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NBI Season 2020/21
« on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 12:50 »
The new season kicks off on 15th August. The fixtures are not out yet, probably next week for those to be announced. It was 4 weeks before the season started last season. I thought for this season I would add in all the info stuff at the start of the thread so it's easy to find.

There are 12 teams and the season lasts for 33 games. Each team plays each other 3 times. The normal home and away tie and the 3rd game is determined as being home/away by league position in the previous year.  The higher placed club get the extra home tie and the lower placed club get an extra away tie. 

As an example: Ferencváros who won the league will get an extra 11 home games, Paks who finished 10th will get 9 extra away games plus 2 extra home games, with those coming against the 2 newly promoted sides. MTK Budapest will have the home advantage in their 3rd game v Budafok as they were promoted as champions in the NBII.

The bottom 2 teams will be demoted to the NBII.

If 2 teams end up on the same number of points the position is decided in this order:
1. number of wins
2. goal difference
3. goals scored
4. points gathered against each other
5. goal difference against each other
6. away goals against each other
7. better fair play position in the league
8. random draw

European places:
The league Champions go into the Champions League qualifying stage.
2nd place, 3rd place & the winners of the Magyar Kupa go into the Europa League qualifying stage. If the team who win the Magyar Kupa also finish in one of the top 3 spots then whoever finishes 4th will take the final Europa League spot.

In the Magyar Kupa:
In the early rounds of the cup games the lower division team is always at home. When the draw is made, they don't do it 1st team out of the hat is at home and 2nd away, instead they get the pairing of teams and then the lower division team are made the home team and if the teams are in the same division then the 1st out of the hat is at home.  This is for 2 main reasons, firstly the home team gets the revenue so it's a way to ensure any monies made go to the lower division team, who like here, need it more than the bigger clubs but it's also the Federations way to encourage supporters to go along to non league and lower division grounds. Nice way to do it, imo. The latter stages of the cup are 2 legged (from round 9-11) so each team gets a home & away tie.

There are 12 rounds in total. The NBI clubs join in from Round 6. The most important rounds are Round 9 - the last 16, Round 10 - quarterfinals and Round 11 - semi finals. The final reverts back to a single leg and is played at the National Team Stadium.

The away goal rule comes into play during Rounds 9-11. A game will only go to extra time/penalties if both teams have the same number of away goals. Throws me every year!!

NBI referees don't typically referee any matches until Round 9, the earlier rounds are normally handled by the NBII & NBIII referees.  There are no AAR's in the early stages of the cup, they start from Round 9.

In general

They structure the leagues so that each tier of the game kicks off on different days/times. You could across a weekend go to a non-league game, NBI, NBII & NBIII game with no clash of kick off times etc The lower league teams (NBIII & below) never have evening games because they don't have floodlights. A lot of the grounds are literally a field - it's great!

VAR plans have been scrapped for this season so we will continue with AAR's for season 2010/21. VAR is now planned to be introduced from season 2021/22.  The MLSZ hope that trials of VAR will start in the Spring season of 2020/21 and used to iron out any technical issues, whilst simultaneously acting as training games for the referees and of course our National TV channel who have to increase the number of cameras at a ground quite significantly! Currently we have 1/2 cameras on the same side of the pitch and maybe 1 each end. That will be increased to a minimum of 12.

The framework of the NBII referees changes this season. There will be an “A” frame made up of young people who will also receive a monthly availability fee, they will not be full time but this is the pool of referees that will be the potential next generation of NBI referees. Then there will be a “B” frame, i.e. older referees still good enough for the NBII but who are highly unlikely to be promoted to the NBI. This is a very positive step forward and will hopefully work in a similar manner to a talent group. It means the MLSZ are taking steps to ensure that the next generation of referees are being trained and gaining the experience needed ready for the NBI.
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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #1 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 12:55 »
Map of Hungary showing where the teams are located. Courtesy of nemzeti sport online.

