VIDEOTON FC - JOURNEY INTO EUROPE - ROUND BY ROUND
First round: Videoton FC - Dukla Prague 1:0 0:0
Videoton had their finest hour back in the 1984-85 season, when under the management of Ferenc Kovacs, they reached the Uefa cup final that season. That run brought international attention to the team from the west of Hungary. The story began back on the 18th September 1984, when Czech side, Dukla Prague were beaten 1-O in Fehervar. The return leg in Prague ended goaless, which meant that Vidi progressed to the next round.
Second round: Videoton FC - Paris Saint-Germain 1:0 4:2
Hungary at the time had a very strong international team, with Vidi keeper Peter Disztl, who at the time was one of the best keeper in the world, in goal. Laszlo Disztl, who was the brother of Peter, was part of that strong defence, together with Csuhay, Borsanyi and Gabor Horvath. The next stop on their European adventure came in France, when Ferenc Kovacs side won 4-2 against Paris Saint Germain. A crowd of 30,000 saw two goals each for Szabo and Csongradi. The French side boasted Dominique Rocheteau, who scored his sides two goals. The return leg in Hungary, had to be played twice, with the first game being abandoned midway through, with Vidi leading 2-O. However, there were no mistakes as Videoton won the rearranged game 1-0 to go through 5-2 on aggregate. A single goal from Majer was enough to send the 25,000 fans home happy. Manager Ferenc Kovacs commented after the game, "I am very happy about the result. It is a very big thing to beat Paris Saint Germain three times."
Third round: Videoton FC - FK Partizan 5:0 0:2
Next stop on their journey through Europe came on the 25th November 1984, against the Yugoslavian side Partizan Belgrade. A crowd of 20,000 turned out on an Autumns day in Fehervar, to see their side thrash the visitors 5-0. Striker Szabo scored four times, with the other coming from Majer, to make the return leg a formality. Manager Ferenc Kovacs, was once again a delighted man after the final whistle. "I can only praise the sides performance in the highest manner. We were prepared physically and spiritually for this important game. Things turned out on the pitch exactly how the player wanted it to."
The return leg in Belgrade, took place on the 12th December 1984. The home side run out 2-O winners in front of 30,000. That meant an overall aggregate result of 5-2 to the Hungarians, and it was them that went through to the next round.
Quarter-final: Videoton FC - Manchester United 1:0 0:1 Penalty shootout: 5:4
Next up for Kovacs side were the mighty Manchester United. Videoton travelled to Old Trafford on the 6th March 1985, and a single goal from Frank Stapleton, gave the home team a 1-0 lead. The home crowd of 45,000 would not have been convinced that the 1st leg lead would be enough for the 2nd leg. And so it proved two weeks later on the 20th March, with a single goal from Wittmann, taking the tie into extra time and a penalty shoot out. Keeper Disztl proved the hero of the night, as Vidi won the shootout 5-4, to send the 25,000 into delight.
Semi-final: Videoton FC - Zeljeznicar Sarajevo 3:1 1:2
The world began to take notice of Videoton at this point. This victory had taken the red and blues to the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup, taking them to within two games of the final. In their way were yet another Yugoslavian side, Zeljeznicar Sarajevo. The first leg was played on the 10th April 1985, in front of 30,000 passionate Vidi fans. Goals from Burcsa, Disztl and Vadasz gave the home side a 3-1 first leg lead. The media were cautious warning that the two-goal advantage may not prove enough for the second leg. Sarajevo was the setting on the 24th April 1985, with Videoton just 90 minutes away from the UEFA cup final. The hosts were leading 2-0 with just two minutes left. They would have gone through at that point on away goals. However, Csuhay had other ideas as he scored one of the clubs most important goals in the 88th minute. That gave the Videoton an overall 4-3 aggregate win.
UEFA Cup Final: Videoton FC - Real Madrid 0:3 1:0
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