Debrecen

Founded In
1902
Location
Debrecen, Hungary

Debrecen

About Debrecen

Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club, usually known more simply as Debrecen, was formed in March 1902. Since the turn of the 21st century, Debrecen have been extremely successful in Hungary's main domestic competitions. The team's nickname is 'Loki', taken from the word 'Lokomotiv', which is a reference to the club's historical connection with the railways in the area. Their main rivals are Ferencvárosi, although a secondary rivalry also exists with Diósgyőri VTK.

Throughout the side's history, they have had a reputation as a yo-yo club, bouncing between the various divisions in the Hungarian league system. They reached the country's top division for the first time in the 1942-43 season. Since then, they have returned several times. Their most recent promotion to the top flight came in 1993.

It was only after that last promotion to the top division that Debrecen won its first national trophy; the 1999 Magyar Kupa. In the years that followed, the club established itself as one of the major forces in Hungarian football, winning league titles in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2011–12. Additionally, they have lifted the Magyar Kupa a further five times, bringing their total to six. In the 2009–10 campaign, Debrecen achieved a domestic treble, winning the league, the Magyar Kupa and the Ligakupa in the same season. In recent times, they have represented Hungary in both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup.

Amongst the side's most notable former players are names like Tamás Sándor, Igor Bogdanović, Leandro de Almeida, Péter Czvitkovics and Gergely Rudolf.

Debrecen play their home games at the Stadion Oláh Gábor Út, which is able to hold a maximum of 10,200 spectators. In 2014, the club are expected to move to their new home, Debrecen Stadion, which will be a UEFA Category 4 venue, with a capacity of 20,000.

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