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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #2 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 13:02 »
The teams:

Ferencvárosi TC
Ferencvárosi Torna Club, known as Ferencváros were founded in 1899 by Ferenc Springer and a group of local residents of Budapest’s ninth district, Ferencváros.  Ferencváros have played in the NBI since its inception in 1901, except for three seasons between 2006 and 2009.  Ferencváros is the most successful Hungarian team both domestically and internationally. They won the 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, after defeating Juventus 1–0 in Turin, and have won the NBI 30 times and the Magyar Kupa 23 times. They lost to Leeds United in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final in 1968 and to to Dynamo Kiev in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1974–75 season.

Manager: Sergei Rebrov
Last season: Champions
Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest
Capacity: 22,000
Located: Budapest, District IX
Nickname: Fradi

Mol Fehérvár
Fehérvár was founded in 1941 as Székesfehérvári Vadásztölténygyár SK. After several name changes, adopting the term Videoton. On 1 July 2018, the club’s name was changed from Videoton FC to MOL Vidi FC despite strong disagreement of the supporters of the club, however since 1 July 2019, the name has been changed again to Mol Fehérvár FC. At international level, Fehérvár’s biggest success has been reaching the 1985 UEFA Cup Final where they lost to Real Madrid.

Manager: Gábor Márton Szabics Imre - takes over in April
Last season: 2nd
Stadium: MOL Aréna Sósto
Capacity: 14,201
Located: Székesfehérvár, Fejér County (About 65 km SE of Budapest)
Nickname: Vidi/Videoton

Puskás Akadémia
Puskás Ferenc Labdarugó Akadémia, commonly known as Puskás Akadémia FC or simply Puskás Akadémia, were founded in 2005 in Felcsút, Hungary. The aim of the founders was to establish an academy for Videoton (Now MOL Fehérvár) and to establish a fitting memorial to former Hungarian national footballer Ferenc Puskás, despite the team not actually having any academy players or Ferenc Puskás having any links to either Videoton or Felcsút! For this reason alone they are hated and mocked in Hungary with the vast majority of fans refusing to use the made up name and simply referring to them instead as Felcsút. The Prime Minister supports Mol Fehérvár/Videoton or whatever they are actually called this week & is from Felcsút. The football ground is virtually in his garden.

Manager: Zsolt Hornyak
Last season: 3rd
Stadium: Pancho Aréna, Felcsút
Capacity: 3,816
Location: Felcsút, Fejér County (about 45km W and slightly south of Budapest)
Nickname: Felcsút

Mezőkövesd Zsóry
Mezőkövesdi Sport Egyesület were founded on 31 January 1975.The team name comes from the Zsóry family who founded the thermal baths that brought wealth to the town of Mezőkövesd.

Manager: Attila Kuttor 11.11.20 - Attila Pintér
Last season: 4th
Stadium: Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion, Mezőkövesd
Capacity: 5,000
Located: Mezőkövesd, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County around 130km NE Budapest (more East than North!)
Nickname: Mezo for short

Budapest Honvéd
Originally formed in 1909 as Kispest AC, they became Kispest FC in 1926 before reverting to their original name in 1944. The team enjoyed a golden age during the 1950s when it was renamed Budapesti Honvéd SE and became the Hungarian Army team.  The club’s top players from this era, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik, Zoltán Czibor, and Gyula Grosics formed the nucleus of the legendary Hungarian team known as the Mighty Magyars and helped the club win the Hungarian League four times during the 1950s. During the 1980s and early 1990s the club enjoyed another successful period, winning a further eight Hungarian League titles. They also won league and cup doubles in 1985 and 1989. In 1991 the club was renamed Kispest Honvéd FC and adopted its current name in 2003.  At domestic level they first entered the NBI in the 1916–17 season. Their first success came in the 1926 Magyar Kupa season when they beat Budapesti EAC in the final. In total they have won the NB1 14 times and the Magyar Kupa 7 times.

