Norwich City link up with Hungarian giants Ferencváros

Norwich City chief executive David McNally has announced a partnership with Hungarian club Ferencváros. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City chief executive David McNally has announced a partnership with Hungarian club Ferencváros. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:18 PM

Norwich City have announced a partnership with famous Hungarian club Ferencváros which is poised to explore future football and commercial opportunities for both clubs.

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Ferencváros chief executive officer Pál Orosz concluded the tie-up with the Canaries after visiting Carrow Road for Sunday’s Premier League 1-0 win over Tottenham. Norwich executives plan to make a return visit to Budapest, where Ferencváros are in the process of building an impressive new stadium.

“We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Ferencváros,” chief executive David McNally told the club’s official site on Tuesday afternoon. “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.”

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.

39 comments

  • Thanks for your comment there may be a delay before it appears etc etc . but this goes straight through. give me strength

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • The man who sued West Ham over the Carlos Tevez affair and The Blades relegation.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • So we are buying in to the avoidance of Fair Play Rules. Great.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Lincs Canary has undertaken to do a bit of research into the ramifications of the Financial Fair Play Rules. As a fully paid-up lifetime cynic, I am interested to see what opportunities for avoidance links of this kind might furnish. Lang Magyar lumb reek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Just read a bit about them from the Rough Guide to European Football. They are the best supported side in Hungary with a bit of a hooligan problem. Not many of the great Hungary side of the 50's played for them, as the national team was picked from the army side Honved. During communist rule they were sidelined as they were anti and had supported the Arrow Cross during the war. Since the 90's they have made several appearances in the Champions League but without any real effect. By coincidence under the heading 'Ultra Culture' it says that the worst think that could happen to the English visitor would be that a strange kid will come and tell you in broken English that he is a lifelong fan of Norwich City. Beer,mulled wine,salami sandwiches and sausages on sale in the stadium. Sorry for boring you all.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • WHY For Heavens Sake!!!

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Thanks Swiss. ;-) Mattias, you are a Major intellect that has yet to learn how to spell. That`s all; don`t put yourself down! Lambo is god, I hear the Lamb is good. Shearshank Redemption? Such fun!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • I wonder what the Budapest papers said? "Ferencvaros link up with Norfolk midgets, Li`l ol` Naaridge". In Ugrian, of course. Some nice little fact-finding missions, and the like, indicated for Norwich Executives. I wonder if they`ll take along a few of their `Inner Circle`, or will the journos be left on the periphery with the detractors and dissenters?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • The biggest opportunity is the `Twinning` of Buda\Pest with Wroxham\Hoveton. The Bure will be renamed the Brown Danube. No cultural links planned, as such. That really would be Wroxymoronical.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Some of the posts on here just prove to me that most people who comment on here really don`t know what they`re talking about!

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    stayingup

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Soglio Star I was a teenage armchair Honved fan! But now I'm Old fart partial to Ferencvaros. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Blaffen Wijs!! I`ve only just noticed; the Green Eagles are managed by a Doll! That`s my erstwhile babe, Olly G, out of the reckoning. Now to get riding on the Budapest Express. Blue Danube beats the Taff any old day.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • If only youd give me my Lev Yashin poster back six months ago i returned your brown anorak but you keep forgetting and its far too upsetting so baby Ferenc Puskas to you, to you Baby Ferenc Puskas to you

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    Soglio Star

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Soglio - which song is that ?

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Brew - to provide a list of famous Hungarian non gentiles would indeed be a long one. It would take in half of the US entertainment industry. I fancy watching a game whilst clutching a mug of mulled wine.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • FFP has so many loop holes. Doubt we will see anyone seriously fall foul to it. However did read an interesting piece on QPR and how they are well and truly in the brown stuff if they fail to get promoted at the first attempt. I dont really 'hate' anyone other than Ipswich Town FC, however I reserve a special part on my hate list for QPR and the arrogant attitude they showed towards NCFC. Hope Fernandes gets what he deserves wasting money like it was nothing. Just noticed Little Yellow Birdies comment further down about being hungary to grow. Like it! ha!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • The danagers of speed typing. Missed that MB! 'ha!' Wasted on my minor interlect at first!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • 1066 and all that- halfmanhalfbiscuit. Have just read about Ferencvaros on Wikipeadia - so it must be true!! - that the club is owned by Kevin McCabe who has (had) something to do with Sheffield Utd.

