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Debrecen did it again

Published: Monday 19 June 2006, 12.59CET
Monthly review: Debreceni VSC won a second straight Hungarian title with an emphatic last-day victory and are building for the UEFA Champions League.
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest

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Published: Monday 19 June 2006, 12.59CET

Debrecen did it again

Monthly review: Debreceni VSC won a second straight Hungarian title with an emphatic last-day victory and are building for the UEFA Champions League.

Debreceni VSC won a second straight Hungarian championship with an emphatic last-day victory and are now building for the UEFA Champions League.

Successful defence
With a 4-1 triumph against relegated Pápa TFC in the final round of matches, Debrecen denied Budapest's Újpesti TE to keep the title out of the capital for a second year running. European competition is the next target for Attila Supka's side. To that end, they have signed 24-year-old striker Róbert Zsolnai, who scored eight goals for Kaposvári Rákóczi FC in 2005/06. Zsolnai has agreed a four-year contract with the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round contenders.

Újpest changes
A 3-1 home defeat by third-placed FC Fehérvár cost Újpest the crown and contributed to the downfall of coach Géza Mészöly. The 39-year-old has left after two and a half years in charge along with goalkeeping coach István Brockhauset. A replacement should be named by 20 June.

Spanish coach
Elsewhere, Diósgyöri VTK have appointed 28-year-old Spaniard Yago Aguilar Azón as coach after deciding against extending János Pajkos's contract. Azón previously worked on the staff at Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona and was recently involved in an FC Barcelona-sponsored youth project in Georgia. "We will handle the transfers and he has to get used to the situation here," said director István Sallói. "But he is a football expert, a real professional."

Next season
With the 2005/06 campaign over, attention has turned to 2006/07 with the Hungarian Football Federation, led by president István Kisteleki, promising that only clubs with adequate guarantees of their financial wellbeing will be admitted to the top division.

Financial worries
That leaves question marks against many teams, with big names like Budapest Honvéd FC and Ferencvárosi TC rumoured to have problems. "We know that clubs' results are the most important thing," said Kisteleki. "But at the same time, we want to avoid any problems in the future. We want the 16 top-flight sides to be financially stable and we will only admit such clubs."

Last updated: 19/06/06 18.23CET

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