MTK

Founded In
1888
Location
Budapest, Hungary

MTK

About MTK

Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre Budapest Football Club, usually known more simply as MTK Budapest, was founded in November 1888. Over the years, they have established themselves as one of the most successful football teams in Hungary and were the first Hungarian side to compete in the European Cup. In 2001, the club established the Sándor Károly Football Academy, which is also affiliated with Liverpool FC.

Although MTK achieved success in their early years, winning several league titles, it was not until the 1920s that they truly began to dominate Hungarian football. Over the course of this decade, they amassed league title wins in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1929. In addition, they lifted the Magyar Kupa in both the 1923 and 1925 seasons, completing league and cup doubles in both years.

At present, MTK rank as the second most successful club in Hungarian league history, having been crowned champions 23 times in total. Further domestic success has come in the shape of the Magyar Kupa, which the side have won 12 times. The 1960s brought about their best performances in continental competitions so far. During this time, the club reached the semi finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, won the 1963 Mitropa Cup and finished as runners up in the 1964 European Cup Winners' Cup. In 2003 and 2008, the team won the Hungarian Super Cup.

Over the years, a number of Hungarian international footballers have played for MTK. Amongst the most notable examples are Péter Palotás, Nándor Hidegkuti and Mihály Lantos. 

The club play their home matches at Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium, which is named after their former player. The venue opened in 1912 and was used during the filming of the Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone movie, 'Escape To Victory'. It is able to hold a maximum of 12,700 fans.