Újpest Football Club is a football club from Budapest, Hungary. The side performs in the Hungarian top tier. It is one of the oldest teams in the country.
On June 16, 1885 János Goll founded a sports club in Újpest. Initially, only fencing and gymnastics were practiced at the club. In 1899 the modern Újpest Football Club was formed. Five years later the team gained entry to the first division and has been ever-present since that time. During the 1930s Újpest enjoyed ten years of being the team everyone wanted to topple. The club secured five league titles as well as two Mitropa Cups and the Cup of Nations. From 1969 to 1975 the side obtained seven back-to-back league titles and lifted three Hungarian Cups. In 1974 Purples even reached the European Cup semi-final but they suffered a defeat from Bayern Munich. Such legendary players as Fazekas, Göröcs, Bene and Zámbó posed a constant threat to opposition defenses.
At the start of the new millennium Újpest experienced financial woes and, as a result, the leading players left the club. In December 2001 Újpest was taken over by Róbert Glázer who guided his team to a cup triumph. In 2002 the club clinched the Super Cup title. The 2008/2009 campaign saw the side finished the league as runners-up. In total, Újpest Football Club obtained 20 league titles, 8 Hungarian Cups and 2 Hungarian Super Cups.
Újpest players’ nickname Purples stems from the club’s traditional colours. Home matches are staged at Szusza Ferenc Stadium which has seating for nearly 14,000 supporters.
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