Kecskeméti TE

Founded In
Kecskemét, Hungary

Kecskeméti TE

About Kecskeméti TE

Kecskeméti Testedző Egyesület, often known as Kecskeméti TE or KTE, was founded in June 1911 and the team played their first competitive match two months later. Over the years, the side have climbed through the league system in Hungary and have achieved some significant success. In recent times, they have also represented their country in continental competition.

The club spent several decades competing in the lower divisions, regularly bouncing between them. In 1972, another team from the city, KSC, was established and the two teams became fierce rivals. In 1999, however, the two sides merged in order to improve the city's chances of having a team competing in the top tier. Finally, in 2008, the team finished first in Hungarian League 2 and gained promotion to the first division.

In the 2008-09 season, the team took little time to establish themselves in the top flight and in the end, they achieved an impressive 5th place finish. In 2011, one hundred years after the club's foundation, Kecskeméti TE earned their first major honour, the Magyar Kupa. In the tournament's final, they scored a 3-2 victory over Videoton FC. As a result, they went on to play in the following season's UEFA Europa League, marking their first appearance in a major European tournament.

Over the years, several Hungarian senior international footballers have represented the club, with examples including Máté Fenyvesi, András Debreceni and Ákos Koller. Amongst the side's most notable foreign imports have been the likes of Romeo Mitrović, Mbengono Yannick and Foxi Kéthévoama. 

The team play their home matches at the Széktói Stadion, which first opened its doors back in 1962. The venue underwent renovations in 2002 and 2008 and is currently able to hold a maximum of 6,300 supporters, with 4,300 seated spaces. The stadium is also used by the Kecskeméti Atlétika és Rugby Club.