Zalaegerszegi TE

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ZTE FC
Zalaegerszegi TE logo.svg
Full nameZalaegerszegi Torna Egylet FC
Nickname(s)Zete
Short nameZTE
Founded1920;102 years ago (1920)
Ground ZTE Arena, Zalaegerszeg
Capacity11,200
ChairmanGábor Végh
Head coach Ricardo Moniz
League NB I
2021–22 NB I, 8th of 12
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet Football Club ( [ˈzɒlɒɛɡɛrsɛɡi ˈtornɒ ˈɛɟlɛt] ), commonly known as Zalaegerszegi TE, Zalaegerszeg or ZTE, is a football club from the city of Zalaegerszeg in Hungary. Zalaegerszeg has won one Hungarian League title in 2002.

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History

ZTE traces its roots back to 1912, at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its first match was a 4–2 defeat to a team from Vasvár. The team was first composed of members of a literary and debating society. ZTE flourished under coach József Vadász, but World War I halted its progress. In 1920, Zalaegerszegi TE, or "Gymanistics Club of Zalaegerszeg," was born. They were defeated in their debut match, losing 2–1 to AK Szombathely on August 21, 1920, but were motivated by a crowd of over 2,000 fans.

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.

1990s

From then on to the 1990s, however, ZTE did not really challenge the Hungarian title much. The league was dominated by Budapest club Ferencvárosi TC. In 1994, ZTE managed to gain a solid foothold on the Hungarian first division.

2000s

Robert Waltner scored 92 goals for Zalaegerszeg having become one of the most iconic and prolific figures of the club Waltner Robert 5.jpg
Róbert Waltner scored 92 goals for Zalaegerszeg having become one of the most iconic and prolific figures of the club
Imre Gellei managing Zalaegerszeg between 1983 and 1986 and 2004-05 Gellei Imre 2011.jpg
Imre Gellei managing Zalaegerszeg between 1983 and 1986 and 2004–05

In the 2000s, the club reached their zenith by winning the Hungarian League for the first time in the club history. In the 2001–02 season, Zalaegrszeg finished second in the first stage of the championship gaining 61 points while Budapest rivals MTK Budapest FC 64 points. In the championship play-off Zalaegerszeg secured their first ever league title and finished on 71 points and Péter Bozsik's team overtook Budapest rivals Ferencváros and MTK Budapest along the way. [1] [2] Krisztián Kenesei and Gábor Egressy were the key figures of the title-winning team by scoring 37 goals. In the 2002–03 season, Zalaegerszeg finished in the bottom half of the table and competed in the relegation play-offs. In the following seasons, ZTE would consolidate in the lower half of the table, finishing in 9th, 6th and 11th place respectively.

In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase Zalaegerszeg defeated Croatian champions NK Zagreb on away goals. The first match was played in Zalaegerszeg and the club won it by 1–0. [3] The only goal was scored by Darko Ljubojević. In the second leg Zagreb was winning by 2–0 when in the 87th minute Zalaegerszeg was awarded a penalty which was scored by Flórián Urbán. [4] ZTE beat Zagreb on away goals. In the third qualifying round Zalaegerszeg faced English giants Manchester United. In the first leg, ZTE provided a stunning shock by winning 1–0 with a last minute goal from Béla Koplárovics. [5] However, in the return leg at Old Trafford, Man United won a convincing 5–0 victory. [6] Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in the 5th minute and in the 75th minute then David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored. The English side progressed to the first group stage with a 5–1 aggregate victory. In the 2006–07 season after nine rounds Zalaegerszeg was on the top of the league table. [7] At the end of the season the club finished third securing a place in the European competitions of the Intertoto Cup 2007. In the spring of 2009 János Csank was appointed as the coach of the club. [8] The success coach has already won two Hunagrian League titles with Vác and Ferencváros.

2010s

In the 2010–11 season Zalaegerszeg was competing for the Europa League position with Budapest rivals Ferencváros but ZTE finished fourth and could not secure a place for the qualifiers. In the 2011–12 season Zalaegerszeg started the season with five consecutive defeats which resulted the dismissal of János Csank. He was replaced by former Ferencváros coach László Prukner. The first half of the 2011–12 Hungarian League season was a nightmare for the club since they finished last gaining only 6 points without any victories. On April 21, 2012 Zalaegerszeg were relegated to the second division of the Hungarian League after the defeat against titleholders Videoton.

