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Lajos Détári (born 24 April 1963 in Budapestmarker) is a football manager and a retired Hungarianmarker football midfielder. At the height of his career (1984-94), he was a well-respected player throughout Europe, winning "Player of the Year" titles in Hungarymarker, Greecemarker and Switzerlandmarker.


Playing career

Détári made his debut for the Hungarian national team in 1984 against Switzerland, and got 61 caps and 13 goals until 1994. He was a participant at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, where Hungary failed to progress from the group stage. Détári did however score one goal in the 2–0 win against Canada. To this day, this remains the last goal scored by Hungary in the World Cup finals.

Détári was transferred in 1987 for two million dollars from Honvéd Budapest to the German soccer national league. He played for Eintracht Frankfurt in 1987/88, scoring 11 goals in 33 games. On May 28, 1988, Détári scored the only goal in the German Cup final from a direct free kick just outside the box against VfL Bochum, leading Eintracht to their last cup title to this day. Détári had played in all six cup games that season.

At the beginning of the following season he was on the move again, this time for approximately 8 million Euros (16 million Deutsche Mark) to Olympiacos. Détári arrived in Greecemarker to a tumultuous reception by the Piraeus club's supporters. Unfortunately, he did not justify the expectations of Olympiacos or the money spent in his acquisition, leaving after only two years in the midst of the Koskotas scandal in Greece. Still, in those two years he managed 35 goals in 60 league games, many of them from set plays which was his specialty.

After leaving Greece, Détári played for many clubs. Further clubs that Détári played for were Bologna F.C. 1909, Ancona Calcio, Neuchatel Xamax and VSE St. Pöltenmarker.

Coaching career

After his playing days were over, Détári tried his hand at coaching in Hungary with Honved, in Vietnammarker for three months and in Greece with Panserraikos. He also coached Hungarian team Nyíregyháza and Haladás Szombathely. From March to October 2006, he was also co-trainer of the Hungarian national team active under Péter Bozsik. He started the 2007-08 season as MFC Sopron boss, but was sacked in October following a number of poor results in the league. In January 2008, he was hired as a coach by F.C. Poros, the local team of the Greek island of Porosmarker.


  • Hungarian Top Goalscorer: 1985, 1986, 1987


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