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Debrecen sign off in style

Published: Monday 4 June 2007, 16.17CET
Debreceni VSC marked their historic third consecutive 1. Liga title in Hungary with a huge party following their last match of the season on 26 May.
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest

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Published: Monday 4 June 2007, 16.17CET

Debrecen sign off in style

Debreceni VSC marked their historic third consecutive 1. Liga title in Hungary with a huge party following their last match of the season on 26 May.

Debreceni VSC marked their historic third straight title in Hungary with a big party at their last game of the season on 26 May.

Party time
Miroslav Beránek's men became the first side from outside the capital to claim three successive championships - consolation for failing to become the first provincial double winners following a penalty shoot-out defeat by Budapest Honvéd FC in the Hungarian Cup final. They celebrated their 1. Liga triumph with supporters both during, and after, the 2-1 win against FC Sopron.

Show of class
An 11,000 crowd - a sell-out at the Oláh Gábor Utcai stadium - watched as goals from Balázs Dzsudzsák and Tamás Sándor earned victory for the team from eastern Hungary against western opponents. "Our only goal for this last match was to put on a big party," said Beránek. "I asked the players to take the game seriously while playing some spectacular football, and they did both." Hungarian Football Federation officials travelled from Budapest to present the trophy to captain Sándor. After the 33 members of Debrecen's squad had received their medals, the revelry began in earnest, eventually spilling out into the town's main square.

Scorers' chart
The champions' Senegalese forward Ibrahim Sidibe may have cause for regret, though, as he looks back on a great campaign. Injury ruled the 26-year-old out of the run-in, allowing Péter Bajzát of Györi ETO FC to overtake him as divisional top scorer. The 25-year-old Bajzát struck twice on the final day to finish on 18 goals, against Sidibe's 17. Now the focus switches to the UEFA Champions League, with Debrecen kicking off in the first qualifying round. The title-holders beat Croatia's HNK Hajduk Split to reach the third qualifying round in 2005/06, where they succumbed 6-0 on aggregate to Manchester United FC.

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