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Debrecen share in Kerekes fortune

Published: Wednesday 27 February 2008, 20.00CET
Striker Zsombor Kerekes told he was a "lucky player" with the goals starting to flow again following his return to Hungary to rejoin Debreceni VSC.
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest
Published: Wednesday 27 February 2008, 20.00CET

Debrecen share in Kerekes fortune

Striker Zsombor Kerekes told he was a "lucky player" with the goals starting to flow again following his return to Hungary to rejoin Debreceni VSC.

Zsombor Kerekes told he was a "lucky player" after the goals started flowing again for the striker following his return to Hungary with Debreceni VSC.

Scoring touch
Kerekes, of course, had helped Debrecen win their first Hungarian title in 2004/05 when his 12 goals also earned him a move to Dutch club Willem II. After two seasons in the Netherlands, and increasingly limited opportunities, he rejoined Debrecen last summer and has rediscovered his shooting boots. He scored twice in Friday's 3-0 victory against Diósgyőri VTK as the 1. Liga resumed after the winter break. They were his fifth and sixth strikes from 13 league outings. 

Injury free
"I am a very lucky player," said the tall No9, who has accumulated 50 goals in 122 Debrecen appearances. "The reason I can still play football at quite a high level is that I always managed to steer clear of injuries, but every player has to know when he is starting to burn out. I will retire before I reach that point, but I think I am not there yet."

Fighting talk
Debrecen claimed two more championships during Kerekes's Dutch exile – and now trail leaders MTK Budapest by just two points in this campaign. Hired in November, new coach András Herczeg craves that fourth title, saying: "I want the players to really desire that success. Without this, we won't have a chance of filling the stadium and fighting for the trophy."

Ins and outs
Herczeg should be assisted in this respect by the return of players from loan spells. Defender Péter Máté is back after a stint in England with Reading FC, while striker Igor Bogdanovic has been recovered from Győri ETO FC. In addition, Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic has signed from FC Tatabánya. Against that, Balázs Dzsudzsák has gone to PSV Eindhoven, Ibrahim Sidibe to K. Sint-Truidense VV in Belgium and Róbert Zsolnai across to rivals Budapest Honvéd FC. Even with those departures, though, Kerekes believes Debrecen have the right blend of players to seize the crown.

European ambition
"We have prepared really well for the spring campaign and I would say the team have a good mix of young players and experienced ones like myself," he said. "We definitely want to play in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers next season and we will need both pace and cool heads when we are there. However, before that we have to win the league and that will not be easy."

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