By Márton Dinnyés
With the Hungarian First Division still on its winter break, the big football news in recent weeks has been the announcement that Hungary and Croatia, who made separate bids to host UEFA EURO 2008™, are to join forces in the hope of staging the UEFA European Championship in 2012.
On the field, meanwhile, the Hungarian national team played their first matches of 2005. A largely home-based squad drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia in Istanbul in early February, but this week's trip to Cardiff was more disappointing for Lothar Matthäus's side as they lost 2-0 against Wales.
Bogdanovic stays put
The most active team in the transfer market since the turn of the year have been second-placed Debreceni VSC, who have ensured that there will be an ongoing Serbo-Montenegrin connection at the Oláh Gábor utca. Debrecen agreed a four-year contract extension with striker Igor Bogdanovic, while signing his compatriot and fellow forward Milos Kovakovic from OFK Beograd player for a similar time frame.
Meanwhile, Hungary striker Krisztián Kenesei has returned to his old club, Györi ETO FC, on loan from Chinese side Gouan Beijing. His international team-mate, Zalaegerszegi TE's Róbert Waltner, has left the third-placed club to join struggling Vasas SC on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Amid all the transfers, there was one notable footballing success as MTK Hungária FC won the indoor competition contested by the 16 top-flight teams during the winter recess. They will hope to carry on winning when the season resumes on 5 March.
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