shows in detail Budapest Honvéd FC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1990–1992 Adidas Fiat
1992–1994 Matchwinner Epson
1994–1996 Diadora Gösser
1996–1997 Joma
1997-1998 Faragó és Fiai Mystery
1998–2000 Umbro IBUSZ alapítása 1902
2000–2003 Jako Wilkinson Sword
2003–2005 Gems
2005–2006 Macron
2006–2008 hummel
2008–2012 Nike
2012–2013 Givova
2014 Ideasport
2015–18 Macron
2018– Tippmix



Youth teams[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 30 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Robi Levkovich
2 Algeria MF Mohamed Mezghrani
3 Nigeria MF Eke Uzoma
4 Hungary DF Dávid Kálnoki-Kis
6 Hungary MF Dániel Gazdag
7 Hungary DF Bence Batik
8 Hungary MF Patrik Hidi
9 Italy FW Davide Lanzafame (on loan from Ferencváros)
11 Costa Rica FW Mayron George
14 Hungary MF Nikolasz Kovács
18 Hungary GK András Horváth
19 Hungary FW Roland Ugrai
20 Hungary FW Dominik Cipf
No. Position Player
23 Hungary MF Bence Banó-Szabó
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Đorđe Kamber (captain)
25 Croatia DF Ivan Lovrić
26 Cameroon DF Macdonald Ngwa Niba
27 Hungary MF Norbert Szendrei
30 Albania DF Naser Aliji
31 Hungary MF Barna Kesztyűs (on loan from Paks)
33 Croatia MF Tonći Kukoč
40 Niger FW Amadou Moutari
66 Hungary GK Attila Berla
77 Hungary MF Gergő Nagy
83 Slovakia GK Tomáš Tujvel
88 Nigeria DF George Ikenne (on loan from MTK)

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Romania DF Raul Palmeș (at Miercurea Ciuc)
Hungary MF Dávid Stoiacovici (at Ajka)
Hungary FW Bálint Tömösvári (at Kaposvári)
No. Position Player
22 Hungary FW Milán Májer (at Gyirmót)
Hungary FW Kristóf Herjeczki (at Gyirmót)

Retired numbers[edit]

10Hungary Ferenc Puskás, Forward (1949–56). Number retired in July 2000.

Notable former players[edit]

Had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Budapest Honvéd FC.

Non-playing staff[edit]


Position Name
Proprietor Hungary Reditus Equity Zrt.
Executive Director Hungary Zoltán Lóránt
Managing Director Hungary Pál Gács
Marketing Director Hungary Tamás Dudás
Technical Director Hungary Tamara Németh
Chief Editor Hungary Dénes Éless
Facility Manager Hungary Judit Kuskó
Chief of Security Hungary Csaba Tóth
Director of Communications Hungary Benedek Rác
Director of Finance Hungary Mária Takács
Director of Hospitality Hungary Sándor Hólé
Press Officer Hungary Kálmán Kaszás


First team staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Alessandro Recenti
Assistant Coach Italy Riccardo Montolivo
Coach Hungary István Pisont
Goalkeeping Coach Serbia Vlada Avramov
Fitness Coach Italy Valerio Zuddas
Fitness Coach Hungary István Nagy
Club Doctor Hungary József Toman
Club Doctor Hungary Péter Lestár
Physio Hungary Buda Lajtaváry
Physio Hungary Norbert Hollósi
Physiotherapist Hungary Buda Katinka
Scout Hungary Lajos Szurgent
Video Analyst Italy Stefano Albertoli
Kit Manager Hungary Róbert Pandur



  • 2006-2019: United States Quinex America LLC (George F Hemingway)
  • 2019-present: Hungary Reditus Equity (Zoltán Bozó)[4][5][6]



  • Behind The Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006)[7]
  • 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge (2005)[8]


  1. ^ "Győzelemmel búcsúzott a régi Bozsik-stadiontól a Honvéd". Nemzeti Sport. 5 August 2018.
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  7. ^ "Behind the Curtain: Travels in Football in Eastern Europe: Jonathan Wilson: Books". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  8. ^ "50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge: Books". Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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