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Season review: Hungary

Published: Friday 9 July 2010, 16.36CET
Debreceni VSC won a domestic treble to make up for a disappointing UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, but it was a season the big clubs in Budapest would prefer to forget.
Season review: Hungary
Debrecen trampled all comers in Hungarian football ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 9 July 2010, 16.36CET

Season review: Hungary

Debreceni VSC won a domestic treble to make up for a disappointing UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, but it was a season the big clubs in Budapest would prefer to forget.

Debreceni VSC's maiden UEFA Champions League group stage campaign ended in six straight defeats, but there was no stopping them on the home front, as they retained the title and won both domestic cups.

Champions: Debreceni VSC
FC Videoton looked to have their name on the trophy for much of the season, but a fine spring campaign saw András Herczeg's men regain top spot. Debrecen's tally of 63 goals was more than any other side. With Videoton second and Győri ETO FC third, it was to prove a disppointing season for the big clubs from Budapest.

Cup final: Debreceni VSC 3-2 Zalaegerszegi TE
None of the Hungarian capital's sides were involved in the cup final either, with Debrecen putting their name on the trophy for a fourth time at the Ferenc Puskás stadium. Two goals from French striker Adamo Coulibaly either side of a Yannick Mbengeno effort saw Debrecen outscore Zalaegerszeg, for whom Darko Pavićević and Artjoms Rudnevs were on target. They had previously beaten Paksi SE 2-1 to win the League Cup which had been lifted in its inaugural two seasons by FC Fehérvár, and on Wednesday beat Videoton 1-0 to retain the Super Cup for a unique quadruple.

European places
Debreceni VSC – UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
Videoton FC – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
Győri ETO – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Zalaegerszegi TE – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Player of the year: Gábor Horváth (FC Videoton)
A solid player whose efforts were recognised with a place in Erwin Koeman's national team, Videoton defender Horváth was named as the league's official Player of the Year. A strong header and determined tackler, he is the son of another Gábor Horváth, a UEFA Cup runner-up with Videoton in 1985.

One to watch: Nemanja Nikolić (FC Videoton)
The quick 22-year-old striker left Kaposvári Rákóczi FC for Videoton during the winter break having already scored ten league goals. A cool finisher, the half-Serbian, half-Hungarian player took little time to acclimatise, registering eight more before the end of the season for his new club.

Surprise package: Győri ETO FC
Eighth the previous season, a third-placed finish was something of a coup for Attila Pintér's side, which was built upon a strong foundation of foreign talent, including the likes of Estonian forward Tarmo Kink and Georgian midfielder Rati Aleksidze.

Leading scorer: Nemanja Nikolic, Kaposvári Rákóczi/Videoton FC (18)

Relegated: Diósgyőri VTK, Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC

Promoted: Szolnoki MÁV FC, BFC Siófok

Number: 5
Debrecen set a new mark for clubs from outside Budapest, becoming the first provincial side to win the Hungarian league for a fifth time – achieved in the space of six seasons.

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"Don't worry, even a proper goalkeeper couldn't have stopped that."
Zalagerszegi TE coach János Csank, himself a former goalkeeper, reassures his veteran custodian Géza Vlaszák after he conceded a goal from 30 metres

Last updated: 10/07/10 14.13CET

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