Manager: Tamás Bodog 08.12.20 - István Pisont 17.02.21 - Ferenc Horváth
Last season: 5th
Stadium: Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion (Groundshare)
Capacity: 8,000
Location: Budapest, District XIX
Nickname: Kispest

Újpest
Formed in 1885, Újpest, are the longest running football club in Hungary. They reached the first division of the Hungarian League in 1905 and have only been relegated once since then (1910/11). The club has been a member of the first division for 107 consecutive years.  Újpest have been Hungarian champions twenty times, have won the Magyar Kupa ten times and the Szuperkupa three times. In international competitions Újpest are two-times winners of the Mitropa Cup and winners of the 1930 Coupe des Nations. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup 1973–74 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1961–62, and were runners-up in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1968–69. Since 17 September 1922 their home ground has been the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Újpest, previously known as Megyeri úti stadium, it was named after the club’s legendary player, Ferenc Szusza in October 2003.

Manager: Predrag Rogan 23.12.21 Michael Oenning
Last season: 6th
Stadium:Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Capacity: 14,817
Location: Budapest, District IV.
Nickname: Lilák

ZTE
Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet (ZTE) were formed in 1920 although can trace their roots back to 1912, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their progress was halted by the outbreak of World War I. ZTE’s league history began in 1924, when they joined the Hungarian second division. The club won the title a decade later and entered the top flight in 1934. However, the start of World War II under the regime of Admiral Miklós Horthy saw ZTE’s field and equipment confiscated. After the war, in 1957, ZTE merged with two other local teams, signalling the rebirth of the club.  It was 1994 before ZTE were able to get any real stronghold in the top flight and their only championship win came in season 01/02. In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase ZTE defeated Croatian champions NK Zagreb on away goals. In the third qualifying round ZTE were faced with Manchester United. In the first leg, ZTE provided a stunning shock by winning 1–0 in Hungary with a last minute goal from Béla Koplárovics. However, in the return leg at Old Trafford, Man United were convincing 5–0 winners. In season 2006–07 ZTE finished third securing a place in the European competitions of the Intertoto Cup 2007.  They were eventually relegated to the NB2 in 2012 and this is their 2nd season in the NBI.

Manager: Gábor Boér 15.03.21 - Waltner Róbert
Last season: 7th
Stadium: ZTE Aréna, Zalaegerszeg
Capacity: 8,990
Location: Zalaegerszeg, Zala county, West Hungary. About 230km South West of Budapest

Kisvárda Master Good
Kisvárda FC, later known as Várda SE, were founded in 1911 as Kisvárdai Sport Egyesület (KSE). On 1 April 1970 the football team was merged with other local sports clubs forming the Kisvárda Sports Association. Despite this KSE were closed in 2001 due to financial problems.  A new football club was formed in 2003 called Várda SE was formed in 2003 only in Kisvárda.  In 2013, when the team won promotion to the NB II, the club decided to re-name Kisvárda on the basis of historical traditions and replace the former Várda SE coat of arms. Since the 2013–14 season, the official name of the club is Kisvárda Master Good FC.

Manager: Attila Supka
Last season: 8th
Stadium: Várkert Sportpálya, Kisvárda
Capacity: 2,750
Location: Kisvárda, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county. NE Hungary near the border of Slovakia and Ukraine, around 280km from Budapest.
Nickname: Kisvárda

DVTK
Diósgyőr-Vasgyári Testgyakorlók Köre, more commonly known as Diósgyőri VTK or simply DVTK were founded 6 February 1910. The football club enjoyed its first golden age in the late ’70s and early ’80s, including a third place in the 1978–79 season of the Hungarian League and two Hungarian Cup triumphs in 1977 and 1980. DVTK have spent most of their history in the top tier of Hungarian football. They have never won the championship.  Diósgyőr have many passionate fans and are one of the most supported clubs in Hungary. On 19 July 2014, UEFA issued sanctions against Diósgyőr, following racist behaviour by their fans during the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League qualifying matches against Birkirkara.

Manager: Tamás Feczkó 08.12.20 - Gergely Geri
Last season: 9th
Stadium: Diósgyőri Stadion, Miskolc
Capacity: 15,325
Location: Diósgyőr, Miskolc. North Hungary near the Slovakia border. Around 200km NE of Budapest

Paks
In 1952 the Paksi Sportegyesület was formed and began competing at a county level in Tolna county. They played at either a county or lower national level until 2006 when they won promotion to the Borsodi Liga, or NB I, for the first time.  In the 2010–11 Hungarian Division Paksi finished second and qualified for the Europa League 2011–12 season. They were knocked out of the competition by Hearts in the 3rd qualifying round, having beaten UE Santa Coloma from Andorra in the 1st qualifying round and Tromsř from Norway in the 2nd qualifying round. This is their biggest success to date.

