22 things you probably don’t know about Norwich City football club’s new Hungarian partners
12:41 27 February 2014
Norwich City has tantalised its fans with the news of a tie-up with famous Hungarian club Ferencváros, based in the capital city of Budapest. In anticipation of the match up Kevin Hurst looks at 22 things you may not know about the Hungarian club and city.
Norwich City has tantalised its fans with the news of a tie-up with famous Hungarian club Ferencváros, based in the capital city of Budapest. While details have yet to be revealed as to what exactly that will mean for the Carrow Road club, such tie-ups elsewhere have led to player loans between sides, friendly matches and even sponsorship deals. “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Ferencváros,” chief executive David McNally said. “It gives us the opportunity to share ideas and commercial opportunities to our mutual benefit and we’re very much looking forward to working with them in the future.” Could it even lead to Norwich’s first ever Hungary-born player? In anticipation of the match up Kevin Hurst looks at 22 things you may not know about the Hungarian club and city.
The city of Budapest was formed in 1873, from three cities, Buda, Obuda and Pest.
The club were founded in 1899 by Ferenc Springer and a group of local residents.
The club is from Budapest’s ninth district, Ferencváros.
Budapest can trace it’s origins as a settlement all the way back to the Stone Age.
The distance from Budapest to Norwich is 862 miles.
The Danube River that runs through Budapest is the longest river in the European Union.
The team beat Manchester United and Roma in the 1964 - 1965 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup before a Máté Fenyvesi goal beat Juventus 1-0 in the final.
The club’s nickname is Fradi.
Famous people from Budapest include Zsa Zsa Gabor, Harry Houdini and Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.
Gábor Kubatov, the current president of the club, graduated as a technological vehicle appraiser from the agricultural mechanical engineering faculty of the Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences in 1997.
Some films that have used Budapest for shots include Munich (2005), Underworld (2003) and the 2013 film, World War Z.
Norwich has its fair share of celebrity fans and Ferencváros are no different, holding Hungary’s first Formula One driver Zsolt Baumgartner, who raced for Jordan and Minardi and even a chess grandmaster named Péter Lékó in their ranks.
Budapest has some fantastic landmarks such as Budapest’s largest church, St. Stephen’s Basilica (known as Szent István Bazilika), the Museum of Fine Arts and the very busy Vörösmarty Square.
Budapest has the oldest underground train system on mainland Europe, which was started in 1896.
Two of the club’s shirt numbers have been retired, No.2 for ex-defender Tibor Simon who was a one club player playing between 1985 and 1999 and No.12 for the “The 12th man” which was retired in 2007 for the fans.
The club has jointly unveiled a Fradi Larger Beer with Pecsi Brewery with the club’s emblem on the front.
One of the club’s current midfielder, Akos Buzsaky, has scored against Norwich in 2007 whilst playing for Plymouth Argyle – but we won’t hold that against him.
Sheffield United owner, Kevin McCabe, bought the club in February 2008 saving them from bankruptcy.
Some important Hungarian holidays are: 15 March - The anniversary of the Austrian rule revolution and 20 August. St. Stephen’s day, to celebrate the Hungarian state’s founder.
Ferencváros are Hungary’s most successful professional football club having won their domestic title 28 times. They also won the Fairs Cup – now the Europa League - in 1965 by beating Juventus.
The Canaries have played them once before in a friendly at Carrow Road in 1990, with goals from Robert Fleck and Adrian Pennock securing a 2-0 win.
The ‘Green Eagles’ are currently managed by German Thomas Doll, former boss of HSV and Borussia Dortmund, but were coached by Englishmen Bobby Davison and Craig Short between 2008 and 2010.