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Transfers keep Hungary ticking over

Published: Tuesday 31 January 2006, 5.44CET
Monthly review: The spring season does not start until March in Hungary but transfer dealings have kept most top-flight clubs busy in January.
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest

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Published: Tuesday 31 January 2006, 5.44CET

Transfers keep Hungary ticking over

Monthly review: The spring season does not start until March in Hungary but transfer dealings have kept most top-flight clubs busy in January.
The spring season does not start until March in Hungary but transfer dealings have kept most top-flight clubs busy in January.

New personnel
Teams have been back in training since the start of the year with many having to adjust to new personnel, not least league leaders Újpesti TE. Géza Mészöly's side received an enormous boost with the signing of 21-year-old striker Tibor Tisza from Diósgyőri VTK.

Újpest coup
With new Ferencvárosi TC coach Imre Gellei having made Tisza his top transfer target, it was a double victory for Újpest, who will also resume the campaign with a stronger defence having brought experienced left-back Ákos Füzi from Austria's VfB Admira Wacker Mödling.

Diósgyőr exodus
With Diósgyőr experiencing financial problems, Tisza is not the only player they have let go of. Former international forward Ferenc Horváth has gone to FC Fehérvár, defender József Gáspár to Greece's Panionios NFC and midfielder Zoltán Pintér to Vasas SC. Youth players will now be asked to step up.

Sopron signings
Cup holders FC Sopron, from the west of Hungary, have strengthened with the acquisition of international goalkeeper Balázs Rabóczki from Denmark's FC København and Újpest's 20-year-old striker Róbert Feczesin. The youngster may be paired with Italian veteran Giuseppe Signori.

Fehérvár bereft
While signing Horváth from Diósgyőr has done them no harm, Fehérvár will go into the spring without one of the country's most promising players. The 25-year-old right-winger Péter Simek has moved to Romanian side FCU Politehnica Timisoara, who are coached by Romanian great Gheorghe Hagi.

Cup draw
Finally, the draw for the Hungarian Cup quarter-finals has pitted Újpest against Debreceni VSC while Budapest Honvéd FC will play holders Sopron. Kaposvári Rákóczi FC will take on Fehérvár with Vasas meeting Pécsi MFC.

Last updated: 31/01/06 18.05CET

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