Márton Fülöp

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Márton Fülöp
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Fülöp playing for Sunderland in 2010
Personal information
Full nameMárton Fülöp [1]
Date of birth(1983-05-03)3 May 1983 [1]
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Date of death 12 November 2015(2015-11-12) (aged 32)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) [1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2001–2002 MTK Budapest 0 (0)
2002–2003 BKV Előre SC 16 (0)
2003–2004 Bodajk 27 (0)
2004–2007 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2005Chesterfield (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006Coventry City (loan) 31 (0)
2006–2007Sunderland (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2010 Sunderland 44 (0)
2007Leicester City (loan) 24 (0)
2008Stoke City (loan) 0 (0)
2010Manchester City (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2011 Ipswich Town 35 (0)
2011–2012 West Bromwich Albion 1 (0)
2012–2013 Asteras Tripoli 28 (0)
Total216(0)
National team
2004–2005 Hungary U21 11 (0)
2005–2011 Hungary 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Márton Fülöp (Hungarian pronunciation:  [ˈmaːrton ˈfyløp] ; 3 May 1983 – 12 November 2015) was a Hungarian professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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After playing in Hungary for MTK Budapest, BKV Előre SC and BFC Siófok, he signed for English club Tottenham Hotspur, who loaned him to Chesterfield and Coventry, then to Sunderland with whom he permanently signed in 2007. Further loans to Leicester City, Stoke City and Manchester City ended with a transfer to Ipswich Town. He ended his career with spells at West Bromwich Albion and Greece's Asteras Tripoli.

MTK Budapest FC Hungarian association football club

Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre Budapest Futball Club or shortly MTK is a Hungarian football club based in Józsefváros, Budapest. The team currently plays in 2017–18 Nemzeti Bajnokság II. The club's colours are blue and white. As 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.

BKV Előre SC sports club in Hungary

BKV Előre SC is a Hungarian football club located in Budapest, Hungary. It currently plays in Hungarian National Championship III. The team's colors are yellow and blue.

BFC Siófok Hungarian association football club

Bodajk FC Siófok, generally shortened to BFC Siófok, is a Hungarian football club based in Siófok, a small town on the shores of Lake Balaton. The club was founded in 1921 as Siófok SE. The word Bodajk in the club's name stems from a merger with Bodajk FC in 2005. The colours of the club are yellow and blue. BFC Siófok plays its home matches in the Révész Géza utcai Stadion which has a capacity of 10,500.

Fülöp also represented his country at under-21 and full international level, earning 24 senior caps from his debut in 2005. He died in 2015 after a struggle with cancer. [2] [3]

Hungary national under-21 football team national association football team

The Hungary national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team for Hungary and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation.

The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation.

Club career

Career in Hungary

Márton Fülöp was born on 3 May 1983 in Budapest [1] and was a graduate of the local club MTK Budapest FC. He was a squad member in the 2001/2002 season without playing a single league match. Between 2002 and 2004, Fülöp played on loan for two lower Hungarian division BKV Előre SC and BFC Siófok.

Budapest Capital city in Hungary

Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city had an estimated population of 1,752,704 in 2016 distributed over a land area of about 525 square kilometres. Budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33 percent of the population of Hungary.

Tottenham Hotspur

Fülöp signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2004 from MTK Hungária FC after a successful trial with the club, and said: "The trial went well and I'm delighted the move has gone through, this is a big step for me." [4] On 11 March 2005, due to an injury to Carl Muggleton, he joined League One club Chesterfield on a month's loan, [5] making his English debut in a 2–1 home win over Huddersfield Town the following day. [6] This loan was extended until the end of the season. [7] He played in seven games before being recalled to Spurs as cover for Radek Černý due to an injury to Paul Robinson.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is a professional football club in Tottenham, London, England, that competes in the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been the club's home ground since April 2019, replacing their former home of White Hart Lane, which had been demolished to make way for the new stadium on the same site. Their training ground is on Hotspur Way in Bulls Cross in the London Borough of Enfield. Tottenham have played in a first (home) strip of white shirts and navy blue shorts since the 1898–99 season. The club's emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football, with a Latin motto Audere est Facere.

Carl David Muggleton is an English professional football goalkeeper who made over 550 appearances in the Football League and Scottish Premier League for a number of clubs, most notably Leicester City, Stoke City, Celtic, Chesterfield and Mansfield Town.