Manager: Tomislav Sivic
Last season: 10th
Stadium: Fehérvári úti Stadion, Paks
Capacity: 6,150
Location: Paks, Tolna county, 100 km south of Budapest

MTK Budapest
Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre Budapest Futball Club (Hungarian Practitioners Circle Budapest Football Club) based in Józsefváros. They are one of the most successful Hungarian football clubs, MTK has won the Hungarian League 23 times and the Hungarian Cup 12 times. The club has also won the Hungarian Super Cup 2 times. In 1955, as Vörös Lobogó SE, they became the first Hungarian team to play in the European Cup and in 1964 they finished as runners-up in the European Cup Winners' Cup after losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the final. The club founded the Sándor Károly Football Academy in 2001. The Academy also has a partnership agreement with English club Liverpool F.C.  MTK Budapest first entered the Nemzeti Bajnokság in the 1903 season. In the subsequent season, MTK won their first domestic title. Between 1913 and 1914 and 1924–25 MTK dominated Hungarian football by winning ten titles in a row. Fierce hatred with Fradi that stems originally from racism - MTK are considered a Jewish club & Fradi are associated with Far Right politics, they are also neighbouring districts within Budapest. 2nd most prestigious derby to Fradi v Újpest.

Manager: Michael Boris
Last season: Champions NBII
Stadium: Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Capacity: 8,000
Location: Budapest, District VIII
Nickname:

Budafoki MTE
Budafoki Munkás Testedző Egyesület (Budafok workers bodybuilding association) more simply referred to as Budafok. Budafoki Labdarúgó Club debuted in the 1945–46 season of the Hungarian League and finished ninth. Like most Hungarian clubs they have undergone a number of name changes over the years (a lot were enforced under communist rule). They remained in the county level leagues until 2016-17 when they had their first season in the NBIII, they won the league and achieved back to back promotions, entering the NBII for season 17/18. They finished 14th and then 16th in season 18/19. When the league was suspended in May 2020 due to covid-19 they were in 2nd place in the NBII and have therefore been promoted as runners up.  They play in a field! Not quite sure how their ground has been passed for the NBI, it is literally a field with an athletics track around the outside and 1200 seats! Impressive array of solar panels. It has undergone several upgrades including a roof being added to the stand over the past 5 years, there are floodlights but don't think there is undersoil heating, although that could be being added ahead of the season starting. It looks fantastic and is on my to visit for a game list for this coming season!

Manager: Csaba Csizmadia
Last season: Runners up NBII
Stadium: Promontor utcai Stadion
Capacity: 4,000
Location: District XXII Budapest
Nickname: Budafok
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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #3 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 14:31 »
Team Ref: *This is going on last season's appointments and is likely to change*

FIFA Referees
Tamás Bognár (1st Group)
István Vad (1st Group)
Ádám Farkas (2nd Group)
Balázs Berke (3rd Group)
Ferenc Karakó (3rd Group)

NBI Referees
Péter Solymosi
Sándor Andó-Szabó
József Erdős
Csaba Pintér
Zoltán Iványi
Gergő Bogár
Bence Csonka
Ádám Pillók

Made debuts in 19/20
Péter Antal
Mihály Káprály

NBII Referees acting as AAR in NBI
Gergely Szőts
Ádám Németh
Ádám Radványi
Péter Zierkelbach
Attila Molnár
Tamás Nazsa *was not used as AAR in the Spring season, just the Autumn season*
József Ducsai
Szilasi Szabolcs
Katalin Kulcsár
János Takács
László Lovas
J. Zoltán Kovács
Eszter Urbán
Sándor Szilágyi II
Bence Hanyecz

FIFA Assistant Referees
Vencel Tóth II
István Albert
Péter Berettyán
Balázs Buzás
Theodoros Georgiou
Péter Kóbor
Balázs Szert
Balázs Szalai
Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi

