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MTK Budapest Inaugurates New Stadium With Friendly Match Against Sporting Lisboa

By Tamás Székely // 2016.10.14.

Hungarian first division side MTK Budapest moved to a brand-new stadium, which has been inaugurated with a gala match against Sporting Lisboa in front of nearly 5000 fans on Thursday evening. The first game in the new  stadium at the Hungária körút ended up with an entertaining 2-2 draw. The two football clubs have maintained very good relations since they met in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1964. Although MTK was defeated 1-0 in the final, the silver medal still considered one of the greatest achievements of the Hungarian club.

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MTK Budapest could equalize twice against Portugal’s Sporting Lisboa

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who was booed by many MTK fans during his speech. The Prime Minister insisted, however, that Hungarian sport was “unimaginable” without MTK. “We believe that if there is a lake, sooner or later there will be a frog in it too”, Viktor Orbán said adding that “this is the reason why one can see so many stadiums, swimming pools and sport facilities being under construction in Hungary. Club chairman Tamás Deutsch, known rather as MEP for ruling Fidesz party, said many thanks to everyone involved in the building of the new stadium, which is named after the club’s legendary Golden Team player Nándor Hidegkuti. “MTK is the only sport club in the world, which delegated at least one athlete to all Olympic Games that were attended by its home country”, Mr Deutsch pointed out.

Budapest, 2016. október 13. Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök (b) és Deutsch Tamás, az MTK elnöke az új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion megnyitóünnepségén 2016. október 13-án. MTI Fotó: Illyés Tibor

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and MTK chairman Tamás Deutsch

MTK’s new stadium has been under fire in Hungarian media due to several reasons. Many criticize the club’s leadership over the huge costs of the construction, drawing attention to the MTK’s small fans base even on Hungarian level. Others expressed their anger and frustration over the design of the arena. The enormous grey concrete walls behind the goals have triggered harsh reactions in particular. Moreover, tabloid media reported that one of the big screens in the stadium was tested by a porn movie. Many fans were disappointed with the gala match too, since Sporting Lisboa have not sent their strongest eleven to Budapest due to a Portuguese Cup match held on the same day.

MTK–SPORTING LISBOA 2–2 (1–1)
New Nándor Hidegkuti Stadium, attendance: 4800, referee: Andó-Szabó (HU)
MTK BUDAPEST: Groppioni – Baki, Grgic, Vukmir, Vadnai – Vogyicska, Vass Á., Kanta J. – Gera D., Torghelle, Korozmán. Csere: Petkovics, Nikacs, Szatmári L., Poór, Okuka, Varga Sz., Szatmári I., Borbély, Ramos. Coach: Teodoru Vaszilisz
SPORTING: Jug – Baldé, Ramos, I. Fernandes, Pinheiro – Guimaraes, Matheus, Esgaio, Delgado – Ronaldo Tavares, Ribeiro. Csere: Martins, R. Fernandes, Soalee, Cabral. Coach: Joao Deus
Goals: Kanta J. (44. – penalty), Poór (76.), ill. Ronaldo Tavares (23.), Matheus (51. – penalty)

via nso.hu and MTI