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Vasas SC


Vasas SC is one of Hungary's major sports clubs. Most of its facilities are situated in Budapest's 13th district in the north of the town. Members of the Hungarian Union of Iron Workers founded the club as Vas-és Fémmunkások Sport Clubja, the "Sport Club of Iron and Steel Workers", on 16 March 1911. The club colours are red and blue.

The club is internationally best known for its successful football and water polo departments, which have won many national and international competitions. However, also athletes from other departments have won many Olympic gold medals as well as international and national championships. The football club was relegated in 2012 but returned to the top-tier in 2015.

The club’s women's handball team has been crowned Hungarian champions 15 times, and in 1982 won the Handball European Cup.

Naming history

  • 1911: Vas-és Fémmunkások Sport Clubja
  • 1943: Kinizsi Vasas Budapest
  • 1944: Nemzeti Kinizsi Budapest
  • 1945: Budapesti Vasas SC
  • 1948: Budapesti Vasas SE
  • 1957: Budapesti Vasas SC

Departments

The club is active in the following sports:

Athletics, basketball, boxing, chess, fencing, football, handball (women), ice skating, rowing, skiing, tennis, touring, volleyball (women), water polo (men / women) and wrestling,

Football

Imre Gellei managing Vasas between 2001–02

Vasas' football team belongs to the highest Hungarian football league and was the dominating force in Hungarian football during the 1960s. In the 2006/07 season Vasas finished 5th.

In 2006 the club would have been relegated as penultimate, but could retain its place as rivals Ferencvarosi TC were ousted instead due to financial irregularities. This would have been Vasas' second relegation in this decade.

The team plays its home matches in the Rudolf Illovszky Stadium, which has a capacity of 18,000.

Honours

  • Mitropa Cup
    • Winners (6): 1956, 1957, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1983

Season results

Domestic International Manager
League Cup League
Cup
Super
Cup
No. Season MP W D L GF–GA Dif. Pts. Pos. Competition Result
1. 1916–17 22 6 9 7 29–30 −1 21 6th
2. 1917–18 22 11 5 6 37–26 +11 27 4th
3. 1918–19 21 9 6 6 20–19 +1 24 4th
4. 1919–20 28 10 9 9 31–26 +5 29 6th
85. 2015–16 0 0 0 0 0–0 0 0 TBD TBD dagger Szanyó
Σ 60 18 12 30 71–91 –20 66


dagger: defunct Italics indicate that the season is still in progress.

Former managers

Current squad

As of 21 August, 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Gergely Nagy
3 MF Marko Vukasovic
7 DF Szilveszter Hangya
8 FW Martin Ádám
9 MF Zsombor Berecz
10 FW Mohamed Remili
12 MF Milos Adamovic
14 DF Csaba Preklet
15 MF Mátyás Gál
17 DF Attila Osváth
19 FW János Lázok
20 FW Krisztián Kenesei
No. Position Player
22 FW Vojo Ubiparip
23 MF Máté Vida
26 DF Tamás Grúz
29 MF Benedek Murka
31 GK Bence Hermány
33 DF Tomislav Pajovic
42 FW Norbert Könyves
77 MF Péter Czvitkovics
89 DF András Debreceni
90 GK Dániel Póser
99 FW Csanád Novák
FW Yevhen Pavlov

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Sunderland AFC 0–2 0–1 0–3
1981–82 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Enosis Neon Paralimni FC 8–0 0–1 8–1
2. Round Standard Liége 0–2 1–2 1–4
1986–87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round FK Velež Mostar 2–2 2–3 4–5

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1987 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 1 Carl Zeiss Jena 0–2 2–2
Group 1 Aarhus GF 2–1 0–1
Group 1 FC Lausanne-Sport 5–3 1–2
1990 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 8 First Vienna FC 0–0 1–0
Group 8 Aarhus GF 0–2 0–2
Group 8 Gefle IF 1–1 0–2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 10, 1st game Lierse SK 2–0
Group 10, 2nd game Gaziantepspor 2–3
Group 10, 3rd game Narva Trans 4–1
Group 10, 4th game FC Groningen 1–1
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 7, 1st game Östers IF 4–1
Group 7, 2nd game FC Universitate Riga 3–0
Group 7, 3rd game Istanbulspor AS 0–2
Group 7, 4th game Werder Bremen 2–0
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Union Luxembourg 4–0 3–1 7–1
2. Round Neuchâtel Xamax 1–0 2–0 3–0
3. Round Polonia Warszawa 1–2 0–2 1–4
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round FK ZTS Dubnica 0–0 0–2 0–2

