The name of the football club, Videoton, comes from the eponymous privately owned Hungarian company, Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM), the largest independent Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider in the CEE region, in the TOP 30 worldwide, TOP 10 in EU according to the latest ranking of MMI.
Founded in 1941 as Székesfehérvári Vadásztölténygyár SK by the defense manufacturing company Székesfehérvári Vadásztölténygyár, the club was made up of workers of the local factory in its early years. The team first entered the Fejér County Championship in 1942–43 and went on to win the championship. In 1948 the club was broken into three teams, with one team playing in the Nemzeti Bajnokság III (third Division of the National Championship), one in the County Championship and the third one in the Second division of the County Championship. In 1950, the workers of the factory assembled their own team in the hope of achieving better results, and the club was renamed Vadásztölténygyári Vasas on 10 March. Later on they eventually agreed on 3 January 1956, that all teams would join forces in a unified team built on Vadásztölténygyár. In that season the team won the County Championship by a very wide margin, and, after winning the following year's County Championship Winners Trophy, qualified for the Nemzeti Bajnokság II (second Division of the National Championship) for the 1957–58 season.
The first opportunity to play in Hungary's highest league came along only a few years later. In the 1961–62 season the team finished in third position – barely qualifying for the first division. Known then as VT Vasas, the dream finally came true in 1967 when the team finished second in the second division and was promoted to the top league.
On 22 January 1968, the club was renamed Videoton SC, due to a sponsorship agreement with the electrical goods manufacturer Videoton. The first season in the top league wasn't very successful. The team won 9 games but lost 18 matches, finishing in 15th place, which resulted in them being relegated.
However, the following year, Videoton bounced back and won the second division. The next five years saw the club consolidate its position in the first division by finishing tenth, seventh, fifth, fourth and again fifth. Then in the 1975–76 season the team achieved the best position in its history by finishing second.
Videoton went on to produce modest results in the ensuing years, failing to finish in the top three on four occasions. Finally, in 1982, the Fehervar club reached the final of the Hungarian Cup, but were defeated 2–0 by Újpest. This was the beginning of the club's golden age. In 1984, the team finished third with the same number of points as ETO Győr, who finished second, but due only to a superior head-to-head performance. That season saw, József Szabó become the top goal-scorer in the 1st division with 19 goals.
The club caught international attention when it reached the 1985 UEFA Cup Final during a campaign under the management of Ferenc Kovács. In the UEFA Cup 1984–85 season Videoton overcame Dukla Prague (1–0, 0–0) in the first round, Paris Saint-Germain (4–2, 2–0) in the second round, FK Partizan (0–2, 5–0) in the third round. They then had further success in the quarter-finals where Videoton played against Manchester United. At Old Trafford, Manchester United beat Videoton by a 1–0 scoreline with the only goal coming from Frank Stapleton. The return leg in Székesfehérvár saw Videoton beat the English team 1–0. In the penalty shootout Videoton won 5–4. In the semi-finals Videoton played Yugoslav Željezničar. In the first leg in Fehervar, Videoton won 3–1 and it proved enough to overcome their Yugoslavian opponents after losing 2–1 in Sarajevo. In the final they came up against Spanish team Real Madrid. The first leg match was played at a packed out stadium in Székesfehérvár, which saw Videoton lose 3–0 in front of a record 38,000 spectators at the Sóstói Stadion. Ferenc Kovacs' side then flew out to Madrid for the return leg at the Bernabéu Videoton beat Real Madrid by 1–0 but lost 3–1 on aggregate. The only goal of that memorable match was scored by Lajos Májer in the 86th minute. In the Hungarian domestic championship Videoton once again finished in third place.
After the golden era, Videoton continued to be a mainstay in the first division. However, they failed to achieve any significant results. The 1998 season saw them barely escape relegation, which surprised many. Finishing the season in 16th place, the club had to win a play-off against Sopron to remain in the top flight. They managed to do this by winning both games 2–1 and 3–0. Relegation came the following year ending a run of 29 years in the first division.
This was the beginning of a period for the club, which saw them go upwards and develop. After winning the Second Division and gaining promotion in 2000, the teamed once again reached the cup final in 2001, losing 5–2 to Debrecen. This led to the team's only participation in the Intertoto Cup, where they were defeated by Marek Dupnitsa in the first round. In 2005, the club changed its name to FC Fehérvar. The next year saw the club's most successful domestic year. After a third-place finish, the first in 21 years, the team finally won the Hungarian Cup for the first time by defeating Vasas 6–5 in a penalty shoot-out, after the match had finished 2–2 after extra time. A brand new main stand was erected and handed over in 2004. Videoton were close to bankruptcy when businessman István Garancsi rescued the club. He brought financial stability and a resurgence in fortunes on the pitch. 2008 saw the team win the first ever League Cup by defeating Debrecen 3–0 on aggregate (Home 1–0; Away 2–0). They won the League cup again in 2009, this time beating Pécsi 3–1 in the final.
