New MLSZ mandate for Csányi

Sándor Csányi will serve a second term as president of the Hungarian Football Federation after his re-election, singling out infrastructure development as a key priority.


Sándor Csányi has been re-elected for a second five-year term as president of the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ), and expressed his gratitude to all those who had made contributions to the country's football during his first term in charge.

The 62-year-old banker, financier and economic expert was first elected in 2010, and was last week voted onto the UEFA Executive Committee as a member at the XXXIX Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna.

Speaking to the MLSZ assembly in Telki, near Budapest, Csányi said there were 11,000 teams in the MLSZ's competition system and that, in the 2013/14 season, the association had organised more than 100,000 matches. Since 2010, over 282 new pitches had been made available as part of an MLSZ pitch-building programme. Infrastructure is being renewed, and the association's aim, by 2017, is to have excellent facilities everywhere for youngsters to play football.

The assembly heard that, as part of this infrastructure development plan, three new stadiums had already been opened in Debrecen, Felcsut and Budapest (Ferencvárosi TC), and this work is continuing across the country with more new stadiums to be completed by 2017 as the final part of the programme.

The MLSZ president thanked the Hungarian government for its help in nurturing the game, and said: "The MLSZ presidential committee works to harmonise interests, to serve the amateur and professional clubs, to continue with the developments already started within the sport, to further step up the cleansing of football – since there are still issues which are not tolerable – and to strengthen the association's service role."