Puskás Ferenc stadion

Entertainment & Arts

Europe, Hungary, Budapest

Puskás Ferenc Stadium (Hungarian: Puskás Ferenc Stadion) is a multi-purpose stadium in Budapest, Hungary. It is situated on the Pest side of the capital between the Stadionok and the Keleti Palyaudvar metro stations. It is currently used mainly for football matches. The stadium, which is all-seater, has a capacity of 69,120, though its original capacity exceeded 100,000. On 24 November 2009, the venue hosted the Champions League Group E match between Liverpool and the 2009 Hungarian Football League champions Debreceni VSC. The match ended in a 1:0 victory to Liverpool who held on to an early lead provided by a fourth-minute David N'Gog strike. The stadium was built between 1948 and 1953 using a large number of volunteers, including soldiers. Less than one year later, on 23 May 1954, the English football team suffered its worst ever defeat here (7-1). On 14 August 2002 Zalaegerszegi TE moved their UEFA Champions League qualifying match first leg from their home ground to this stadium in order to host Manchester United in order to accommodate a 40,000 crowd. They were rewarded with Zalaegerszegi scoring their most famous European victory, winning 1-0 with Béla Koplárovics becoming the hero with a 92nd minute winner. Zalaegerszegi lost the return leg at Old Trafford 0-5 and went out of the competition 1-5 on aggregate. The stadium is named after Ferenc Puskás, widely regarded as the best striker in the world in his time and Hungary's greatest footballer ever, who was the star of the national team during its glory years of the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 2002 the stadium was renamed in his honour, from Népstadion ("People's Stadium").