Chesterfield F.C. English association football club

Chesterfield Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. The team competes in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. Chesterfield play their home games at the 10,504 capacity Proact Stadium, having moved from their historic home of Saltergate during the summer of 2010. Notable players include record appearance holder Dave Blakey, who played in 617 of Chesterfield's league games, and 162 league goal club record holder Ernie Moss. The club contests numerous local rivalries, though Nottinghamshire club Mansfield Town are considered to be their main rivals.

He joined Coventry City on a three-month loan on 28 October 2005, [8] and in the 2005–06 season he was the first-choice for the Sky Blues in the Championship, with 31 appearances. In early 2006 he stated that he did not intend to stay at Tottenham as he admitted it would be hard to get past number one Robinson, and expressed a desire to join Coventry in a permanent move. [9]

Coventry City F.C. association football club

Coventry City Football Club is a professional football club based in Coventry, West Midlands, England. The club competes in League One, the third tier of the English football league system, following promotion via the playoffs from League Two in the 2017–18 season.

The 2005–06 season was the 126th season of competitive association football in England.

Sunderland

However, in November 2006, he signed for another Championship team, Sunderland, on a month's loan, with a view to a permanent transfer once the transfer window opened in January. Fülöp made his debut for Sunderland on 9 December in the 2–1 victory over Luton Town. Afterwards, Fülöp expressed his desire to join Sunderland permanently. [10] His deal at Sunderland was made permanent for £900,000 on 2 January 2007, in a deal which involved fellow goalkeeper Ben Alnwick going to Tottenham Hotspur. [11]

Fülöp signed a year-long loan deal with Leicester City of the Championship on 16 August 2007, [12] making his debut against Crystal Palace two days later, which ended in a 2–2 draw. On 1 September, the goalkeeper made a string of superb saves against Plymouth Argyle to ensure Leicester a point at Home Park. [13] This would be the first of a number of fine performances from Fülöp. On 26 September, he made saves which contributed in the team's shock victory over top-flight Aston Villa in the League Cup. [14] He was twice named in the Championship Team Of The Week, on 1 and 22 October. [15] [16]

Fülöp made another fine performance against Chelsea in another League Cup match on 31 October, twice denying Claudio Pizarro and pushing an effort from Scott Sinclair onto the post, but could not prevent his side from losing 4–3 at Stamford Bridge. [17] His form during that season prompted the club to bid for him on a permanent basis in the January transfer window. Fülöp told Sky Sports on 21 December that he was interested in a permanent deal with Leicester, [18] and the club made an offer for him eight days later, together with Graham Kavanagh. [19] He played his last match for Leicester in a 1–1 draw against Charlton Athletic at the Walkers Stadium on 29 December 2007. [20]

Fülöp was recalled to Sunderland on 31 December. [21] On 4 January 2008, Leicester manager Ian Holloway accused Sunderland counterpart Roy Keane of being greedy after his initial bid to sign Fülöp was rejected. A total of £1 million was offered, however Keane demanded £3 million. Holloway refused to pay more than £1 million, ending any hopes of keeping Fülöp. [22] Fülöp revealed on 25 January that he was unhappy to be recalled by Keane and that he actually wanted to stay at Leicester. [23]

Fülöp was loaned to Stoke City on 22 February 2008, [24] but was recalled by Sunderland just four days later as back up cover to Craig Gordon following Darren Ward's injury, making one appearance in the final Premier League game at home to Arsenal. [25] Stoke had a bid of £1.7 million for him rejected by Sunderland in June, [26] but the clubs later agreed a fee in July of £3m. [27] However, the deal collapsed after Stoke signed Thomas Sørensen on a free transfer instead, after the deal was stalled because of payments to Fülöp's agent. Due to Gordon's injury, Fülöp had taken over the goalkeeping position, and was in goal for the second Tyne–Wear derby of the season on the 1 February 2009.