UEFA Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1. Round Shelbourne FC 1–0 1–1 2–1
2. Round St. Johnstone FC 1–0 0–2 1–2
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1. Round SK Voest Linz 4–0 0–2 4–2
2. Round Sporting CP 3–1 1–2 4–3
3. Round FC Barcelona 0–1 1–3 1–4
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1. Round Boavista FC 0–2 1–0 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round FK Ventspils 3–1 1–2 4–3(aet)
1. Round AEK Athens FC 2–2 0–2 2–4

UEFA Champions League

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1957–58 European Cup Preliminary Round CDNA Sofia 6–1 1–2 7–3
1. Round BSC Young Boys 2–1 1–1 3–2
Quarter-finals Ajax Amsterdam 4–0 2–2 6–2
Semi-finals Real Madrid CF 2–0 0–4 2–4
1961–62 European Cup Preliminary Round Real Madrid CF 0–2 1–3 1–5
1962–63 European Cup Preliminary Round Fredrikstad FK 7–0 4–1 11–1
1. Round Feyenoord Rotterdam 2–2 1–1 3–3 (Playoff 0–1)
1966–67 European Cup 1. Round Sporting CP 5–0 2–0 7–0
2. Round Internazionale FC 0–2 1–2 1–4
1967–68 European Cup 1. Round Dundalk FC 8–1 1–0 9–1
2. Round Valur 6–0 5–1 11–1
Quarter-finals S.L. Benfica 0–0 0–3 0–3
1977–78 European Cup 1. Round Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–3 1–1 1–4

Men's water polo

Hungary is acknowledged the world over as a powerhouse of water polo. The water polo department of Vasas belongs to the leading ones in the country.

Honours

  • Hungarian League
    • Winners (17): 1947, 1949, 1953, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Hungarian Cup
    • Winners (15): 1947, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Hungarian Super Cup
    • Winners (2): 2001, 2006
  • Champions Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1979–80, 1984–85
  • Cup winners Cup
    • Winners (3): 1985–86, 1994–95, 2001–02

Women's handball

Honours

  • Hungarian League
    • Winners (15): 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Hungarian Cup
    • Winners (11): 1969, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • Champions Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1981–82
    • Finalist (5): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1992–93, 1993–94
  • Cup winners Cup
    • Finalist (1): 1987–88
  • EHF-Cup
    • Finalist (1): 1984–85
  • City-Cup
    • Finalist (1): 1994–95

Other sports

Athletes of the club have won 40 Olympic gold medals (2006) and more than 1,000 Hungarian National Championship titles, making Vasas one of the most successful Hungarian sports clubs. There are only 29 countries which won more golds at the Summer Olympics (though some of the 40 wins were in team sports with athletes from other Hungarian clubs).

  • István Kozma was a wrestling champion in 1964 and 1968
  • László Papp was a boxing champion in 1952 and 1956 – also in 1948 being member of Vasas.

Trivia

János Kádár, HSWP First Secretary and Hungarian leader from 1956 until 1988, was a supporter of Vasas. A working-class man, Kádár had played in the team when young and was its president for a short period in the mid-1950s (when, after being released from prison, Kádár was party secretary in Budapest 13th district, where the team is based). During the 1960s, it was not uncommon to see Kádár in the crowd during Vasas games. Unlike some of his Eastern Europe counterparts, though, Kádár did not use his position to favor his team, nor did he allow Hungarian officials to interfere in football as it was common in other bloc countries.

External links

  • (Hungarian) Official website
  • (Hungarian) Official website (football team)
  • (Hungarian) Unofficial fan-site (team sports)
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