NBI Assistant Referees
Balázs Farkas
Balázs Huszár
Dániel Szalai
Gergely Becséri
István Szécsényi
János Medovarszki
Krisztián Király
Norbert Bornemissza
Oszkár Lémon
Péter Garai
Róbert Horváth
Tamás Márkus
Tibor Csatári
Gábor Varga
József Aradi
Zoltán Horváth (F) *The (F) indicates Mr Horváth is a Futsal referee
Gyula Punyi
Zsolt Király

Potential retirements:
J. Zoltán Kovács (age 45); János Takács (age 48); Péter Solymosi (age 48) <----- has been confirmed as continuing for the Autumn season
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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #4 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 15:28 »
The new season kicks off on 15th August. The fixtures are not out yet, probably next week for those to be announced. It was 4 weeks before the season started last season. I thought for this season I would add in all the info stuff at the start of the thread so it's easy to find.

There are 12 teams and the season lasts for 33 games. Each team plays each other 3 times. The normal home and away tie and the 3rd game is determined as being home/away by league position in the previous year.  The higher placed club get the extra home tie and the lower placed club get an extra away tie. 

As an example: Ferencváros who won the league will get an extra 11 home games, Paks who finished 10th will get 9 extra away games plus 2 extra home games, with those coming against the 2 newly promoted sides. MTK Budapest will have the home advantage in their 3rd game v Budafok as they were promoted as champions in the NBII.

The bottom 2 teams will be demoted to the NBII.

If 2 teams end up on the same number of points the position is decided in this order:
1. number of wins
2. goal difference
3. goals scored
4. points gathered against each other
5. goal difference against each other
6. away goals against each other
7. better fair play position in the league
8. random draw

European places:
The league Champions go into the Champions League qualifying stage.
2nd place, 3rd place & the winners of the Magyar Kupa go into the Europa League qualifying stage. If the team who win the Magyar Kupa also finish in one of the top 3 spots then whoever finishes 4th will take the final Europa League spot.

In the Magyar Kupa:
In the early rounds of the cup games the lower division team is always at home. When the draw is made, they don't do it 1st team out of the hat is at home and 2nd away, instead they get the pairing of teams and then the lower division team are made the home team and if the teams are in the same division then the 1st out of the hat is at home.  This is for 2 main reasons, firstly the home team gets the revenue so it's a way to ensure any monies made go to the lower division team, who like here, need it more than the bigger clubs but it's also the Federations way to encourage supporters to go along to non league and lower division grounds. Nice way to do it, imo. The latter stages of the cup are 2 legged (from round 9-11) so each team gets a home & away tie.

There are 12 rounds in total. The NBI clubs join in from Round 6. The most important rounds are Round 9 - the last 16, Round 10 - quarterfinals and Round 11 - semi finals. The final reverts back to a single leg and is played at the National Team Stadium.

The away goal rule comes into play during Rounds 9-11. A game will only go to extra time/penalties if both teams have the same number of away goals. Throws me every year!!

NBI referees don't typically referee any matches until Round 9, the earlier rounds are normally handled by the NBII & NBIII referees.  There are no AAR's in the early stages of the cup, they start from Round 9.

In general

They structure the leagues so that each tier of the game kicks off on different days/times. You could across a weekend go to a non-league game, NBI, NBII & NBIII game with no clash of kick off times etc The lower league teams (NBIII & below) never have evening games because they don't have floodlights. A lot of the grounds are literally a field - it's great!

VAR plans have been scrapped for this season so we will continue with AAR's for season 2010/21. VAR is now planned to be introduced from season 2021/22.  The MLSZ hope that trials of VAR will start in the Spring season of 2020/21 and used to iron out any technical issues, whilst simultaneously acting as training games for the referees and of course our National TV channel who have to increase the number of cameras at a ground quite significantly! Currently we have 1/2 cameras on the same side of the pitch and maybe 1 each end. That will be increased to a minimum of 12.