Videoton FC entered into a joint working relationship with the Puskás Academy in Felcsút.
At the beginning of the Hungarian National Championship 2009–10 season, the club reassumed the Videoton name.
In 2010 Videoton FC were leading the Hungarian National Championship I 2009–10 for many weeks, but in the end their rivals Debrecen won the championship. The team finished second, and qualified for the Europa League.
In the first half of the 2010–11 season Videoton climbed to the top of the league, and remained there until the end. The end of the season saw the club reach its peak by winning the Hungarian League title for the first time in its history. They debuted in the UEFA Champions League by entering UEFA Champions League 2011–12 season. Videoton FC played their first ever match in Klagenfurt, Austria against Sturm Graz. Videoton lost 2–0 the first leg of the match. In the second leg of the match Videoton beat Sturm Graz 3–2 which resulted the farewell from the international turf.
The 2012–13 season started with the triumph in the Hungarian Supercup against Debrecen, the champions of the 2011–12 season. Videoton defeated the Hajdús on penalties after a 1–1 draw at home. On 29 July 2012 Videoton started the 2012–13 season of the Hungarian League with a 1–1 draw against Pápa. On the international turf, Videoton entered the second round of the UEFA Europa League 2012–13 season against the Slovak Slovan Bratislava. The first leg was played in Bratislava and ended in 1–1 draw. The second leg ended with a goalless draw which resulted Videoton's qualification for the third round. In the first leg of the third round Videoton beat the Belgian KAA Gent 1–0 at the Sóstói Stadion. The only goal was scored by Nikolic in the 78th minute. The second leg was won by 3–0 by Videoton at the Jules Ottenstadion. The goals were scored by Oliveira and Nikolić (2). At the play-off stage of the Europa League 2012–13 Videoton played the first leg against the Turkish Trabzonspor at the Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium. The match finished with a goalless draw. On 30 August 2012 Videoton received Trabzonspor, the result was a goalless draw after extra time and the penalty shootout was won by Videoton 4–2. Videoton thus reached the group stages of the UEFA Europa League 2012–13. On 20 September Videoton played their first Europa League group match against KRC Genk at the Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium. Videoton's inexperience at the European level was ruthlessly exploited by Genk and the Belgian club won the match by 3–0. On 4 September 2012 (the 2nd matchday) Videoton hosted the Portuguese Sporting CP in the Europa League, which was very exciting due to the fact that Videoton have Portuguese a manager as Sousa and former Sporting players such as Caneira and Renato Neto. In the first half Vinícius, Oliveira and Nikolić scored and after a goalless second half the team celebrated one of the biggest triumphs in Videoton's modern history. On 25 October 2012 Videoton defeated FC Basel 2–1 at home therefore they extended their unbeaten European run in Székesfehérvár to nine matches. On 28 October Videoton beat reigning Hungarian League champions Debrecen 3–1 at home. On 8 November Basel beat Videoton at the St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. The only goal was scored in the 80th minute by Streller. On 22 November Videoton hosted KRC Genk and lost to the Belgian club by a goal in the 19th minute by Barda. The last group match was due to be played on 6 December, however due to heavy rain it was postponed and played the day after on 7 December. At the Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal, Sousa's team lost to 2–1 to Sporting CP, Sporting took the lead in the 65th minute by a goal from Labyad which was equalized by Sándor in the 80th minute. However, just after 2 minutes Sporting took the lead again by a goal from Viola. The final result meant that Videoton was eliminated from the 2012–13 season of the Europa League. All in all, Videoton could gain 6 points in 6 matches.
In the 2012–13 Nemzeti Bajnokság I, Videoton finished second. Therefore, they were eligible for entering 2013-14 UEFA Europa League. On 4 July 2013 Videoton hosted Mladost Podgorica in the first round of the UEFA Europa League 2013–14 season. The first leg ended in a 2–1 victory for the home team. In the second leg Videoton lost to 1–0 which resulted their early exit from the European contest.
Videoton won the 2014–15 season of the Hungarian League. Consequently, Videoton could enter the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. In the second round, Videoton beat the Welsh The New Saints F.C. 1–0 at the Park Hall in Oswestry, Wales on 14 July 2015. In the second leg, played at the Sóstói Stadion, Székesfehérvár on 22 July 2015, Videoton was stunned by a TNS goal just ten minutes before the final whistle, and with a tie on aggregate, the sides went on extra-time, where Gyurcsó managed to bring the score to a 1–1 tie and Videoton qualified for the next phase with a 2–1 on aggregate. In the third round, they will met BATE Borisov.
The colours of the club are blue and red, representing the colours of the coat of arms of Székesfehérvár. The club used different crests and badges from their founding in 1941. The crests also indicate the changes of the name of the club, however, the colours were always the same i.e. blue and red. In the early 2000s, the club was named FC Fehérvár, which was changed to Videoton FC in 2009. The most famous nickname of the club is Vidi.
