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Hungary hails homecoming Kabát

Published: Friday 16 January 2009, 10.57CET
Péter Kabát returned to hometown Budapest in the summer to join Újpest FC from SK Austria Kärnten and the striker's performances this autumn led to him being named Hungary's best domestic-based player of 2008.
by Márton Dinnyés & Károly Nemes
from Budapest
Hungary hails homecoming Kabát
Péter Kabát had an excellent autumn for Újpest ©MLSZ
Published: Friday 16 January 2009, 10.57CET

Hungary hails homecoming Kabát

Péter Kabát returned to hometown Budapest in the summer to join Újpest FC from SK Austria Kärnten and the striker's performances this autumn led to him being named Hungary's best domestic-based player of 2008.

Péter Kabát returned to hometown Budapest in the summer to join Újpest FC from SK Austria Kärnten, and the former international was rewarded for his decision with a strong of performances that led to him being named the best domestic-based player of 2008 by the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ).

Goalscoring return
Since leaving Hungary in 2002 after spells with Budapest Honvéd FC and Vasas SC, Kabát spent time in Turkey with Göztepe and Denizlispor, before joining Bulgaria's PFC Levski Sofia and then, in 2004, Austria Kärnten. The 31-year-old striker then bucked the trend of Hungarian players moving abroad to join Újpest, and his return of eight goals prior to the winter break has helped his team to second place in the 1. Liga.

'Inspirational atmosphere'
"I thought about returning the previous season," Kabát told uefa.com. "But finally I decided to come back to Hungary this summer and I can say I am really satisfied with the conditions at Újpest and happy that I chose this Hungarian club. There is a promising squad here at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium with a lot of young and talented players who form a great team. We are really good friends off the pitch as well and it is what you can call an inspirational atmosphere. We are ready to give our all for the team and for the fans."

Ambition
Indeed, Kabát is ambitious for silverware when the season resumes on 21 February. "My personal aim is to help the team to win the league and Hungarian Cup," he said. "It will not be easy to achieve but these results would make me really happy and satisfied. It is not my personal goal to leave the club or to move back abroad." He is delighted with the prize he has already picked up. "I was proud to get the MLSZ award and it gives me the motivation we need to beat our biggest rivals."

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