On 27 April 2010, Fülöp joined Manchester City on an emergency loan until the end of the 2009–10 season. City's first-team goalkeeper Shay Given suffered a dislocated shoulder against Arsenal, back-up goalkeepers Stuart Taylor and David González were both sidelined with injury, and Joe Hart on loan at Birmingham City, leaving City with only the inexperienced Gunnar Nielsen available to play. [28] His debut came at home against Aston Villa on 1 May in a 3–1 victory. [29]

Ipswich Town

On 2 August 2010, it was reported that Ipswich Town had agreed a deal to sign Fülöp from Sunderland, with a medical the last remaining phase in the transfer left to be completed and joining under manager Roy Keane (who signed him for Sunderland in 2007). [30] He passed his medical and signed a two-year contract on 5 August. [31] Following his move to Ipswich Town, Fülöp revealed he choose to join Ipswich in order to play first-team football. [32] Fülöp made his debut for Ipswich Town in a 3–1 win over Middlesbrough.

West Bromwich Albion

After staying for one season with Ipswich Town, Fülöp signed a one-year contract with West Bromwich Albion on 6 August 2011, [33] moving on a free transfer. [34] He was a replacement for Boaz Myhill, who left to join Birmingham City on loan, and Scott Carson, who joined Bursaspor. Fülöp was the second-choice goalkeeper for West Brom behind Ben Foster, who had joined on loan from Birmingham City. Despite this, Fülöp made his debut for West Brom in a League Cup 4–1 victory against Bournemouth. [35] His next appearance for West Brom was again in the League Cup against Everton, Everton won the match 2–1 after their captain Phil Neville scored an extra-time winner. [36]

Fülöp played his only league game with West Brom against Arsenal on the last day of the 2011–12 season, in Roy Hodgson's last game in charge before becoming manager of the England national team. Arsenal won 3–2 with all three of their goals being widely considered preventable by Fülöp, [37] who was released from his contract days later. [38]

Asteras Tripoli

After being released by West Brom, Fülöp moved to Greece, joining Asteras Tripoli on a two-year deal. [39]

International career

Fülöp made his full international debut for the Hungarian national team on 31 May 2005, coming on at half-time for Gábor Király against France in a friendly at the Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien in Metz. He did not concede a goal, but Hungary lost 2–1.

Fülöp earned his fifth and sixth cap against Bosnia and Turkey during the Euro 2008 qualifying. [40] [41] He managed two clean sheets against Malta and Poland on 13 and 17 October, but conceded three goals against Moldova on 17 November. Fülöp conceded two more goals in Hungary's last match of the Euro 2008 qualifying, losing 2–1 to Greece. Hungary finished second last in Group C with 12 points.

Illness and death

In 2013, Fülöp announced that he was taking a break from football after having a malignant tumour removed from his arm. [42] In 2014, he announced that he was preparing for a return to the sport. [43]

Fülöp died of cancer on 12 November 2015, aged 32. [42] On the day of his death, Hungarian internationals, wearing black armbands, won 1–0 away to the heavily favoured Norway team in the first leg of their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-off game. [43] Hungarian goalkeeper Gábor Király, who celebrated his 100th international appearance and was rated as the best player of the match, [44] said afterwards: "We simply could not afford to concede any goals on this match, out of respect to him". [45] When with only two minutes remaining from the game, Norway's Pål André Helland headed a rebounding ball against the crossbar with an open goal gaping, Hungarian commentator István Hajdú B. remarked: "This was probably tipped to the bar by Márton Fülöp...this was a helping hand from the sky". [46] Three days later the rematch in Budapest started with a minute's silence in the memory of him (as well as former Golden Team member Pál Várhidi and the victims of the Paris terror attacks). Hungary beat Norway 2–1, and qualified for the Euros after 44 years, reaching a major international competition for the first time since the 1986 World Cup. [47] Several players commemorated Fülöp in their post match interviews, including goalscorer Tamás Priskin who paid tribute by dedicating his goal to his late teammate. [48]

The following day, Sunderland flew their flags at the Stadium of Light and their training ground at half-mast as a mark of respect. [49]

On 14 June 2016, before Hungary's first Euro 2016 match, the three goalkeepers of the Hungarian squad, Király, Dénes Dibusz and Péter Gulácsi were noticed while being photographed together during the pre-game field walk, holding a pair of keeper gloves labelled with Fülöp's name. Király later revealed that he received the gloves from Fülöp's father, and he made a promise to bring them with him during the entire tournament. Less than an hour later, Austria's David Alaba hit the post with a 35-yard shot, a mere 28 seconds into the game which eventually ended with a 2–0 victory for Hungary. [50]

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