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    Soglio Star

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I DONT CARE, McNally has more pressing issues like keeping us up, it's all well and good partnering with other clubs but please fix our mess first.

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I hate all these linking of clubs from overseas because i dont think it should be allowed by governing football bodies; however, it does allow you to let some of the younger promising players to go out and get some first team football, they might not otherwise get and you perhaps might not release them prematurely. It also helps your own scouting system in that part of the world

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    GPL

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • That's funny. You hate it because you don't think it should be allowed. Reminds me of that old Guinness ad: 'I've never tried it because I don't like it'.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Sharing ideas and commercial opportunities. Hmmm...I wonder what that will be?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Here is the official quote from the Ferencváros version of McNally on the Ferencváros website. "This agreement can be very prosperous for both teams, it concerns the first as well as the youth teams with possible player transfers. The youth teams have a key role in this agreement. I talked with the director of Norwich Academy who seemed to be very open for future training fixtures. The executives of Norwich will arrive to FTC during this spring when we carry on working on this prosperous partnership."

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I remember when Hamilton said we had a special relationship with Parma... btw our City neighbours are Hungarian and they prefer motorcycle racing to football. .. only a thought.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Not sure what we can learn from a Capital City team that get less than 10000 through their gates and struggled to bring through any improving talent (not sure how many current Hungarian players play abroad). Maybe Hungary's most successful team and a well known name in the 70's & 80's but try persuading Josh Murphy, a.n.other to go there saying it will improve you. Now, a link-up with Racing Club or River Plate (young Argentine players) or Chivas (Mexican growing economy - Note i go to Mexico often and always give out NCFC stuff),or perhaps Bruges or Sevilla perhaps........ now that would be a good news story!!..

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    kpg24uk

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • yes Victor WHY???. This Hungarian team have the current pulling appeal of Ramsgate and that probably means I owe Ramsgate an apology

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • But you don`t like my Magyar gag, Matt? I`m deeply hurt. Maybe it`s all Ugric to you?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • ....and NEVER boring, for sure. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • This only goes to underline how Hungary the club is to expand.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • As part of the link up, I understand from the next home game, we will see meat pies phased out, to be replaced with Delia's own Goulash recipe.

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    Adams is God

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Surely you can't breed yellow canaries with green eagles.

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    Sherbert

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Do members get a fee trip to Budapest? Would love to go as supposedly a very beautiful and interesting city.

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    Bohnhof

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Linking up with other clubs isnt a new thing. Certainly a good sign the board are confident of staying up either way. Struggling to understand the uproar regarding this link. Cant say im too up to date with the laws in Hungary but I Understand why alot of clubs link up with clubs from Belgium for Work Permit reasons etc. Usually these links can be for: Marketing reasons, loaning of players to obtain work permits, loaning of players to give youth experience overseas, the option to purchase players first before other clubs. Main negative is a club in our position will usually be paying them a yearly fee for this link (doubt it be massive though). Other reasons as well but they are the main ones.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • In other news Ipswich Town announce their link with Argentinian club Deportivo Moron currently playing in the Primera B Metropolitana Division.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Just went on the official Ferencváros and they certainly seem alot happier than we do. From sounds of it, it seems based around one of the points I noted yesterday. For the benifit mainly of the youth players. Playing friendlies, sending players visa versa to each club for spells training, learning different things etc. Here is the official quote from the Hungarian version of David McNally......Orosz Pál "This agreement can be very prosperous for both teams, it concerns the first as well as the youth teams with possible player transfers. The youth teams have a key role in this agreement. I talked with the director of Norwich Academy who seemed to be very open for future training fixtures. The executives of Norwich will arrive to FTC during this spring when we carry on working on this prosperous partnership."

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Nice one Brewer, "Lang Magyar lumb rek" perhaps "Lang Magyar Lambo Reek". It burns, it burns.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Menu sounds better than Carra Rud, Steely. Such fun! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Famous club? Never heard of them. Have they ever played in the Champions League?

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    Bruce87

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Beautiful city and great place to visit but would like to see how this would really benefit. Can't see young English players embracing the culture somehow plus far from easy to master the language.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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