Stadion Flórián Albert, Budapest, Hungary

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Stadion Flórián Albert, Budapest IX

Club: Ferencváros Torna Club Budapest
Capacity: 18.100 seats
Opened: May 19 1974
Founded on 3 may 1899 by gin producer Dr. Ferenc Springer in the 9th district of Budapest also known as “Franzen” district due to the German bourgeoisie that lived there – as Ferencváros Torna Club Budapest. The club colors were the Green and white of the Hungarian flag. Although the flag also contains red it was not considered for the club. Red was the color of the workers and FTC was above all a middle class club. The 5 green and 4 white vertical lines in the coat of arms refer to the district where the club still plays its home games.
Although Ferencváros, after relegating in 2006, has only been back at the highest level since 2009, the club is without a doubt the most successful football club in Hungary. FTC won 29 Hungarian Championships and 22 Hungarian Cups. Internationally Green-White won the Mitropa Cup in 1928 and 1937. In 1965 the club won their biggest prize to date with the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. During the 1995-96 season Ferencváros placed themselves at the expense of RSC Anderlecht for the Champions League group phase.
As a club with German” roots and the arch-enemy of the Jewish-linked MTK Budapest, the club morphed during the second World War into the favorite club of the Hungarian Nazis. Even today a large part of the fans are extreme right-wing.
At the current location, right above the Népliget metro stop, construction of a football stadium started in 1910 . “Stadium Ülloi ut”, named after the main road that runs along the Northern stand, was opened on 12 February 1911 for around 20,000 spectators. Fueled by their rivalry with MTK Budapest the stadium was expanded several times over the years. The, in 1924, by architect Aladár Mattyók designed main stand was 16 metres high and was no less than 134 metres long.
The stadium also served as the home stadium for the Hungarian national team but the fire that destroyed the main stand in 1927 was the beginning of a long painful road for Ülloi ut. In 1935 the other stand had its roof ripped of by a squall. During the second world war, the stadium was severely damaged and the collapse of part of the stand during a match against Austria in 1947 led the beginning of the end for the stadium of the Fan. After international games in 1952 were no longer played in the 9th district, the stadium was finally closed 9 years later.
The Ferencváros Torna Club would have to spend 11 years in exile as after the demolition of the old stadium the construction of a new club house only started in 1972. It was then another 2 year wait before the by architects József Schall and Miklós Kapsza designed main stand was ready and green-white could finally return to their home in 1974. The new stadium had a capacity of 28,000.
Since 2007 the stadium was officially called “Stadion Albert Flórián“. Albert, born in 1941, was an attacker who made history as one of the most elegant football players that Europe has ever known. He was named European Footballer of the year in 1967, two years after he had conquered the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup with his club.
The stadium became an all-seater with 18,000 seats before being demolished in 2013 so the new Groupama Arena could be build.

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Europese Voetbalstadions. HEATLEY Michael, uitg. Atrium

Fussball Derbys: die 75 Fußball-verrücktesten Städte der Welt. GISLER Omar, uitg. Copress Sport

Sporting Spaces (in de reeks „ Our Budapest“). ZEIDLER Miklós, uitg. City Hall