The framework of the NBII referees changes this season. There will be an “A” frame made up of young people who will also receive a monthly availability fee, they will not be full time but this is the pool of referees that will be the potential next generation of NBI referees. Then there will be a “B” frame, i.e. older referees still good enough for the NBII but who are highly unlikely to be promoted to the NBI. This is a very positive step forward and will hopefully work in a similar manner to a talent group. It means the MLSZ are taking steps to ensure that the next generation of referees are being trained and gaining the experience needed ready for the NBI.

What really good ideas. Would like to see some of these brought into England. Would revolutionise the game I think!
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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #5 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 16:47 »
What really good ideas. Would like to see some of these brought into England. Would revolutionise the game I think!

I absolutely love how the cup draw works. Great effort from the Federation to get fans to visit lower league grounds and to try and help trickle some of the money to the lower league clubs. I have visited a couple of ace fields in the earlier cup rounds! One match I went to was in a public park, trees all around the pitch, random dog walkers passing by, it was beautiful! Our manager had brought a fold up camping chair with us for me to sit on!

The staggered kick offs are great as well. NBIII is Saturday morning, NBI Saturday afternoon and NBII Sunday afternoon. County games tend to be Sunday morning. Had a few Sundays where I went to watch one of my 2 non league clubs (BAK & Hunreal) in the morning and then onto watch MTK or Vasas in the NBII after lunch. I have never been to a single NBIII game though! Travel is so easy as well - the metro and tram systems in Budapest are superb, combined with an excellent bus service if needed & all on the same travel card. I tend to get a 72 hour travel card, for 4,150Ft (about Ł10) or the 24 hour one for 1,650Ft (about Ł4) depending if I'm just going to Saturday NBI games or going to games on Sunday as well. Valid on all the trams, metro, buses and some of the over ground trains as well. Such good value. I have a stack of them, you validate them before the first journey and that is when the time starts to run on them. The metro runs with trains every 5 mins maximum on the bigger lines. I have literally seen a train pull out as I arrive and by the time I have finally pottered down the stairs (I walk at a snail pace even with aids!) I have got on the 3rd or 4th train that has come through! The only downside is disabled facilities are not always so good so I do sometimes have to use stairs which I struggle with, in some stations and the escalators tend to be quite steep and set about 4 times the speed they are here in the UK so getting off them when able bodied is a dangerous enough task so for me who is disabled it can be very hazardous! All part of the fun!

You can still drink (and smoke if so inclined) in all of the grounds. Lovely in the summer to sprawl out in the sun with a pint of cider!

Our level of football may well be technically lower, anything from league 2 to mid championship level in the NBI but it is such an enjoyable experience overall. Mr Csányi is a very good Federation president, he loves Hungarian football and whilst we are becoming far more professional in the top flight and we have some wonderful stadiums now, thanks to Mr Orbán, it does retain the core football values. Prices remain low, Ł3-6 for a top flight match, less than Ł1 for a pint, about 50p for a hot dog. We get a lot right in those respects.

We also have a lot of issues - racism and homophobia is common place and not enough being done to combat it. There is still a hooligan element with the ultras although they do keep it amongst themselves with organised fights away from the grounds and never involve non ultras in that side of things. There is huge retribution within their ranks if they attack non ultras, the cappos simply do not allow it. I don't agree with the violence, it's like the bad old days of the 80's here apart from it being so organised and not widespread but kept amongst themselves which I can respect. National team games, if I ever go as an ordinary fan (I do tend to go in the press box or the posh seats normally) but when I do go simply as a fan, as a disabled, foreign female I get looked after and protected by the ultras, normally 4 of them. 1 either side of me, 1 in front and 1 behind walking to and from the stadium. They do however always get me very drunk!! Never refuse pálinka, it's an insult & can get you in more trouble than accepting it!!! But the 2l plastic bottles they hand you with clear liquid while shouting pálinka at you is inevitably home brew apple pálinka, about 95% proof, tastes like rocket fuel & is lethal!!!! Thankfully they have always escorted me back to my hotel & put me to bed fully dressed!  

