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Season review: Hungary

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 10.41CET
A first title in 30 years was the reward for Attila Pintér's Győri ETO FC as they took the league crown ahead of Videoton FC, but Debreceni VSC denied them a historic double.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Budapest
Season review: Hungary
Győri lifted a first league title in 30 years ©mlsz.hu
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 10.41CET

Season review: Hungary

A first title in 30 years was the reward for Attila Pintér's Győri ETO FC as they took the league crown ahead of Videoton FC, but Debreceni VSC denied them a historic double.

The Hungarian First League ended with a fourth title for Győri ETO FC, their first since 1983. They almost made it a maiden double, but lost to Debreceni VSC in the Hungarian Cup final. Ferencvárosi TC ended a nine-year silverware drought with a League Cup triumph and there was success in Europe for Videoton FC, who fell just short of the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Champions: Győri ETO FC
Coach Attila Pintér captured the league crown with Ferencváros in 2004 and repeated the trick with Győr as they hit the front early and never looked back. A 22-match unbeaten run in the top flight provided the bedrock, meaning high-scoring defeats in the spring to Paksi SE and Kecskeméti TE came too late for the chasers to capitalise and the title was heading to Gyor with three games to spare.

Cup final: Győri ETO FC 1-2 Debreceni VSC
Two goals from Adamo Coulibaly secured a sixth Hungarian Cup for Debrecen and denied Pintér's men a first double. A historic night for Győr's championship-winning team seemed on the cards when Nemanja Andrić gave his side a first-half lead, but Coulibaly looped the ball into the far right corner via a deflection after the break, before drilling in with a few minutes to go.

European places*
Győri ETO FC – UEFA Champions League second qualiifying round
Videoton FC – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Budapest Honvéd FC – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Debreceni VSC – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round

*subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Dániel Böde (Ferencvárosi TC)
The 26-year-old was an ever-present in his first season at the club and his 17 goals in 30 appearances caught the eye of Hungary coach Sándor Egervári, who handed the forward a debut against Belarus. The coach was rewarded when the rookie grabbed a crucial equaliser during his second match, a FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Turkey.

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István Kovács

One to watch: István Kovács (Videoton FC)
The prodigiously talented attacking midfielder impressed after his move from Szombathelyi Haladás last summer, earning a call-up to the senior national side. The 21-year-old's direct running, movement and trickery left defenders chasing shadows and he capped a fine season with a goal of the season contender, a long-distance strike against Budapest Honvéd FC.

Surprise package: Budapest Honvéd FC
At the start of March a 4-0 defeat by Videoton left Honvéd languishing in eighth. Yet amid adversity they triumphed. Boosted by the introduction of youth from the club's feted academy, Marco Rossi's team recorded seven wins in their last ten matches to claim third spot from under the noses of MTK Budapest.

Leading scorer: Adam Coulibaly, Debreceni VSC (18)

Relegated: BFC Siófok, Egri FC

Promoted: Puskás Akadémia FC, Mezőkövesd-Zsóry

Number: 4
The champions underlined their dominance by topping four of the five points tables favoured among Hungarian statisticians to chart the season. As well as the overall league tally, Pintér's team also picked up the most points at home, the most points away from home and were autumn champions. The fifth accolade, that of spring champions, was denied them only by goal difference.

Quote
"I hope everyone realises the effort it took to regain the league championship after 30 years. This success is not just the team's, but the supporters' too. Everyone knows that we achieved this together."
Pintér after his side clinched the title.

Last updated: 07/06/13 13.07CET

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