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Season review: Hungary

Published: Friday 24 June 2011, 11.43CET
It was a season to forget for the big Budapest sides as Videoton FC took the First League title to Szekesfehervar, while the Hungarian Cup went to Kecskeméti TE.
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest
Season review: Hungary
André Alves celebrates a goal for Videoton ©mlsz.hu
Published: Friday 24 June 2011, 11.43CET

Season review: Hungary

It was a season to forget for the big Budapest sides as Videoton FC took the First League title to Szekesfehervar, while the Hungarian Cup went to Kecskeméti TE.

Videoton FC took the league title to Szekesfehervar, while the Hungarian Cup went to Kecskeméti TE; a combination which represented a miserable season for the big Budapest sides. It was a sign of the times that while provincial outfits Paksi SE and Kaposvári Rákóczi FC thrived, MTK Budapest were relegated.

Champions: Videoton FC
Runners-up in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup, Videoton's owners have invested heavily over the past three years in search of their maiden title. They finally had their reward under György Mezey, though Portuguese specialist Paulo Sousa replaced him at the end of the campaign.

Cup final: Kecskeméti TE 3-2 Videoton FC
Kecskemét will mark their centenary with a first crack at European club football after capturing their maiden Hungarian Cup. The final was one of the best games of the season, thanks largely to the spectacular, attacking football KTE have played under Serbian coach Tomislav Sivić. A Vladan Čukić own goal and Nemanja Nikolić's late strike kept Videoton interested, but a hat-trick from Central African Republic striker Foxi Ketheovama killed them off.

European places
Videoton FC – UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
Kecskeméti TE – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
Paksi FC – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Ferencváros – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Player of the year: André Alves (Videoton FC)
A real favourite among the Red-Blue Devils, Videoton's most passionate supporter group, Brazilian striker Alves had little competition in the race to be the league's top scorer; his final total was 24, nine more than the second-ranked marksman, Paks's Dániel Böde. The 27-year-old's pace and marvellous technique have been familiar to Hungarian fans since his arrival at Budapest Honvéd FC in 2005, but this year his goalscoring came into its own.

One to watch: Bence Lázár (Újpest FC)
Like the rest of the Budapest clubs, Újpest had a pretty disappointing season, but that at least cannot be said of 20-year-old striker Lázár. A real threat inside the box, the Under-21 international was promoted from the reserve team in the winter and provided eight goals in 13 games.

Surprise package: Paksi SE
The club from the banks of the Danube won over plenty of neutrals with their policy of fielding only Hungarian players, with an accent on talent from their home town. The modest outfit pulled off some notable shocks, beating under-performing Debreceni VSC in the League Cup final, with attacking midfielder Dániel Böde the pick of the crop with 15 league goals as Paks finished second.

Leading scorer: André Alves, Videoton FC (24)

Number: 1
Videoton won their first title and Kecskemét their first cup, while Paks will be playing in Europe for the first time.

Relegated: MTK Budapest, Szolnoki MÁV FC

Promoted: Diósgyőri VTK, Pécsi MFC

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"The management, staff and the whole squad worked hard to achieve this great result. It was a product of real teamwork and we're proud of this historic triumph."
Midfielder Attila Polonkai, a former Hungarian international, reveals the secret of Videoton's success

Last updated: 12/07/11 12.46CET

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