The badge (which is used since 2009) is blue and red, and in the centre the castle refers to the symbol of the town: "vár" from "Székesfehérvár" means castle. The name and the year of the founding can also be seen on the badge.1941: Vadásztölténygyári SK
1942–44: Székesfehérvári MOVE Vadásztölténygyár Sport és Kultur Egyesület
1944–48: Székesfehérvári SE
1948–50: Székesfehérvári Dolgozók SE
1950–62: Székesfehérvári Vasas SK
1962–68: Székesfehérvári VT Vasas
1968–90: Videoton Sport Club
1990–92: Videoton-Waltham SC
1992–93: Videoton-Waltham FC
1993–95: Parmalat FC
1995–96: Fehérvár-Parmalat FC
1996: Fehérvár '96 FC
1996–97: Videoton FC Fehérvár
1997–05: Videoton FC
2005–09: FC Fehérvár
2009–: Videoton FC
The following table shows in detail Videoton FC kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors by year:
The multi-purpose stadium of the club is located in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. The name of the stadium is Sóstói Stadion which originates from neighbouring Sóstó (in English Salt Lake). Its capacity is 14,300 (all seated) and it was opened in 1967. The record attendance was in 1985 when Videoton FC was playing with the Spanish giant Real Madrid in the first leg of the final of the UEFA Cup 1984–85.
The first ground of the club could be found in the Berényi Street. On 26 September 1946, the first match was played at the Berényi Street Ground. Videoton played its matches here from 1950 to 1959. From 1959 the team played on a grass turf until 1967. The club moved to the Sóstói Stadion three times. The first era spent at the stadium was between 1948–50 and 1959–62. In 1967 the club moved there permanently.
In 2007, the academy of the team was founded in Felcsút, the village where Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister spent his childhood. Videoton FC bought the team of Felcsút, which was played in the NB II and the team of the academy (named after Ferenc Puskás) competes in the Second League since that. The team is called Videoton-Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia (or Videoton II). Videoton-PFLA plays in Felcsút.
Due to the reconstruction of the Sóstói Stadion Videoton will play their home matches at the Pancho Arena in the 2016–17 Nemzeti Bajnokság I and 2016–17 UEFA Europa League season. The Pancho Arena is located in Felcsút and its main tenant is Nemzeti Bajnokság II club Puskás Akadémia FC. The director of Videoton chose Pancho Arena as their home due to the club's strong ties with Puskás Akadémia. However, the capacity of the Pancho Arena is much smaller than Videoton's original stadium. It is predicted that the club will organise regular shuttle buses before and after match days to transport their supporters.
Being the favourite football club of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Videoton FC co-operates with Puskás Akadémia FC, Felcsút. From 2010 some of the most wealthy Hungarian millionaires started to appear in the VIP of the team (e.g. Sándor Csányi, president of the Hungarian OTP Bank and the Hungarian Football Association) by the side of the Prime Minister. That's why supporters of rival teams often think that Videoton FC gets financial and other help from the politics and the referees.
The supporters of the club are based in Székesfehérvár, in Fejér County, Hungary. One of the group of supporters is the Red Blue Devils which is considered the main ultras of the team (there are smaller groups like Red-Blue City, Sóstói Hableányok, G-pont). Videoton FC is in rivalry with the most famous Hungarian clubs such as Ferencváros, Újpest, Győri ETO, Haladás and Debrecen. The club does not have a local rival since they are the only first league club based in Fejér County (the county's second most populated city is Dunaújváros, but Dunaferr no longer exists). Between 1997–99 Videoton's local rival was Gázszer FC which was based in Agárd, Fejér County.
Videoton has a selection of celebrity supporters such as the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.Hungarian League
Winners (2): 2010–11, 2014–15
Runners-up (4): 1975–76, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
Winners (1): 2005–06
Runners-up (4): 1981–82, 2000–01, 2010–11, 2014–15
Hungarian League Cup
Winners (3): 2008, 2009, 2012
Runners-up (2): 2013, 2014
Hungarian Super Cup
Winners (2): 2011, 2012
Runners-up (3): 2006, 2010, 2015
Runners-up (1): 1984–85
As of 10 December 2016 Notes
Note 1: Relegation play-off against Sopron (2–1 and 3–0)
Note 2: Defunct
Note 3: Pető as caretaker manager (debuted against Lech Poznań in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League)
Italics: in progress
GS: Group stage
Correct as of 25 July 2016
P – Played; W – Won; D – Drawn; L – Lost
As correct of 22 June 2015. Biggest win: 28/11/1984, Videoton 5–0 FK Partizan, Székesfehérvár
Biggest defeat: 24/11/1976, 1. FC Magdeburg 5–0 Videoton, Magdeburg
Appearances in UEFA Champions League: 2
Appearances in UEFA Europa League: 10
Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1
Player with most UEFA appearances: 21 Májer
Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 10 Szabó