We also have a lot of suspicion of corruption at a high level. The very incestuous club ownership, ground ownership, all NBI clubs owned now by someone sympathetic to the government/Fidez, (apart from Lilák who are in talks to sell currently) loosely connected via a sporting company whose records are well hidden but seem to have a few subsidiary companies, tax schemes that look a bit iffy, shared sponsors and various government grants. Money seems to constantly change hands within a very small circle and certainly doesn't look good which is why the suspicions of corruption often surface. Whether there is actually corruption I have no idea but I can understand why there are the suspicions. When Balmaz went bust last season that open a whole can of worms about where the money had gone. I don't believe Mr Csányi to be corrupt,I think he is a good man and I certainly don't think it extends as low down as managers/players or our referees, if it does exist then it's at the ownership levels and not below them.
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« Reply #6 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 17:36 »
Would love to see that with the cup draws. I think our KO's are about right although more needs to be done in terms of travel for away team fans particularly when kick offs are late or Sunday/midweek.

Hopefully, we will see teams start to make football more affordable again. Some of the prices to watch the professional game is ridiculous particularly the Championship/Premier League, especially in London!! Some good initiatives have come out in the past few years. Hopefully with safe standing that should bring back the atmosphere. That's why I love non league games as you can drink on the terraces too!!

I love Budapest! Went for the first time last OCtober - it was amazing. Everything, the scenery, the architecture, the history, it was clean and the people were so friendly. We went first week of October, and it was sunny 20+ the week before we left and the week after but the 5 days we were there we had wind and rain and the top temperature of 12C. How unlucky!!

We were going to go to the Ferencvaros v Ludogorets game in the Europa LEague on the Thursday but we were on a Danube river cruise for 2 hours from 5pm (seeing the lovely sunset). Glad we didn't go as they got hammered 3-0 and the locals weren't happy afterwards when we went out for food!
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« Reply #7 on: Wed 08 Jul 2020 20:07 »
The downside to the cup games is you can get games at midday in the middle of the week because of when the park is available for use and the fact no-one has floodlights so games can only be in the day time. That can take away fan availability to attend but the domestic game has only a small number of core fans anyway.  Mr Csányi when he made the announcement that football was returning after the covid break made a joke about it being behind closed doors, saying that league attendances over the years had fully prepared Hungarian clubs for this moment & there were several who wouldn't notice the difference! It's a shame really because it's great fun attending matches there but youngsters want PL, Bundesliga quality football as they can widely watch on the National sports TV channel. Sadly they don't realise that by attending and supporting the domestic league they will actually help it to keep growing. It has grown so much in the 10 years or so that I have been watching it.

We do have a bit of a non league vibe going on even at our top flight if you compare our league with the UK ones. It's one of the things I love so much about it. It is football and social any tainting by money is way above the actual football's level in the scheme of it all. It doesn't impact the fans anyway! I think it was AFCB's 2nd season in the PL that the cost really hit home to me, it was about Ł30 cheaper for me and my son to fly to Budapest on a Saturday morning, watch Lilák that afternoon, Hunreal on the Sunday morning and Vasas on the Sunday afternoon before flying back on the last flight on the Sunday and I mean including flights, travel to and from the airports, hotel, food, travel to the games and ticket cost than it was to take a train to Manchester and get tickets for the Man Utd away game. The hotel I use is a 2 star place, they virtually pay you to stay there but it's a great location for travel, the staff are ace and it's always clean, tidy & comfy and I do get a discount there. Free travel to and from there for the airport as well. Lilák I never paid for a ticket & they would also feed us a big lunch and the chef would send me away with food for that evening and sometimes the next day! If I had to pay for those on top it would have probably been the same price but even so, what I got for my money was way better value!

Budapest is beautiful, it is my favourite city anywhere in the world. Debrecen and Esztergom are pretty high on the list as well and Pécs which is where my Hungarian family are based.The best time to go in October is so that you are there for the 23rd. It is the biggest national holiday, so many festivals and things going on. It's the anniversary of the 1956 revolution and our Independence day. My son loves being there that week as he feels the whole country is celebrating his birthday! Oh my the food is amazing! This year travel restrictions permitting we will go that week (it's normally half term week) and then on the 24th go to Debrecen ready for Szent Dömötör Day on the Hortobágy, which is on the 25th. Never been there for that one although I always watch the videos afterwards - I am beyond excited for that!! I absolutely love the csikös.

