Szombathelyi Haladás

Founded In
1919
Location
Szombathely, Hungary

Szombathelyi Haladás

About Szombathelyi Haladás

Szombathelyi Haladás Haladás Vasutas Sport Egyesület, usually known by the more simple name of Szombathelyi Haladás, was first established in 1919. The team have spent much of their history in the top division of the Hungarian league system, occasionally challenging for the country's major honours and sometimes competing in European competitions. The side's fiercest rivals include the main clubs from neighbouring cities, like Győr and Zalaegerszeg.

The team began competitive play in the lower divisions would not gain promotion to the top division in Hungary for the first time until 1936. Since that time, they have developed a reputation as something of a yo-yo club, bouncing between the first and second tiers fairly regularly. Despite this reputation, they have now amassed more than 50 seasons in the top flight.

So far, major trophies have been outside of the reach of Szombathelyi Haladás, although they have come close several times. In 1975, the side reached the final of the Magyar Kupa but were ultimately beaten by Újpest. Despite their loss, they qualified for the following season's European Cup Winners' Cup, which marked their first appearance in a major continental tournament. Ferencváros were their opponents for a second cup final in 1993. Szombathelyi Haladás eventually lost the match via a penalty shootout. Their third cup final appearance came in 2002, where Újpest were their opponents once again.On this occasion, Szombathelyi Haladás were able to take the match into extra time, but eventually lost 2-1. In 2009, the team achieved their highest ever finish in the league; third place. As a result, they gained entry into the UEFA Europa League for the first time.

The club play their home matches at Rohonci Street Stadium, known in Hungary as Rohonci úti Stadion. The venue opened in 1923 and is able to hold a maximum of 12,500 fans.

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