On 15 May 2014, former Zalaegerszeg player Gergely Kocsárdi was elected as director of the club. It was also announced that the company called Pharos '95 gained more than 50% of the shares of the club for about 16 million HUF. [9]

By winning the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság II season, Zalaegerszeg were promoted to the 2019–20 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season. [10] Zalaegerszeg could win 25 matches, drew seven times and lost only 6 matches in the season. The most prolific goal scorer of the season was Gergely Bobál by scoring 17 goals.

2020s

Before the 2020-21 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season it was rumoured that former PSV Eindhoven and Hungary national football team star Balázs Dzsudzsák would be signed by the club. However, Gábor Végh, the owner of the club, claimed that the club had not started any negotiations with Dzsudzsák. [11]

In the 2021–22 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season, Zalaegerszeg finished 8th. One of the most spectacular victories of the season was when Zalaegerszeg beat Ferencváros 2-1 at the Groupama Aréna on 16 October 2021. However, on the negative side, Zalaegerszeg lost to Gyirmót 2-1 at home on 8 May 2022. [12]

Crest and colours

Former logo, used in the 1990s. Zte Football Club Logo 90.png
Former logo, used in the 1990s.

The colours of the club are   blue and   white.

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors

The following table shows in detail Zalaegerszegi TE kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
−2002 adidas Zalahús
2002–2003 e·on
2003–2006 Joma
2006–2008mass
2008–2010
2010–2012St.Graal
2012–2013
2013–2017Pharos '95 Kft.
2017–2019 Puma
2019– 2Rule

Stadiums and facilities

Zalaegerszeg play their matches in the ZTE Arena. The stadium is able to host 14000 people. Due to the increased attention Zalaegerszeg played their 2002–03 UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium.

Arena Entry ZTE Arena Entry.JPG
Arena Entry

Honours

Nemzeti Bajnokság I

Nemzeti Bajnokság II

Magyar Kupa

Szuperkupa

Players

Current squad

As of 28 June 2022 [13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Patrik Demjén
3 DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Dávid Kálnoki-Kis (captain)
4 DF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Zoran Lesjak
5 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Botond Gergely
6 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Gergely Mim
7 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Milán Májer
9 FW Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  COD Christy Manzinga
10 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Mátyás Tajti
11 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Norbert Szendrei
12 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Eduvie Ikoba
14 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Barnabás Kovács
17 DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN András Huszti
18 MF Flag of Montenegro.svg  MNE Bojan Sanković
19 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Diego Carioca (on loan from Kolos Kovalivka )
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Dániel Csóka
22 GK Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Ervin Németh
24 FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN László Papp
27 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Bence Bedi
30 MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Zsombor Boros
33 DF Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleksandr Safronov
37 DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Attila Mocsi
44 DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Bence Gergényi
70 FW Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Meshack Ubochioma
77 FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Szabolcs Szalay
80 FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Milán Klausz
95 GK Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Márton Gyurján
97 FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Dániel Németh

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Martin Majnovics (on loan to Flag of Austria.svg SV Horn)
DF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Erik Németh(on loan to Flag of Slovenia.svg NK Nafta)
MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Barnabás Kovács(on loan to Tiszakécske)
MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Dániel Németh (on loan to Flag of Slovenia.svg NK Nafta)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Bence Szabó (on loan to Flag of Slovenia.svg NK Nafta)
FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Dávid Zimonyi (on loan to Vasas)
MF Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Dániel Szökrönyös(on loan to Kecskemét)
MF Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MKD Daniel Milovanovikj(on loan to Flag of North Macedonia.svg Tikvesh)

Players with multiple nationalities

Seasons

European cup history

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
1985 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 7 Flag of Poland.svg Górnik Zabrze 0–11–1
Group 7 Flag of Switzerland.svg BSC Young Boys 4–01–4
Group 7 Flag of Denmark.svg Aarhus GF 1–04–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round Flag of Croatia.svg NK Zagreb 1–01–22–2(a)
3rd Qualifying Round Flag of England.svg Manchester United 1–00–51–5
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1 Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb 1–30–61–9
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st round Flag of Russia.svg Rubin Kazan 0–30–20–5
2010–11 Europa League Q1 Flag of Albania.svg KF Tirana 0–10–00–1

European record

As of August 14, 2010
CompetitionAppPldWonDrnLstGFGA
UEFA Champions League 1420237
UEFA Cup/Europa League 24013110
Intertoto Cup 1200205

Head coach

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