If you go again and plan to take in a game, let me know when you will be there & I'll tell you what the game of the weekend is. Fradi are our top team by far and in terms of footballing ability yes they are the team to watch but it's not necessarily the best atmosphere and all round experience.  Their far right ultras have also returned to games recently with the aryan greens flag being back on prominent display, not a good thing to see and it makes for a hostile, intimidating atmosphere, completely the opposite to the normal welcoming Budapest you'd expect. Plus Fradi v Kisvárda for example would be a complete bore in comparison with MTK v Honvéd, the latter being one of the lesser Budapest derbies. There are 5 Budapest clubs in the NBI this year - that's a lot of derby matches! The best derby will always be Fradi v Lilák but only if both sets of ultras attend, they make it what it is, looking forward to experiencing the MTK v Fradi derby live as well this year!
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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #8 on: Thu 09 Jul 2020 20:38 »
Lovely to see Kassai Viktor and Fabián Mihály briefly teaming up together again. Wish it was at home though :'(

https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/news/viktor-kassai-joins-nplnplw-referee-workshop
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« Reply #9 on: Fri 10 Jul 2020 14:42 »
Licences approved for 12 NBI teams, 18 NBII teams and 59 NBIII teams (1 still to be granted).  The NBIII is 3 x 20 teams regional based leagues.

We are ready to go!

https://szovetseg.mlsz.hu/hir/12-nbi-es-es-18-nbii-es-csapat-nevezeset-fogadta-el-a-versenybizottsag
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« Reply #10 on: Tue 14 Jul 2020 12:18 »
The opening day fixtures!

Puskás Akadémia FC–Bp. Honvéd FC
Budafoki MTE–Kisvárda Master Good
Paksi FC–Újpest FC
DVTK–Mezőkövesd Zsóry FC
ZTE FC–MOL Fehérvár FC
MTK Hungária FC–Ferencvárosi TC

1st 3 rounds announced

https://twitter.com/MLSZhivatalos/status/1283004608261103618

Full schedule to be published soon

https://www.mlsz.hu/hir/az-ujoncnal-kezd-a-cimvedo-elkeszultek-az-otp-bank-liga-parositasai

Winter break confirmed from 19th December to 23rd Jan and the season to end 15th May.

1st of the big derbies: The first derby has to wait until the 8th round, October 24, then Újpest will visit Ferencváros for the first time. Messes up my plans to travel to Debrecen on the 24th ready for Szent Dömötör Day on the Hortobágy on the 25th!
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« Reply #11 on: Tue 14 Jul 2020 14:40 »
Boldog születésnapot/Happy birthday Mr Puhl

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« Reply #12 on: Wed 05 Aug 2020 16:43 »
Potential retirements:
J. Zoltán Kovács (age 45); János Takács (age 48); Péter Solymosi (age 48) <----- has been confirmed as continuing for the Autumn season

János Takács also confirmed as continuing - watching him right now in the NBII! Well he's 4O but he has been seen strolling around the technical area. My mate Charlie Bácsi has sent me a photo from his viewpoint to the right of the dugouts- he knows me well  ;D
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Re: NBI Season 2020/21
« Reply #13 on: Thu 13 Aug 2020 15:45 »
What an awesomme start to the NBI season!

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MTK Budapest v Ferencváros
2020.08.14 - 18:15
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Referee: Solymosi Péter
4O: Bornemissza Norbert
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Csonka Bence, Szilágyi Sándor

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Piros ingért és piros síp kérem Mr Puhl...
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« Reply #14 on: Thu 13 Aug 2020 16:17 »
What an awesomme start to the NBI season!

OTP Bank Liga NB I. 1. forduló

MTK Budapest v Ferencváros
2020.08.14 - 18:15
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Referee: Solymosi Péter
4O: Bornemissza Norbert
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Csonka Bence, Szilágyi Sándor

#SolymosiWatch is back  ;D

Missy bmb is happy!

Piros ingért és piros síp kérem Mr Puhl...

I didn't know that Mr Puhl decides about the referee shirt and whistle.....  ;)
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