After a three-month winter break, the NB I is up and running again with a new Italian coach turning heads at struggling FC Sopron.
The winter break brought consternation for many Sopron fans as the club's management decided to dismiss coach Tibor Selymes, Tamás Nagy and later Csaba László in the space of a few days, bringing in Italian Dario Bonetti to lead their coaching team. The team from the west of Hungary then produced perhaps the best result of the first round of NB I games this year when they won 3-0 at Budapest Honvéd FC on 25 February, with veteran Italian striker Giuseppe Signori on target against a side coached by a fellow-countryman, Aldo Dolcetti. The game was Sopron goalkeeper Balázs Rabóczki's first since returning to his home land from Denmark's FC København during the winter. "It was a dream to come back to Hungary like this," he said.
Another coach making a fine debut was Zalaegerszegi TE's Lázár Szentes who marked his first game in charge with a 2-0 win against reigning champions Debreceni VSC. Meanwhile, Újpesti TE took a three-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-2 win against Balaton FC thanks to two Péter Rajczi goals. He has now scored 12 this season. MTK Hungária FC are in second after a 1-0 win against struggling Budapest rivals Rákospalotai EAC, while FC Fehérvár salvaged a point at home against Ferencvárosi TC with an 86th-minute goal to earn a 1-1 draw.
Ferencváros were not too unhappy with that result, but their former goalkeeper Lajos Szûcs may have had reason to regret leaving the club for rock-bottom Pápa TFC during the winter. His new side are still without a win all season after marking Szûcs' debut with a 5-0 home defeat against FC Tatabánya.
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