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Rudolf flying as Debrecen dream on

Published: Thursday 14 August 2008, 2.08CET
Debreceni VSC go into their UEFA Cup tie against BSC Young Boys with the wind in their sails while a stomach bug may have cast a shadow over Győri ETO FC.
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest
Rudolf flying as Debrecen dream on
The form of Debrecen striker Gergely Rudolf has earned him an international call-up ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Thursday 14 August 2008, 2.08CET

Rudolf flying as Debrecen dream on

Debreceni VSC go into their UEFA Cup tie against BSC Young Boys with the wind in their sails while a stomach bug may have cast a shadow over Győri ETO FC.
Debreceni VSC go into their UEFA Cup tie against BSC Young Boys with the wind in their sails but a poor start in the league may overshadow Győri ETO FC as they meet VfB Stuttgart.

Fine start
The new Hungarian season is three games old and things could not have gone much better for Debrecen. MTK Budapest denied them a fourth successive 1. Liga title last season, but the side from the east of Hungary have shown no signs of despondency in their opening games, beating Zalaegerszegi TE and FC Fehérvár by one-goal margins either side of a 3-0 triumph at Győr.

Tough fixture
The most recent of those matches, a 1-0 win against Fehérvár, was particularly pleasing for András Herczeg's side, with Lóránt Oláh – a summer signing from Kaposvári Rákóczi FC – scoring the only goal of the game. "We expected to be in for a very hard match before the UEFA Cup qualifier," said Herczeg on Sunday evening. "We can be thankful for our team spirit and mentality which saw us take the three points at home."

Rudolf rampant
The 28-year-old Oláh has now scored goals in his last two games, and his 23-year-old strike partner Gergely Rudolf has also been catching the eye. Having found the net in both legs of the UEFA Cup first qualifying round win against FC Shakhtyor Karagandy and twice more in the league, Erwin Koeman called up the one-time AS Nancy-Lorraine player to his Hungary squad for the game against Montenegro.

Stomach problems
While Debrecen have the wind in their sails, Győr are feeling under the weather. First qualifying round winners against FC Zestaponi, they kicked off their domestic season with back-to-back defeats against Haladás FC and Debrecen. Sándor Egervári's side were forced to postpone their weekend game against Kecskeméti TE with the majority of his players suffering from a serious stomach infection, something that he hopes will have settled down by kick-off in Stuttgart on Thursday.

Last updated: 14/08/08 21.58CET

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